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South Florida Civics & Debate Initiative #1

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General information

This is a High School tournament in Florida.

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You are cordially invited to SFCDI #1 to be held on-line Tuesday, October 13, 2020. This is a 2 round tournament from 4-7PM.

We offer middle school and novice competition for all Florida schools regardless of whether you are a participating program in the Florida Civics & Debate Initiative. There is no fee to join our league and our entry fees are low.

EVENTS and DIVISIONS: If numbers allow, we will offer separate middle school and novice divisions. We reserve the right to combine divisions. If we combine divisions, we will offer a Best Middle School Award in addition to the usual awards.


  • Lincoln Douglas Debate-We will be using the Sept/Oct 2020 topic: Resolved: In a democracy, voting ought to be compulsory.
  • Public Forum Debate-We will be using the Sept/Oct 2020 topic: Resolved: The United States federal government should enact the Medicare-For-All Act of 2019.
  • Congressional Debate-Legislation will be provided by the FCDI. It can be found in the “Files for Download” tab on Speechwire.
  • Declamation*
  • Original Oratory*
  • Dramatic Performance*


*Denotes events which will use CFL rules. All other events will use NSDA rules.

JUDGES: Adults, coaches, and qualified varsities with at least 75 NSDA points may judge. Judges need to be trained. They may take the NSDA judge training course if they did not attend any judge training. It is the affirmative duty of the coach to ensure that all judges (except students) must be approved as volunteers through their district’s volunteer system.

COACHES: Coaches must be available for the duration of the tournament.

FEES: Please make checks payable to and mail to:

The Florida Debate Initiative

c/o Tara Tedrow

215 N Eola Dr

Orlando, FL 32801



Carol Cecil-305-342-9485

Renea Moss-954-599-4730

Manager contact information

Beth Eskin
Email address: elizabeth.eskin@fldoe.org
Phone number: 4079296712

Mailing address

Florida Debate Initiative
Attn: Tara Tedrow 215 N Eola Dr
Orlando, FL 32801

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