2020 Natrona County High School Tournament
Dates: 1/31/2020 - 2/1/2020

Dear Coach:

It is our pleasure to invite you to Natrona County High School's Mustang Classic Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament which is now under new management! Several changes have been made, so make sure you read the invitation carefully! Our theme for the tournament is SUPERNATURAL, following the adventures of Sam and Dean Winchester. If you are not familiar with the series, the Winchesters fight evil and monsters and must rely on each other as they face the enemy. This is the symbol they use on the show for anti-possession and we didn't want there to be any confusion as to its meaning. We have a beautiful new trophy design that will incorporate the symbol for our new tournament. This is what it looks like: 

https://www.tattoo.com/blog/upg/3129422/

This link will open a new page so just hit the back button to return to Joy of Tournaments. 

 Below you will find information regarding the tournament. 

If you have questions, contact:

Head Coach Lisa Gray at (307) 253-1701 (work) or (307) 272-0430 (cell) lisa553@myncsd.org 

Assistant Coach Catherine Kellick: 307-259-8984

We hope you plan to attend our tournament scheduled for January 31-February 1, 2020.

This year, we will again be using the Joy of Tournaments site for registration purposes. Please feel free to make changes until two days before the tournament (Jan. 30). There will be a $50.00 drop fee assessed after that time. Thursday night at 10:00p.m., the website will close and the entries will be pulled. After that time, if you still have last minute changes, call Lisa at 307-272-0430.  

Here are a few reminders:

1.   Please enter drops on the website ASAP so we can plan for numbers.  We will prepare school entry fee bills for the Mustang Classic on Thursday evening, January 30th, 2020. Drop fees may be assessed at registration.

2.   Registration will be held in the foyer in the main entrance on Elm Street. Buses can drop students off on the main floor and students can be in the cafeteria/commons until school is released. Please remind them school is still in session and they must remain in the commons. There are bathrooms located in the commons across from the concession stand. NCHS will dismiss at 3:25PM. Registration will begin at 2:30PM and end at 3:30PM.

3.   Entries are limited to eight per event, with the possibility of some additional upon request and as space allows. Students may be waitlisted until then. 

4.   Schools must bring accompanying judges (former students, college students, etc.). (1 Judge per 6 IE or LD judges, 1 judge per CX or PF, and 1 judge per 10 Congress).  We can always use DEBATE judges! Please let us know if you are able to bring any judges so we can schedule them. There will be a $5 fee assessed if judges aren't covered for your school.

5.   Snacks and refreshments will be provided for coaches and judges in the library. Meals will be available for purchase at a discounted price for judges. Coaches will receive a ticket to eat for free. There will be a section available for judges to finish ballots. 

6.   A concession stand will be open in the cafeteria in the Commons area during the tournament. We will accept school vouchers at the concessions stand. Please also remind participants that the pop machines and vending machines will be turned off. There will be NO REFUNDS for money lost in machines.

7.   NO PORTABLE STEREOS or boom boxes will be allowed inside the building. Encourage your team members to use headphones so they don’t disrupt others.

8.   Food and drink must remain in the cafeteria in the Commons area. Food and drink (except water) are NOT allowed in the classrooms. 

9.   NO smoking will be allowed in the building or on the school campus, including the parking areas.

10. Participants may double or triple at their own risk. NO TRIPLING IN THE SAME PATTERN. Judges will be told to wait 15 minutes. After that, the student will surrender the round or take a no-show in the event.

11. Due to the 3:45 p.m. start time on Friday, only three rounds of individual events will be run.

12. The Tab Room will be open to COACHES only and will be located in the faculty/ staff room (on the mezzanine near the gym).

13. Students should not enter a room without a judge present.

14. A lost and found will be located at the judge’s table in front of the library. 

15. Meals will be provided by the NCHS ROTC Battalion. Details are under the Fees and Meals tab.

16. Trophies will be awarded to 1st through 3rd place finishers in IE and 4-6 will receive ribbons.

17. Debaters will receive trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

18.1st - 3rd place sweepstakes trophies will be awarded to the top schools in each of the following categories: 1A/2A, 3A, and 4A.

19. All entries count as a single entry towards sweepstakes including CX.

20. The cost for each single entry is $10.00, and $20 for Duet, Public Forum and CX. 

21. CONGRESS: We will be using the F Docket. Super Congress bills will be drawn from the 2019 National Tournament (Semis and Finals bills found on NSDA website).  

22. We will be using the current debate topics for the month of February 2020 and for the year in Policy and Big Questions.

  • Policy Debate – 2019-2020 Topic
  • Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce Direct Commercial Sales and/or Foreign Military Sales of arms from the United States.
  • Big Questions – 2019-2020 Topic
  • Resolved: Objective morality exists.
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debate – 2019 
  • TBA
  • Public Forum Debate – 2020 February Topic Area: Economy 
  • Topic will be released January 1, 2020

      23. Extemp topics will be taken from the NSDA topics for December, January and February and those sent in the state WHSFA newsletter from these months as well.

We look forward to seeing you all on January 31!

Lisa Gray    (307) 272-0430 (cell)     lisa553@myncsd.org

Catherine Kellick    (307)-259-8984    catherine4584@myncsd.org

 


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