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CHSAA Region 1 Tournament

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This is a High School tournament in Colorado.

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It’s my pleasure (what was I thinking?!?) to host this year’s Region 1 Qualifying Tournament on Saturday, February 29.  This letter includes some deadlines and key reminders for the tournament. For more detailed information, consult the CHSAA Speech and Debate Tournament Handbook.

Important Information:

Pre-registration due – Feb. 22 via www.speechwire.com

Tournament info  – Feb. 29 at Rocky Mountain High School, 1300 W. Swallow Road, Fort Collins 80526

Payment due (including any day-of fees) - March 14th (after which there will be a $25 late fee)/ Mail directly to CHSAA.

Final registration forms are due prior to the 1st round. Students MUST follow the codes assigned on the final registration form. Coaches must be available at all times to judge as needed.

Wave A Events – CX, LD, PF, Duo, POI, Info (Note: I’ve switched the official CHSAA A/B events for scheduling purposes, but the event pools are the same)

Wave B Events – USX, FX, OO, HI, DI, Poetry

DOUBLE ENTRY FORM: The participation of each student is limited to a maximum of two events (i.e. NO TRIPLE ENTERING!). Students who choose to double enter may enter two “A” events, two “B” events, or one “A” event and one “B” event with the following limitations: Any student in Extemporaneous Speaking may not enter an additional “B” wave event, but may double enter in a “A” wave event. Any student entered in a debate event may not enter an additional “A” wave event, but may double enter in an “B” wave event. No student may enter both extemps. No student may enter more than one debate event. The Double Entry Form (page 44 of the CHSAA Handbook) must be submitted to the Regional Tournament Director PRIOR TO THE FIRST ROUND OF THE REGIONAL QUALIFYING MEET.



  • Each team can enter up to FOUR entries per event.

    • ​An alternate can be submitted in events in which teams have filled their four spots.

      • This alternate will be entered onto the waitlist on SpeechWire--I will send you an email if your alternate is pulled in to compete as soon as it happens.

      • Alternates will be pulled randomly into competition if there are drops after the registration deadline.

    • Please enter names for your entries in SpeechWire; however, you may change names up until the first round has been scheduled--information in SpeechWire once round 1 has begun is considered final--please review your registrations carefully!

  •  QUALIFYING IN EVENTS: All 3-1 and 4-0 debaters advance; there are no alternates. Competitors in speech events qualify under the following quota system.  NOTE: Numbers are based on numbers who participate in at least two (2) rounds! Alternates will be pulled up should qualifiers be unable to attend State.

Number of Entries Number of Qualifiers 









41-45 10 

46-50 11 

51-55 12 

56-60 13 

61-65 14 

66-70 15 

71-75 16 

76-80 17 

81-85 18


Registration opens – 7:00

Registration closes – 7:30

Wave A Rd. 1 – 8:00 (CX, LD, PF, Duo, POI, Info)

Wave B Rd. 1 – 9:45 (USX, FX, OO, HI DI, Poetry)

Wave A Rd. 2 – 11:00 (CX, LD, PF, Duo, POI, Info)

Wave B, Rd. 2 – 1:00 (USX, FX, OO, HI DI, Poetry)

Wave A, Rd. 3 – 2:15 (CX, LD, PF, Duo, POI, Info)

Wave B, Rd. 3 – 4:00 (USX, FX, OO, HI DI, Poetry)

Wave A, Rd. 4 – 5:15 (CX, LD, PF)

Awards 7:15



    • OO and Info are different events, and therefore students who double-enter in both events should be performing two distinct speeches.

    • You will enter topics on SpeechWire as part of the online registration process.

    • NEW in 2020: You should have the ability to upload manuscripts files on SpeechWire.  ​However, please plan to bring a hard copy of OO and Informative manuscripts with completed OO/Info manuscript forms (in “Files for Download” section) to final registration on site, just in case.



    • You’ll need to enter titles and authors of ALL interp selections into SpeechWire as part of the online registration process.

    • HAVE ALL ORIGINAL SOURCES FOR ALL INTERP PIECES ON SITE AT THE TOURNAMENT! Have them on hand--if a piece's validity is questioned, it is in your student's best interest to have it with you so that we can confirm that it meets CHSAA rules (see the CHSAA Handbook).



    • INTERNET USAGE IS PROHIBITED during Extemp prep time and in-round during all debate rounds.   Internet access, use of e-mail, instant messaging, or other means of receiving information from sources inside or outside the competition room are prohibited.  

    • SANCTION: Contestants found to have violated these prohibitions shall be disqualified from the tournament and shall forfeit all rounds.     


  • FEES:

    • $13 per student (i.e.$26 for PF, CX, and Duo)

    • Please  send payment to:
      Attn: Sandra Williamson
      14855 E. 2nd Ave.
      Aurora, CO 80111

    • NEW in 2020: Ensure that CHSAA receives your payment within two weeks following our regional tournament to avoid a late fee of $25. That’s March 14th for our Region.


    • Late Registration Fee: $25 late fee if you register after Feb. 22, 2020

    • Drop Fee:  The drop fee for CHSAA Tournaments is equal to the registration fee.  Drops made after Friday, February 28, 2020, 3:30 PM MST, do not reduce your team’s entry fee.  Drops noted on the regional director’s report will be invoiced to your school by CHSAA the Monday after the regional event. (Example: A student drops out of an Individual event on the day of the meet: a drop fee of $13.00 would need to be paid)

    • Day-of Add Fee: $20 fee for adds made on the day of the tournament.



    • LD  (Jan/Feb 2020)
      Resolved: States ought to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.

    • PF  (Feb 2020)
      Resolved: The United States should replace means-tested welfare programs with a universal basic income.

    • CX (2019-2020)
      Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce Direct Commercial Sales and/or Foreign Military Sales of arms from the United States.

    • NOTE: All PF and LD debaters in all regions will debate the February topics to qualify for State. State competitors in PF and LD will debate the March topics at State.  


Each school must have its own coach who will be available throughout the meet. If the coach is not the CHSAA registered coach, the on-site coach must have the signature of the principal authorizing his/her official capacity as the coach. Coaches must be available to judge all rounds as long as their students are still in competition. The coach must check in at the registration desk on both days of the tournament. At that time, registrations will be re-checked and the presence of all qualified participants will be verified

TOURNAMENT DUTIES: This is a team effort. Please indicate your preferences (if any) when completing the form above.



    • Judges at regionals should have judged at least once during the season.

    • Please ensure that any judges you bring have taken the judge certification test on CHSAA’s website: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MWWZKYN

      • There will be computers on-site for judges to complete the test, but it helps us streamline the beginning of the tournament if they take it in advance.

      • They can take the test multiple times until they pass it with 100% to be certified.

Other helpful info: http://www2.chsaa.org/activities/speech/




March 20-21, 2020

Cherokee Trail High School

25901 E Arapahoe Rd

Aurora, CO 80016


Registration Deadline: Monday, March 9, 2020


You will only need to confirm your entries and fill out a little information for CHSAA once our tournament results are imported over to the State Tournament SpeechWire site.


STUDENTS COMPETING AT REGIONALS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN COMPETING IN CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE AT THE STATE TOURNAMENT PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: • No double entry form is required. • If a student qualifies for the State Tournament via the Regional Qualifying Tournament and chooses to go in Congressional Debate, please inform the regional director ASAP. • Registering for state in Congressional Debate does not prevent a student from accepting a spot in another event if it becomes available due to movement. In this instance, the coach must update his/her state registration accordingly. EXAMPLE: Student A qualifies in Oratory at the Regional Qualifying Tournament and chooses to go to state in Congressional Debate. The coach for student A should register him/her for Congressional Debate at the State Tournament and inform the regional director that Student A will not be participating in Oratory. The regional director will follow procedures to pull in an alternate. EXAMPLE: Student B is an alternate in POI and registers to compete in Congressional Debate at the State Tournament. Student B’s coach receives word that Student B has been pulled in to compete in POI. Student B can either accept the spot in POI or stay in Congressional Debate. If Student B accepts the spot in POI, the coach can select a different student to compete in Congressional Debate if he/she chooses to. The coach is responsible for updating the entry form on speechwire.com.


CHSAA Speech and Debate Mission:

The CHSAA mission in speech and debate is to provide opportunities

and assist its participants in developing diverse communication skills while

competing at the highest levels in high school speech and debate. The purpose of

this is to instill discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship, honesty and integrity

in a highly specialized activity. CHSAA Speech and Debate coaches teach their

participants to respect the activity’s core values, work hard and compete


CHSAA Speech and Debate Inclusion Statement:

The CHSAA Speech and Debate community believes inclusion is vital

to our community. We are committed to providing a safe and equitable learning

and competitive environment that fosters a mindset of empathy, respect, and

belonging for all involved in Speech and Debate, including, but not limited to

students, coaches, judges and community members. We honor differences including

races and cultures, genders and sexual orientations, abilities and aspirations,

identities and affiliations, socioeconomics and worldviews. Embracing our

diversity prepares our community to thrive. Individuals found to have violated

this policy will be subject to the full range of sanctions, up to and including

removal from the tournament premises.



Manager contact information

Paul De Maret
Email address: pdemaret@psdschools.org
Phone number: 9709805507

Mailing address

14855 E 2nd Ave
Aurora, CO 80011

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