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This information is from a tournament in a past season!

This is a Middle School tournament in Florida.

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Palm Beach Middle School Forensic League Tournament #8 Invitation

DATE: April 24, 2021

Time : 8:15 AM - 2:00 PM

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 8 p.m. is the deadline for making any changes to student entries.


This tournament is open to ANY student who is in a middle school in Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie counties with a registered program.

Tournament Procedure

The purpose of this tournament is to provide middle school students with an enjoyable competition opportunity that can be completed from their homes. The tournament will feature a combination of live performances and recorded performances All middle school speech events will be offered as asynchronous recordings submitted by school coaches to the Speechwire platform. Debate events will be conducted live through NSDA Campus. Students will not be present while judges are scoring the rounds, but coaches will have access to judge feedback after the competition is judged. The top three students in each middle school event will receive trophies. Students in 4th, 5th and 6th places will receive ribbons.

Dates and Deadlines

Registration of students and activation of Speechwire accounts will be due by 8pm on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.  Any entries without a submitted recording after this window will be dropped from the tournament, and entry fees will not be refunded.

April  6, 2021         Registration opens on Speechwire.com

April 20, 2021        Registration deadline for entry names and linked accounts

                               Deadline for students to record speeches and coaches to          

                               submit entries to the Speechwire platform.  

April 24, 2021       Judges may begin their judging assignments


April 24, 2021,       8:30 AM - Competition Begins



Judges will be assigned a series of rounds to judge.  Judges MUST provide a cell phone contact number on Speechwire and be available throughout the entire course of the tournament if any questions arise. Judges will go to the password-protected Speechwire website, to access their e-ballots. The ballot will also provide space to write a reason for decision (RFD) explaining their ranks, as well as space to leave individual feedback for the competitors. This feedback is important to competitors. 

Fees and Judging Obligation

The entry fee will be $10 per event. There is one speech judge pool. All judges are eligible to judge all events. Based on their entries, each school will be given a number of full-time judges owed. A school will owe one judge for every 5 entries or fraction thereof. High school student judges must have been juniors or seniors in the 2020-2021 academic year. High school students must also have 150 Honor Society points to judge. A rising junior does not meet this criteria. High school students who do meet these criteria can fulfill the judging obligation of a school.

Judge Obligations

Congress - 1 judge for every 5 entries 

Speech - 1 judge for every 5 entries 

Public Forum - 1 judge for every 2 entries 

Lincoln Douglas - 1 judge for every 2 entries 



Congress - Legislation is posted under "Files for Download."

Lincoln Douglas - March/April Topic - "Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee universal child care."

Public Forum - April Topic - "Resolved: The benefits of the International Monetary Fund outweigh the harms."


All events will use online ballots through Speechwire.com. Every judge is required to create a Speechwire.com account prior to the tournament registration deadline. Judges must be able to log in to live.speechwire.com to learn the passcode needed to access recordings of speeches, learn their judging assignments, and complete their ballots. Including valid contact information in the Speechwire.com account is important so tournament staff can attempt to reach judges.  Review this information on setting up your school on Speechwire.com.  Students, judges, and coaches will have access to a series of webinars detailing using the platform and Speechwire.com to facilitate the tournament. 

Webinar Link : https://speechwiretournamentservices.cmail19.com/t/r-l-juohjhy-otlhyddjhi-t/

Technology Requirements

Competitors are required to have internet access, a microphone, and a webcam in order to record their speech. Judges must have internet access to judge the rounds. Judges will be instructed not to allow video/sound equipment quality, physical location, or other elements not in control of the individual students to affect their decisions. We understand that many students and judges do not have equal access to the internet and technology. 

Participant Privacy

Speechwire.com is the platform that will be used to conduct competition rounds. Only judges are able to view assigned competitor videos.  Any unauthorized sharing of a competitor’s photo, video link or creative property will result in disqualification of the judge’s school from the tournament.  We understand that security and privacy concerns are present among parents and school districts. We will do our best to accommodate these issues in some form and will strive to eliminate as many barriers as possible to participation in our virtual tournaments.

Competitor Recording Process

Competitors may record their performance, watch the recording, and re-record their performance as many times as they would like. However, once the performance is submitted by their coach to the Speechwire.com website, that recording will be considered the official tournament entry for the contestant and cannot be re-recorded and submitted. The recording should be filmed in one take.  Videos may not be edited and all camera shots are stationary. The recording system will be set to stop all recordings at a preset time limit of 10 minutes and 30 seconds. Once students have their best recording, they will submit their final performance to his or her coach to upload to Speechwire in the form of a url address. THE LINK MUST BE ABLE TO BE SHARED WITH PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF YOUR SCHOOL SYSTEM.  Competitors and coaches must check that their recording’s video and audio is working prior to submission. If a competitor does not upload any file during the submission window, they will not be scheduled in the tournament and entry fees will not be refunded.  More information about creating and sharing your video links is provided in the Speechwire additional links.

**For OI, Video #1 is POETRY and Video #2 is PROSE.**

Backdrops and Recording Equipment

Competitors may not use green screens, virtual backdrops, on-screen text, or professional equipment enhancements such as professional lighting kits or professional grade camera recording and audio devices during their performance in any event. Submissions or recordings may not be edited using any software; all submissions must be non-stop footage of the entire performance done through the permitted submission platform. The camera being used must remain stationary throughout the entire performance, and no zooming or panning is permitted. Other individuals may be present while filming, but audience interaction (laughing, applause, etc.) must not be included in the performance. Competitors may determine how close or distant the camera is set up in order to maximize both verbal and nonverbal communication. If possible, it is recommended that students and judges remove items that may be distracting in the background. Backdrops of a solid color with no special markings may be used by competitors and judges. 


Manager contact information

Bo LintAlyssa Vaknin
Email address: bobby.lint@ahschool.com
Phone number: 561-702-3715/561-602-8937

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