North Lamar High School
City of Lights Fall Speech and Debate Tournament
Saturday, October 14, 2017
The North Lamar High School Forensics Team is pleased to invite you to our twelfth annual Fall Speech and Debate Tournament, "City of Lights," which will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at North Lamar High School in Paris.
We will offer the following UIL events: Policy Debate, Novice Policy Debate, Lincoln Douglas Debate, Novice Lincoln Douglas Debate, Extemporaneous Informative and Persuasive Speaking, Prose and Poetry Interpretation, and Congressional Debate. These events will follow UIL guidelines and the debate events will use current UIL resolutions. North Lamar’s varsity students, who will not be participating in the tournament, will develop the extemporaneous speaking topics. We will also offer the following NFL events: Origional Oratory, Humorous, Dramatic, and Duo Interpretation. We will offer Public Forum Debate if requested; please email email@example.com to request PF.
For Student Congress, we will be utilizing #1-10 on the TFA fall docket for Student Congress; you may access this legislation at http://txfa.org/resources.asp?t=2: click on the link for the Fall 2017 legislation. We will use #1-5 in prelims and #6-10 in finals.
In order for the tournament to run smoothly, all schools must meet judging requirements or your students will not be allowed to participate. Unfortunately, we do not have a judging pool from which to draw. Judges should bring their own stopwatches and should plan to keep their own time.
CX Debate – 1 judge for every two entries or portion thereof.
LD Debate – 1 judge for every four entries or portion thereof.
PF Debate – 1 judge for every two entries or portion thereof.
Extemp - 1 judge for every six entries or portion thereof.
Interp - 1 judge for every six entries or portion thereof
Student Congress – 1 judge per school
Special Note: Please pay special attention to the term “or portion thereof.” If you have one or two entries, you must provide one judge. If you have three or four entries, you must provide two judges. If you have five or six entries, you must provide three judges. Judges may only fulfill an obligation for ONE debate event. If you have one CX team and one LD debater, you must provide two judges: one for CX and one for LD. If you have 1 varsity CX team and one novice CX team, you must provide two judges.
Additional note about extemp and interp: Judging shortages may force us to section some students from the same school into the same preliminary section of the individual events in order to free the judge from that school for a section. We will only do this if it becomes necessary.
Cross-entries: We have tried to schedule in such a way as to allow students to compete in several contests. However, we will begin rounds on time – it will be the student’s responsibility to make sure that he/she makes the rounds as they are scheduled. Please keep this in mind when cross-entering students. If students miss a round due to an excessive number of cross-entries, no refunds will be given. A student may enter one debate event. A student may enter one extemp event. A student may enter either prose or poetry. HI and DI students may not enter debate.
CX, PFD, and Duo: $30 per team
LD: $20 per debater
IEs: $15 per entry
Student Congress: $15 per entry
Policy and LD: We will award trophies to the top six places and top speakers in each event based upon win/loss record and speaker points.
NFL events: We will award trophies to the top four places.
IEs: We will award trophies to the top six places.
Student Congress: We will award first through third places following UIL ranking rules.
Sweepstakes: First and second place.
Note: We are a member school of the Northeast Texas Debate Association. The top six places in CX, LD, Extemp, and Interp will qualify for the NTDA Championship Tournament. If you are not a member, you may access more information about the association through our website, www.ntdachampionship.com, or by contacting any of our officers:
Chris Dickson, President (Sherman High School)
Kinsey Martin, Vice-President (Cross Roads High School)
Rory McKenzie, Treasurer (Lindale High School)
Sandy Spears, Secretary (Union Grove High School)
Entry Deadline: We must receive your entries by 3:30 pm Monday, October 9, 2017. While we do not expect problems with numbers, we will close out contests if space does become a problem. In this situation, we will take entries on a first-come, first-served basis. Please get your entries in as soon as possible.
Please submit entries through joyoftournaments.com.
District Protecting: We will make every effort to protect districts in policy debate. HOWEVER, because it is still very early in the year, and depending upon the number of entries, we may not be able to do this. We will not protect districts in LD.
For questions, please contact:
school: (903) 737-2011
cell: (903) 243-3602
We look forward to seeing you in Paris on the 19th!