hope everyone is having a wonderful year.
At this time, I will provide the specific information regarding our
three District tournaments. Please read
all of this carefully to insure the smooth running of our contests.
again, we will be using the Joy of Tournaments to run the districts. This program works with all the NFL rules. This
year, there will be need a GREEN SHEET again; however, it does NOT require the
signatures of all your students; just your signature and the signature of your
principal. This form and all other forms are available
me at 516-480-4720 on the day of either tournament if you are running
late. Give me any drops at that time.
POLICY, LINCOLN-DOUGLAS, AND PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE TOURNAMENT
DATE: Feb. 24-25 (Friday and Saturday)
SITE: Regis H.S.
TIMES: Friday: registration begins at 1:30 PM. Registration will close at 2:00 p.m., and the
first round will begin at 3:15 p.m. We
will have three rounds on Friday.
Saturday: be present at 8:45 a.m.
Rounds will begin at 9:00 a.m.
RESOLUTIONS: the annual NFL resolved for policy, the Jan./Feb.
NFL resolved for LD, and the Feb. NFL resolved for PF.
E. FEES: Each school will have a $10.00
registration fee for each contest (debate and/or speech) in addition to the fee
of $12.00 for each contestant. Make all
checks payable to NEW YORK CITY NFL.
JUDGES: Friday: one judge for each two teams or fraction thereof; one judge
for two L-D debaters or fraction.
Saturday: one judge for each team or L-D debater remaining. NOTE: we will use one judge for each debate
in the first two rounds, and three judges thereafter.
NUMBERS: you may enter up to four in each form of debate, but you may not
exceed the total number of entries based on your chapter strength (see NFL
H. DROPS: you may not drop any
judges after you have registered. If you
drop a judge or do not bring the number of judges required, you will be assessed
a fine of $500.00 for each uncovered entry.
You must pay the fees for all students who are dropped. All fines and fees must be paid BEFORE
students may participate in the tournament.
No debater may participate until all fines and fees are paid.
QUOTAS/DOUBLE ENTRY: students entering ANY two events (debate, speech, or Congress or
combination thereof) MUST fill out an intent form BEFORE competing in any
event, indicating the event they will attend Nationals should they qualify for
more than one. EXCEPTION: if BOTH
members of a team event also qualify in a single event category, they MAY BOTH
enter the single event; however, if only one member of a team double qualifies,
both students MUST attend the nationals as a team. Students may not enter two debate
DATE: March 4(Saturday only)
SITE: Syosset H.S.
TIME: Registration begins at 8:30
a.m. We would like to begin Round I at
9:00 a.m., so please be prompt.
Remember, if you are running late, call me at
516-480-4720 on the day of the tournament.
At other times, call me at 516-742-5555 X463 or email me at
D. EVENTS: Dramatic Interp, Humorous Interp, Original
Oratory, International Extempore, Domestic Extempore, Program of Oral
Interpretation, Informative Speaking, and Duo Interp. NOTE: Students MAY double enter in speech
EXCEPT in the two Extemps. (See note I above).
FEES: each chapter will have a $10.00 registration fee, plus $10.00 per
speaker. Make all checks payable to NEW
YORK CITY NFL.
JUDGES: One judge for every TWO speakers or fraction. (Duo Interp team
counts as one). We will use the
California Plan. Failure to bring a
required judge based on registration will result in a $500.00 fine for each
uncovered entry. No speaker may
participate until all fees and fines are paid.
NUMBERS: you may enter up to four in each event, but you may not exceed the
total number of entries based on your chapter strength (as of 7 work days
before the contest—check NFL webpage).
STUDENT CONGRESS: The Congress will be
held on Saturday, April 8 at Chaminade.
I will send more details later, but I suggest that your students begin
working on legislation as soon as possible.
The total number of entries for the debate and speech tournaments is determined
by quota, based on the number of degrees you have on record at the national
office as of seven (7) days before each event.
The NSDA has 2 deadlines for registration.
It requires that schools register their students 7 days before the start
of the tournament. It also allows
additions up to 72 hours before the tournament.
For the sake of the host schools, I would ask everyone to respect the 7
It is to everyone’s advantage that each chapter send
its maximum number of entries to both contests.
As you know, the district can qualify up to 4 students/teams to
nationals depending on the number actually competing in each event.
4. Reminder. There are 2 steps to registering a student
for the NFL:
A) Membership: When a student receives 25 point, that
student is a member of the NFL. You, as
the coach record the points, and the NFL automatically registers them.
Registration: Students must register
with the NFL individually through the website.
Any student who became a member DURING THIS SCHOOL YEAR must register
individually to compete at the District Tournament.
chapter strength is based on the number of degrees of your students who have
individually registered with the NSDA.
If you do no register your students, they do not count towards your
ability to send students.
All students must have
membership, i.e. they must have 25 points on file with the NFL to compete.
If you have any problems
with the individual registration, please contact me. I can walk you through it.
5. The NSDA has made Worlds
Debate a full event. Each district will
be able to send two teams of up to 5 studetns.
These students need not be from the same school. We will use the same criteria as last
year. We will solicit interested
students. Then, we will offer it first to seniors who were in final rounds,
with the spots going to students with the highest NSDA points (excluding
service). Then to juniors in the final round, then sophs, then freshmen, then semifinalists in the same order.
John G. McGrory, S.M.
New York City