2017 Watertown Fiesta
Dates: 1/20/2017 - 1/21/2017

 2016 Speech Fiesta Information

 

 

Sweepstakes

We will be awarding sweepstakes trophies to the top three AA schools (schools with 600 + students in grades 9-12) and top three A schools (schools with fewer than 600 students in grades 9-12).

 

The top two entries every event will be counted towards sweepstakes. Each debate entry will be awarded five points for a win. Each individual event entry will receive five points for a rank of one, four points for two, three points for three, two points for a four and one point for a rank of five. Break rounds in debate and finals in individual events will be counted toward the sweepstakes total.

 

 

Great Western Bank Award

This award is presented to the school with the best cumulative sweepstakes record for the last three years, including this current tournament. It is sponsored by Great Western Bank of Watertown.

 

 

Debate

 

 

Varsity Policy

 

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

  1. A school must provide a qualified judge for every two teams entered, or fraction thereof.  Head coaches should judge in this division.  College students must be at least one year removed from high school competition (sophomores).
  2. Each team will debate five preliminary rounds. Varsity policy will break to finals. Rounds three through five will be power matched.  Time limits will be 8-3-5 with 5 minutes of prep.
  3. The ten-minute forfeiture rule will be in effect for all rounds.
  4. Mavericks may not enter.

 

 

Junior Varsity Policy

  1. A school must provide a qualified judge for every two teams entered, or fraction thereof. Post high school judges should judge in this division.
  2. This division is intended for teams who are not quite at the varsity level, but better than novice.
  3. Each team will debate five rounds. Junior Varsity policy will break to finals.  Rounds three through five will be power matched.  Time limits will be 8-3-5 with 5 minutes of prep.
  4. The ten-minute forfeiture rule will be in effect for all rounds.
  5. Mavericks may not enter.

 

 

Novice Policy Debate

  1. A school must provide a qualified judge for every two teams entered, or fraction thereof. Post high school judges should judge in this division. High school juniors or seniors who have earned the NFL Degree of Excellence (150 points) are eligible to judge in this division.
  2. The SDFCA novice topic limits will be in effect. They are:
    • Government Surveillance Drones
    • Require Specific Warrants for all Electronic Surveillance
    • Curtail the Physical Surveillance of Muslim Communities 
  3. Each team will debate five rounds. Novice policy will break to finals. Rounds three through five will be power matched. Time limits will be 8-3-5 with 5 minutes of prep.
  4. The ten-minute forfeiture rule will be in effect for all rounds.
  5. Mavericks may not enter. 

 

Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate

 

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

  1. A school must provide a qualified judge for every two speakers entered, or fraction thereof.  Head coaches should judge in this division.  College students must be at least one year removed from high school competition (sophomores).
  2. The topic for debate will be the national topic for January and February.
  3. Each speaker will debate five rounds. Varsity Lincoln-Douglas will break to semifinals. Rounds three through five will be power matched. Time limits will be 6-3-7-3-4-6-3 with 4 minutes of prep.
  4. The ten-minute forfeiture rule will be in effect for all rounds.

 

 

Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate

  1. A school must provide a qualified judge for every two speakers entered, or fraction thereof.  Post high school judges should judge in this division.
  2. The topic for debate will be the national topic for January and February.
  3. This division is for FIRST or SECOND TOPIC DEBATERS ONLY. 
  4. Each speaker will debate five rounds.  Novice Lincoln-Douglas will break to semifinals. Rounds three through five will be power matched. Time limits will be 6-3-7-3-4-6-3 with 4 minutes of prep.
  5. The ten-minute forfeiture rule will be in effect for all rounds.

 

 

Varsity Public Forum Debate

 

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

  1. A school must provide a qualified judge for every two teams entered, or fraction thereof. Post high school judges should judge in this division. Debate coaches and other adults are preferred.
  2. The topic for debate will be the national topic for January.
  3. This division is for second year and beyond debaters.
  4. Each team will begin by debating two randomly paired rounds. Rounds three through five will be powered. Varsity Public Forum will break to semifinals.
  5. For addition information on Public Forum debate, visit the NFL website at www.nflonline.org.
  6. The ten-minute forfeiture rule will be in effect for all rounds.
  7. Mavericks may not enter.

 

 

Novice Public Forum Debate

  1. A school must provide a qualified judge for every two teams entered, or fraction thereof. Post high school judges should judge in this division. Debate coaches and other adults are preferred.
  2. The topic for debate will be the national topic for January.
  3. This division is primarily for first year public forum debaters only. If this is the second year for a debater, the team should have limited experience.
  4. Each team will begin by debating two randomly paired rounds. Rounds three through five will be power matched. Novice Public Forum will break to semifinals.
  5. For addition information on Public Forum debate, visit the NFL website at www.nflonline.org.
  6. The ten-minute forfeiture rule will be in effect for all rounds.
  7. Mavericks may not enter.

 

 

Individual Events

  1. Double entries are allowed. Triple entries are not allowed.
  2. One judge is needed for each five entries or fraction thereof. All individual events judges must be post high school.

 


Extemporaneous Speaking       

  1. There will be three divisions of extemporaneous speaking: Varsity International, Varsity US, and Novice.
  2. Extempers will have thirty minutes to prepare their speeches.
  3. Speech time is a maximum of seven minutes.
  4. Coaches should try to equalize their entries among divisions.
  5. Extempers who double enter may have shorter preparation time. If double-entered, extempers must speak in the order printed in the program. The tabulation staff will make no special arrangements for extempers who choose to be double-entered.
  6. The following regulations have been implemented for novice extemp:
    1. No seniors are allowed in the novice divisions.
    2. No competitors who have ever competed in the varsity divisions of extemp.
    3. No competitors who are entered in Varsity Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, or Public Forum Debate.

 

 

Original Oratory

  1. There will be two divisions of Original Oratory: Varsity and Novice.
  2. Speech time is a maximum of ten minutes.
  3. The oration must be the original work of the student, new for this season.
  4. Manuscripts are optional.
  5. The following regulations have been implemented for novice original oratory:
    1. No seniors are allowed in the novice division.
    2. No competitors who have ever competed in the varsity division of original oratory.
    3. No competitors who are entered in Varsity Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, or Public Forum Debate.
       

  

Informative

  1. There will be one division of Informative speaking.
  2. Speech time is a maximum of ten minutes.
  3. The speech must be the original work of the student, new for this season.
  4. The goal of the informative must be to educate the audience on a particular topic, not to advocate.
  5. Manuscripts and visual aids are optional.

 

 

Oral Interpretation

  1. There will be four divisions of Oral Interpretation: Humorous, Drama, Duet, and Program Oral Interp (POI).
  2. Cuttings shall be from published/printed novels, short stories, plays or poetry.
  3. Manuscripts are optional.
  4. All other rules follow those of the National Forensic League.

 

 


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