2020 SCDL Spring Novice IE
Dates: 2/22/2020

Southern California Debate League

  SPRING NOVICE for Speech Events


DEADLINE TO ENTER:  Friday, February 7 @ 5pm

changes can be made to your entry until Fri, Feb 14 @ 5pm


When: Saturday, February 22, 2019
8:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Millikan High School
                2800 Snowden Ave.

               Long Beach, CA  90815

IMPORTANT: You must have paid your CHSSA dues,  League dues and any outstanding fees from last school year and the fall semester prior to entering this tournament.

California speech events.

There are two divisions of competition: Novice and JV.



IF You, the coach of record, are NOT going to be attending the tournament, you must send either an employee representing your school and have them check in your team at the beginning of the tournament.

IF You, the coach of record, are sending a volunteer and/or parent to care for your team.  You MUST have a letter from your school, signed by your principal indicating the person you are sending is the official "chaperone" of your team for the day.  The letter must be turned in to the tournament director prior to the beginning of the tournament.   Failure to do so may result in your student not being allowed to compete

WHOMEVER you put in charge of your team should have the student emergency medical forms / permission slips / parent contact forms for your team.  Protect your students, yourself and your "representative."


IMPORTANT: You must have paid your CHSSA dues,  League dues and any outstanding fees from last school year AND this past FALL SEMESTER  prior to entering this tournament.


Clarification of Novice vs. JV vs. Varsity

1. A student competing for the first time at any time during the SCDL tournament year (Sept-May) is novice regardless of which semester they begin competing.

The next SCDL tournament year (Sept-May) in which the student competes, will be considered that student’s JV year. After the 2nd year, the student is considered varsity. Debate/Congress/Speech are all lumped together ·

Ex.: a student competes at package deal…the clock begins ticking on their “novice status” ·

Ex.: a student competes at Novice Champs only…the clock is about to run out on the student’s novice status ·

Ex.: a student competes at Fall novice during their freshman year and then quits. The student returns as a senior…the student is JV ·

Ex.: a student competes their freshman year at fall debate only then quits the team. The student returns as a senior to compete in Fall Novice speech…the student would be in the JV category.

2. When there is no JV category, JV students must compete varsity. Students can compete up, but they can’t compete down.

3. If a student QUALIFIES for the CHSSA State Championships or the NFL National Championships, the student automatically becomes varsity in all events immediately.

Trophies will be awarded to the top competitor in each event
Top 10% (roughly) will receive Outstanding Ribbons
Top 11-20% (roughly) will receive Excellence Ribbons
    Ribbons will be placed in school packet with critique sheets
Each coach may select an MVP or top student participating at each novice tournament. That student would be recognized at the award ceremony, with a medal by each individual coach. The medal will say SCDL MVP. It is the coach’s discretion whether or not to give the award. Please see Kevin Tong for more information and name of awardee.

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Are you a COACH with questions? 

Please contact
Ms. McHugh, S.C.D.L. President

e-mail: scdlpresident@gmail.com


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