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FCDI Gulf Coast #2 at Plato Academy

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This is a High School tournament in Florida.

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This is a Middle/High School tournament in Hillsborough County, Florida.

You are cordially invited to the Gulf Coast Florida Civics & Debate Initiative Tournament #2, to be held Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at Plato Academy Tampa Charter School, 7705 Gunn Hwy, Tampa, FL 33625

PLEASE PLAN for travel time and training judges PRIOR to the tourney date!

This tournament will be live and in person.

The GCFCDI Tournament #2 at Plato Academy Tampa Charter School offers middle school, high school novice, and high school varsity competition. All schools are welcome to compete in this tournament.

There will be two rounds of competition in all events except Congressional Debate, where there will be one two-hour-long sessios. On-site registration opens at 3:45pm Eastern time. We hope for awards to commence at 7pm, 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 CLOSESunday, April 3, 2022 at 6pm.

Please plan to arrive at Plato Academy Tampa Charter School, 7705 Gunn Hwy, Tampa, FL 33625, no later than 3:45pm the day of the tournament to check in and register. Rounds are expected to beign at 4pm.

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.

EVENTS INCLUDE:

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

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

Observers are allowed, but must be registered.

DEBATE TOPICS:

NOTE: Students will debate BOTH sides of the resolution. 

Lincoln Douglas Debate: We are using the March/April NSDA topic - Resolved: In a democracy, a free press ought to prioritize objectivity over advocacy.

Policy Debate: We are using the 2021-22 NSDA topic - Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its protection of water resources in the United States.

Public Forum Debate: We are using the April NSDA topic - Resolved: Japan should revise Article 9 of its Constitution to develop offensive military capabilities.

Extemporaneous Speaking: The Americas, Transportation and Infrastructure

CONGRESS LEGISLATION: Submit proposed legislation in either NSDA or NCFL format (either is fine) to ­­­­­­Apryl Taylor, taylorfcdi@gmail.com, no later than noon Friday, April 1.

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

BEFORE TOURNAMENT CONTACT:

Paul Gaba, FCDI Tournament Coordinator

Email address: paul.gaba@palmbeachschools.org

DAY OF TOURNAMENT CONTACT:

Apryl Taylor, CFCDI Ambassador

Email address: taylorfcdi@gmail.com

Phone number: 407-243-7185

 

Manager contact information

Beth Eskin
Email address: Elizabeth.Eskin@fldoe.org
Phone number: 4079296712

Mailing address

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

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