2019 PBMST #4 @ The Greene School
Dates: 1/23/2019


23 JANUARY 2019 

The Greene School
2001 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

The Greene School is proud to welcome your middle school competitors to the fourth Palm Beach Middle School Tournament!  This tournament is open to ANY student who is in middle school with a registered program.

Events: We will offer all events that are part of the National Junior Forensic League/Palm Beach Catholic Forensic League (except extemporaneous speaking, policy debate, and Lincoln Douglas debate).  We will offer two rounds of competition (and two sessions of Congress); students are only able to enter a single event. We will utilize PBCFL rules and ballots for all events with the exception of Impromptu where we follow NSDA rules.

Judges: We encourage you to bring your high school competitors and/or competitors from your area to judge middle school students. These should be Juniors or Seniors with Varsity experience. Please specify in the "notes" section what their preferred event areas are; they could be used in more than one event if needed.  In addition to being able to learn by serving as a judge, we will offer them a small judges’ lounge, volunteer hours for service organizations, and of course, they are able to collect NSDA points for their service.  We are also allowing PBCFL JUDGE TRAINED parents to judge the tournament. We are also hosting a PBCFL Judge Training session at this tournament for new parents.

Judges should be instructed to provide POSITIVE and CONSTRUCTIVE feedback, as our purpose of this tournament is to encourage students to keep participating in speech and debate activities. Please provide 1 judge per 2 PF entries, 1 judge per 2 LD entries, and 1 per 5 speech/congress entries (or fraction thereof).  Please indicate on your judge entry what area your judge specializes in. Remember that if you do not provide judges there is a chance we will not have enough to judge the students so ensure that you register enough judges to cover your competitors. A lack of judges is a primary reason why these tournaments run long so keep that in mind as well.

Registration: Each student must pay a registration fee of $12.00 (so, Duo Interpretation and Public Forum Debate is $24.00 per entry).  The cost includes a slice of pizza, a bag of chips, and a beverage.  Your judges will be provided with a meal for free as well.  

Student observers will be charged $6.00 to cover the cost of their meal. Please ensure that all student observers are registered prior to the tournament. Parents will NOT be allowed to watch their children in rounds.

Registration is due and fees become permanent on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. After the website closes, please send all changes to Christopher.cartagena@palmbeachschools.org .  

Due to size limitations of the host school, schools are maxed out 4 entries per event (except Congress which is 6 entries per chamber and Public Forum at 2 teams) so please plan accordingly when registering your students. There are no limits to student observers but they must be registered ahead of time.

Please make sure you have covered your judge commitment.  Uncovered judges will cost $25.00. Please ensure that you have all of your judges registered by the drop date to avoid this fee. Judges will be assigned before the tournament to ensure that no issues during the day of the tournament. Please make a note of your judges’ preferred event in the notes so that we may assign them accordingly. Your school will be assessed the $25.00 uncovered judge fee for any judges who no-shows on the day of a tournament.  

Any changes made to your entry on the day of the tournament (such as drops or shifting students between events) will incur an additional $12.00 fee.  Our desire is not to take your money; we just want to ensure smooth operation of the tournament.

Arrival: The Greene School, 2001 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.  Please arrive NO EARLIER than 4:15 p.m. We will offer parking in the main lot south of the school. Additional parking will be available at Carpenter's Metal. We will have Greene School student and parent volunteers on hand to direct your competitors and judges to the Cafeteria.  Please make sure to be on time to ensure that our tournament is able to run in a timely manner.  Email or text Ms. Coley any last minute changes.

AwardsWe will award a trophy to the top four competitors in each event where there are 12 or more entries, top 3 competitors in events between 6-12 entries, and 1 trophy to events where there are less than 6 competitors. We will recognize competitors who place in the top 6 of their event.


Impromptu Topics: Round 1 – Shakespearean Quotes.  Round 2 – Song Titles.

NSDA Rules: The student will choose a topic from a slip which contains three selections or from face down slip of individual selections. The competitor takes no more than two minutes to prepare a speech which addresses their choice. They will be able to speak for up to 5 minutes on the topic with a 30 second grace period. No notes or previously arranged materials are used in the preparation; the student may NOT use a note card or paper during the presentation. The event calls for creativity and organizational ability.

Congress Topics: Taken from December PBCFL 2018 Legislation: (http://www.pbcfl.net/)  Novice and Varsity students are in mixed chambers.


Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts - A Bill to Reform United States Elections 

Cardinal Newman High School - A Bill to Give a Tax Incentive to Companies for Using Renewable Resources 

Santaluces Community High School - A Bill to Ban Private Prisons in the United States 

William T. Dwyer High School - A Bill to Create 21st Century Technology in America’s Public School System

NOTE: The Docket will be set the day of the Tournament and will not be in this order. Each chamber will set their dockets through docket nominations. Students are allowed to call the previous question after one full cycle of debate on any piece of legislation. Although the Presiding Officer will be instructed to use Recency and Geography, a competitor who is not active in the Chamber is not guaranteed to speak.

Public Forum TopicPublic Forum Debate – 2019 January Topic Area: National Budget/Debt

Resolved: The United States federal government should prioritize reducing the federal debt over promoting economic growth.

If you have ANY questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Erin@standingoh.com .



Erin Coley

Greene School Debate Coach



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