Dear Middle School Teacher/Coach,
You are invited to the 12th Annual Muwekma Ohlone Speech and Debate Tournament on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, 2020. All students in sixth to eighth grades are invited to attend—for Congressional Debate, elementary (3rd–5th) and middle school students may attend.
The tournament will take place over the course of two days. On Saturday, May 16th, students may participate in any of six speech events: Persuasive, Expository, Autobiographical Narrative, Duo Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking and Oral Interpretation of Literature. On Sunday, May 17th, students may participate in Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas or Congressional Debate.
We will be using the March PF topic and the March/April LD topic.
Resolved: Predictive policing is unjust.
Resolved: The United States should increase its use of nuclear energy for commercial energy production.
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 the Experienced Division may enter under Experienced.
The use of laptop computers in debate rounds is permitted for the experienced division only.
The tournament will offer three divisions of Congressional Debate.
Elementary Division: For elementary school students (grades 3rd–5th) who have competed at elementary level tournaments in the past.
Mixed Division: For advanced 5th grade students who have placed top 3 at past elementary or middle school tournaments, or middle school students (grades 6th–8th) who have not advanced to an elimination round at a middle school or high school level tournament.
Advanced Division: For middle school students (grades 6th–8th) who have advanced to an elimination round at a middle school or high school tournament.
If we find that a student is incorrectly entered in a division, he/she will be disqualified from the tournament.
Dress code is business casual: polos and slacks for boys; dresses and blouses for girls.
Muwekma Ohlone 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 all speech events and Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglas debates, students will participate in four rounds of each event in which they are entered. In Congressional Debate, students will participate in three rounds. In speech, 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 $25 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 morning and 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 Muwekma Ohlone Middle School
Drops made on 5/16 or 5/17 will NOT be refunded.
All students must be registered on the tournament website by Friday, May 1, 2020 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.
Changes made later than Wednesday, May 13th at 11:59 PM will incur an additional drop fee of $10 on top of the original entry fee.
If there are requests for event changes, please understand that this tournament is extremely popular and that we may not be able to accommodate every change requested.
Please do not email your entries to any tournament staff to be entered.
If your high school team uses Joy of Tournaments, please create a single account for your middle school 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 both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking forward to seeing you in May, as Muwekma Ohlone makes middle school speech and debate history once again in Silicon Valley!
Christina Castro Gay Brasher
Muwekma Ohlone Middle School Leland Speech and Debate