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Freehold Township High School Tournament

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This is a High School tournament in New Jersey.

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Alicia Scelso, Ed.D., Principal


Dear Coach,


Your team is invited to attend the 31st Annual Freehold Township High School Forensics Tournament on Saturday, January 23, 2021. Check in for all teams will take place from 7:45 AM to 8:30 AM. There will be a mandatory judge meeting at 8:30 AM. We plan on beginning round 1 promptly at 9:00 AM and have awards tentatively scheduled to being at 5:30 PM.



All registration may be completed via https://www.speechwire.com/. If you have never used this site before or would like assistance in the registration process, please contact me. You can print a copy of the registration and invoice directly from http://www.speechwire.com Only 6 entries per school per category will be registered.  The rest will be placed on a waitlist until January 18, 2021 when entries will be reviewed and cleared to ensure rooms are balanced.




Registration Opens                       14 December 2020 at 4:00 PM

New Entries Due                            21 January 2021 at 12:00 PM

Congress Legislation Due             19 January 2021 at 12:00 PM

Fees & Obligations Frozen           22 January 2021 at 12:00 PM

Judge Information Due                22 January 2021 at 11:59 PM

Online Drop & Name Change      22 January 2021 at 12:00pm

Nuisance Fine Apply After           22 January 2021 at 12:00pm



Please send payment in the form of cash, check, or purchase order. Make checks payable to the FTHS Forensics.


School Registration Fee                $25.00 per school

Individual Event                            $10.00 per slot

DUO Interpretation                       $20.00 per slot

Public Forum Debate                    $20.00 per slot

Lincoln- Douglas Debate              $15.00 per slot

Congressional Debaters               $10.00 per slot

Late Add/Drop Fee                        $10.00 per change

No-show judge fine                       $25.00 per round

Dropped Judge                              $125.00 per judge dropped & not replaced after 11:59pm on






We will be using NSDA Campus (all competitors will perform their events live) but will access NSDA through Speechwire.  All coaches must have a team roster with accurate email addresses uploaded onto Speechwire.  Likewise, coaches must ensure that judges are trained to complete electronic ballots and have a linked Speechwire account. 



All debate events will have four rounds with a possibility of a final if time permits. All speech events will have three rounds and a final except in events that exceed 40 students, in which there will also be a semi-final round. Congress will have an AM and a PM session. Top non-advancing novice awards will be given out in all speech events (except Declamation) and Congress. Awards will be given to the top six students/team in each event. Sweepstakes awards will be given out to the top three schools overall. Each school may enter up to six contestants per category. Double enters are allowed to participate except in debate events and congress. Mavericks in PF are not permitted. All NSDA and NJSDL rules for registration, source integrity, ethics, and timing are in effect.


To ensure equity, contestants in partner/team events (Duo Interpretation, Public Forum Debate, and World Schools Debate) must compete in different physical room locations.


We ask that you make sure to mark all your novice speech competitors (in their first year of competition) in registration so that we can recognize the highest-placing novice at awards or hold novice honors rounds if numbers allow it.


We are offering competition in the following events:


Original Oratory

Novice Declamation

Dramatic Interpretation

Humorous Interpretation

Oral Interpretation

Program Oral Interpretation

Impromptu Speaking

Improvisational Acting


Duo Interpretation

Extemporaneous Speaking

Public Forum Debate (Novice, JV and Varsity)

Lincoln-Douglas Debate (Novice, JV and Varsity)




IE Events and Congress

-One judge per five speech contestants or fraction thereof is required

--No student judges allowed


LD & PF Debate

-One judge per three Lincoln-Douglas debaters or fraction thereof is required

-One judge per three Public Forum teams or fraction thereof is required

--Student debaters with at least 2 full years of experience may judge Novice LD or Novice PF ONLY, as long as they are clearly marked in registration notes.  Failure to do so may result in a judge fee being assessed.

--Student judges cannot be used to fulfill judging obligations for JV & Varsity entries

--Student judges may not be used to fulfill a school’s entire judging obligation


**Please stress to your judges that they are obligated for the entire tournament and must be available to judge the final round of any event.


When registering your judges, if you have a judge who is able to judge your own team without conflict, please mark him or her as “Clean” on the drop-down menu.


We may be forced to assign judges based on need, regardless of category.  This is something we will try never to do, but if circumstances demand it, it would be helpful for coaches to let us know of any judges who would feel comfortable doing other events.  However, speech judges will be used to judge Congress rounds.  Please let your judges know this.


Please make sure your judges are trained prior to the tournament because we will not have the time to adequately train them before the tournament begins.



Caryn Burstein 

Cell: (732) 429-9309      

Email: cburstein@frhsd.com




Zachary Sylvester

Email: zsylvester@frhsd.com


Additional Information:


The tournament is being hosted by Freehold Township High School NOT Freehold High School. Note the address above.


Novices are 9th or 10th grade students who are in their first year of forensics (regardless of event).

Debate divisions will follow the NSDA guidelines.


See you in January!


The Freehold Township High School Speech and Debate Team


Manager contact information

Caryn Burstein and Zachary Sylvester
Email address: cburstein@frhsd.com/zsylvester@frhsd.com
Phone number: 732-429-9309

Mailing address

281 Elton-Adelpha Road
Freehold, NJ 07728

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