2017 Northwest Indiana NSDA Debate
Dates: 1/20/2017 - 1/21/2017
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Tournament #1A:  Northwest IN - Debate

January 20th and January 21st


Tournament #1B:  Northwest IN - Congress

January 21st


REMEMBER to return the travelling trophies if your team earned one last year.

ENTRY DEADLINE will be Friday, January 13th at 5:00 p.m. (eastern).



Policy (beginning on Friday)

Lincoln-Douglas (beginning on Friday)

Public Forum Debate (beginning on Friday)

Congress (beginning on Saturday)



2016-2017 Policy Topic

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomatic engagement with the People’s Republic of China.

January 2017 Lincoln-Douglas Topic

Resolved: Public colleges and universities in the United States ought not restrict any constitutionally protected speech.

January 2017 Public Forum Topic

Resolved: In order to better respond to international conflicts, the United States should significantly increase its military spending.


Public Forum or Policy debaters may double in Lincoln-Douglas.  However, pragmatically speaking, this would be difficult for the student.  Please recall that a student who double enters at this tournament is ineligible for speech entry.  Also, be careful when putting students in Policy or Public Forum teams if you plan to enter them in Duo at the NW IN District Speech Tournament.



Team Fee = $0

Policy Debate = $15 per team

Public Forum Debate = $15 per team

Lincoln-Douglas = $10 per entry


Entry = $25 after January 13th

Entry = $50 on January 20th

Judge = $50 per day

Please make all checks payable to Northwest Indiana District. All fees must be paid for the team to compete – including fees for dropped entries and fees from the national office.


Drops may be covered with a legal substitution.

All students entered must be an NSDA member on record seven days prior to the District Debate Tournament.


Entry limits are based on chapter size and include entries for both the debate and speech tournaments.  A school’s total entries can be found at www.speechanddebate.org by going into "Membership Reports."  Click into the district report on the far right.  Enter our district site by looking for "Northwest Indiana" or by typing in district #31.  Each chapter is listed with several categories of information that includes your chapters entries for the District Speech and Debate tournaments as well as District Congress.  Each school is limited to four entries per event if their chapter size allows it.

For the good of the district, every school should attempt to utilize all of its entries between the district debate and speech tournaments.   


Since we are hosting District Congress beginning on Saturday, January 21st...

Please remember to download the double entry form from the NSDA website and get all needed signatures prior to the tournament. These may be updated prior to the District Speech Tournament if necessary.



Register your judges on-line. Head coaches are qualified to judge all three events and are expected to be present both days of competition. Make sure your additional judges are as flexible as possible with judging abilities.

Policy Judge Ratio = 1 judge for each team entered

LD Judge Ratio = 1 judge for first entry...2 judges for second, third, or fourth entries

PFD Judge Ratio = 1 judge for first entry...2 judges for second, third entries, or fourth entries


Senate Entry = 1 judge

House Entry = 1 judge (for 6 or fewer) or 2 judges (for 7 or more)


The district committee expects all coaches to remain available for the duration of the tournament.


Other judges may be released upon request one round after a team's final entry is eliminated or when the judge is no longer usable.


Since we are no longer requesting team entry fees and since we are continuing the practice of free entries for Congress, the District Committee is requesting (NOT REQUIRING) that teams either…

1 - Supply a neutral judge Friday evening or Saturday if entering 5 or fewer entries at the district tournament or consider a $50 donation to the district to defray costs of neutral judges.

2 - Supply a neutral judge for Friday evening and Saturday (could be a different person each day) if entering 6 or more entries at the district tournament OR consider a $100 donation to the district to defray costs of neutral judges.

Please note that there will be a similar plea for district speech - adjusting for the fact that is not a two-day tournament.


* If there is no possible way to cover your entry with judges, PLEASE CALL ME.  (574-780-0879)


** Neutral Judge Definition - The judge has no affiliation with any Northwest Indiana teams and has not judged for you previously and did not travel with you and will not be staying with you.  (If there is any affiliation with Northeast teams, please notify me in advance).


Plymouth High School from 3:45-4:45 p.m.

(Eastern Time) on January 21st.

Round 1 will begin as close to 5:00 p.m. as possible (Eastern Time).



Unlike last year, we are NOT hosting a basketball game on Friday evening.  Food will NOT be available at the concessions stand on Friday evening.  If you have an additional person (not a judge) with your team who is willing to go get food for your team, you are welcome to bring food into the cafeteria since we will not have a food service.  There are multiple food establishments available less than a 5 minute drive from the PHS campus. I will be glad to supply information as needed.


Since we are hosting debate, congress, and speech; we will be providing a food service from the start of registration until the afternoon.  Our intention is to serve food until students are in round four of speech and are involved in the final session of Super House and Senate.   Once the food service closes (esp. if debate is running late), we will return to the Friday evening practice of teams having a designated individual (not a judge) go to get food for students.  Please be aware that bringing in food will be frowned upon by the Northwest District Committee.

We will have a judge lounge for our Saturday judges.



1. The Official NFL "Green" Form with signatures.  It does not need to be on green paper.

2. The Doubling Form with appropriate signatures. Please recall that Congress does not count in a student’s double list – only speech and debate events. However, the single entry form must be completed for students doing more than one event in a district tournament this weekend.  

3. The appropriate drop fees for the debate tournament.



Please make sure all judges know that this is a two day tournament and that they are expected to be present for one round beyond a team's last eliminated entry (unless you have made certain to have two judges - one for each day to count as one slot).



Here is the general timetable for debate, congress and the speech tournament to help you with your planning. Times may be adjusted for smoother tournament operation.



3:45 to 4:30 pm Debate Final Registration and Judge Check-In

4:45 pm Debate Judge and Contestant Meeting

5:00 pm Round 1 begins (Policy and PFD?)

6:00 pm Round 1 continues (LD?)

7:00 pm Round 2 begins (Policy and PFD?)

8:45 pm Round 2 continues (LD?)



7:30 to 8:15 am Debate Judge Check-In

8:30 am Round 3 NW LD and PFD

8:30 to 9:15 am NW Congress Final Registration

8:30 to 9:15 am Blizzard Fest Speech Final Registration

9:30 a NW Congress Chamber Meetings

9:45 am NW Congress Begins (Chamber ends at 12:45 p.m.)

11:15 am Speech Round 1

12:30 pm Speech Round 2

1:45 pm Super House and Senate Final Chambers Begin (end 4:45 p.m.)

2:30 pm Speech Round 3

3:45 pm Speech Round 4

ASAP Speech Awards

ASAP NW Congress Awards

ASAP NE and NW Debate Awards (likely in that order)



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