2018 Rapid City Central High School Tournament
Dates: 1/26/2018 - 1/27/2018

Central High School's Toads Hollow Speech and Debate Event Welcomes you!!

Friends and Fellow Speech and Debate Students and Coaches,

We are excited to extend the invitation to our upcoming tournament January 26 and 27, 2018. We will be offering a variety of events to participate in. We will also be observing and honoring an obscure but hopeful holiday that promotes good will.

Toads Hollow Day originated in an 1800's school house in Kalamazoo, Michigan and the stories told by Ralph C. Morrison.  Toads Hollow is not a place you can find on the map but rather in your heart.  It is a day to give encouragement and support to others.  It is a day where you not only find it in your heart to be courageous but also wildly successful!

So in honor of Toads Hollow Day of Encouragement we invite you to join us in embracing the simple message to share a kind word with your fellow person.

If you have questions, contact:

Head Coach Cynthia Simpson at (605) 394-4023 (work) or (605)484-8469 (cell) cynthia.simpson@k12.sd.us

Assistant Coach Evan Sand: evan.sand.2016@gmail.com

We hope you plan to attend our tournament scheduled for January 26 and 27, 2018. We are excited to make the following announcements:


  • All of our entry fees will be $5 dollar single and $10 double per event!

  • We are offering great meal plan options to support different team needs!

This year, we will again be using the Joy of Tournaments site for registration purposes. Please feel free to make changes until the day of the tournament. Sometime on Friday mid-morning, the website will close and the entries will be pulled. After that time, if you still have last minute changes, call Cynthia or Evan on cell phone numbers listed above.  


Here are a few reminders:

  1. Please enter drops on the website ASAP so we can plan for numbers.  We will prepare school entry fee bills for the Central Cobblers Toads Hollow Debate Tournament on Thursday afternoon, January 25, 2018.

  2. Registration will be held in the foyer in freshman wing of the high school. RCHS will dismiss at 3:20 PM. Registration will begin at 3:30PM and end at 4:00PM.

  3. Food and refreshments will be provided for coaches and judges in the area in the staff lounge on the second floor.  

  4. A concession stand will be open in the cafeteria in the Commons area in the freshman house.

  5. NO PORTABLE STEREOS or boom boxes will be allowed inside the building. Encourage your team members to use headphones so they don’t disrupt others.

  6. Food and drink must remain in the Commons area of the new building.

  7. NO smoking will be allowed in the building or on the school campus, including the parking areas.

  8. Participants may double or triple at their own risk. NO TRIPLING IN THE SAME PATTERN. Judges will be told to wait 15 minutes. After that, the student will surrender the round or take a no-show in the event.

  9. Due to the 4 p.m. start time on Friday, only three rounds of individual events will be run.

  10. The Tab Room will be open to COACHES only and will be located in the library.

  11. Students should not enter a room without a judge present.

  12. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers and smaller prizes will be given to the 4th, 5th, and 6th place finishers.

  13. Debaters will receive prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

  14. 1st, 2nd, and third place sweepstakes prizes will be awarded to the top schools in each of the following categories: 1A/2A, 3A, and 4A.

  15. All entries count as a single entry towards sweepstakes including CX.

  16. CONGRESS: Bills due Tuesday, Jan. 19. Email Congress Bills to cynthia.simpson@k12.sd.us or evan.sand.2016@gmail.com and label House or Senate. On Thursday, Jan. 25 Congress Bills will be posted. Debate order will be set in each chamber. Each student should bring a copy of the docket found in the Congress tab. Priority for the docket will be as follows: first, those in the chamber; second, those on the docket; third, walk-in bills.  

  17. We will be using the current debate topics for the month of January 2018 and for the year in policy debate.

-- 2017-18 Policy Debate: Topic Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States.   

--2018 January/February Lincoln Douglas Topic Resolved: Plea bargaining ought to be abolished in the United States criminal justice system.

--2018 January Public Forum Topic Area:  Resolved:Spain should grant Catalonia its independence.

We look forward to seeing you all in January!

Cynthia Simpson



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