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Rocky Mountain-South Novice Tournament 


October 22, 2022


Dear Colorado Coaches, 


The Rocky Mountain-South NSDA District happily invites you to participate in the Rocky Mountain-South Novice tournament on Saturday, October 22nd at Golden High School. This tournament is open to ALL schools, including those not members of the Rocky South NSDA district. 


Events: HI, DI, Duo, POE, POI, OO, INF, USX, IX, PF, LD, CX, and Congress.


“Novice”: Please use your own judgment as to who qualifies as a novice. A student who attended one tournament last spring but now is ready to join the team is probably a novice. A student who has forensics experience is not. Generally speaking, competitors should be attending one of their first tournaments. 



Registration: 8-8:30

Round 1 - 9am

Round 2 - 10:30

Round 3 - Noon

Awards - ASAP 


Fees & Judges: Fees are $7 an entry. Please bring as many varsity students to judge rounds as possible. 1 varsity student judge for every 2 debate entries, 1 for every 6 speech entries. If these requests are a barrier to your participation, please reach out so we can create a solution. 


Judge Training for New Judges: 

The Rocky South NSDA district will be offering a free judges clinic to any new, adult judges you have joining your program this year. Please contact Tammie Peters (tampeter1@yahoo.com) with any questions. 


Debate Topics: 

Lincoln-Douglas Debate – 2022 September/October Topic

Resolved: The United States ought to implement a single-payer universal healthcare system.


Public Forum Debate – 2022 September/October Topic Area: Environmental Infrastructure

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


Policy Debate – 2022-2023 Topic

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.


Novice Policy Case Limits:

-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

-No Kritiks or counterplans are allowed



The docket will be released in early October, roughly two weeks before the tournament. 


Competition Address / Payment Information : 

This is an in-person tournament being held at Golden High School, 701 24th St, Golden, CO 80401. 

Please make checks payable to Rocky Mountain South NSDA District 

Mail to: Tammie Peters Treasurer, 10865 W. Hialeah Pl, Littleton, CO 80127


Contact Information: 


Building Host & Co-Director, Betsy O’Connor, Golden 

Tournament Co-Director, Seth Wilden, Denver East 

Judge Clinic Coordinator, Tammie Peters, D'Evelyn Jr/Sr HS


Committee Member, Meaghan McDowell-Belloni, Wheat Ridge 

Committee Member, Anna Steed, STRIVE Prep - RISE 

Committee Member, Maryrose Kohan, George Washington 

Committee Member, Grant Thomas, Strive Prep - SMART Academy 



The Rocky Mountain-South District Committee


Manager contact information

Grant Thomas
Email address: gthomas@striveprep.org
Phone number: 720-610-8166

Mailing address

701 24th St
Golden, CO 80401

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