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Gulf Coast/NW Florida Civics & Debate #3

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This is a High School tournament in Florida.

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You are cordially invited to Gulf Coast/Northwest Florida Civics & Debate Initiative #3 to be held on-line Wednesday, February 17, 2021. This is a 2 round tournament from 5:30-7:30PM EST/4:30-6:30PM CST.

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.

Speechwire student accounts are required for participation at the GC/NWFCDI #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 NSDA Jan/Feb 2021 topic: Resolved: States ought to ban lethal autonomous weapons.
  • Public Forum Debate-We will be using the NSDA Feb 2021 topic: Resolved: On balance, the benefits of urbanization in West Africa outweigh the harms.
  • Mixed Extemporaneous Speaking*-Topic areas- Rd 1: The Biden Administration; Rd 2 -China.
  • Impromptu Speaking
  • Congressional Debate-Congress Legislation for this tournament can be found under the “Files to Download” icon.


  • Declamation*
  • Dramatic Performance*
  • Duo Interpretation*
  • Informative Speaking
  • Oral Interpretation of Literature*
  • Original Oratory*


*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, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021.

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.

All judges must register via Speechwire account by Monday, Feb 15 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



Katrina Brownsberger  816-520-0742

Pauline Buis  850-529-0010

Danielle Lucas  813-541-5396





Manager contact information

Elizabeth Eskin
Email address: elizabetheskin@gmail.com
Phone number: 407-929-6712

Mailing address

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

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