2018 Sandburg Convocation of Eagles Debate Tournament
Dates: 1/20/2018




Saturday, January 20, 2018


Dear Fellow Debate Coach:

The Carl Sandburg High School Debate Team would like to invite you to our campus to participate in our annual Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum tournament on Saturday, January 20, 2018.  We promise great competition and warm hospitality in a 5-round tournament.   The good news is that we have enough classrooms to host all of your students! 

PF Topic:       RESOLVED:  Spain should grant Catalonia its independence.

LD Topic:      RESOLVED: Plea bargaining ought to be abolished in the United States criminal justice system.

Divisions:       Depending on entries, we hope to offer novice, junior varsity, and varsity competition.

  • Novice:  First year of debate (any type)
  • Junior Varsity:  Second year of debate experience (coaches can move students up from novice to a higher level of competition at any time)
  • Varsity:  Two or more years of debate experience (coaches can move students up from novice            or JV to a higher level of competition at any time)

    NOTE:  NO MAVERICK teams in PF

Fees:              $20 per debater in LD; $20 per team in PF

Judging:         One full judge is required for every two debaters (or part of) in a division.  For example, if you have 5 teams in PF and 4 teams in LD, you will need 5 Judges:  3 PF judges and 2 LD judges. 

Sandburg will have some judges  available for hire for the cost of $180.00.  Call early to reserve your judges. You can also let me know if you have any judges available for hire.  All judges are expected to be available for all five rounds.  Your school will be charged $180.00 for every qualified judge you are short, (including half-judges). 

Trophies:       Awards will be given to the top 4 teams in each division and speaker awards will be  given to the top 5 speakers in each division. 

Registration:   Registration should be completed on Joy of Tournaments @ www.joyoftournaments.com.  Preliminary numbers would be appreciated by Friday, January 12.  Registration should be completed by Wednesday, January 17 at 5:00 PM


Location/       Carl Sandburg High School

Contact          13300 S. LaGrange Road

Info:              Orland Park, IL  60462

(Parking is in the West lot—entrance is off of 131st Street;
Student entrance is door W8—Please do NOT enter through the front circle).          

Address all emails to

Lainee McGraw:  emcgraw@d230.org

Cell Phones:     Scott  708.642.9000  &   Lainee 708.828.6200

New Judges:     Please note any brand new judges when you register so that we can try to leave them

off the first round (no promises, but we will try).  We will also appreciate information about all judging

experience for all judges on Joy.  This is a practice run for registration for IHSA. 

Disclosing:     Judges are expected to completely and thoroughly fill out each ballot, but SHOULD NOT disclose their decision.  If judges want to provide a BRIEF critique at the end of the round, please understand that this DOES NOT  replace a carefully written ballot that clearly articulates a reason for decision based on the arguments in the round.  These ballots are invaluable to coaches and students.  If a judge feels a lengthier critique is necessary, please make sure to turn in your ballot first.

Food:      Our parents do a wonderful job of providing students with great food opportunities.  Food will be sold for a small fee.  Judges and Students:  Please DO NOT leave the building for food.    In the past, judges who left the building have delayed the tournament.  Pizza orders will be taken on Joy.  

We look forward to seeing you in January!

Lainee and Scott

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