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FCDI Gulf Coast #3 @ Sarasota School-Arts and Sciences

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This is a High School tournament in Florida.

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


You are cordially invited to the Gulf Coast Florida Civics & Debate Initiative Tournament #3, to be held Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at Sarasota School-Arts and Sciences, 717 Central Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236.  This tournament will be live and in person.


The FCDI Gulf Coast Tournament #3 at Sarasota School-Arts and Sciences 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 1.5 hour session. The tournament will begin at 5:30PM Eastern time. We hope to finish awards by 8:15PM, 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 Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 4:00pm.


Please plan to arrive at Sarasota School-Arts and Sciences, 717 Central Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236, between 5-5:15PM the afternoon 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
  • Impromptu Speaking
  • Dramatic Performance
  • Informative Speaking
  • Just Talk - middle school and novice only
  • Original Oratory


Observers are allowed, but must be registered.




NOTE: Students will debate BOTH sides of the resolution. 


Lincoln Douglas Debate: We are using the November/December 2022 NSDA topic - Resolved: The People’s Republic of China ought to prioritize environmental protection over economic growth.

Public Forum Debate: We are using the November/December 2022 NSDA topic - Resolved: The United States’ strategy of Great Power Competition produces more benefits than harms.

Impromptu Speaking Topic Areas: (1) 90s Song Lyrics; (2) Superheroes


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



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



David Fechtel, FCDI Program Manager

Phone number: 813-295-4079


Manager contact information

Beth Eskin
Email address: elizabetheskin@gmail.com
Phone number: 4079296712

Mailing address

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

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