2018 CFISD Novice Night #1
Dates: 10/30/2018

Hello CFISD speech & debate coaches,

There will be a Novice Night on Tues., Oct. 30, at Cypress Ranch High School, 10700 Fry Rd., Cypress, TX 77433.

This is a great opportunity for your beginning students to practice their skills in a low-pressure environment and to receive feedback on their efforts.  It is also a wonderful chance for your varsity members to gain valuable experience as judges.

For novice nights to remain viable, it is imperative that the workload be reduced on teachers volunteering to host.  To that end, we are using Joy of Tournaments to register participants and create pairings.  You need to enter your students no later than 4 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 23.  After this deadline, adding students may not be possible.  It is VERY important that you meet this deadline so that our hosting coach can organize and communicate with campus administration regarding room use.  The continuation of these events depends on respecting host schools, and a vital piece of that is providing timely entry information.  You may drop students or make name substitutions through this website until 4 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 29.  The website will be closed to changes after this time.  This is for drops and substitutions only, not adding new entries.

Students may enter one of the following events (schedule doesn't allow for cross-entry):

  • Lincoln-Douglas Debate 
  • Public Forum Debate
  • Congressional Debate
  • Oratory/Informative (combined)
  • Prose/Poetry/POI (combined)
  • Humorous/Dramatic (combined)
  • Duo/Duet (combined – the goal is to keep this as a separate category, but if numbers are low, these students may be joined with HI/DI, putting all memorized oral interp together)

In addition to entering your novice students, please register your varsity students in JOT under judges and select if they would prefer to be a debate or IE judge.  Please be sure to train your varsity students on constructive criticism and discuss with them what it means to be role models for the younger participants.  The spirit of this evening should be to encourage novices in speech & debate while providing supportive feedback on how they can improve.  If your varsity students are willing to help as tournament administrators (such as directing the ballot tables) please make this indication in the notes.  This information will greatly help with planning.  

There will NOT be a concession stand available for students to purchase food or drinks so please plan accordingly.  Hospitality will be made available for all coaches.

If you have questions, please contact Julie Bonner, Cy Ranch Debate Director, at julie.bonner@cfisd.net


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