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BDHS Novice Speech and Debate Tournament

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This is a High School tournament in Indiana.

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Dear Coach and Speakers,

Welcome to the BDHS Novice Speech and Debate Tournament on October 8th, 2022.  The meet will be held at Ben Davis High School located at 1200 N Girls School Road, Indianapolis, IN 46214.  Doors open at 7:00 am.

All judges and coaches please report to the cafeteria area for a ‘meeting’ at 8:20am. There are seats in our commons to accommodate. Schools, please spread out. Judges bring your devices for e-ballots.

DIRECTIONS AND PARKING

Please Park in the front of the building and enter through Door 1.  Buses, please use the bus lot.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

All Registration will be done on www.speechwire.com. No emails, faxes or paper entries will be accepted. We strongly encourage that entries be made as early as possible (like right now, so you don’t forget) Registration will be locked (meaning no adding of entries can be added) on Thursday, October 6th, 2022, at 5:00 PM.  Coaches will be able to make names changes and such until Friday, October 7th, 2022, at Noon.

DEBATE TOURNAMENT STRUCTURE

This will be a novice and open tournament with multiple rounds depending upon the event.  The numbers of rounds will run as following:

UPDATED - Rounds Reduced

4 rounds – Big Questions, Extemp Debate, Lincoln Douglas (LD), Public Forum

3 rounds _ Policy Debate  and World School Debate (WSD)

DEBATE EVENTS & TOPICS

·         BIG QUESTIONSHumans are primarily driven by self-interest.

·         EXTEMPORANEOUS DEBATE: Topics will be released at the tournament announced 30 minutes before scheduled speaking time. Prep in the library.

·         LINCOLN-DOUGLAS: The United States ought to implement a single-payer universal healthcare system.

·         POLICY DEBATE: Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its security cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in one or more of the following areas: artificial intelligence, biotechnology, cybersecurity.

o    Novice policy is limited to these AFF;

§  Artificial Intelligence: Restrict development and/or use of Lethal Autonomous Weapons (LAWs)

§  Biotechnology: Ban the use of germline genetic engineering in humans

§  Biotechnology: Substantially increase funding for vaccine research

§  Cyber: Ban offensive cyber operations

o    Restrictions:

§  - No counter-plans

§  - No Kritiks

·         PUBLIC FORUM: Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase its investment in high-speed rail.

·         WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATE (WSD)

o    Round 1 Impromptu (Topic to be released 1 hr. before the round starts)

o    Round 2 Prepared (This House regrets the narrative that screen time is dangerous for children)

o    Round 3 Impromptu (Topic to be released 1 hr. before the round starts)

o   Round 4 Prepared (This House regrets the narrative that screen time is dangerous for children)-     The goal is to assign the opposite side for round 4

 

CONGRESS

This year we will be hosting a training session for students and coaches from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  Time for lunch will be built into the schedule.  If you are interested in taking part in this workshop, please list your student’s name as a Congress competitor.

SPEECH TOURNAMENT STRUCTURE

This is a festival tournament.  The goal is to understand how a speech round work, make friends and get those pre-season fears out of the way.  Dress code is business casual (i.e., no jeans). 

All events will go 4 straight rounds.

STUDENTS MAY USE SCRIPTS or notecards IN ALL EVENTS.

We will follow the rules established for ISSDA with the following exceptions:

·         DISCUSSION is limited to 30 minutes only. Students in discussion may not double in Extemp.

·         DOUBLING RULES

-          Both duo partners may double at their own risk.

-          Extempers may double at their own risk.

-          Extempers may not double in discussion.

-          If entries in certain events are small, we will combine events in the following manner:

·         Drama and Humor

·         Informative and Oratory

EVENTS

Internet Usage is allowed in your prep-time.  Extemp will draw rounds 1 and 3.  They will give their 1st round speech in round 2 and round 3 speech in round 4. The topic areas are as follow:

·      ROUND ONE: United States Topic

·      ROUND THREE: International Topic

 

NOTE:

Students need to report to Extemp Prep each round.  On non-draw rounds (2 and 4 - students may use the prep time to edit their speech, do new research, etc.)  They will still speak in the order in which they are scheduled.

RADIO

We will follow the new radio format.  The radio prompts will be available on Monday, October

3rd, 2022 after 5:00 pm. Radio students must go to radio first. Radio students may not use any prepared outlines.

 

FORMAT

Rd 1: News Program (Music lead-in/lead-out,

 Commercial, Newscast) ­­ 5 min.

Rd 2: Pre­written editorial ­­ 2 min.

Rd 3: On the Spot ­­ 2 minutes

 to prepare, speak for 2 minutes

Rd 4: News Program (Re-­Student may use Round 1 material) ­­ 5 min.

tournament Entries

NOVICE DEFINITION

For our tournament, we are defining a novice debater/speaker as a first-year debater/speaker who has no or limited debate experience and no more than 75 NSDA points.

Debate Events Entry: No event cap, team entry cap 24

Speech Events Entry Per Team: 40

Event Limitation: None. You can enter as many students in any event as long as you do not breach the team cap of 40 entries.

Rounds: 4 straight rounds. 1 judge in rounds 1-3, 2 judges in round 4 (if possible).  Festival scoring.

Student Doubling Permitted: YES

Pickup Drops Allowed: NO

BALLOTS

This is an e-ballot tournament.  Judges must bring their own device.

BALLOTS and WIN-LOSS Records

All Ballots will be uploaded on Speechwire after the tournament for any coach to download.  WIN-LOSS records will be printed and distributed during awards.

JUDGE REQUIREMENTS

JUDGE ELIGBILITY

Judges: any reasonable adult or varsity student (WITH 250 NSDA POINTS OR MORE) is eligible to judge. We would like very well-written critiques. We will ask you to select the appropriate judge type: adult or student in Speechwire.

 

DEBATE JUDGE REQUIREMENTS

Judge requirement will be 1 to 4 ratio i.e., 1 judge per 4 debaters examples: 2 policy teams = one judge or 1 judge per 3 Congress and 1 LD

SPEECH JUDGE REQUIREMENTS

Each school MUST bring one judge for every 5 entries and every fraction thereof.

DROPS

Call late drops to (317) 988-7188 by 7:15 am on 10/08/2022.

 

CONCESSIONS

There should be no leaving the building as food for students will be served in the cafeteria. Complimentary food for judges, coaches and bus drivers will be provided.

 

AWARDS

Our tournament is dedicated toward the individual achievement so team sweepstakes trophies will not be given.  This is a festival event on the speech side so all students will get a certificate of participation.  Ribbons may be given out on the debate side.

Questions: If you have any questions please email Gary Peters, Tournament Host, at gary.peters@wayne.k12.in.us or Fred Douse, Tournament Manager, at fred.douse@wayne.k12.in.us.

We want to thank you for coming to the ANNUAL NOVICE BEN DAVIS DEBATE TOURNAMENT.

Warmly,

The Ben Davis GIANT SPEAKERS COACHING STAFF

Important tournament rooms

EXTEMP PREP/EXTEMP/WSD PREP - MEDIA CENTER

Manager contact information

Fred Douse
Email address: fred.douse@wayne.k12.in.us
Phone number: (317) 260-3777

Mailing address

1200 N Girls School Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46214

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