2019 Burnett Spring Invitational
Dates: 3/23/2019 - 3/24/2019


Dear Middle School Teacher/Coach,

You are invited to the 11th Annual Burnett Speech and Debate Tournament on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24, 2019. All students in sixth to eighth grades are invited to attend.

Just like last year, the tournament will take place over the course of two days. On Saturday, March 23rd, students may participate in any of six speech events: Persuasive, Expository, Autobiographical Narrative, Duo Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking and Oral Interpretation of Literature. On Sunday, March 24th, students may participate in one of two debate events: Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglass.

The 2019 resolution for Lincoln-Douglass will be the National Speech & Debate Association's March/April resolution for LD debate and the resolution for Public Forum will be the National Speech & Debate Association's April resolution for PF debate. We are choosing these resolutions so that competitors may prepare for competition at the first annual California High School Speech Association Middle School Speech Championship. 

The rules for cross-entering are as follows: Students may compete in up to three events: two speech events and one debate event. Students may not compete in three speech events or in two debate events. Students who choose to double-enter should be aware of the proper procedures to enter and exit their rounds politely and professionally.

The tournament will offer two divisions for each DEBATE event.

Regular division:  For students who have never competed in a high school debate tournament in a debate event.

Experienced division:  ***All students who have previously competed in a high school debate tournament must enter this division***.  All students who have previously won first place at a middle school tournament in debate must enter this division. Any student who wants to enter Experienced Division may enter under Experienced.

If we find that a student is incorrectly entered in the Regular division, they will be disqualified from the tournament.

The use of laptop computers in debate rounds is permitted for the experienced division only.

Dress code is business casual: polos and slacks for boys; dresses and blouses for girls.

Burnett is located at 850 N. 2nd Street near the Hwy 87, Taylor St. exit. Park in the Hedding Street Parking lot. On both days, school registration will be outside of the school cafeteria at 8:00 AM for speech on Saturday and 7:30 AM for debate on Sunday. Please send one representative for your team to the registration table to check-in and receive materials. Registration will be followed by an opening assembly. There will be separate awards ceremonies for speech and debate - at approximately 6:30 PM for speech on Saturday and 7:00 PM for debate on Sunday.

In both speech and debate, all students will participate in four rounds of each event in which they are entered. In speech, round three will be a hidden semifinal round and round four will be a hidden final round. The top ranking students in each event will receive trophies. Special awards may also be given at the tournament director's discretion to recognize exceptional effort or behavior.

This year, there is a tournament entry fee of $20 per student for each event entered. Checks only please. There is no additional school fee. This fee includes entry in the tournament, as well as afternoon snacks and a pizza lunch. Food for parents will be available for purchase. Judges will be Coast Forensic League high school speech and debate students. Please bring your checks to the tournament.

CHECKS ONLY PLEASE: Made payable to Burnett Middle School

Drops made on 3/23 or 3/24 will NOT be refunded.

All students must be registered on the tournament website by Friday, March 8, 2019 at 11:59 PM:


We realize that this is an early deadline, but we anticipate a large entry and want to ensure that all schools can be accommodated.

Please do not email your entries to any tournament staff to be entered.

Chaperone Regulations: We expect a large number of students to attend our tournament; consequently, adult supervision is essential to ensure the safety of all participants. Schools must provide one adult chaperone for every ten participants. Their names and phone numbers must be provided at check in. Schools are also required to provide a letter identifying chaperones by name and authorizing them to supervise on behalf of the school. This letter must be a letterhead and signed by an administrator. Each independent entry must have an adult chaperone on campus at all times.

If your high school team uses Joy of Tournaments, please create a single account for your middle schools which you are entering rather than entering them as separate schools. This helps simplify the tabulation process, especially for debate. Additionally, if there are multiple teachers from a single middle school entering students on Joy of Tournaments, please coordinate and create only one account for your middle school rather than a separate account for each class.

Questions about the tournament should be directed to hannahlee423@gmail.com

We are looking forward to seeing you in May, as Burnett makes middle school speech and debate history once again in Silicon Valley!

Christina Castro                                                                                Gay Brasher

Burnett Middle School                                                          Leland Speech and Debate

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