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Freehold Township High School Tournament

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This is a High School tournament in New Jersey.

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Alicia Scelso, Ed.D., Principal


Dear Coach,

The Freehold Township Speech and Debate Team is pleased to invite your team to attend the 31st Annual Freehold Township High School Forensics Tournament on Saturday, January 15, 2022. This will be a LIVE, in-person event.

  • Check-in for all teams will take place from 7:45 AM to 8:30 AM.
  • There will be a mandatory judge meeting at 8:30 AM.
  • We plan on beginning round 1 promptly at 9:00 AM and have awards tentatively scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM.

COVID Protocols

Mandatory Masks & Safety Measures: Because of the current health situation, we will be enforcing the NJ mask mandate in all schools and social distancing. All schools will be assigned tables in our cafeteria and gym, and all members from that school must remain at those tables throughout the day when they are not actively in their rounds. Coaches must be responsible for ensuring that schools do not intermingle in these larger areas. Competitors, students, judges, and coaches must also wear a mask at all times throughout the day, with the only exceptions being when people are actively eating or drinking. People who do not wear masks will be removed from the tournament and their school will be fined. 


We are offering competition in the following events:

Speech (Novice,Varsity)

  • Original Oratory
  • Declamation (Novice Only)
  • Dramatic Interpretation
  • Humorous Interpretation
  • Oral Interpretation
  • Program Oral Interpretation
  • Impromptu Speaking
  • Improvisational Acting
  • Informative
  • Duo Interpretation
  • Extemporaneous Speaking

*All speech events will have three rounds and a final for all individual events.Top non-advancing novice awards will be given out in all speech events (except Declamation)


  • Public Forum Debate (Novice, JV and Varsity)
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debate (JV & Varsity)
  • Congress (Novice & Varsity)

*All PF & LD events will have four rounds with a possibility of a final if time permits.

*For Congres there will be two sessions and a final round of Congressional Debate, with the possibility of a novice division depending on the number of entries


Awards will be given to the top six students/team in each event. Sweepstakes awards will be given out to the top three schools overall. 


All registration may be completed via https://www.speechwire.com/. If you have never used this site before or would like assistance in the registration process, please contact me. You can print a copy of the registration and invoice directly from http://www.speechwire.com

Only 6 entries per school per category will be registered.  The rest will be placed on a waitlist until January 10, 2021 when entries will be reviewed and cleared to ensure rooms are balanced.

Each school may enter up to six contestants per category. Double enters are allowed to participate except in debate events and congress.

We ask that you make sure to mark all your novice speech competitors (in their first year of competition) in registration so that we can recognize the highest-placing novice at awards. Mavericks in Public Forum are not permitted.



Registration Opens                       20 December 2021 at 4:00 PM

New Entries Due                            10 January 2022 at 9:00 PM

Congress Legislation Due              7 January 2022 at 9:00 PM emailed to Zach Sylvester (zsylvester@frhsd.com)

Fees & Obligations Frozen           10 January 2022 at 9:00 PM

Judge Information Due                10 January 2022 at 9:00 PM

Online Drop & Name Change      10 January 2022 at 9:00 PM

Nuisance Fine Apply After           10 January 2022 at 9:00 PM



Please send payment in the form of cash, check, or purchase order.

Make checks payable to:  FTHS Forensics

Payments sent to:

Freehold Township High School

 attn. Zachary Sylvester

281 Elton-Adelphia Road, Freehold, NJ, 07728

Registration Fees

School Registration Fee                $25.00 per school

Individual Event                            $10.00 per slot

DUO Interpretation                       $20.00 per slot

Public Forum Debate                    $20.00 per slot

Lincoln- Douglas Debate              $15.00 per slot

Congressional Debaters               $10.00 per slot

Administrative Fees

Late Add/Drop Fee                        $10.00 per change after 9:00pm January 10, 2022

Missing Judge                                $90.00 per missing judge

Dropped Judge                              $90.00 per judge dropped & not replaced after 9:00 pm on January 10, 2022

No-show judge fine                       $25.00 per round


Tournament Platform and Schedule
It is imperative that all participants understand how to access the resources available through Speechwire and that judges be trained in the protocols and procedures for each event as well as in the use of electronic ballots prior to the tournament.
There are a number of excellent training materials available from the NSDA and New Jersey Speech & Debate League. E-ballots will be used for all events.
A tentative schedule for the tournament can be found on the Speechwire site as well as in the live document. Adjustments will be made as needed during the course of the tournament. All participating schools will receive access to the live document approximately one week before the tournament.




All coaches must have a team roster with accurate email addresses uploaded onto Speechwire. Likewise, coaches must ensure that judges are trained to complete electronic ballots and have a linked Speechwire account.

Coaches should also ensure that their judges bring the appropriate chargers for their devices. Extra chargers or devices will not be available at Freehold Township High School.

Individual Events and Congress

  • One judge per five speech contestants or fraction thereof is required
  • No student judges allowed

LD & PF Debate

  • One judge per three Lincoln-Douglas debaters or fraction thereof is required
  • One judge per three Public Forum teams or fraction thereof is required
  • Student debaters with at least 2 full years of experience may judge Novice LD or Novice PF ONLY, as long as they are clearly marked in registration notes.  Failure to do so may result in a judge fee being assessed.
  • Student judges cannot be used to fulfill judging obligations for JV & Varsity entries
  • Student judges may not be used to fulfill a school’s entire judging obligation

**Please stress to your judges that they are obligated for the entire tournament and must be available to judge the final round of any event.

When registering your judges, if you have a judge who is able to judge your own team without conflict, please mark him or her as “Clean” on the drop-down menu.

We may be forced to assign judges based on need, regardless of category.  This is something we will try never to do, but if circumstances demand it, it would be helpful for coaches to let us know of any judges who would feel comfortable doing other events.  However, speech judges will be used to judge Congress rounds.  Please let your judges know this.


Additional Information:

The cafeteria will be open for the purchase of individually wrapped food from local businesses and other goods/snacks.
Judges & Head Coaches will receive free breakfast and lunch. Judges & Coaches must sign-in to receive their ticket for free lunch. 

The tournament is being hosted by Freehold Township High School NOT Freehold High School. Note the address above.

Novices are 9th or 10th grade students who are in their first year of forensics (regardless of event).

Debate divisions will follow the NSDA guidelines.



Zachary Sylvester

Freehold Township Speech & Debate Coach

Email: zsylvester@frhsd.com

Phone: 732-216-1338

See you in January!


Manager contact information

Zachary Sylvester
Email address: zsylvester@frhsd.com
Phone number: 732-216-1338

Mailing address

281 Elton-Adelpha Road
Freehold, NJ 07728

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