2017 ICTA State JV & Novice Debate
Dates: 3/10/2017 - 3/11/2017


Dear Illinois Debate Community,

This is a formal invitation to participate in the 6th annual (2017) Illinois Communication and Theatre Association State Debate Tournament for Novice/JV Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum and Congressional Debate.  Please join us at Barrington High School in Barrington, IL in March!

WHAT?                       ICTA State Debate Tournament for first and second year debaters.

WHEN?                       March 10-11, 2017

WHERE?                    Barrington High School

                                    616 W Main Street,

                                    Barrington, Il, 60010


FOR WHOM?             All Illinois high schools where a coach (or other faculty member) is a member of the Illinois Communication and Theatre Association.  Coaches may register for ICTA at the actual tournament if they (or another teacher at their school) are not already a member.

EVENTS?                    We will host Novice and JV divisions for each of the following events:  Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, and Congressional Debate.  Novice and JV divisions may be collapsed into one division if the numbers warrant it.  

Please read the following information regarding eligibility, entry limits and judges carefully.  To maintain the integrity of this state championship tourney, these standards must be met.

ELIGIBILITY            Novices:  to quality for this category, debaters must be in their first year of

BY DIVISION             competition.  Any students who have had any kind of Debate competition prior to the 2016-17 school year are ineligibleIn addition, high school seniors must be placed in the JV division even if they meet the criteria of a Novice.



JV:  To qualify for this category, debaters must be in their first or second year of competition. Students who have had any kind of Debate competition prior to the 2015-16 school year are ineligible. Assuming they meet the criteria, all seniors must compete in this division.



  1. Prep time for each team will be:  two (2) minutes in Public Forum and four (4) minutes in Lincoln-Douglas.  Final Shot in PF will be 2 minutes.
  2. There shall be no oral critiques after a round.  Judges are expected to write out a complete ballot.
  3. Judges must keep time.  Students are allowed to time; however, under no circumstances are debaters to be the only ones keeping time.
  4. Judges shall submit a decision within ten (10) minutes of the conclusion of the round.
  5. Judges shall not reveal decision until the results have been released by the SDTC. DO NOT DISCLOSE.
  6.  A coach (or another teacher) from each attending school must be a member of ICTA for the school to participate in this ICTA-sponsored event.  Bring your membership card (or a copy) to registration.  If the coach is not an ICTA member, or if no other faculty member of that school is not a member, s/he must pay membership dues at the time of registration.  Annual dues are $60.
  7.  Unless otherwise stipulated in this document, the ICTA State Debate Tournament Chair will adhere to IHSA Sate Debate Rules found at http://www.ihsa.org/SportsActivities/Debate.aspx

TOPICS          Lincoln-Douglas debaters will debate the March-April topic.  Public Forum debaters will debate the March topic.  ICTA Legislation in Novice/JV Congressional Debate will duplicate the IHSA State Debate Docket.  SDTC will choose and announce in advance which three pieces of legislation will be debated in the Final Round of Congressional Debate.

FEES               $25 per PF team, $25 per LD debater, $25 per Congressional debater.

SCHOLARSHIPS/       Profits that the tournament earns will be awarded by the SDTC in two

ICTA STUDENT        scholarships.  One student from a Novice division and one student from JV will OF THE YEAR    be honored as ICTA Student of the Year.  Last year, we awarded $1000 per student; the amount for this year will not be known until registration ends.

General Criteria:

§  This student must compete in the 2017 ICTA State Debate Tournament.

§  This student should exemplify the heart and maturity of a varsity debater within a Novice/JV body.

§  This student should be growing into an active leader on your team and in the Debate community.

More information concerning the nomination process will come in a follow-up email.


ICTA COACH            SDTC will present a plaque to the Coach of the Year.  More information on this OF THE YEAR award will come in a follow-up email.


DEADLINES               2/17 (Friday, 4PM) –  Intent to enter and preliminary registration numbers

Email to brian.voss@d128.org As soon as SDTC reviews the numbers, SDTC will contact you immediately if the JV division of any event is in danger – so that you can exercise the option to accelerate students into that level.  You will also be contacted if a debate area did not make the necessary entry limits.

3/3 (Friday, 11:59PM) – Final names/numbers on Joy Of Tournaments

Log in to your JOT account to register; if you don’t already have a JOT account, go to the site and create one.  No refunds will be given for drops after 3/3/17, but you will not incur a drop fee.


EMERGENCIES         If you have any questions or concerns regarding tournament logistics or Debate, or if you have an emergency situation during the days of the tournament, call Brian Voss at 847-341-0601 or email brian.voss@d128.org.


GET INVOLVED        We are looking for dedicated individuals who love Debate (and our community) WITH ICTA to serve this organization and this commission.  We are always looking for SDTC commissioners as well as communication teachers interested in promoting speech education and certification.  If you are interested, please send a brief letter of interest or any questions you may have to Brian Voss at brian.voss@d128.org.



Brian Voss, Debate Coach, Libertyville High School

Chair, ICTA State Debate Tournament Commission


The ICTA State Debate Tournament Commission (SDTC) consists of:

Lainee McGraw, Carl Sandburg High School – vice-chair

Mike Colletti, A.A. Stagg High School, Member

Brandon Hentze, Belleville West High School Member

Jeff Hannon, Evanston High School Member

Angelo Cavoto, Back of the Yards College Prep Member

 Tournament Host:  Jessica Meyers, Coach, Barrington High School

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