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PBCFL Oct. 24th

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Palm Beach Catholic Forensic League Tournament Invitation

 

DATE: Saturday, October 24

 

Tuesday, October 20, at 3 p.m. is the deadline for registering students.

 

Wednesday, October 21, at 3 p.m. is the last opportunity to drop students before the website shuts down. At this time, schools are responsible for the $10 entry fee.

 

IF SCHOOLS HAVE NOT PAID IN FULL ANY AND ALL PRIOR PBCFL REGISTRATION FEES AND DROP FEES, BY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, THEIR PROGRAM RISKS BEING DROPPED FROM COMPETITION AT UPCOMING PBCFL TOURNAMENTS.

 

TOURNAMENT GUIDELINES:

  • This is a varsity and novice tournament.
  • Any student, varsity or novice, will be allowed to compete in Declamation, Dramatic Performance, Duo Interpretation, Extemporaneous, Informative Speaking, Oral Interpretation, Original Oratory, Program Oral Interpretation, Lincoln Douglas, Public Forum, Congressional Debate, and World Schools Debate (pending enough entries).
  • Novice students will be allowed to compete in Novice Extemporaneous Speaking and Novice Oral Interpretation.
  • A "novice" is considered any student who is in their first year of high school debate competition.
  • Students may double-enter in two speech/interp events at no additional charge.
  • LD will be able to compete using the September-October topic.
  • PFD will be able to compete using the September-October topic.
  • The WSD prepared motion is listed below.
  • All schools must register on the Speechwire website in order to legitimately participate in this competition.
  • Legislation will be posted as full-text on the PBCFL website (www.pbcfl.net) and on Speechwire.
  • NEW COACHES (first- and second-year in particular) should plan on judging (choose an event group!).

ENTRY PROCEDURES and REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

  • You may register 8 entries/teams in each event, with the exception of Student Congress where you may register 20 students, and all novice categories, where you may register 12 entries per event. Schools may only enter a maximum of two three-person World Schools Debate teams.
  • You may only enter 2 students per chamber. (The PBCFL reserves the right to collapse houses and modify this rule when necessary.)
  • Once registration closes, houses may be balanced and students may be shifted to another chamber. All efforts will be made to keep the same group of students together.
  • No changes will be made after the Tuesday 3 p.m. drop deadline ... please plan accordingly.
  • Double-check your registration. No student will be added to the tournament on the morning of the tournament.

PREPARATIONS BEFORE THE TOURNAMENT:

  • Assign the authorship speech to one person from your school in each chamber.
  • Because full-text legislation will be on-line, it is each school's responsibility to access legislation in advance.
  • DOUBLE-CHECK your entries. If a student is not listed on your registration they will NOT be added on the morning of the tournament.
  • Make sure you tell us who your student judges are (juniors or seniors with 150+ NSDA points) when registering them - include info in the notes section.
  • Make sure all your students have signed a behavior/attire contract
  • Students must record speech/interp videos in advacne of the tournament. All files must be uploaded to Speechwire by 3pm Tuesday, October 20, by the coach.

REGISTRATION ON SATURDAY:

  • Sign in to Speechwire between 8-8:15 a.m.
  • Extemp Draw for Round 1 is at 8:15 a.m.
  • Students/programs that are late may be dropped from the tournament by league officers.
  • Check your registration carefully; there will be a "hidden drop fee" for any drop that is not reported at registration.
  • Refer to the chamber breakdown list in order to make sure all competitors know where to report.
  • Make sure all judges check their email and text messages for ballot assignments.

RULE REMINDERS:

  • No student member shall use an original oration, a non-original oration, or a selection of poetry, prose, or drama during a given league season which has been used by such student in any tournament of a previous season(s).
  • No school shall substitute a non-registered competitor in the place of a registered competitor on the day of competition. This includes “event-shifting.”
  • No varsity member(s) may compete in a novice event unless specified by tournament rules (collapsing of a novice and varsity division). Violation of this shall be punishable by disqualification from the tournament.
  • POI and OI must have different pieces - you cannot do the same prose or poetry in both events (you will be subject to disqualification)
  • For "paired" events (Duo Interpretation, Public Forum Debate, and World Schools Debate), students must be on separate cameras ("split-screen"). Debaters are advised to mute their microphones when not speaking to reduce echos.

JUDGE QUOTAS:

  • CONGRESS: 1 judge per every 5 entries or fraction thereof (this is a new ratio!)
  • SPEECH/INTERP: 1 judge for every combination of 5 entries or fraction thereof
  • PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE: 1 judge for every 2 entries or fraction thereof
  • LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATE: 1 judge for every 2 entries or fraction thereof
  • WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATE: 1 judge for every 2 entries or fraction thereof
  • Register ALL judges on Speechwire.
  • Make sure you distinguish any student judge from adult judges when registering on Speechwire by informing us in the "notes" section.

ENTRY FEES:

 

Each school's PBCFL membership fees ($75) and league registration form must have been received by PBCFL Treasurer Daryl Hall by Tuesday, October 13, in order to compete at the tournament. Schools that do not achieve both of these will be ineligible to compete, and any registered students and judges will be dropped from the tournament.

$10 per student

 

DROP FEES:

 

Tuesday, October 20, at 3 p.m.is the deadline for registering students. 

Wednesday, October 21, at 3 p.m. is the last opportunity to drop students before the website shuts down. At this time, schools are responsible for the $10 entry fee.

$100 - judge drop fee for any no-show judge on Saturday morning. In addition, you will be required to drop students until the team meets the judge quota.

$50 - missed judge rounds (hidden judges).

 

EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING TOPIC AREAS: (1) 2020 Election; (2) Domestic Energy and the Environment; (3) Africa; (4) World Leaders

 

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATE: Resolved: In a democracy, voting ought to be compulsory.

 

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER PUBLIC FORUM DEBATEResolved: The United States federal government should enact the Medicare-For-All Act of 2019.

 

"MODIFIED" WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATE (WSD):

World Schools Debate is a three-on-three format. While a given team may consist of five members, only three students from a team participate in a given debate. Teams are assigned one of two sides in each round - either the “government team” proposing the motion, or the opposition team advocating the rejection of the motion. Resolutions come in two types: prepared motions and impromptu motions. All topics needed to be debated from a global perspective, meaning teams needed to stay away from United States-specific argumentation.

The PBCFL will be running a modified WSD format. The first two rounds will be a prepared motion, where each team will debate both the proposition and opposition sides. The third round will be an impromptu motion, with 60 minutes of "prep" time before the round. No internet access is allowed during World Schools Debate rounds or during prep on impromptu motions; the only tools that can be used during impromptu prep are a hard-copy dictionary and a hard-copy almanac.

The PBCFL will allow three-person non-hybrid teams. Normally, between 3-5 students from multiple schools can comprise a team, but for purposes of the PBCFL, this will not be the case.

THE OCTOBER WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATE PREPARED MOTION: This House believes that social media platforms should be held responsible for content on their networks(Prepared motion to be used the first two rounds; the impromptu motion will be announced 60 minutes before Round 3 begins.)

Times for each speech are as follows:

  • Proposition Team Speaker #1 – 8 minutes
  • Opposition Team Speaker #1 – 8 minutes
  • Proposition Team Speaker #2 – 8 minutes
  • Opposition Team Speaker #2 – 8 minutes
  • Proposition Team Speaker #3 – 8 minutes
  • Opposition Team Speaker #3 – 8 minutes
  • Opposition Rebuttal – 4 minutes
  • Proposition Rebuttal – 4 minutes

The first full minute of a substantive speech and the last full minute of a substantive speech are considered "protected time;" no Points of Information (POIs) may be given during this time. In addition, no POIs may be given during the rebuttal speeches.

 

DEMO VIDEO - THE USA DEBATE TEAM SHOWCASE (Motion: This House Believes That the School Choice Movement Jeopardizes Civil Rights): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUF5BI1-1Ek

Manager contact information

Traci Lowe
Email address: traci.lowe@palmbeachschools.org
Phone number: 561-889-3649

Mailing address

c/o Daryl Hall
325 Orange Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

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