Home     LIVE!     Features     Order     Calendar     Results     Your account     Manager login         

PBCFL Funvitational (CANCELED)

RegistrationSubscribeGeneral informationSchematicsFiles for downloadTournament scheduleFeesRegistration handbook

General information

This information is from a tournament in a past season!

This is a High School tournament in Florida.

View manager contact information

Palm Beach Catholic Forensic League: The Funvitational
REGULAR EVENTS (novice and varsity divisions):
Declamation (grades 9 and 10 only)
Dramatic Performance 
Duo Interpretation
Extemporaneous Speaking
Original Oratory
Oral Interpretation
Congressional Debate
Lincoln Douglas Debate (March-April topic)
Public Forum Debate (April topic)
Duo Oral Interpretation
Informative Speaking
Pop Culture Extemp
Program Oral Interpretation
Spontaneous Argumentation
Entry limits: maximum of eight entries per speech and debate event, and 12 entries for Congress. You may only enter 2 students per congress chamber. (The PBCFL reserves the right to collapse houses and modify this rule when necessary.)
- No student member shall use an original oration, a non-original oration, or a selection of poetry, prose, or drama during a given league season which has been used by such student in any tournament of a previous season(s).
No school shall substitute a non-registered competitor in the place of a registered competitor on the day of competition. This includes “event-shifting.”
- For Public Forum Debate, students must be on separate cameras ("split-screen"). Debaters are advised to mute their microphones when not speaking to reduce echos.
- For Duo Interpretation and Duo Oral Interpretation, it is strongly suggested competitors be on separate cameras and in separate locations. If that is not possible, then proper social distancing must be maintained, even if the performers are related.
- Please remind Congress judges that the PO gets 2 speech ranks (equivalent of 2 speeches = up to 12 points) and that the PO can be ranked.
Some students may use air pods or headphones to block out noise in their homes, and they should not be penalized. 
Individual events – One judge for every five entries or fraction thereof 
Debate events – One judge for every two entries or fraction thereof 
Congress – One judge for every six entries or fraction thereof
Deadline for entering judges: Wednesday, April 22, 3 p.m.
NOTE: coaches should be aware they are required to judge rounds as needed.
NOTE: coaches should be aware that the inability to provide the required number of qualified judges on competition days will result in students being dropped from competition.
$10 per student for all events.
Make tournament checks payable to: Palm Beach Catholic Forensic League.
$10 – drops after Wednesday, April 21, 3 p.m.
$50 - judge drop fee for any no-show judge on Saturday morning. In addition, you will be required to drop students until the team meets the judge quota. Yes, there’s a $25-per-student drop fee on that date as well.
$50 - missed judge rounds (hidden judges).
EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING: (1) US Politics; (2) US Economy; (3) International Organizations; (4) The World and COVID.
MARCH-APRIL LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATE: Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee universal child care.
APRIL PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE: Resolved: The benefits of the International Monetary Fund outweigh the harms.
SPONTANEOUS ARGUMENTATION: you find out in-round (four different topics)
POP CULTURE EXTEMPORANEOUS: to be selected from four of the following areas: (1) Star Wars, (2) Harry Potter, (3) Marvel Cinematic Universe, (4) The Simpsons, (5) The Muppets
DUO ORAL INTERPRETATION: Think "Oral Interpretation" with two students presenting poetry as one. Students may present parts of the poems together, or speak one at a time. They can use binder tech and sound effects, but cannot move their feet.The introduction must name the work(s) and author(s), provide the necessary background information, and establish a theme. The interpreters should demonstrate a clear understanding of the literature and project its meaning, message, and tone. The speakers should capture and convey the plot and/or development. Imagery should be carefully colored so as to promote audience understanding and appreciation. In a presentation of a collection, there should be a unity to the program as a whole, made clear by the introduction and transitional material. Students can be in different rooms or together. The maximum time limit is 10 minutes with a 30 second “grace period. 
- The order of draws/performing will be decided based on postings.
- Competitors have seven total minutes to select a topic, brainstorm their ideas, outline the speech, and finally, deliver the speech. The speech is given without notes and uses an introduction, body, and conclusion. The speech can be light-hearted or serious. The speech can be based upon prompts that range from nursery rhymes, current events, celebrities, organizations, and more.
- The first competitor will draw three topics from an envelope. They must choose one topic, and put the other two back in the envelope.
- The student may leave the room to practice/prep but cannot receive help from any outside sources.
- The student must give the judge the topic they drew from the envelope. The judge may tape this to the ballot or handwrite it in the “title” section. The student must incorporate the topic into their speech without simply saying it and moving on.
- Time signals should be given, based on the performer’s preference.
- Once the student has completed, they may take a seat and watch the remainder of the round. The next student will then draw their topic and the round will continue.
- The contestant is to be judged upon (1) creative development of the topic, (2) organization and logic, (3) support of the speech, (4) adherence to the topic and (5) delivery - creativity, eye contact, vocal variety and gestures.
An informative speech is an original speech designed to explain, define, describe, or illustrate a particular subject. The general purpose of the speech is for the audience to gain understanding and/or knowledge of a topic. The use of audio/visual aids is optional. THINK: Expository with optional props.
POP CULTURE EXTEMPORANEOUS: Each round will offer questions from a fictional pop culture universe (think: Harry Potter, Star Wars, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Wizard of Oz, The Hunger Games, The Simpsons, Game of Thrones, etc.). Questions will be focused on that particular universe. Citations need to be from pop culture (television shows, movies, comic books, music lyrics, memes, etc.), NOT "regular" media sources. Use of the Internet IS allowed. Prep time of 30 minutes. The maximum time limit is 7 minutes with a 30 second “grace period. 
POI is a program of oral interpretation of thematically-linked selections chosen from two or three genres: prose, poetry, drama (plays). A primary focus of this event should be on the development of the theme or argument through the use of narrative, story, language, and/or characterization. Competitors are encouraged to devote approximately equal times to each of the genres used in the program. At least two pieces of literature that represent at least two separate genres must be used. The use of a manuscript is required. THINK: A single program about racism in America, drawing from the script of A Time to Kill, an essay by Martin Luther King Jr., and excerpts from Bruce Springsteen's American Skin (41 Shots).
SpAr is a debate event which follows the following rules:
- Two people will be scheduled for debate against each other. This will vary each round. Students should have four different opponents.
- When rounds are posted, the two students will report to the room assigned for the topic announcement. The speakers will be given a topic by the judge. At that time the two debaters will have 20 minutes prep time. After 20 minutes the round will begin.
 - Topics could focus on current events or more abstract areas.
- Times for each speech are as follows:
Affirmative Constructive – 3 minutes
1st Crossfire – 2 minutes
Negative Constructive – 3 minutes
2nd Crossfire – 2 minutes
1st Mandatory Prep Time – 1 minute
Affirmative Rebuttal – 2 minutes
Negative Rebuttal – 2 minutes
2nd Mandatory Prep Time – 1 minute
Affirmative Final Focus – 2 minutes
Negative Final Focus – 2 minutes
- A single published, printed story, anecdote, tale, myth, or legend must be retold without notes or props. The topic area is "children's story."
- The maximum time limit is 10 minutes with a 30 second “grace period. The ranking is up to each individual judge’s discretion. Judges who choose to time are to use accurate (stopwatch function) timing devices. No minimum time is mandated.
- The student may not tell a story they have used previously in any previous year.
- The delivery must be extempore, not read. No book or script may be used. The story may be delivered standing or seated.
- Gestures, pantomime and characterization, may be used with restraint but the focus must be on the narrative.
- The retelling must be true to the original tale. The contestant may not add original material or materially change the content of the story.


Manager contact information

Traci Lowe
Email address: traci.lowe@palmbeachschools.org
Phone number: 561-889-3649

Mailing address

c/o Daryl Hall
325 Orange Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

SpeechWire Tournament Services - Copyright 2004-2021 Ben Stewart. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use - Privacy and Security Policy