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FCDI Gulf Coast #1 @ Imagine School Northport (POSTPONED)

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This is a High School tournament in Florida.

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This is a Middle/High School tournament in North Port, Florida.

You are cordially invited to the Gulf Coast Florida Civics & Debate Initiative Tournament #1, to be held Saturday, October 8, 2022 at Imagine School at Northport, 2757 Sycamore St, North Port, FL 34289. This tournament will be live and in person.

The GCFCDI Tournament #1 at Imagine School at Northport 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 90-minute-long sessions. The tournament will begin at 8:00am Eastern time. We hope to finish awards by noon, 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 Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 3:00pm.

Please plan to arrive at Imagine School at Northport, 2757 Sycamore St, North Port, FL 34289, no later than 7:45am 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
  • Impromptu Speaking
  • Declamation
  • Dramatic Performance
  • Duo Interpretation
  • Informative Speaking
  • Just Talk - middle school and novice only
  • Oral Interpretation
  • Original Oratory
  • Program Oral Interpretation

Observers are allowed, but must be registered.


NOTE: Students will debate BOTH sides of the resolution. 

Lincoln Douglas Debate: We are using the September/October 2022 NSDA topic - Resolved: The United States ought to implement a single-payer universal healthcare system.

Public Forum Debate: We are using the September/October 2022 NSDA topic - Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase its investment in high-speed rail.

World Schools Debate:  We are using the following NSDA prepared motion - This House supports a cashless economy.

Extemporaneous Speaking Topic Areas: (1) U.S. Economy; (2) International Science and Technology; (3) TBD.

Impromptu Speaking Topic Areas: (1) Back to School; (2) Sports and Hobbies; (3) TBD.

CONGRESS LEGISLATION: Submit proposed legislation in either NSDA or NCFL format (either is fine) to ­­­­­­Apryl Taylor, taylorfcdi@gmail.com, no later than noon Thursday, September 29.

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


Eva Edukonis



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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