2019 Muwekma Ohlone Winter Warmup
Dates: 12/14/2019

Registration has CLOSED. Adds/changes/drops should be emailed to the tournament directors, Peter Chong and Yangyang Lai whose emails can be found below.


Please direct any questions regarding registration to both of the Tournament Directors, Peter Chong at pete.h.chong@gmail.com and Yangyang Lai at yangyangxxlai@gmail.com.

Dear Middle and/or Elementary School Teacher/Coach,

It is our pleasure to invite you to the tenth annual Muwekma Ohlone Middle School Speech Winter Warm-up on Saturday, December 14, 2019. There will be one division for all competitors.

We are once again hosting the Winter Warm-up with two goals in mind: first, to introduce students to speech and debate competition; and second, to give a starting point for more advanced competition at later tournaments.

We will be offering short events (1-3 minutes each) that can be prepared quickly and easily. Students should use notecards. The following events will be offered: Pet Peeve/Young Activist, How-To, Campaign, Poetry/Prose Reading, and Modified Impromptu. Detailed rules for these events are available on the subsequent pages.


Student competitors are asked to dress casually in school clothes. No suits and/or ties please. Judges will be instructed that students were told not to dress up.

Muwekma Ohlone is located at 850 N. 2nd Street near the Highway 87, Taylor St. exit. Park in the Hedding Street Parking lot. Registration will be in the school cafeteria (which adjoins the parking lot) from 11:00 to 12:00 PM, followed by an opening assembly. Students may enter up to two events and will have three rounds in each event. The awards ceremony is scheduled to begin at 4:40 and the tournament should be over before 5:10 PM.

There is a charge of $12 per student for tournament entry. Refreshments are complimentary for all students, teachers, and judges, but lunch will not be served. Judges will be Coast Forensic League high school speech and debate students.

We are using Joy of Tournaments for registration and tabulation. Entries will be due by Monday, December 2, 2019.



If drops are not submitted by Wednesday, December 11, 2019, then the school is still responsible for paying the $12 entry fee.





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. Each school must provide one adult chaperone. Their names and phone numbers must be provided at registration. 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. Please contact the tournament director for further information. 

Questions about the tournament should be directed to 
We are looking forward to seeing you on December 14th, as Muwekma Ohlone makes middle school speech and debate history once again in Silicon Valley!

Gay Brasher
Leland Speech and Debate



Christina Castro

Muwekma Ohlone Middle School





Events and Rules


Young Advocacy/Pet Peeve:

1.     Students should state what they are advocating for/what their pet peeve is, give several specific examples which exemplify this, and offer possible solutions for it.

2.     Students may not assume another persona.

3.     Students should use notecards, but other props are not allowed.

4.     Speeches should be between 2 and 3 minutes.



1.     Students deliver a speech campaigning for a real or fictitious office. Students should elaborate on the reasons the audience should vote for them, using specific examples.

2.     Students may not assume another persona.

3.     Students should use notecards, but other props are not allowed.

4.     Speeches should be between 2 and 3 minutes.




1.     Students deliver a speech on how to do a particular task. Students should be aware that they have limited time and resources, and should therefore choose a task of limited complexity.

2.     Students may not assume another persona.

3.     Students should use notecards.

4.     Students may use up to three props, but the use of props is not required.

5.     4 minutes are allotted for this speech, including set-up and take-down time. Students may use one desk in the classroom on which to place their props during their speeches.



Poetry-Prose Reading


1.     Students deliver a published selection of prose or poetry. Students may assume other persona(s)

2.     Students may use notecards or a script in a binder.

3.     Speeches should be between 2 and 3 minutes.



Modified Impromptu

1.     Students deliver a 1-2 minute speech with 2 minutes of preparation time. They draw abstract topics from an envelope.

2.     Students may observe other performances in the round.

3.     Students may use 1 index card and 1 writing utensil during their preparation time. They may use the index card while they are speaking.









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