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PBCFL OCT. 16th

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This is a High School tournament in Florida.

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Palm Beach Catholic Forensic League Tournament Invitation

Wellington Community High School

2101 Greenview Shores Blvd.

Wellington, FL 33414

 

DIRECTIONS: Take Forest Hill Boulevard west to South Shore; turn left. Take South Shore to Greenview Shores Boulevard (second light); turn right. School is on the west side of the road.

 

DATE: October 16, 2021

 

Tuesday, October 12, at 3 p.m. is the deadline for registering students.

 

Wednesday, October 13, at 3 p.m. is the last opportunity to drop students before the website shuts down. At this time, schools are responsible for the $10 entry fee.

 

IF SCHOOLS HAVE NOT PAID IN FULL ANY AND ALL PRIOR PBCFL REGISTRATION FEES AND DROP FEES, BY THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, THEIR PROGRAM RISKS BEING DROPPED FROM COMPETITION AT UPCOMING PBCFL TOURNAMENT.

 

TOURNAMENT GUIDELINES:

  • This is a varsity and novice tournament.
  • Any student, varsity or novice, will be allowed to compete in Declamation, Dramatic Performance, Duo Interpretation, Extemporaneous, Informative Speaking, Oral Interpretation, Original Oratory, Program Oral Interpretation, Lincoln Douglas, Public Forum, Congressional Debate.
  • Novice students will be allowed to compete in the following NOVICE-SPECIFIC categories: Declamation, Oral Interpretation, and Extemporanaeous Speaking.
  • A "novice" is considered any student who is in their first year of high school debate competition.
  • LD will be able to compete using the September/October topic
  • PFD will be able to compete using the September/October topic.
  • All schools must register on the Speechwire website in order to legitimately participate in this competition.
  • Legislation will be posted as full-text on the PBCFL website (www.pbcfl.net) and on Speechwire.
  • NEW COACHES (first- and second-year in particular) should plan on judging (choose an event group!).do NOT 
  • JUDGE TRAINING WILL BE OFFERED AT THIS TOURNAMENT. Coaches do NOT need to register judge training workshop attendees on Speechwire, but should order lunches for them.

ENTRY PROCEDURES and REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

  • You may register 8 entries/teams in each event, 12 entries in novice specific events, and 20 entries in Student Congress.
  • You may only enter 4 students per congress chamber. (The PBCFL reserves the right to collapse houses and modify this rule when necessary.)
  • Once registration closes, houses may be balanced and students may be shifted to another chamber. All efforts will be made to keep the same group of students together.
  • No changes will be made after the Tuesday 3 p.m. drop deadline ... please plan accordingly.
  • Double-check your registration. No student will be added to the tournament on the morning of the tournament.

PREPARATIONS BEFORE THE TOURNAMENT:

  • Assign the authorship speech to one person from your school in each chamber.
  • Because full-text legislation will be on-line, it is each school's responsibility to access legislation in advance.
  • DOUBLE-CHECK your entries. If a student is not listed on your registration they will NOT be added on the morning of the tournament.
  • Make sure you tell us who your student judges are (juniors or seniors with 150+ NSDA points) when registering them - include info in the notes section.
  • Make sure all your students have signed a behavior/attire contract

REGISTRATION ON SATURDAY:

  • Be at the tournament host cafeteria by 7:30 a.m. to do attendance and submit debate and speech event drops by 7:45 a.m. (Congress attendance will take place during Session 1.)
  • Extemp Draw for Round 1 is at 7:45 a.m.
  • Students/programs that are late may be dropped from the tournament by league officers.
  • Check your registration carefully; there will be a "hidden drop fee" for any drop that is not reported at registration.
  • Refer to the chamber breakdown list in order to make sure all competitors know where to report.
  • Make sure all judges check their email and text messages for ballot assignments.

RULE REMINDERS:

  • No student member shall use an original oration, a non-original oration, an original informative speech, 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.”
  • No varsity member(s) may compete in a novice event unless specified by tournament rules (collapsing of a novice and varsity division). Violation of this shall be punishable by disqualification from the tournament.
  • POI and OI must have different pieces - you cannot do the same prose or poetry in both events (you will be subject to disqualification)
  • PRESIDING OFFICER: 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.
  • SPEECH COMPETITORS: Students who are in Speech events CANNOT wear airpods, headphones, etc. when performing (either recorded or live).
  • ORAL INTERPRETATION and POI: While there’s no rule governing binders, they should be the smaller 5x8.5” black binders. Students could also use plastic sheet covers for their pages to reduce distracting page turn sounds during performances.

JUDGE QUOTAS:

  • CONGRESS: 1 judge per every 10 entries or fraction thereof 
  • SPEECH/INTERP: 1 judge for every combination of 5 entries or fraction thereof
  • PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE: 1 judge for every 2 entries or fraction thereof
  • LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATE: 1 judge for every 2 entries or fraction thereof
  • Register ALL judges on Speechwire.
  • Make sure you distinguish any student judge from adult judges when registering on Speechwire by informing us in the "notes" section.
  • There is currently a $100 per missing judge fee in the system, BUT you must drop students if you do not meet your judge requirement.

ENTRY FEES:

 

Each school's PBCFL membership fees ($75) and league registration form must have been received by PBCFL Treasurer Daryl Hall by the Tuesday before the tournament, in order to compete at the tournament. Schools that do not achieve both of these will be ineligible to compete, and any registered students and judges will be dropped from the tournament.

$10 per student

 

MEALS: $7 each

Coaches must order meals for all entries, adult judges, judge trainees, and coaches.

Students: Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich; Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets; Pizza Hut Personal Cheese Pizza; Publix Turkey Sub; Publix Ham & Cheese Sub; Publix Veggie Sub; Gluten Free Option.

Adults: Buffet

 

DROP FEES:

 

Tuesday, October 12, at 3 p.m. is the deadline for registering students. 

Wednesday, October 13 at 3 p.m. is the last opportunity to drop students before the website shuts down. At this time, schools are responsible for the $10 entry fee.

$100 - 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.

$50 - missed judge rounds (hidden judges).

 

EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING TOPIC AREAS: Domestic: The Executive Branch, Transportation and Infrastructure. International: Europe, Militaries & Armed Conflict

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATE: Resolved: The member nations of the World Trade Organization ought to reduce intellectual property protections for medicines. 
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER PUBLIC FORUM TOPIC: Resolved: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization should substantially increase its defense committments to the Baltic States.

Important tournament rooms

Judge Training Workshop - 2-101
Extemp Prep - 2-112
Tab Room - 5-117
Judges Lounge - Lecture Hall

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

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