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Central Florida Civics & Debate Initiative #3

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General information

This information is from a tournament in a past season!

This is a High School tournament in Florida.

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You are cordially invited to CFCDI #3 to be held on-line Saturday, December 5, 2020. This is a 3 round tournament from 9AM-2PM.

We offer middle school, novice and varsity 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, novice, and varsity 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.

Speechwire student accounts are required for participation at the CFCDI #3. There is a powerpoint with helpful information in the Files for Download tab. Students may also watch this helpful video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQgqptPqNtA


  • Lincoln Douglas Debate-We will be using the Nov/Dec 2020 topic: Resolved: The United States ought to provide a federal jobs guarantee.
  • Public Forum Debate-We will be using the Nov/Dec 2020 topic: Resolved: The United States should adopt a declaratory nuclear policy of no first use.
  • World Schools Debate-There will be one open division of World Schools Debate. Hybrid team from different schools are NOT allowed. We will hold 2 rounds using the Nov 2020 Prepared Motions:           
    • Rd 1-This House would establish term limits for US Supreme Court Justices.
    • Rd 2-This House would significantly restrict military recruitment in impoverished areas.
  • Congressional Debate- Two(2)  one and a half hour (1.5 hr) sessions. Legislation is due by Tuesday. Nov 24 to apryl.taylor@osceolaschools.net. A legislation packet will be found in the Files to Download tab.
  • Mixed Extemporaneous Speaking*-Topic areas include: US Economy, the Environment, and Asia


  • Declamation*
  • Dramatic Performance*
  • Duo Interpretation*
  • Informative Speaking
  • Oral Interpretation of Literature* (Rd 1 poetry/Rd 2 round prose/Rd 3 poetry) Be sure to upload poetry recordings in the first and third boxes and prose in the second box.
  • Original Oratory*
  • Program Oral Interpretation

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

Instructions on how to upload speech/inter videos can be found on the “Files for Download” page. Videos must be uploaded by midnight, Wednesday, Dec 2, 2020. Please review the expectations for Pre-recorded events document in this tab as well.

JUDGES: Adults, coaches, and qualified varsities with at least 75 NSDA points may judge the middle school and novice divisions. ADULTS ONLY MAY JUDGE THE VARSITY DIVISIONS. 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.

All judges must register via Speechwire account by Wed, Dec 2 at midnight. There is a powerpoint in the Files for Download tab. Judges may also view this helpful video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJXxeVS-KgM


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



Robin Fieler 407-929-6712

Apryl Taylor 407-243-7185

Randall Martinez 786-295-3616

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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