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This is a High School tournament in Florida.

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You are cordially invited to the Florida Civics & Debate Initiative “Funvitational,” a totally asynchronous tournament that will conclude Monday, May 3, 2021.  The FCDI Funvitational will offer students the opportunity to compete in some unique events.

The FCDI Funvitational offers middle school and high school novice competition. All Florida schools are welcome to compete in this championship.

There will be 2 rounds of competition. Judges will have access to ballots no later than Saturday, May 1 and are expected to submit results by 5PM EST Monday, May 3.

REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE Thursday, April 29 AT 6PM. Videos must be submitted by that time!

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 Funvitational. 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

OUR ASYNCHRONOUS EVENTS INCLUDE:

Pro Con Challenge-Absurd Debate

Students will write a 3-5 minute affirmative case and a 3-5 minute negative case on the following absurd debate topic: Resolved: “Smart phones” make us stupid. They will read both of those speeches within a time limit of 10 minutes and submit it through the recording process.

 

Pro Con Challenge-Sports

Students will write a 3-5 minute affirmative case and a 3-5 minute negative case on the following sports debate topic: Resolved: Athletes should be role models. They will read both of those speeches within a time limit of 10 minutes and submit it through the recording process.

 

Congressional Debate Authorship Challenge

Competitors use the two pieces of legislation we have provided (Located in Files for Download Tab) and construct two authorship speeches 3-5 minutes in length. They will read both of those speeches within a time limit of 10 minutes and submit it through the recording process.

 

Prepared Prompt Speaking-Song Lyrics

In Prepared Prompt Speaking, students select one lyric from the list below, prepare a 5-minute speech related to the line, and submit it through the recording process.

  1. “My momma don’t like you and she likes everyone.”-Justin Beiber
  2. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”-John Lennon
  3. “If you try to play your luck, ain’t nobody gonna care enough to catch you fall”-The Weeknd
  4. “Do you ever wonder if the stars shine out for you”-Ed Sheeran
  5. “Jealousy is just love and hate at the same time”-Drake

Prepared Commentary-Sports

In Prepared Prompt Speaking-Sports, students select one topic from the list below, prepare a 5-minute speech, and submit it through the recording process.

 

  1. The greatest male athlete of all time is…
  2. The greatest female athlete of all time is…
  3. My favorite athlete is…
  4. The best lesson I learned from sports is…
  5. Sports are important because...

 

Storytelling

In Storytelling, a single published, printed story, anecdote, tale, myth, or legend must be retold without notes or props. The topic area is "children's story."

 

Just Talk

The students must speak for a minimum of 4 minutes and a maximum of 6 minutes. They need to Just Talk. Subject matter is their own, but NO hate speech.

SLAM Poetry

1. Each solo poem must be of the poet’s own creation.

2. Memorization is not required or necessary.  The poet may choose to use notes.

4. Each poet gets three minutes (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one poem.

5. The poet may not use props, costumes, pre-recorded/taped music, or musical instruments while performing.  It’s just you performing.  BUT you are allowed to sing or beat box or make any other sounds with your body in your performance.

6. The poem may NOT include hate speech.

 

Instructions on how to upload speech/inter videos can be found on the “Files for Download” page. Videos must be uploaded by 6PM, Thursday, April 30.

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.

The judge ratio for this tournament is 1 judge per 5 entries.

All judges must register via Speechwire account by Thursday, April 30 at 6PM. 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

 

DAY OF TOURNAMENT CONTACT:

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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