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FCDI Central #1 at Colonial HS

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This is a High School tournament in Florida.

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This is a Middle/High School tournament in Orlando.


You are cordially invited to the Central Florida Civics & Debate Initiative Tournament #1, to be held Saturday, December 4, 2021 at Colonial High School, Orlando, FL.  This tournament will be live and in person.

The CFCDI Tournament #1 at Colonial offers middle school, high school novice, and high school varsity competition. All schools are welcome to compete in this tournament.


There will be three rounds of competition in all events except Congressional Debate, where there will be two 1.5 sessions. The tournament will begin at 8:00am Eastern time. We hope to finish awards by 2PM, but please be flexible regarding the end time of the event.

The full schedule can be found in the Schedule tab on the Speechwire registration page for the tournament.


REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE Monday, November 29, 2021 at 6:00pm.

Please plan to arrive at Colonial High School, 6100 Oleander Dr, Orlando, FL 32807, no later than 8:00am the morning of the tournament to check in.


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.

No Double Entry.  If a coach submits the same student for two events, that student will be automatically disqualified for both events.



  • Congressional Debate
  • Lincoln Douglas Debate
  • Public Forum Debate
  • Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Extemporaneous Sports Analysis
  • Extemporaneous Debate
  • Impromptu Speaking
  • Sports League Advocacy Match Up
  • Declamation
  • Dramatic Performance
  • Duo Interpretation
  • Informative Speaking
  • Just Talk middle school only
  • Oral Interpretation
  • Original Oratory
  • Program Oral Interpretation

We will not offer a varsity division of Just Talk - Middle School only.


Observers are allowed, but must be registered.




NOTE: Students will debate BOTH sides of the resolution. 


Lincoln Douglas Debate: We are using the November/December NSDA topic - Resolved: A just government ought to recognize an unconditional right of workers to strike.

Public Forum Debate: We are using the November/December NSDA topic - Resolved: Increased United States federal regulation of cryptocurrency transactions and/or assets will produce more benefits than harms.

World Schools Debate:  We are using the following NSDA prepared motion - This House would ban military recruitment in educational settings.

Extemporaneous Speaking: (1) Legislative Branch; (2) Global Environment.

Extemporaneous Sports Analysis Topic Areas: (1) TBA; (2) TBA; (3) TBA

Extemporaneous Debate:Topics will be related to the following themes in our Civics BEST standards: America's Founding Principles, The Judicial Branch, and the Executive Brach.  

Sports League Advocacy Match up (SLAM) Topic: Resolved: The Baseball Hall of Fame should change its voting processes. 


CONGRESS LEGISLATION: Submit proposed legislation in either NSDA or NCFL format (either is fine) to ­­­­­­Apryl Taylor, taylorfcdi@gmail.com, no later than noon Tuesday, November 23.

Templates are under Files for Download.


JUDGES:  We will need your judges in order to run the tournament.

The judge ratio for this tournament is 1 judge for every two debate entries; 1 judge for every 5 speech/interp/congress entries.

Please bring parents, teachers, former students, etc.!

A judge training video and additional judging resources can be found HERE

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.


CONCESSIONS: Concessions (pizza, snacks, drinks, etc.) will be available for purchase with cash only.


COACHES: Coaches must be available for the duration of the tournament.


FEES: FCDI member schools pay no fees. Non-FCDI schools pay $4.00/student.

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

Email address: paul.gaba@palmbeachschools.org



Apryl Taylor, CFCDI Ambassador

Email address: taylorfcdi@gmail.com

Phone number: 407-243-7185


Manager contact information

Elizabeth Eskin
Email address: elizabetheskin@gmail.com
Phone number: 4079296712

Mailing address

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

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