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Florida Civics & Debate Initiative State Championship

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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 the Florida Civics & Debate Championship to be held on-line Saturday, April 17, 2021. This tournament operates from 8:30AM-6PM EST.

The FCDI Championship offers middle school and high school novice competition. ONLY Florida schools who have competed in at least one Florida Civics & Debate Initiative regional competition this year are eligible to compete in this championship. 

We plan for 3 preliminary rounds followed by semi and final rounds. If numbers are large, we will add additional rounds. Congress will feature 2 two-hour preliminary sessions followed by a final round. The schedule will be updated on the Schedule tab.


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 Middle School Champion Award in addition to the usual awards.

Speechwire student accounts are required for participation at the FCDI Championship. 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

We will be using Yaatly for live events for this tournament. Please check tech requirements, ask your IT folks to help, and test the platform well in advance of the tournament. You can find more information in the files to upload as well as visiting this site: https://info.yaatly.com/user-guides/technical-guide


  • Lincoln Douglas Debate-We will be using the NSDA March/April 2021 topic: Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee universal child care.
  • Public Forum Debate-We will be using the NSDA April 2021 topic: Resolved: The benefits of the International Monetary Fund outweigh the harms.
  • Congressional Debate-Please submit legislation to Apryl Taylor at apryl.taylor@osceolaschools.net by Noon, Monday, April 5. Legislation will be released and posted in Files for Download by Wed, April 7.
  • Extemporaneous Speaking-Topic Areas-Preliminary Rounds: US Election Laws, US Space Policy, Africa, and International Economies. Elimination Rounds: Florida Environment and Florida Education.
  • Extemporaneous Sports Advocacy (ESA)-This is one of our new events! Please see the files for download tab for rules. Topic Areas-Preliminary Rounds: Women’s Sports, Athlete Compensation, Major League Baseball, G.O.A.T.S. Elimination rounds: College Football in the US, The Olympics
  • Sports League Advocacy Match Up (SLAM)-This is one of our new events! Please see the files for download tab for rules. We will be using the following resolution: Resolved: College athletes that generate a profit for a university as an amateur should be compensated.
  • Impromptu Speaking-Each student will respon to the same prompt in each round. General Topic areas for preliminary rounds are: Animals, Food, Education. Semifinals topic is Parents. Finals topic is Friendship.
  • World Schools Debate- We will have two preliminary rounds and a final round. Rd 1-This House believes that colleges should make test-optional policies permanent in the admissions process. Rd 2-This House supports the privatization of the U.S. Postal Service. Finals-This House would incentivize working from home post-pandemic. 


  • Declamation*
  • Dramatic Performance*
  • Duo Interpretation*
  • Informative Speaking
  • Oral Interpretation of Literature*-Poetry is Rds 1 and 3 and finals. Prose is Rds 2 and semis.
  • 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, Monday, April 12, 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, April 12 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



Beth Eskin 407-929-6712




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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