2018 North Lamar City of Lights Fall Tournament
Dates: 10/13/2018


North Lamar High School 

City of Lights Fall Speech and Debate Tournament

Saturday, October 13, 2018


Dear Colleagues:

The North Lamar High School Forensics Team is pleased to invite you to our thirteenth annual Fall Speech and Debate Tournament, "City of Lights," which will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at North Lamar High School in Paris.


We will offer the following UIL events:  Policy Debate, Novice Policy Debate, Lincoln Douglas Debate, Novice Lincoln Douglas Debate,  Extemporaneous Informative and Persuasive Speaking, Prose and Poetry Interpretation, and Congressional Debate.    These events will follow UIL guidelines and the debate events will use current UIL resolutions.  North Lamar’s varsity students, who will not be participating in the tournament, will develop the extemporaneous speaking topics.  We will also offer the following NFL events:  Origional Oratory, Humorous, Dramatic, and Duo Interpretation.  We will offer Public Forum Debate if requested; please email kdhodgkiss@gmail.com to request PF.


For Student Congress, we will be utilizing #1-10 on the TFA fall docket for Student Congress; you may access this legislation at http://txfa.org/resources.asp?t=2:  click on the link for the Fall 2018 legislation.  We will use #1-5 in prelims and #6-10 in finals.



Judging Requirements


In order for the tournament to run smoothly, all schools must meet judging requirements or your students will not be allowed to participate.  Unfortunately, we do not have a judging pool from which to draw.  Judges should bring their own stopwatches and should plan to keep their own time.


CX Debate – 1 judge for every two entries or portion thereof. 

LD Debate – 1 judge for every four entries or portion thereof.

PF Debate – 1 judge for every two entries or portion thereof.

Extemp - 1 judge for every six entries or portion thereof.
Interp - 1 judge for every six entries or portion thereof

Student Congress – 1 judge per school


Special Note:  Please pay special attention to the term “or portion thereof.”  If you have one or two entries, you must provide one judge.  If you have three or four entries, you must provide two judges.  If you have five or six entries, you must provide three judges.  Judges may only fulfill an obligation for ONE debate event.  If you have one CX team and one LD debater, you must provide two judges:  one for CX and one for LD.  If you have 1 varsity CX team and one novice CX team, you must provide two judges.


Additional note about extemp and interp:  Judging shortages may force us to section some students from the same school into the same preliminary section of the individual events in order to free the judge from that school for a section.  We will only do this if it becomes necessary.


Cross-entries:  We have tried to schedule in such a way as to allow students to compete in several contests.  However, we will begin rounds on time – it will be the student’s responsibility to make sure that he/she makes the rounds as they are scheduled.  Please keep this in mind when cross-entering students.  If students miss a round due to an excessive number of cross-entries, no refunds will be given.  A student may enter one debate event.  A student may enter one extemp event. A student may enter either prose or poetry.  HI and DI students may not enter debate.


Entry Fees:


CX, PFD, and Duo:  $30 per team

LD:  $20 per debater

IEs:  $15 per entry

Student Congress:  $15 per entry



Policy and LD:  We will award trophies to the top six places and top speakers in each event based upon win/loss record and speaker points.


NFL events:  We will award trophies to the top four places.

IEs:  We will award trophies to the top six places.

Student Congress:  We will award first through third places following UIL ranking rules.

Sweepstakes:  First and second place.


Note:  We are a member school of the Northeast Texas Debate Association.  The top six places in CX, LD, Extemp, and Interp will qualify for the NTDA Championship Tournament.  If you are not a member, you may access more information about the association through our website, www.ntdachampionship.com, or by contacting any of our officers:


        Chris Dickson, President (Sherman High School)
          Rory McKenzie, Treasurer (Lindale High School)

        Sandy Spears, Secretary (Union Grove High School)


Entry Deadline:  We must receive your entries by 3:30 pm Monday, October 8, 2018.  While we do not expect problems with numbers, we will close out contests if space does become a problem.  In this situation, we will take entries on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please get your entries in as soon as possible.


Please submit entries through joyoftournaments.com.  


District Protecting:  We will make every effort to protect districts in policy debate.  HOWEVER, because it is still very early in the year, and depending upon the number of entries, we may not be able to do this.  We will not protect districts in LD.


For questions, please contact:


          Kristi Hodgkiss

          NorthLamarHigh School



          school:  (903) 737-2011

          cell:  (903) 243-3602


We look forward to seeing you in Paris on the 13th!

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