2016 Virginia NSDA District Speech Tournament
Dates: 3/19/2016

Virginia NFL District Tournament



The Virginia District of the National Forensics League will conduct its national qualifier tournaments on March 19 2016 at Fluvanna County High School (Speech events) in Palmyra, VA, and April 15 & 16, 2016, at the Best Western Hotel and Culpeper County High School in Culpeper, VA. The tournament is open to all schools listed as members of the Virginia District of the National Forensics League. Check the NFL website to determine your school’s eligibility ( www.speechanddebate.org ).




The speech portion of the tournament will be held on March 19, at Fluvanna County High School, in Palmyra, VA.


The congress tournament will be held on Friday, April 15, at the Best Western Hotel, 791 Madison Road, Culpeper, VA.  (540) 825-1253.


The debate portion of the tournament will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 15 & 16, at Cupeper County High School in Culpeper, VA.




Donald Hitt has arranged for a block of hotel rooms to be reserved for us at the Best Western hotel in Culpeper. The hotel is located at 791 Madison Road, Culpeper, VA.   The block is reserved under NFL Speech & Debate and will be open until March 1. I highly suggest that coaches estimate the number of rooms they will need and call the hotel immediately to reserve rooms within this block!  The hotel number is 540-825-1253. 


Any team bringing a bus to the hotel site—either for lodging or just for the competition—MUST park it behind the hotel and NOT in front of the hotel!




 The tournament will feature competition in all NFL events, including original oration, international extemporaneous speaking, domestic extemporaneous speaking, dramatic interpretation humorous interpretation, duo interpretation, Lincoln-Douglas debate, Public Forum debate, policy debate, and student congress. The tournament will follow NFL rules for all events, so schools are encouraged to check the NFL website (www.nationalforensicleague.org ) to obtain the specific rules for each event. This year teh NSDA is piloting two new individual events, Program of Oral Interpretation (POI) and Informative Speaking (INF). Each school will be allowed to enter two students in each of these categories; these entries will not count against the school's quota of entries allowed in the district tournament.


Entry limits:

·         Entry limits are determined by the NFL based upon the number of memberships and degrees the school has on file with the national office one week prior to the tournament. Points from the speech tournament will not be added to the school’s total until after the debate tournament. Coaches should make sure they are entering all points for all students into the NFL database on a monthly basis. No student will be allowed to register unless he/she has earned NFL membership by the date of registration.


·         In order to send a full delegation to the national tournament, the district tournament must meet the following minimum quotas:

o   Congress—minimum of eight schools entering at least one person in the Senate chamber.

o   Paired events (CX, PF, DUO)—minimum of 10 teams in each event.

o   Individual events (IX, DX, HI, DI, OO, POI, INF)—minimum of 12 entries in each event.


·         The district committee asks that each school attending the tournament commit to entering at least one person in the Senate chamber of Congress and one student in either DX or IX to help us meet these minimum requirements.


·         Schools are limited to a maximum of four entries in each separate category (except congress, which has its own quota)


Double Entry:

·         Because the speech and debate portions of the tournament are being held on separate weekends this year, students will be allowed to double enter between speech and debate events. Double entry in two debate events is absolutely not feasible. All competitors are welcome to enter the Congress portion of the tournament since it is technically a separate tournament and precedes the opening of the debate and speech portions of the tournament.

Students will NOT be allowed to double enter in both domestic extemp and international extemp; we tried that last year, and it was absolute chaos and benefited none of the students involved.

S         Competitors may double enter in speech events. Students competing in duo interpretation should not enter PF or CX unless they do so with the same partner as their duo.

·         Students who double enter in two speech events MUST provide a single-entry letter of intent at registration on March 21.

·         Students who double enter in a speech event(s) and congress OR one speech event, congress, and a debate event must provide single-entry letter of intent form at registration on April 17.

·         Students who enter congress and debate events must provide single-entry letter of intent form at registration on April 17.

·         Each student is allowed to enter two events PLUS Congress. In other words, each student has the following options:

·         One speech event, one debate event, congress

·         Two speech events, congress





In order to keep the cost of the tournament to a minimum while providing trophies, hospitality for the judges lounge and covering operational costs, tournament fees will be as follows:


School entry fee                                   $35

DI, HI, OO, LD, INF, POI                   $15

CX                                                      $100

PF, DUO                                              $30

IX AND DX                                        $15

CONGRESS                                    $25.00 (This includes the student’s meal on Friday at lunch)

Please make checks payable to Virginia NFL. Payment is expected at the time of registration for each respective tournament on March 19 and April 15.


Congress will be held at the Best Western Hotel in Culpeper, VA. A buffet lunch will be provided to the participants. The lunch is included in the registration fee. Coaches and non-congress competitors who wish to eat lunch at the hotel will need to go through the dining room and pay for their meals that way. ONLY congress competitors' meals are covered by the registration fee.


Late Entries:


Late entries will NOT be accepted UNLESS acceptance of said entries would allow the tournament to meet the minimum quotas for competition. Any late entry that is accepted will be charged $15 per entry in addition to the regular entry fees stated above.




Registration will only be accepted through the Joy of Tournaments website. Go to www.joyoftournaments.com  and register your school if you do not already have an account there –there is no charge to set up an account. Once you have registered your school with the website, the link for tournament registration will be www.joyoftournaments.com/nfl/va .If you encounter problems, email me, and I will try to guide you through the process. Registration must be complete by 11 o’clock p.m. on March 11 for the speech portion of the tournament. Registration must be complete by 11 o’clock p.m. on April 8 for the congress and debate portions of the tournament. After the deadline dates, all fees are final. If a student cannot attend and must drop, please email me immediately—on-site drops will throw the entire tournament off schedule.



Judge Quotas:


HI, DI, DUO, DX, IX, OO , INF, POI                   1 judge for every 3 entries.

LD, PF                                                                   1 judge for every 3 entries

CX                                                                         1 judge per school


We will need a lot of judges to make this tournament run. NFL requires that we use three judge panels in each speech event starting with round one. In the debate events, we will use single judge panels until eight teams/LDers remain; at that point we must use three judge panels.


If a team is hiring a judge to cover their entries and that judge does not have a close affiliation with that team’s competitors, please email me the  name of that judge and the areas he or she is qualified to judge.


It is vital that we be able to use all of the judges who are at the tournament site. For this reason, we ask that each coach specify EVERY event that a judge is qualified to judge. If a team brings John Doe to cover their obligation in LD, and John Doe is also qualified to judge PF, then the coach should write “can also judge PF ” in the comments section for that judge when completing the registration on the website.



The school entry fee will be used to cover custodial expenses and provide hospitality to the judge’s lounge.




Awards will be presented to the finalists in individual speech events and the top six competitors in the debate events.

The top 2 Senators and the top congress person in each chamber of the house will qualify for the national tournament IF the minimum requirement of 12 participating schools is met.


The top three entries in each of the speech and debate events will advance to the national tournament IF the minimum number of entries is met in the event.




Food for students will be available for purchase at the school site.




 Congress Legislation: Each school may submit up to three pieces of legislation (one economic, one domestic, and one foreign) for consideration. The legislation should be signed as being submitted by the school, not by an individual student. Please follow the formatting guidelines in the NFL district tournament manual (available at nationalforensicleague.org). Email all legislation to archpainter@earthlink.net by March 21, 2016. Coaches, please proofread the legislation and make sure it makes sense. The chair reserves the right to reject any legislation that is improperly formatted or is incoherently phrased. Once potential legislation has been received, it will be perused and 10-15 items will be selected for the docket. The docket will be pre-set for the tournament. Students may amend the docket once the first three pieces of legislation have been debated. Handling the docket in this manner allows all competitors to prepare speeches on at least one piece of legislation and be assured the assembly will actually get to debate that legislation.



Tentative Schedule


Speech events:


Saturday, March 19


 8:00 a.m.                    Registration at FCHS cafeteria

 8:30                            Extemp draw

 9:00                            Round One

11:00                           Round Two

1:30                             Round Three

3:00                             Semifinals

5:30                             Finals

8:00                             Awards                                  


Debate & Congress


Friday, April 15


Student Congress:

Registration                                   8:00—8:30 am at the Best Western Hotel, Culpeper

Session One                                    8:30—11:30

Lunch                                             11:30—12:15 (eat in chambers)

Session Two                                    12:15—3:15



Registration                                   3:30—4:00 pm at CCHS Auditorium


4:30                             Round One CX

5:00                             Round One (all other events)

6:15                             Round Two CX

6:45                             Round Two  ( LD, PF)

8:30                             Round Three (LD, PF, CX)


It is our hope to have all rounds finished for the evening by 10 pm.


Saturday, April 16


7:30 am                       Registration/ Judge check-in

8:00                             Round Four (LD, PF, CX)

10:00                           Round five (LD, PF)

11:00                           round five CX

12:00                           Round Six  (LD, PF)

1:30                             Round Six CX

2:00                             Round Seven (LD, PF)

4:00                             Round Seven CX

4:30                             Round Eight (LD, PF)

6:30                             Round eight CX

6:30                             Round Nine (LD,PF)


Awards as soon as the last tabulation is completed.



NFL Rules


It is the responsibility of the coach to review and be familiar with all NFL rules regarding the events offered at the district tournament and the conduct of the tournament itself. Please review the District Tournament Manual prior to registration or at least prior to the tournament.


Virginia NFL Rules

·         Competitors are expected to arrive at rounds ON TIME. Any student who arrives at a debate or speech round more than ten minutes late may forfeit that round (a loss in debate or a rank of last place on all judge ballots in a speech round.) Exceptions will be made in speech rounds for students who are double entered.

·         In speech events, it is expected that students will perform an original interpretation of the material used for DI, HI, or DUO. In the past there have been complaints that some competitors were simply replicating the gestures, choreography and cuttings found on the national final round videos. If the district committee finds that this form of artistic plagiarism is being committed by a performer or duo team, the committee reserves the right to inform the judges in all subsequent rounds that the performance is an imitation and not an original interpretation.




March 21                       Congress legislation due by email to archpainter@earthlink.net

March 1                         Deadline for reserving rooms from hotel block at Best Western

March 11                                   Registration deadline for  point entry for speech competitors

April  8                          Registration Deadline/ deadline for point entry for debate competitors

March 14                       Deadline for drops/changes to speech registration/ fees become final

April 11                           Deadline for drops/changes to debate/congress registration/ fees become




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