2017 Borah Novice Tournament
Dates: 10/28/2017


Borah Novice Debate Tournament
"Into The Lion's Den"  




Dear Coaches:

You and your debate teams are cordially invited to attend the Borah Novice Debate Tournament, Saturday, October 28, 2017, at Borah High School, 6000 S. Cassia Boise, Idaho.

From I-184 Eastbound:


Take the Franklin Exit (EXIT 1A); Turn Right onto Franklin Rd 1.2 miles, then right on S. Curtis .4 miles; then right on Cassia 

Policy, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum, and Congress. In order to have all four events it will be necessary to have 20 or more entries from 5 different schools.  Events will be limited based on the rooms available and may be closed when capacity is reached. See information below for the bills and resolutions used for the Congress docket.

Policy teams will debate the current resolution and must adhere to the novice case list.


2017-2018 Policy Resolution:

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States.


Novice Case List:


  1. The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding of secondary career and technical education, including increasing formula grants distributed to states, establishing of a CTE Pathways Trust Fund, and expanding Social Innovation Financing.
  2. The United States Federal Government should establish and enforce an amendment to the constitution that would establish a right to a fair and free elementary and secondary education in the United States.
  3. The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and regulation of school lunch programs in elementary and secondary schools in the United States, by enforcing the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010.
  4. The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and regulation of science, technological, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) education in elementary and secondary schools in the United States.
  5. The United States federal government should substantially increase its Title I funding for elementary and secondary education in the United States, and should create new formulas for distribution of Title I funding based upon reducing concentrated poverty and rewarding progressive state funding and fiscal effort. 

No counterplans or kritiks are permitted.


Lincoln-Douglas will debate the November-December Topic: 

Resolved: Wealthy nations have an obligation to provide development assistance to other nations.


Public Forum will debate the November Topic

Resolved: The United States should require universal background checks for all gun sales and transfer of ownership.


The Congress session will use Congressional bills submitted to the D3 First Semester Legislation Packet.  Indiviual Dockets will be set in round.  

Only novice debaters are eligible to compete.  A novice debater is one who had not debated in a tournament or attended a debate camp prior the begining of the 2017-2018 School Year.  Congress: Novice competing in Congress will not have prior tournament experience in Speech OR Debate prior to Oct 1. 

For the sake of this running as smoothly as possible I will require that either you or an assistant coach be in the tab room at all times. If this is not the case, your registration may be dropped. 

$15 per policy team; $15 per public forum team , $10 per LD competitor and $10 per Congress competitor.  Uncovered entries may result in additional fees.  Please make checks payable to Borah High School Debate.  An invoice will be available at check in for those who need documentation for their financial department. 



We will use Experienced Debaters as judges in each round.  You are responsible for providing one student-judge for every two policy teams or four Public Forum/ LD entries and one judge for every six Congress students. Judges will be provided an instruction packet when they arrive.  In an effort to provide as many oppertunities for judging as possible we will be trying new electronic registering of judges and some rounds may include a panel of judges.  Please bring as many judges as you can to ensure that all entries by all schools are covered.  This has never been a problem before and I hope that we will continue the tradition of having too many judges. 

Judges need to check in outside of the Library, the moment they arrive at Borah High.  Judges will sign in electronically when they check in.  Judges who do not sign in will not be given ballots Please have your judges plan to stay all four rounds unless you have a substitute.  Rounds may include panels of judges.  Ballots will be returned to the registration area and then picked up there for rounds 2, 3, and 4.  Due to the high number of judges there will be no judges lounge for this tournament.

CX, PF, and LD rounds, as well as the chamber for Student Congress, will be posted in the Cafeteria, and in the hallway near the library.   LD and PF rounds will be double-flighted.  Pay close attention because we will have many rounds and limited space; some bigger arenas will be used for multiple rounds.  

Rounds one and two are random-matched.  Rounds three and four will be “power-matched” to the extent possible.  
AWARDS:  Teams and LD debaters with 4-0 records and the top 6 competiors in Student Congress will receive awards. 

Please sign up using Joy of Tournaments.  Registration is due NO later than Monday, October 23, 2017 at 5:00 PM.   Please register both your competitors and your judges through Joy of Tournaments.

Please e-mail me as soon as you know that you need to drop or add a student competitor.  There will be NO ADDS AFTER Wednesday, OCTOBER 25.  Any drops which occur after the drop deadline (5:00 PM October 25) may result in a drop fee.  Substitutions are allowed as long as the comptitors fit the criteria for a novice debater according to the hosting tournament.  Please email with any questions.

1.    There will be some food and concessions available for purchase, however there is no lunch break so there will be precious little time to eat anything for Policy debaters. Drinks capable of producing stains will not be allowed in the classroom, nor will food. Water is fine.  Concessions will be cash only and Borah High does not have an ATM. 

2.    Please tell students to clean up after themselves and to respect all property at Borah High. 

3.    Debaters must not enter a room without a judge. 


Please E-mail me with any questions, comments or corrections.

Thanks and I look forward to seeing you all.

Donnie Drobny 


CELL PHONE – (208)869-0320









Copyright © 2002-2017 Brent Hinkle. All rights reserved.