Hello CFISD speech & debate coaches,
There will be a Novice Night on Thurs., Feb. 20, at Cypress Springs High School, 7909 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 Thurs., Feb. 13. 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 Wed., Feb. 19. 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
- Policy 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)
Note on Policy Debate: We are attempting to offer this event. Interested schools should work with each other to assure enough entries for rounds and MUST provide or recruit varsity judges who can give appropriate feedback. Without enough entries or judges who can adjudicate CX rounds, we will need to cancel this division.
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. If your varsity students are willing to help as tournament administrators (such as directing the ballot tables), please make this indication in the notes. Also, note if your judges are experienced with Congress or policy debate. This information greatly helps with planning.
Moreover, 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. Varsity judges should behave accordingly.
There WILL be a concession stand available for students to purchase but only chips, candy, and drinks will be available. So, please plan accordingly for your students. Hospitality will be made available for all coaches.
If you have questions, please contact Ryan Hennessey, CFISD Humanities