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Florida Forensic League

Art Deco Regional Tournament

Saturday, February 05, 2022


Dear Coach,


Happy New Year!


As you return to school from a (hopefully) restful holiday break, it’s time to plan your entry for the 2022 Florida Forensic League Art Deco Region Qualifying Tournament!  This event will be held at North Miami HS, 13110 N.E. 8th Avenue, North Miami, FL 33161 on Saturday, February 05, 2022. When you, your students and judges arrive please park in the parking garage, the entrance is on NE. 7th Ave. 


This tournament is the gateway into participation in FFL activities for the remainder of the year.  The top 7 entries in each event will qualify to compete at the State Championship tournament, which will be held on March 5th and 6th at Apopka HS in Orlando, FL.  Whether or not your students qualify to the State Championship, participation at the Regional Tournament will allow your school to enter the Novice State Tournament in April.

Here are the 4 most important things you need to know when planning your entry:

1.  If your school fails to enter the Regional Tournament, it forfeits the opportunity to attend Novice State and participate in Coach of the Year voting.

2.  The number of qualifiers in each event is based on the number of schools that participate in the previous year’s Regional Tournament.  Thus, it is imperative that every member school in the region send at least one student to compete at the qualifying tournament.  If only a few schools in a region fail to participate, it could translate to losing qualifying spots in 2023!

3.  Every student you enter into the Regional Qualifying Tournament must be available to compete at the State Championship Tournament if he/she qualifies.  There are substantial financial penalties for dropping from the State Tournament.  Thus, you should make sure that every student from your school who wants to enter this tournament is available to compete on March 5th  and 6th.

4.  First-year students are welcome to attend the Regional Tournament and are eligible to qualify for the State Championship.  They WILL NOT lose their eligibility to compete at Novice State.  In theory, a novice could win the State Championship and still compete at Novice State the following month!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your Regional Director.  Kate Hamm - Ransom Everglades.


-- Meals and Directions:  Tournament Host – Patricia Lewis – plewis1@dadeschools.net

--Entries, Fees, Drops, Rules:  Tournament Director – Kate Hamm - khamm@ransomeverglades.org  

--Day of Tournament Emergencies:  Kate Hamm’s Cell  -  (954) 901 - 1276



Entry will take place on www.speechwire.com   You must have a SpeechWire account to register for any of the FFL Tournaments.  


***If you are entering Student Congress, you must submit at least one bill/resolution for the agenda.  You may send as many items of legislation as students who are entering.  Please send bills as a Word attachment and make sure they are in FFL format (see Student Congress manual) to to Kate Hamm at khamm@ransomeverglades.org    

Legislation is Due – Wednesday 1/19/22



Only schools that are members of the league for 2021-2022 may participate at this tournament.  Also, please remember that a school-approved adult must accompany students to the tournament and remain on site for the entire competition.  If the school-approved adult is NOT the Head Coach or Assistant Coach on record with the league, then a letter signed by the school principal and printed on school stationery MUST be submitted with the school’s entry.  The letter needs to specifically name the adult in charge.  The penalty for failing to submit this document is disqualification of all contestants from the school involved.


Policy Debate U.S. Extemp Dramatic Interp. After Dinner Speaking

Lincoln Douglas Debate International Extemp Humorous Interp. Impromptu

Public Forum Debate Original Oratory Duo Interp. Student Congress

World Schools Informational Program Oral Interp.





Each member school may submit up to six (6) entries per event, except in World Schools. (1 entry per school).  


Schools that purchased a membership supplement may enter up to four (4) additional entries per event, except in World Schools. All entries on the supplement must be students in 9TH grade (for ninth grade supplement).  Entering students in grades 10-12 on the supplemental form will result in automatic disqualification of those students.  Enter mixed teams/units (eg: a 9th grader and 11th grader on a Policy Debate team) does not count for the 9th grade supplement it counts as a regular entry.  




Double entry and double qualification is permitted, except in Policy Debate, Lincoln Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, World Schools, and Student Congress.  Also, cross-entry between U.S. Extemp and International Extemp is prohibited.



Laptop Computers 

The use of laptop computers shall be permitted in all debate events at all FFL sanctioned Events during the 2021-2022 season. During debate rounds access, use of e-mail, instant messaging, or other means of receiving information from sources inside or outside the “competition room” are prohibited. (This does not prohibit non-electronic communication between debate partners during prep time). Contestants found to have violated the provisions above may face the following actions: forfeit the round of competition and receive zero points or disqualification from the tournament and forfeiture of all rounds.


Availability of Evidence: The FFL will be following the NSDA Rules in regards to evidence in debate events.  


Rules in A Nutshell – Regarding Evidence


  • Debaters are responsible for the validity of all evidence that they introduce in the debate.

  • Evidence must be provided orally or written and must include primary author(s) and year of publication.  Any other information such as qualifications etc… may be given, but not required.

  • Judges are responsible for resolving disputes between debaters – both oral and written sources.

  • Judge decisions may not be appealed unless – judge misapplied, misinterpreted, or ignored the rule.



Extemporaneous Speaking 

In Extemporaneous Speaking, students will be permitted to use WiFi ONLY IF WIFI IS AVAILABLE TO ALL COMPETITORS.  They must report on time to the Extemp Prep Room and follow all instructions given to them by the Extemp Prep Room personnel.  


Policy Debate:   Prep time is 8 minutes per team. The tournament will use the 2021-2022

   National Topic. 


Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its protection of water resources in the United States.


Lincoln Douglas: Prep time is 4 minutes per debater. The tournament will use the NSDA January/February topic. 


Resolved: The appropriation of outer space by private entities is unjust.


Public Forum: Prep time is 3 minutes per team. The tournament will use the NSDA February topic.


Resolved: On balance, Turkey’s membership is beneficial to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.


--Student Congress will follow the FFL Congress Manual.  Entries will determine the number of chambers; if there are two or more chambers, there will be a Super Congress.  All schools must submit legislation (see ENTRY PROCESS above).  Legislation will be available on the SpeechWire site for Regional Qualifiers.  


--Extemporaneous Speaking Events – Topic Areas 





Middle East


Latin America

International Economies

World Leaders




Biden Administration


US Economy




Social Issues 


--All Speech/Interpretation Events:


1.  There is a 30-second grace period in these events.  A contestant who goes beyond the grace period may not be ranked first in that round.

2.  All contestants must have a copy of their piece/oration available for review by tournament officials.  Failure to present a copy of the applicable document and evidence of publication will result in disqualification.




To protect the property of our host school, the following rules are in effect:


1.  No contestant or student observer shall enter or remain in a contest room without a judge present.  The penalty for violation of this regulation shall be immediate disqualification from the tournament.

2.  One room will be designated for Policy debaters to prep between rounds.  An adult proctor will supervise that room.

3.  Vandalism of property by any person at an FFL tournament shall result in immediate notification of school and/or local police authorities.  The Board of Directors shall notify the principal of the school associated with the vandal(s) in writing and insist upon appropriate remuneration.  In the case of vandalism by a contestant, the additional penalty of immediate disqualification from the tournament shall also apply.




Reviewing the following documents in advance of the tournament will help to ensure that your students comply with all FFL rules and regulations.  Questions regarding these rules should be addressed to the Tournament Director.


All of the following documents are available online at https://floridaforensicsleague.com/forms-documents-2/ 


1.  FFL Governing Documents  


You should review the general tournament rules with your students.


2.  FFL Civility Code


This document prescribes rules of behavior that are generally observed by all contestants and adults at forensic contests.  If you have inexperienced contestants and/or judges, you should give them a copy of this document.


3.  Student Congress Manual


You should make available a copy of this document to each of your contestants in Student Congress.  


4.  Judging 


Share this link with your judges – they can obtain online judge training - http://www.manateedistrict.org/ 




1.  All judges should be properly trained using the statewide judging manual.  Online training available - http://www.manateedistrict.org/ 


2.  All judges should bring and use a reliable digital timer.


3.  The following judge requirements are in place for this tournament:


--Policy Debate:  One judge for every two teams or fraction thereof

--Lincoln Douglas Debate:  One judge for every two debaters or fraction thereof

--Public Forum Debate:  One judge for every two teams or fraction thereof

--Speech/IE, Including Congress:  One judge for every five entries or fraction thereof.  Each

   Duo team counts as one entry only.


The Tournament Director reserves the right to disqualify students from any school that is unable to meet its judging quota.




Each Contestant: $25.00 ($12 for FFL; $3 for regional expenses; $10 for lunch) This is a “per student” entry fee; thus events with 2 people per entry pay 2 fees; World Schools, pays as many entry fees as there are students in the group; THERE IS NO ADDITIONAL FEE FOR DOUBLE ENTRY


Extra Lunches: $10.00 each (purchase for all coaches, judges, observers, etc.)


Fees are due at registration; no exceptions!  Region 5 schools should have checks made payable to Ransom Everglades Speech and Debate. Please write FFL State qualifier in the memo line.




Drops Fees are $10 per instance in addition to the forfeiture of entry fees. 




Final Registration: 7:30 am – 8:00 am.  Any school not registered at 8:00 am will be eliminated from competition.  Round One will begin shortly after 8:00 am.


The format for each event will depend on the number of entries received.  The Tournament Director will publish the number of preliminary and elimination rounds (if any) along with any power-matching schemes at final registration.


Plan for an awards ceremony beginning in the late afternoon or early evening.




Contestant meals are included in the cost of entry.  Additional meals for coaches, judges, parents, observers, etc. are $10.00 each and must be ordered on SpeechWire as well


The tournament will be “closed campus.”  Any contestant found leaving campus is subject to disqualification.




During the tournament all competitors, judges, workers, etc. stay masked except when eating or when competitors are actually speaking. We really want to promote social distancing! Due to COVID there will be no extra observers allowed in rooms.


For speech events, the judge should sit center back of the room and and competitors (5-7) will sit socially distanced and masked. When a student goes to the front to present, that is when they unmask. They remask after speaking.


In debate, the competitors (or teams) sit on opposite sides of the room and they stand and present unmasked from either their desk or a center desk. The judge stays masked in the back. Three person panels should space themselves across the back of the room. 


Congress should be limited to 12-14 competitors per chamber (in the largest rooms possible) with judges in the back. Congressional debaters should go to an area to speak, hopefully the front of the room. They unmask when speaking, but stay masked at all other times. Questioners should rise and stay masked, but project so as to be heard by the judge as well as the speaker.


Manager contact information

Kate Hamm
Email address: khamm@ransomeverglades.org
Phone number: 9549011276

Mailing address

3575 Main Highway
C/O Ransom Everglades School
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

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