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September 26, 2020
 
Dear Colleague:
St. Mary’s High School and Manitou High School wishes to welcome you and your team to our Novice Tournament with Big Questions Debate to be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020 (and the two days prior for asynchronous event judging) VIRTUALLY at St. Mary’s High School.  It is our hope that this tournament will provide your team with a positive beginning to the speech season.  
 
In addition to novice competition, CHSAA will be offering judging workshops.  We will have the debate focused workshop online training.   This is an excellent opportunity to bring prospective critics such as parents, new teachers, and recent graduates into the program.   The workshop sign-up and more information can be found at:http://https://tinyurl.com/2021judgersvp
 
REGISTRATION  -- Due in full by TUESDAY, October 20th at 11:59 p.m.  Please do not wait until the last minute to register.
 
All registration and performance uploads will be through speechwire.com.
Please take a few minutes to watch the “How to…” videos for coaches, judges, and students found here:  https://www.speechwire.com/p-video-resources.php . You do not need to worry about the “For managers” videos unless you are just curious, but PLEASE ENSURE ALL YOUR STUDENTS have watched and are familiar with how to use the speechwire platform well in advance of the tournament.
 
For students competing in speech events, their “Big Day” is not Saturday, but rather whatever day they record their performance in advance of Tuesday.  There are tips for recording and for live debate/extemp rounds found here:
https://www.speechanddebate.org/wp-content/uploads/Online-Nats-Competitor-TIps.pdf
 
You may enter your speech students now to let us know they are planning on competing, but any student without a video submission by Tuesday WILL BE DROPPED from the tournament so be sure to watch this deadline!  The video MUST NOT be one that was submitted to any other tournament and MUST begin with the student’s code and name written clearly on a sheet of paper or posted behind them and clearly displayed at the start of the video.  Time will begin when the student begins their actual performance. Be sure the link you provide allows the video to be shared.  Uploading it to a Google drive and getting a sharable link to post on speechwire works well.
 
A sample video of split screen duo can be found here: https://www.speechanddebate.org/duo-interp-split-screen-demo-nats-2020/
 
Your student’s points can auto post to NSDA. The best way to do this is to FIRST enter your student’s names into your NSDA roster. Then log onto speechwire.com, go to “Link NSDA Account” on the bottom of the page.  Once the students are listed in speechwire you can go to the team roster button and enter their emails so that they will have a speechwire account (see the video link on how to do this above). That way you can auto post the points they earn after the meet.
 
NOVICE ENTRIES
Because we are virtual, there is no prescribed limit on the number of entries you may bring in a given event OTHER THAN the number of student judges you can provide.  Please do your best to bring enough varsity student judges to cover your entries or be willing to judge yourself!  Alas, there is no way to have observers this year. Note that we will NOT offer CX debate. 
 
EVENTS – Big Questions is OPEN to varsity or novice competing in a team or solo, or novice competitors may enter:
Duo OO
Drama Informative Speaking
Humor PF
Poetry LD
Program Oral Interp US Extemp and Foreign Extemp (draw from separate lists)
 
COST
Novice event and LD entries           $ 6.00 per person
Public Forum, Duo                          $12.00 per team
VARSITY students may choose to judge AND/OR participate in BIG QUESTIONS DEBATE
This is FREE.  Please register early.
 
Deadline for drops or additions will be Tuesday, October 20th.  All drops should be made on speechwire.com. If you are having problems send me an e-mail: http://forensicsmshs@mssd14.org
My cell is 719-229-5643
Please register as early and make changes as necessary. 
 
AWARDS
Generous numbers of ribbons only will be awarded in both novice debate and events. Big Questions debate winners will be recognized with awards.  These will be announced at the awards ceremony (recorded and available anytime afterward) and will be mailed to the schools.
We will provide the link to the awards show to all registered schools. 
 
DEFINITION OF A NOVICE COMPETITOR
The spirit of our meet is to provide a positive learning environment for NEW forensics students.  A novice, therefore, must not have competed in more than one high school forensic meet (in any event) prior to this year.  That means a student who “filled in” once last spring could still compete if you believe he is “new” at this. Please use good judgment in deciding which of your students are true beginners.
 
JUDGING
Schools should try to provide one experienced student judge for every two debate entries.  One student judge should be provided for every six students entered in events.  If possible, please enlist extra judges.  We will use as many varsity students as possible to judge each round.  Therefore, some sections may have three critics; please “warn” your students.  
 
Varsity students MAY sign up to judge events at their leisure Thursday from noon on and Friday before the meet and then compete themselves in Big Questions on Saturday.  Student email/password will give them access to both a judge/coach account and a student account on live.speechwire.com.  It will ask them which role they want to do when they log in.  If they are judging, they click the "coach" account; if they are competing, the student account. Most Saturday only judges will be doing debate or extemp.  All speech rounds must be scored by 10:00 a.m. Saturday or the ballot will be reassigned.
 
Coaches who enter Big Questions students will be used to judge.  If you have multiple Big Questions debaters, please enlist additional adult critics and let me know who those folks are! Remember to bring student judges that you feel have the necessary background to provide positive and instructive criticism.  IF YOUR PROGRAM IS NEW and you can’t bring any varsity students please feel free to register!   We really want to support your efforts.  
 
ROUNDS OF COMPETITION
Three rounds of competition will be guaranteed in all areas. No Finals!
 
FOOD may be found in your own refrigerator…
 
RULES
CHSAA guidelines will be used in debate and events with the exception of oratory and informative.   Novice orators and informative speakers may use their script without penalty if necessary. Computers are welcome in all events.  Remember, students must work on their own with no additional help during rounds from coaches or teammates who are not competing as their partner.
 
Please review the current CHSAA rules for virtual tournaments attached.  You undoubtedly have received these via email already. No prepared speeches in extemp. Big Questions rules are found at: https://www.speechanddebate.org/big-questions/
 
Coaches will receive their student’s exact code at registration as well as on speechwire.com.  Your students will receive tournament information, including the links to their live Campus rooms or rooms where they will judge via the email provided.  Be sure they are checking that as ballots are also distributed to that email.   
 
DEBATE TOPICS:
Lincoln-Douglas: Resolved: In a democracy, voting ought to be compulsory. 
Public Forum: Resolved: The United States federal government should enact the Medicare-For-All Act of 2019.
Big Questions: Resolved: Mathematics was discovered, not invented.
 
Sincerely,
Jeff Borst 
 

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Jeff Borst
Email address: forensicsmshs@mssd14.org
Phone number: 719-229-5643

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