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PBCFL Funvitational (CANCELED)

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Palm Beach Catholic Forensic League Tournament Invitation - "The Funvitational"

Martin County High School

2801 S Kanner Hwy, Stuart, FL 34994

DATE: April 30, 2022

Tuesday, April 26, at 3 p.m. is the deadline for registering students.

Wednesday, April 27, at 3 p.m. is the last opportunity to drop students before the website shuts down. At this time, schools are responsible for the entry fee, meal fee, and $10 drop fee.



  • This is a varsity AND novice tournament.
  • Any NOVICE will be allowed to compete in Declamation, Dramatic Performance, Duo Interpretation, Extemporaneous, Oral Interpretation, Original Oratory, Lincoln Douglas, Public Forum, or Congressional Debate.
  • A "novice" is considered any student who is in their first year of high school debate competition
  • Any student will be allowed to compete in Duo Oral Interpretation, Extemporaneous Duo Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking, Spontaneous Argumentation Debate, or Storytelling.
  • LD will be able to compete using the March/April topic
  • PFD will be able to compete using the April 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!). 


  • NOVICE EVENTS: You may register 8 entries/teams in each event 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.)
  • FUNVITATIONAL EVENTS: You may register 5 entries in each event.
  • 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.


  • 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. They can only judge novice events.
  • Make sure all your students have signed a behavior/attire contract


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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: 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.


  • 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
  • FUNVITATIONAL EVENTS - 1 judge per every 3 entries or fraction thereof. THESE MUST BE ADULT JUDGES.
  • 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.


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.

$8 per student

MEALS: $7 each

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

Students: TBD

Adults: TBD


Tuesday, April 26, at 3 p.m. is the deadline for registering students. 

Wednesday, April 27, 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 plus the registration and meal fees.

$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: Domestic - State Politics; Science and Technology; International - Central and South America; Elections Around the World

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

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



SpAr is a debate event which follows the following rules:
Two people will be scheduled for debate against each other. This will vary each round. Students should have four different opponents.
When rounds are posted, the two students will report to the room assigned for the topic announcement. The speakers will be given a topic by the judge. At that time the two debaters will have 20 minutes prep time. After 20 minutes the round will begin.
Times for each speech are as follows:

  • Affirmative Constructive – 3 minutes
  • Negative Cross-Examination of Affirmative – 2 minutes
  • Negative Constructive – 3 minutes
  • Affirmative Cross-Examination of Negative – 2 minutes
  • Mandatory Prep Time – 1 minute
  • Affirmative Final Comments – 2 minutes
  • Negative Final Comments – 2 minutes


A pair of contestants draws three prompts on a general topic, selects one, then have 20 minutes to prepare a performance based on the topic drawn and selected. At the completion of the 20 minute preparation time, the students will perform for 3-5 minutes.
The order of draws/performing will be decided based on postings.
The first team will draw three topics from an envelope. They must choose one topic, and put the other two back in the envelope.
Five minutes later, a new team will draw 3 topics. This will continue at 5 minute intervals until all teams have drawn.
Each topic drawn will have three words on it. The teams must incorporate all three words into their duo creatively. Simply saying or listing the words will not be counted. A topic example could be: “potato, Brittney Spears, stop sign”
Time signals will be given, based on the performer’s preference.
All performances must have an introduction to explain the piece. This can not exceed 30 seconds.
The performances could be dramatic or humorous. Scores should not be favored on the genre of performance.
Pieces should have some sort of meaning. There needs to be a story behind them and should not just be random/separate scenes for each word in their topic.
Students are encouraged to use blocking, singing and tech.

A single published, printed story, anecdote, tale, myth, or legend must be retold without notes or props. The topic area is "children's story."
The maximum time limit is 10 minutes with a 30 second “grace period. Should a student go beyond the grace period, the student may not be ranked 1st. There is no other prescribed penalty for going over the grace period. The ranking is up to each individual judge’s discretion. Judges who choose to time are to use accurate (stopwatch function) timing devices. No minimum time is mandated.
The student may not tell a story they have used previously in any previous year.
The delivery must be extempore, not read. No book or script may be used. The story may be delivered standing or seated.
Gestures, pantomime and characterization, may be used with restraint but the focus must be on the narrative.
The retelling must be true to the original tale. The contestant may not add original material or materially change the content of the story.


Think "Oral Interpretation" with two students presenting poetry as one. Students may present parts of the poems together, or speak one at a time. They can use binder tech and sound effects, but cannot move their feet. The introduction must name the work(s) and author(s), provide the necessary background information, and establish a theme. The interpreters should demonstrate a clear understanding of the literature and project its meaning, message, and tone. The speakers should capture and convey the plot and/or development. Imagery should be carefully colored so as to promote audience understanding and appreciation. In a presentation of a collection, there should be a unity to the program as a whole, made clear by the introduction and transitional material.


The order of draws/performing will be decided based on postings.
Competitors have seven total minutes to select a topic, brainstorm their ideas, outline the speech, and finally, deliver the speech. The speech is given without notes and uses an introduction, body, and conclusion. The speech can be light-hearted or serious. The speech can be based upon prompts that range from nursery rhymes, current events, celebrities, organizations, and more.
The first competitor will draw three topics from an envelope. They must choose one topic, and put the other two back in the envelope.
The student may leave the room to practice/prep but cannot receive help from any outside sources.
The student must give the judge the topic they drew from the envelope. The judge may tape this to the ballot or handwrite it in the “title” section. The student must incorporate the topic into their speech without simply saying it and moving on.
Time signals should be given, based on the performer’s preference.
Once the student has completed, they may take a seat and watch the remainder of the round. The next student will then draw their topic and the round will continue.
The contestant is to be judged upon (1) creative development of the topic, (2) organization and logic, (3) support of the speech, (4) adherence to the topic and (5) delivery - creativity, eye contact, vocal variety and gestures.

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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