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Jon Schamber High School Invitational

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This is a High School tournament in California.

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The University of the Pacific Speech and Debate team cordially invites your team to attend the 40th annual Jon Schamber High School Forensics Tournament on Friday, October 29 through Sunday, October, 31 2021. The tournament will feature the following events:


  • CX Debate
  • Lincoln Douglas Debate
  • Parliamentary Debate (NPDL Tournament)

Individual Events (TOC & NIET TOC QUALIFIERS)

  • Dramatic Interpretation
  • Duo Interpretation
  • Extemporaneous Speaking (Combined National & International Topics)
  • Humorous Interp
  • Impromptu
  • Informative Speaking (formally Expository)
  • Poetry
  • Prose
  • Oral Interpretation
  • Original Oratory
  • Programmed Oral Interpretation
  • Radio Broadcasting

We also offer Triathlon, which allows schools to triple enter up to six students in Individual Events.


Awards: Awards will be presented to all elimination round competitors. Speaker awards will be presented to the top three debaters in all divisions as well as the top three speakers in both divisions of Triathlon. The top two high schools with eleven or more contestants entered and the top two high schools with ten or fewer contestants entered will be honored with sweepstakes awards. In addition, the traveling sweepstakes trophy will be presented to the school that has accumulated the highest number of sweepstakes points over the years that the tournament has been offered on our campus. The members of Pacific Speech and Debate are looking forward to seeing your squad in October. We hope to see you here!


Prof. Steven Kalani Farias

Director of Forensics

University of the Pacific


(209) 946-3050 // (209) 471-6470



Pacific's COVID-19 health and safety plan is based upon the current guidance issued by the California Occupational Health and Safety Administration (Cal/OSHA), State of California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More information about Pacific’s guidelines can be accessed here: https://www.pacific.edu/covid-19-update


Masks will be required in all indoor spaces and proper distancing will be suggested in all spaces even when masked. All protocols that are in place for your own school should be followed while on University of the Pacific’s campus. All students, judges, and coaches will be required to submit one of the following: proof of vaccination OR proof of a negative test as current as Thursday, October 28th and a declination to be vaccinated form.


We will also be utilizing guidelines provided by the CDC and California which can be found here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/K-12-Guidance-2021-22-School-Year.aspx#:~:text=In%20California%2C%20the%20surest%20path,the%20community%3B%20universal%20masking%20in



As a tournament, we will follow the harassment policy stated below ON TOP OF our own institutions harassment policy:


The California High School Speech Association is committed to providing its participants, judges, coaches, and members the opportunity to pursue excellence in their endeavors. This opportunity can exist only when each member of our community is assured an atmosphere of mutual respect. CHSSA is committed to maintaining an environment that is free from all forms of harassment and discrimination. Accordingly, all forms of harassment and discrimination are prohibited, whether committed by participants, judges, coaches, or observers. CHSSA is committed to the enforcement of this policy. Individuals who are found to have violated this policy will be subject to the full range of sanctions, up to and including removal from the tournament premises and prosecution by authorities. Any individual or group of individuals who believes they have been a victim of harassment and/or discrimination should report it to the Help Desk or appropriate authority immediately.



A waiver and guidelines form will be circulated for competitors, judges, and all other participants. We would ask that everyone you enter in our tournament read and agree to follow these procedures. We encourage your participants to respect these policies and we ask you to engage with respect, empathy, and fairness. Participants who do not respect this or refuse to agree will be disqualified from participation.



Two-party consent is required for the recording of a live debate round. Students and Judges are allowed to clarify at any point in the round that the recording/live streaming should stop. Any violation of this rule could result in disqualification.

Recording of IE rounds being judged is prohibited.



Write this number down and put it in your wallet: 209-471-6470 (Prof. Farias’ cell). We would appreciate it if you called this number as soon as you find out about emergency last minute drops, especially if you have LD entries or you are an IE-only school. You should also call if an issue arises during the tournament. Before the tournament, you can feel free to reach out as well, however I may take a few days to respond. We look forward to hosting this event, seeing all of you IN PERSON, and we hope you like the new schedule.



School Fee $50.00

CX/Parli/Public Forum Teams $80.00

Lincoln-Douglas $40.00

Individual Events Slots $12.00 each.

Triathlon $12.00 (on top of entry fee)

Uncovered teams $200.00 each team (on top of entry fee)

Uncovered IEs $30.00 each slot (on top of entry fee)

Uncovered L/D $100.00 each entry (on top of entry fee)





Although we do not charge for adds or drops after the entry date. Fees will be assessed as of Wednesday, October 27th at Noon. This means that we will take drops and adds, but as of Wednesday at Noon, drops will not decrease your fees. Although adds will increase your fees! This is done so that we can properly hire and allocate judging for the weekend.



A competitor in Novice division is a competitor in their first two years of competition combined at either the middle-school or high-school level. However, any student who reached elimination rounds at either the CHSSA middle-school or high-school tournaments must enter senior division.


Any competitor may enter Open division. A competitor who is a Junior or Senior with competitive experience prior to the current academic year must enter Open division. A Novice division competitor competing with a Open division partner must be entered in Open division. A Parliamentary debater must enter in Open division if they would normally be required to enter the Open division of CX, Extemp, or Impromptu under these guidelines.



Each school must provide a judge for every 2 debate entries and a judge for every 6 IE entries to avoid judging fees. We will be relying on judges brought by the high schools during a majority of rounds. A debate judge may cover LD and either CX or Public Forum/Parliamentary Debate. A judge covering two debate teams will be required to judge at least four preliminary rounds of debate. A judge covering six entries will be required to judge at least two preliminary rounds of individual events. Schools must provide judges for one round beyond the elimination of their contestants from competitions—please remind the people you enter as judges.


What does this mean to you? A judge covering two debate teams will be expected to be present for both days of debate. A judge covering six individual events will be expected to be present for both Saturday and Sunday elimination rounds.


Thus, if your judges are there on Saturday, and your team does not advance, we will STILL expect them to be there on Sunday for the elimination rounds. Concomitantly, if your student does not advance to the semi-final or the final round in individual events, the judge is still committed for Sunday because that is one round past elimination. Should your judge not be available all three days, we will credit your commitment for what time they are there.



The tournament will exclusively use http://www.speechwire.com. Entries should be completed by 11:00 PM on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. Drops and name changes (but no adds) can be made until Thursday, October 28, 2021. ALL FEES (judging and entry) will accrue as of Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 12:00 PM NOON.


Competitors may enter in both Debate and Speech events but are responsible for arriving to their rounds on time. Failure to do so could result in forfeiting a round. Competitors may only enter in a single debate event and may enter in NO MORE than three speech events.



  1. Put full name and indicate what you intend for them to cover.
  2. Provide email and phone number for each judge
  3. A judge can cover LD Debate and EITHER CX or Parli/PoFo.
  4. One judge also can cover up to six individual event or Duo slots per conflict pattern.
  5. Also, indicate the events and days they can judge, and be sure to note any conflicts of interest or preferred divisions.

Example judge entries:

1) J. Doe, jdoe@gmail.com, 209-867-5309, Covering Parli and IE's, Available Saturday and Sunday, Prefers Open.


NOTE- The tournament will return to hiring judges for the weekend and may use qualified college students to judge speaking and/or debate events (qualifications pending). However, we would prefer schools cover their judging to minimize the amount of hiring and to keep fees low. We have tried to lower fees to accommodate schools and difficult moments for budget; however, the amount of uncovered fees has been increased to accommodate hired judging.


NOTE- We will be using digital ballots for ALL EVENTS so please make sure that your judges have a laptop, tablet, or cell phone they can use to access their ballot and record their results. We will have a few extra laptops for data entry but the tournament will move faster if we can quickly handle all judging responsibilities.




Manager contact information

Steven Kalani Farias
Email address: sfarias@pacific.edu
Phone number: 2094716470

Mailing address

3601 Pacific Ave
Communication Department
Stockton, CA 95211

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