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Florida Civics and Debate Statewide #1

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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 Statewide Tournament #1, to be held Wednesday, October 6. 2021.  This tournament will be virtual via Yaatly.
Yaatly Instructions and Tech Tips can be found under "Files for Download."
The Florida Civics & Debate Initiative Statewide Tournament #1 offers middle school, high school novice, and high school varsity competition. All Florida schools are welcome to compete in this tournament.
There will be TWO rounds of competition in all events except Congressional Debate, where there will be ONE two-hour session broken into two segments. The tournament will begin at 4:45pm Eastern time. The full schedule can be found in the Schedule tab on the registration page for the tournament.
EVENTS and DIVISIONS: We offer middle school, novice, and varsity 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. "Varsity" is Year 2 of high school debate.
Speechwire student accounts are required for participation at FCDI tournaments. Please be sure that your school's firewall will not block Speechwire if you are using a school email address. 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 LIVE EVENTS INCLUDE: Congressional Debate; Lincoln Douglas Debate; Policy Debate; Public Forum Debate; Extemporaneous Speaking; Extemporaneous Sports Analysis; Impromptu Speaking; and Sports League Advocacy Match Up.
We will use Yaatly for our live virtual events. Instructions on setting up accounts in Yaatly can be found on the “Files for Download” tab.
OUR ASYNCHRONOUS (PRE-RECORDED) EVENTS INCLUDE: Declamation; Dramatic Interpretation; Duo Interpretation;  Humorous Interpretation; Informative Speaking; Just Talk; Oral Interpretation; Original Oratory; and Program Oral Interpretation.
Instructions on how to upload speech/inter videos can be found on the “Files for Download” tab. Videos must be uploaded by 11:59PM Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021.
Observers are allowed.
NOTE: Students will debate BOTH sides of the resolution. 
Lincoln Douglas Debate: We are using the September/October NSDA topic - Resolved: The member nations of the World Trade Organization ought to reduce intellectual property protections for medicines.
Policy Debate:We are using the NSA topic - Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its protection of water resources in the United States.
Public Forum Debate: We are using the September/October NSDA topic - Resolved: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization should substantially increase its defense commitments to the Baltic states.
World Schools Debate:  We are using the Following NSDA prepared motion - This House would abolish the United States Selective Service System.
SLAM Topic: Resolved: The United States should develop federal standards on concussion protocols. 
Extemporaneous Speaking: (1) U.S. Economy; (2) Asia.
Extemporaneous Sports Analysis Topic Areas: (1) College Football in the US; (2) Women's Sports
CONGRESS LEGISLATION: Submit proposed legislation in either NSDA or NCFL format (either is fine) to Apryl Taylor no later than noon on Friday, September 24. Apryl's email address is taylorfcdi@gmail.com.
Templates are under Files for Download.
JUDGES: Adults and coaches may judge any division. Qualified varsity with at least 75 NSDA points on record may judge the middle school and novice divisions. 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 for every two debate entries; 1 judge for every 5 speech/interp/congress entries.
All judges must register via Speechwire account by 11:59pm SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2021. 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
Paul Gaba, FCDI Tournament Coordinator, 561-352-0635

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Beth Eskin
Email address: Elizabeth.Eskin@fldoe.org
Phone number: 407-929-6712

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Florida Debate Initiative
Attn: Tara Tedrow 215 N Eola Dr
Orlando, FL 32801

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