2015 Glenbrook Speech & Debate Tournament
Dates: 11/21/2015 - 11/23/2015


NOVEMBER 21-23, 2015
Dear Colleague:
The debate communities of Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South cordially invite you to the 36th edition of The Glenbrooks. Three levels of policy debate, two levels of Lincoln- Douglas, six speech events, Congressional Debate, and Public Forum will be held at Glenbrook South, Glenbrook North, Maple School and Attea Middle School. We hope you can join us.
There are some changes to our event this year that are important to note:
We are pleased to announce that Spark Investment Management will be sponsoring our Varsity Policy and Varsity Lincoln-Douglas events.  This firm has sponsored several other high school and college debate events and programs.  We are thrilled to have partnered with them for The 2015 Glenbrooks.
Schools will be allowed to bring a fifth entry in an Individual Event category.
We have changed Prose/Poetry to Program Oral Interpretation.  The event will reflect the NSDA rules.   The time limit will be ten minutes.  Students are to use selections from Drama, Prose,  and Poetry that surround a central theme to create their performance.  A manuscript is required.
We are piloting the use of tabroom.com and online balloting in the Spark Investment Management Varsity Policy and Public Forum divisions this year.  More information will be sent out to schools registered in those events when we get closer to the tournament date.  Please share any information in regards to this to any of the judges that you are bringing in those events.
There is now a deadline in place to receive a refund/waiver on your hotel fee.  Please make sure to email Jon Voss at jvoss@glenbrook225.org by November 13 to receive your hotel fee waiver if you are staying at one of our tournament properties.
--Changes from our 2014 edition that we are still continuing with:
We will continue to allow each school to bring a fourth Spark Investment Management Varsity Lincoln-Douglas debater this year and a fourth Junior Varsity Lincoln-Douglas debater.  There will be no allowing of a fifth entry in either event.
We will continue with our judging requirement reduction in Individual Events.  Schools now need to bring one judge per six entries (or fraction thereof) instead of one judge for five entries.
We will continue with our prioritization efforts of our waiting list policy.   Priority initially will be given to schools that have to travel from out-of-state since there are more costs incurred for them.  We want to minimize schools having to pay large travel costs due to last-minute release off of the waiting list.
Due to an expanded Novice Policy field, semifinals and finals will once again be held on Monday.                   
The venues for the various debate events on Saturday and Sunday will be different from 2014. On Saturday and Sunday, Glenbrook South will host Spark Investment Management Varsity Policy, Public Forum, and Congressional Debate, Glenbrook North and The Maple School will host Spark Investment Management Varsity LD, Glenview State Bank JV LD, JV Policy, and Novice Policy. We will be returning to Attea Middle School for Individual Events  All Monday elimination rounds (VLD, VCX, JVCX, NCX) in debate will be at the Renaissance North Shore. We encourage all competitors to stay at either the Renaissance North Shore or one of our other  hotel venues. Utilizing our hotel and transportation venues allows us to continue to have the lowest entry fees of any national circuit tournament.
We will be continuing our policy of using a school/hotel fee this year of $100.  Please read before stressing - the fee will be waived if you stay at one of our tournament hotels OR you are a local school. However, if you want us to wave your hotel fee you must email us to inform us you are a local school OR at a tournament hotel by 5pm on Friday November 13. In order to provide accurate refunds checks at registration we need accurate hotel fee information by then. When you are entering students online, please email Jon Voss at jvoss@glenbrook225.org to waive that fee.  Either list that you are local OR list the tournament hotel that you are staying at as well as the name the reservations are under.  If there are other circumstances that cause you to not stay at one of our tournament properties, please drop Jon an email for discussion.  We don't want to make a dime off this fee.  We just are needing our participants to fill our hotel contracts so we can continue to utilize our contracts for tournament competition space on Monday and to house our hired judges and tournament officials.
As the Glenbrooks is an invitational tournament, we reserve the right to refuse entry of any school to compete in the tournament or judges to cover a commitment for any reason. Again, entry into the tournament is not official until you receieve a confirmation email that your entry has been removed from the waitlist.   

 We cannot stress the importance of registering for The Glenbrooks as soon as possible. Once our rooms are full, we cannot accept any additional entries. Please pay careful attention to all of the policies in the invitation before sending in your entry. It is especially important to highlight that your registration on Joy of Tournaments is only to put you on the waitlist. Entries are official once we receive your entry fee check and send you a confirmation email. Being the first to submit your registration online in Duo Interp does not guarantee your slot – mailing us your check promptly does.

Please especially note that no school should make any plane or hotel reservations until its coach receives confirmation from a Glenbrooks Director (see the “Completing the Initial Entry” portion of the invitation).
Also, if you are hiring judges from the tournament, note that every school must have at least one representative in each of the judging pools of the events in which it is entered (see the “Hired Judging Policy” for further details). If you are unclear about the implications of this hired judging rule, please email Tara at ttate@glenbrook225.org before sending in your registration form(s) and fees. We will not confirm any school’s entry if it incorrectly requests too many hired judges on the registration form(s).   Please email requests for hired judging by October 30th to Tara Tate.
We will continue to utilize a Mutual Preference Judging system this year in our Varsity CX and Varsity LD divisions. We will be steadfast and diligent in making sure judging philosophies are posted and schools have their judge’s names entered online by the deadline in order to make this MPJ system possible – Friday, November 13th by 5 pm (CST). Schools will be charged a $100 penalty for not meeting this deadline. If you are interested in hiring out for rounds past your commitment in VCX or VLD ($30 to $40 a round), please contact Tara Tate at ttate@glenbrook225.org.  We hope to have our MPJ system available for you on the morning of Tuesday, November 16th.  We will also continue to offer a strike system in Public Forum.
******Please note the following payment policy - it is the same as The 2014 Glenbrooks******
We will only accept one check per school and one check can only cover one school. If this is a problem please email Michael Greenstein at mgreenstein@glenbrook225.org


Spark Investment Management Varsity, junior varsity, and  novice policy debate divisions will be switch-side, cross-examination style, with an 8-3-5 format.  Spark Investment Management Varsity debaters should only include your finest competitors. Only debaters in their first or second year of competition may enter the JV division. Only debaters in their first year of competition may enter the novice division. This means if your students competed in middle school debate, they CANNOT compete in the novice division. If your students have done a year of middle school and a year of high school debate or two years of middle school debate, they CANNOT compete in JV. 
A school may enter a maximum of three (3) teams in Spark Investment Management varsity and two (2) teams in the junior varsity division.  A school may enter only one (1) team in the novice division, but we will have much more flexibility this year to allow a second team from a school off the wait list this year. We have space for approximately 320 teams. Policy debaters may not enter any other tournament event.
The policy topic for the 2015 Glenbrooks is as follows:
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance.
There will be seven preliminary rounds in Spark Investment Management varsity policy. Spark Investment Management Varsity policy will break to double-octafinals. All Saturday and Sunday competition in this event will occur at Glenbrook South High School campus. Octafinals and subsequent elimination rounds will take place on Monday at the Renaissance North Shore.
There will be six preliminary rounds in the junior varsity division and  novice division of policy.  JV and Novice policy competition on Saturday and Sunday will be at  Glenbrook North High School. Semifinals and finals in both the JV and Novice divisions will take place on Monday at the Renaissance North Shore. 
Lincoln-Douglas will include the Spark Investment Managment Varsity and the Glenview State Bank junior varsity divisions, with NSDA rules and time limits. Spark Investment Management Varsity LD debaters should include only your finest competitors. Only debaters in their first or second year of competition may enter the Glenview State Bank JV division.
A school may enter a maximum of four (4) debaters in the Spark Investment Management varsity division and a maximum of four (4) debaters in the Gleniew State Bank junior varsity division.   Approximately 200 varsity and 100 JV debaters will be accepted for LD competition. LD debaters may not enter into any other tournament event.
The November/December NSDA Lincoln-Douglas topic will be used; check the October Rostrum.

There will be seven preliminary rounds in Spark Investment Management Varsity Lincoln-Douglas. Spark Investment Management Varsity LD will break to double-octafinals. Spark Investment Management Varsity LD competition on Saturday and Sunday will take place at Glenbrook North High School. Octafinals and subsequent elimination rounds will occur on Monday at the Renaissance North Shore. 

There will be six preliminary rounds in the Glenview State Bank JV division of LD. Glenview State Bank JV LD competition on Saturday and Sunday will take place at Glenbrook North High School and The Maple School campuses.  This division will break to double-octafinals, assuming the numbers continue to remain consistent with previous year.  The JV LD division will conclude on Sunday night at Glenbrook North HS.
Public Forum will be an open division, using NSDA rules and time limits.
A school may enter a maximum of three (3) public forum teams. There is space for approximately 90 teams.  Public Forum debaters may not enter any other tournament event.
The November NSDA public forum topic will be used; check the October Rostrum.

There will be six preliminary rounds in the Public Forum division.  The division will break to double octafinals. All public forum competition will occur at the Glenbrook South High School campus.  It will conclude on Sunday night.

There will be multiple chambers of approximately 22 students in each, with semifinal and final sessions. NSDA rules and time limits will apply; see the NSDA website www.speechanddebate.org for further details.
Each school may enter a maximum of twenty (20) Congressional debaters. The Glenbrooks tabroom staff will apportion the chambers and assign committees. Congressional debaters may not enter any other event.
Each school may submit a maximum of three (3) pieces of legislation, but no more than one (1) per committee (economics, public welfare, foreign policy). Legislation must be in the proper NFL format and emailed as an ATTACHED MICROSOFT WORD document to ttate@glenbrook225.org  by October 14th.
Please see the template for Congress legislation on the NSDA website at:  http://www.speechanddebate.org/congress.   Legislation is expected to be of sound quality and the tournament personnel reserve the right to exclude legislation that does not meet that standard.  Legislative packets will be posted on the website for each participating school to download by October 23rd.  Since the packets may be large, they cannot be faxed.
Congressional Debate competition will conclude on Sunday and will be held at the Glenbrook South High School campus.
We urge you to submit your IE entry as soon as possible since these are always the first to fill.

Six events are offered this year: Original Oratory, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation,  Reading, Mixed Extemporaneous Speaking, and Duo Interpretation. NSDA rules and time limits will apply to all events. For more information on NSDA rules, please refer to your Chapter Manuals or the NSDA website (www.speechanddebate.org).

Each school may enter a maximum of five (5) entrants in each category. Students may single or double enter, but each one counts as a separate entry for the purpose of assessing fees.   For 2015, it is a firm policy that students are not allowed to triple enter.
Sweepstakes awards will be given in Individual Events.  All students who clear to elimination rounds for a school will be figured in to the sweepstakes calculations.
There will be four preliminary rounds breaking to quarterfinals. The IE portion of the tournament will be held at Attea Middle School and will conclude on Sunday evening.
Because The Glenbrooks prides itself on the quality of the competitors and adjudicators, judges provided by the individual schools must be qualified to judge a national circuit forensics competition. Only persons who have graduated high school may be judges in varsity and JV policy, varsity LD, IE, public forum, and congress divisions. High school varsity debaters may be used in novice policy. Judges must be designated for each division since the tournament will be held in multiple buildings. 
Phone Numbers
We ask that you enter the correct phone numbers for all of your judges. You will not be able to enter a judge into the tournament without providing their phone number.
All policy and LD debate judges are required to submit a philosophy to the judge philosophy wiki at http://judgephilosophies.wikispaces.com/ by 5pm Central Time November 13thSchools that have judges who have not submitted their philosophies will not be allowed to submit a strike sheet.   This is a self-reporting system – it is your responsibility to make sure the philosophy is published.
All schools MUST be represented in each and every judging pool for which they have entries. For example, if a school only enters varsity policy debate, it must provide a judge to fill at least a half-time commitment in that division. If you enter varsity policy debate, Glenview State Bank JV LD, Congress, and IEs, you must have a representative in each of these pools.
If you feel that you have judges that are suited better for other pools than what you are obligated to fill, please contact Tara Tate at ttate@glenbrook225.org for possible arrangements to have judges in one pool covering your obligations in another.
Judging quotas are as follows:
Policy Debate – one (1) full-time judge for every two (2) teams
LD Debate – one (1) full-time judge for every three (3) debaters* ^
Congress – one (1) full-time judge for every seven (7) debaters or fraction thereof
Public Forum – one (1) full-time judge for every three (3) teams^
Individual Events – one (1) judge for every six (6) entries or fraction thereof
* LD judges must check both the junior varsity and varsity LD pairings for each round.  
    A school is responsible for paying the hired judge fee or may not be asked to return if  
    any of its judges miss a round for any reason, including failing to check both the varsity
    and the Glenview State Bank JV LD schematics.
^ In LD and PF, having one LDer or one PF team constitutes a half-time judging commitment of four (4)  rounds as well as an elimination round commitment as specified in the next paragraph. 
Three LD debaters or three PF teams will constitute a full-time judge commitment.
A half-time commitment in varsity policy and LD is four preliminary rounds and elimination round commitments. All debate judges are required to judge the first elimination round OR judge one round past the last elimination round in which their school participated (whichever comes last).
There is no half-time judging commitment in IE’s. 
Placing judges in elimination rounds becomes more difficult each year because judges leave once their school’s competitors are eliminated from the tournament without fulfilling their commitment to adjudicate one round beyond their school’s last outround. Directors are responsible to make sure that their school’s judges are available to fulfill their ENTIRE judging commitment, including making appropriately timed airplane reservations. We always try to release individuals as quickly as possible, but the tournament requires the highest quality judging pool possible even after any particular school is finished competing. Schools who have judges that do not meet their elimination round obligation may not be invited to return.

Before completing the registration forms, please review the specific entry limits in each division as well as the judging requirements and the hired judge policy to ensure that the forms are accurately filled in. Your entries will not be officially confirmed if there are any discrepancies with the rules and guidelines established in this invitation.

Do not forget that your students are not entered into the tournament until we have received your entry fee check.  A school will not be registered without payment in advance. Except for the penalties below, we will not collect fees at registration on Friday night. If you have illness or change in entries for any reason, fees can be refunded until 5 pm Central Time on October 23rd; no refunds are available after this date.


Please make all checks or money orders payable to “The Glenbrooks.” We will not accept purchase orders in lieu of a check or a money order for fees.

Send Checks to:

GBN Debate

Attn: Michael Greenstein

2300 Shermer Rd. 

Northbrook, IL 60062



The 2015 Glenbrooks fees are as follows:

Spark Investment Management Varsity Policy Debate -            $120 per two-person team

Spark Investment Management Varsity LD Debate -                 $60 per debater

JV Policy Debate -                                                                          $110 per two-person team

Novice Policy Debate -                                                                  $100 per two-person team

Public Forum Debate -                                                                  $70 per two-person team

GSB JV LD Debate -                                                                      $55 per debater

Congressional Debate -                                                                $50 per entry

Individual Events -                                                                        $40 per entry

Duo Interpretation -                                                                      $80 per entry

Hired Judge Fee - 


 $450 for full-time judge in VCX, VLD or PF.


Full judge fee of $450 to hire a judge for uncovered IE entries or Congress entries.

   $225 for a half-time judge in VCX, VLD, PF, JVLD, JVCX, and NCX.

Drop Penalty (after 5 pm CT on Oct 23rd) - Loss of original entry fee plus $10 per single event entry, i.e., LD, congress, or any IE except for Duo, or $20 for a double event entry, i.e., policy debate, public forum, and duo.  Please note that this is earlier than previous years.  In years past, we saw a massive amount of schools dropping entire entries on the last day.  It was impossible for schools on the waitlist to arrange reasonable transportation.

Late Name Penalty (after 5pm CT on Nov. 13th) - $100 per school

Judge Constraint Fee -- If you do not provide the correct information of which teams and/or specific contestants your judges cannot judge and we need to replace your judge as a result, we will charge you $40 per change.

Please direct any questions to Michael Greenstein at mgreenstein@glenbrook225.org or Jon Voss at jvoss@glenbrook225.org or Tara Tate at ttate@glenbrook225.org.


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