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Princeton Invitational 2021

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This is a High School tournament in New Jersey.

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Live Doc: speechwire.live/princeton 
 
Dear Speech and Debate Coaches and Moderators:
 
Princeton High School is pleased to invite you to Princeton Invitational to be held on Saturday, March 13, 2021.  As always, we will be offering competition in Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum debate, as well as Congressional Debate. There will be eleven individual event (IE) categories including Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Oral Interpretation, Original Oratory, Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Improvisational Acting, Declamation, Program Oral Interpretation, and Informative Speaking.  We are particularly excited to offer Parliamentary Debate this year, and hope many can take advantage of it.  
 
 
IMPORTANT NOTES
E-Ballots will be used for all speech and debate events.  Please remind your judges to check their tech, prior to the tournatment. E-ballots are incredibly easy and intuitive. We will hold a judges' meeting in the morning, before rounds, and will be accessed with the judge lounge zoom link. 
 
 
COMPETITION
There will be four preliminary rounds in Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum debate with breaks to finals only if time permits.  LD, PF, and Parli will have two divisions: novice and varsity.  We may combine the divisions if the pool of parli is limited.  Please register your students for the appropriate division based on NJSDL rules. 
 
There will be three preliminary rounds in all individual event (IE) categories with breaks to finals; in categories with sufficient numbers, we may break to semifinals, time permitting. Finally, there will be two sessions and a final round of Congressional Debate, with the possibility of a novice division depending on the number of entries. The usual complement of awards will be given to the top 6 competitors in all categories. Sweepstakes trophies will be awarded to the top 5 teams competing.
 
All NSDA and NJSDL rules for registration, source integrity, ethics, and timing are in effect. If you have questions, please consult the official NSDA and/or NJSDL rules. We will be using the NSDA March resolution for PF, and the March/April resolution for LD.
 
 
TOURNAMENT PLATFORM AND SCHEDULE
Students and judges will access their competition rooms through Speechwire, which will interface with NSDA Campus. It is imperative that all participants understand how to access the resources available through Speechwire and that judges be trained in the protocols and procedures for each event as well as in the use of electronic ballots prior to the tournament. There are a number of excellent training materials available from the NSDA and New Jersey Speech & Debate League.
 
A tentative schedule for the tournament can be found on the Speechwire site as well as in the live document. Adjustments will be made as needed during the course of the tournament. All participating schools will receive access to the live document approximately two weeks before the tournament.
 
Final rounds will be livestreamed on Zoom! Links will be shared on the live document at the end of the tournament. Please encourage your non-advancing students to join the finalists as spectators in the round.
 
The awards ceremony will follow as quickly after the final round as possible. Trophies will be mailed to the school address following the tournament. Tournament champions will also receive digital “posters” in recognition of their accomplishments.
 
 
REGISTRATION
All registration must be completed via speechwire.com. If you have never used this site before or would like assistance, please let us know and we can assist. Speechwire will accept up to six (6) entries per school per category. We reserve the right to place any further entries on a waitlist, subject to room and judge availability. Coaches will receive notifications if and when we are able to clear the waitlist.
 
Only students who are sponsored by a degree-granting institution are permitted to compete. No independent or “lone wolf” entries are permitted. We do allow double-entries across all the IE events only. Mavericks in Public Forum and Parli are not permitted. There are no double-entries permitted in any debate event, or across speech and debate events.
 
Please mark all speech novices as such in your registration.  
 
Registration on the day of the tournament will occur between 7:45 and 8:30am. Coaches are encouraged to check in with their teams and judges to ensure that all are present before confirming the team’s presence. One coach from each school must inform the tab that the school is prepared to compete. Judges’ meeting will be held at 8.45am in the Judge’s Lounge.  
 
 
DEADLINES
The pandemic has increased the number of unknown variables that we will have to prepare for. To that end, we will begin assessing nuisance fees for any registration changes other than name changes after 11:59pm on Tuesday, 03/9/21. We will lock registration at 3pm on the day before the tournament. Any changes after that point must be communicated directly to the tournament staff via email or at on-site registration the next day.
 
All Congress bills must be emailed to Jennifer Li (PrincetonInvitational@gmail.com) by the end of the day on Monday, March 8, 2021. A legislation packet will be made available shortly thereafter.
 
 
FEES
Our fee structure is below. All payments should be made out to Princeton Debate Booster Club. Please send payments to:
 
Princeton High School
Attn.: Jennifer Li
151 Moore Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
 
Registration Fees
 
School registration fee: $25 per school
Lincoln Douglas: $20 per entry
Public Forum: $30 per entry
Parli: $30 per entry
Duo Interpretation: $20 per entry
Other IE categories and Congress: $15 per entry
 
Administrative Fees
 
These fees are designed to discourage schools and teams from doing things that make our job of running the tournament extremely difficult. We would prefer not to charge these fees – we would much rather have a smooth-running tournament that brought in less for our fundraising efforts than a chaotic and lucrative one.
 
Late entry fee: $20 per entry after 11:59pm on 03/9/2020
Drop fee: $20 per dropped entry after 11:59pm on 03/9/2020
Entire school late withdrawal fee: 50% of full invoice after 11:59pm 03/9/2020; 100% for day-of or no-show
 
Judge fees
 
$120 per missing judge, per requirements below
$120 per dropped & non-replaced judge beginning 24 hours before registration
$40 per missed judge call
 
JUDGES
 
Judging quotas are based on the following:
 
Lincoln Douglas: Teams must provide one (1) judge for every three (2) entries or fraction thereof.
 
Student debaters with at least two full years of experience may be used as judges for Novice LD or Novice PF ONLY, so long as they are marked as such in registration notes. Failure to do so may result in a judge fee being assessed to your team. For example, if a team has one novice PF entry and one varsity PF entries, a student judge WILL NOT fulfill the total obligation, only the novice entry.
 
Public Forum: As above.  Please note that PF judges may be judging Parli as well.  
 
IE categories and Congress: Teams must provide one (1) judge for every five (5) entries or fraction thereof.
 
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. Judges like these are very valuable to the tournament. If a “dirty” judge is marked clean, a judge fee may be assessed to your team.
 
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 more comfortable doing this. That said, speech judges can and will be used to judge Congress rounds. Please prepare your judges for this possibility.
 
All teams competing must provide at least one judge, regardless of their obligations. We ask this for scheduling purposes, and to ensure the diversity of the judging pool.
 
We will, as usual, conduct a brief overview session for judges at approximately 8:45am. While we strive to alleviate confusion and answer all questions, we cannot spend the time to fully train judges.
 
 
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We look forward to seeing you on March 13th, 2021! Please contact Jennifer Li (PrincetonInvitational@gmail.com) with any questions. 
 
Manager contact information
Jennifer Li
Email address: PrincetonInvitational@gmail.com
Phone number: 609-589-1113
 
Mailing address
Princeton High School
151 Moore Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
 
 

Manager contact information

Jennifer Li
Email address: phsdbteam@gmail.com
Phone number: 6095981113

Mailing address

Princeton High School
151 Moore Street
Princeton, NJ 08540

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