WESTERN BAY FORENSICS LEAGUE
CONGRESS STATE QUALIFIER INVITATION
WHAT: Student Congress
WHEN: March 23, 2019
WHERE: Culver City High School
4401 Elenda Street, Culver City, CA 90230
HOW: Submit all Congress entries to Joy of Tournaments on or before the deadline.
DEADLINE: Friday, March 15, 2019 at 10pm.
NO ADDS / CHANGES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DEADLINE.
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Registration
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM PO Instructions
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Judging Instructions
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM SESSION 1
11:00 AM - 12:45 PM SESSION 2
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch Break
2:00 PM - 3:45 PM SEMI-FINALS
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM Break/Tabulation of Scores
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM FINALS
8:00 PM Awards
Please be sure that judges and Presiding Officers are present for instructions at 8 AM sharp! Rounds are intended to start (speaking to begin) at their designated start time, so students and judges must arrive at their rooms before the start time. Although breaks are listed, we will start rounds early if tabbing allows. Therefore, competitors should not leave campus for any reason. Failure to be present at the start of the round may result in disqualification at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director.
Entries: A student may NOT enter Quals if he/she has not participated in at least one WBFL league Congress tournament this school year.
Drop Deadline: Although registration closes on March 15, coaches may email drops to Sharon James on or before Tuesday, March 19, 2019. After Tuesday, fees are frozen.
Registration: Upon arrival at the tournament, coaches should check in immediately in the tab room; judges should check in at the judge’s room. Failure of coaches and judges to check in on time may result in your team being dropped in its entirety at the discretion of the Tournament Director. When you check in, please inform us of any drops as well as any judging changes. It is essential that coaches check in with the tab room during the day; coaches must also be available to judge the final round. For these reasons, coaches may NOT be one of the registered judges for their teams.
PRESIDING OFFICERS: We intend to have between 10 - 12 STUDENTS per House, so we need several students to serve as Presiding Officer (PO). Please encourage your students accordingly – there are two POs per House. Students may compete as both PO and speaker as they only preside for half the session. Please mark POs for both Congressional Debate and Presiding Officer Candidate in JOT if the student wishes to serve as Presiding Officer.
JUDGING REQUIREMENT: Each school is required to provide at least one judge per eight entries. Judges must be at least one year out of high school, and two years out if they are judging final rounds. Additional judges are always appreciated. We would like to have one non-conflicted coach in each of the semi-final round panels if possible, and we definitely want one non-conflicted coach on the final round panel. Accordingly, we request that coaches plan to participate in either of these roles, when conflict with their school can be avoided.
We also hope to use different judges for every round so please consider this in finding your judges – once a judge has judged the first session we can let that judge go home if all goes according to plan. This will continue with each session thereafter, so you may have different judges come at different times throughout the day IF they have judged Congress before. First-time judges should register at 8:00 AM so that they are present for judging instructions. Please, please ask your most qualified judges to judge semi-finals rounds (the bonus is that they would not need to come until 1 PM).
FAILURE TO PROVIDE THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF JUDGES CAN RESULT IN YOUR TEAM (IN ITS ENTIRETY OR IN PART) BEING DROPPED FROM THE TOURNAMENT AT THE SOLE DISCRETION OF THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR.
PLEASE PROVIDE LEGISLATION TO JUDGES BEFORE MARCH 2 SO THEY WILL BE FAMILIAR WITH THE MATERIAL BEING DEBATED.