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Webb City Winter Classic Varsity Tournament

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Dear Coach and Squad;

 

It is our pleasure to invite you to the Carthage/Webb City Winter Classic on January 8-9, 2021.  Webb City will be hosting the varsity portion of the tournament, and Carthage will host the novice portion.  You will need to register on Speechwire.com. All student competitors are required to be entered by name and have an email attached to that name so they can receive links to their NSDA Campus rooms. You can send them a link to activate from your team's roster page. Below is a link to some resources that will help put you at ease with using Speechwire as a platform.

https://www.speechwire.com/p-video-resources.php

 

Webb City will be hosting the following events with debates being synchronous and all other events being asynchronous: Policy Debate, Champ and Reg Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Champ and Reg Public Forum Debate, Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Original Oratory, Informational Speaking, Storytelling, POI, Prose, Poetry, and Radio.  If there are not enough entries for Champ (20), we will only have the Reg Division.

 

Carthage will be hosting the following events with debates being synchronous and all other events being asynchronous: Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Original Oratory, Informational Speaking, Storytelling, POI, Prose, Poetry, and Radio. 

 

Awards will be posted by Carthage and Webb City separately via a slideshow link emailed out following the conclusion of the tournament. 

 

The entry deadline is Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 5:00 pm.  Since the tournament is the first week back for many schools, in order to help keep our sanity, videos should be submitted between Thursday Dec. 17th and Thursday Dec. 31st. See the “Video Submission” section at the end for further details.  Schools will be held financially responsible for all initial entries on Thursday, Dec. 31st @ 5 pm.  Any additional spots or drop fees after that date will still be paid to the school. Fees will be $5 per entry for asynchronous events and $9 per entry for synchronous events. We will try to accommodate additional entries as available judges allow, each school is only guaranteed 3 entries per event and all others will be waitlisted.  We reserve the right to limit entries to provide a tournament that can function with an adequate number of judges for the amount of entries we receive.  Please mark on Speechwire ASAP if you plan to attend even if you don’t know how many entries you plan to have so we may begin obtaining the appropriate number of judges

 

We look forward to hosting you and your squad.

 

Tiffany Bolin                                             

Webb City High School

Speech and Debate                                     

School: 417-673-6010                             

Cell: 816-507-2447                                    

Fax: 417-673-6017                                   

Bryan Whyte

Carthage High School

Speech and Debate

School: 417-359-7020

Cell: 417-540-0187

Fax: 417-359-7037

 

 Tournament Schedule

 

Monday January 4 - Thursday January 7 - All IE’s judged 

Friday January 08, 2021

2:30 - 3:00 - Debate Registration

4:00 - Round 1 Debate

6:30 - Round 2 Debate

Saturday January 09, 2021

9:00 - Round 3 Debate

11:30 - Round 4 Debate

2:00 - Quarterfinals

4:00 - Semifinals

6:00 - Finals

 

General Tournament Rules

 

  1. Each school must be accompanied by a school-approved adult sponsor.

  2. A school may enter three contestants in each event with extra entries based on space.  See Individual Event rules for further clarification.

  3. A student may enter two individual events and one form of debate.

  4. A novice shall be defined as a student in his/her first year of competition.

  5. Trophies will be awarded to the top three places in Individual Events and the top four in debate; fourth - sixth place will receive medals in Individual Events. Sweepstakes will be awarded to the top three schools for Varsity and Novice.     

  6. Coaches may be used as judges to keep the tournament on time.  At the novice level, a student that has met the NSDA’s minimum requirements to judge may be used. 

  7. No refund for cancellations will be made after Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Any drops or additions are still to be paid to the host school.

  8. Any disputes will be solved in the quickest fashion possible by the tournament director.

  9. Drops for Debate should be made by email until NOON on Friday, January 9.  Any drops after that should be called in prior to the registration deadline.

 

 SWEEPSTAKES POINTS – Best 2 Entries

 

Debate Win

Qualify for Quarterfinals

Qualify for Semifinals

I.E. Break to Sems

I.E. Break to Finals

I.E. 1st Place  

I.E. 2nd Place

I.E. 3rd Place                                        

5 points

5 points

10 points

5 points

10 points

15 points

10 points

5 points

       

 

Individual Events Rules

MSHSAA rules apply for all MSHSAA events.

 

1.   Original Oratory: The speech must be the original work of the contestant. Not more than 150 words may be direct quotations. The presentation must be memorized. Time limit: 10 minutes. 

2.   Humorous and Dramatic Interpretation: Selections may be taken from any published novel, play, or short story. Selections must possess literary merit and be in good taste. Selections must be memorized. An adequate introduction should be provided. Time limit: 10 minutes.

3.   Storytelling: Students must present a story suitable for children ages 6-12 from a seated position. The story should include an introduction. Students may stand for the introduction. Time limit: 8 minutes. 

4. Radio Speaking: The script should include news, weather, and sports and be no more than 48 hours old. The student should deliver the speech facing away from the judge. NO commercials or multiple characters should be present.  Due to the various uploading dates, students should include the date in their selection to aid in the judges understanding. Dates should be within 48 hours of the day the recording takes place.  Time limit: 5 minutes. 

5. Prose and Poetry: Selections should come from an appropriate source.  Prose should not contain more than 50% dialogue. Selections for poetry should be published poems. Both categories should be read and not fully memorized. An adequate introduction should be provided. Time limit is 8 min.

6. Program of Oral Interpretation: Pieces should follow the current rules of the NSDA. Selections must have an introduction and be in good taste while combining 2 or more genres from the prose, poetry, and/or drama genres. Time limit: 10 minutes.

7. Informative Speaking: The speech must be the original work of the student. A visual aid may be used. No electronic visual aids of any kind are allowed. A student who uses electronic visual aids will be disqualified. The presentation must be memorized. Time limit: 10 minutes. 

 

  Debate Rules

Policy Debate

  1. Novice Affirmative teams are limited to the attached case areas list (mandatory minimums, ban facial recognition, drug decriminalization, immigration). Novice teams are not to use kritiks. Novice Negative teams are not to use counterplans.  

  2. The proposition shall be the NSDA national topic: ​Resolved: The United States federal government should enact substantial criminal justice reform in the United States in one or more of the following: forensic science, policing, sentencing. 

  3. Policy format of 8-3-5 will be used. Prep time: 8 minutes per team.  

  4. Since debate is oral communication, evidence shall be presented in an understandable fashion. NSDA guidelines are advised.  

  5. Contestants more than 10 minutes late to a round, through no fault of the tournament, will forfeit.  

  6. Team personnel must remain consistent throughout the tournament.  

Lincoln-Douglas Debate       

  1. The resolution used shall be the NSDA Jan/Feb Topic announced on Dec. 1.

  2. Lincoln-Douglas format of 6-3-7-3-4-6-3 will be used.  Prep time: 5 minutes per debater.  

  3. Contestants more than 10 minutes late to a round, through no fault of the tournament, will forfeit. 

Public Forum Debate

  1. The resolution used  shall be the NSDA Jan. topic announced on Dec. 1.  

  2. Public Forum format of 4-3-3-2 will be used. Prep time: 4 minutes per team.  

  3. Contestants more than 10 minutes late to a round, through no fault of the tournament, will forfeit.  

  4. Team personnel must remain consistent throughout the tournament.

 

General Debate Rules

  1. All MSHSAA rules concerning laptops and evidence will be followed!

  2. After preliminary rounds, the top eight teams will advance to quarterfinals.

  3. Debaters may not be entered in more than one type of debate.

  4. A team is composed of two people and will have the opportunity to debate both sides of the resolution.  Debate team personnel must remain constant throughout the tournament.  In the event of an illness or other issue, a team may continue to debate should personnel change but will not be eligible for advancement from preliminary competition.

  5. No visual aids will be allowed in a debate round.

  6. A 10 minute grace period is permissible for tech issues per round.  If after 10 minutes the tech issue isn’t resolved and the debate cannot continue, it will be considered a loss.  

 

Judging Rules

 

  • Student judges will be used in the novice division, and all schools should try to provide 2 varsity students  for Carthage to be used during live round events (Friday and Saturday).   

  • All schools should provide Webb City 3 adult judges to be used during live round events (Friday and Saturday). 

  • Judges must be entered on Speechwire and will need an email address for this.

 

Video Submissions

 

  1. Coaches must enter student video links before the December 31, deadline and are responsible for making sure video submissions for asynchronous events are viewable and accessible.  Failure to do so will result in being ranked last/dropped from the tournament.

  2. Each video should begin with a short intro that does not count toward the time allowed for each event in which the competitor states his/her name, title selection, competition category, and the name of the tournament for which he/she is competing.

  3. If you need help with how to upload asynchronous video links for competitors, click the Speechwire Video Link Upload Tutorial link for a video tutorial.

Manager contact information

Tiffany Bolin
Email address: tbolin@wcr7.org
Phone number: (816)507-2447

Mailing address

621 N. Madison
Webb City, MO 64870

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