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Hunterdon Central Winter Invitational

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Dear Forensics Coaches and Moderators,


The Hunterdon Central Regional High School Speech & Debate Team cordially invites you to attend the Hunterdon Central Winter Invitational on Saturday, January 7, 2023. Competition will be offered in all 11 New Jersey Individual Events, including Declamation (open to 9th and 10th grade students only), Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking, Humorous Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking, Improvisational Acting, Informative Speaking, Oral Interpretation, Original Oratory, and Programmed Oral Interpretation. Novice, JV, and Varsity divisions of Lincoln Douglas and Public Forum Debate, Novice and Varsity divisions of Parliamentary Debate, and Novice and Varsity Congressional Debate will be offered. Students may double-enter in any individual event, but not in debate or Congress.


The tournament will feature three preliminary rounds and one final round for all individual events. There will be four rounds of debate (with the possibility of a final round if time permits) and two sessions of Congress plus a supersession if numbers warrant it. Awards will be presented to the top six competitors in all events. Please indicate novice competitors (defined as 9th or 10th grade students in their first year of competition) in individual events at the time of registration, as we will also honor the top non-advancing novice. The top five schools will receive sweepstakes awards. We will continue our tradition of offering a special sweepstakes award to the top school with 15 or fewer entries.



Registration should be completed via www.speechwire.com. We recognize that this tournament falls immediately following winter break, but it would be incredibly helpful to have somewhat accurate information as we return to school in January. Coaches may add competitors without additional fees until 9:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 4, 2023.

Drops can be done without penalty until 9:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 5, 2023 Competitor and judge drops after that time will be assessed a penalty in addition to the initial registration fee.

Registration will take place between 8:00 and 8:45 A.M. in the main lobby of Hunterdon Central’s 9/10 Building on the day of the tournament. Hunterdon Central has a large campus with multiple buildings. The 9/10 Building is visible and accessible directly from Route 31. Using the school’s address in your GPS system will direct you to this building. A map will be sent to participating schools prior to the tournament. Please ensure that your team and judges arrive promptly at the correct location so that we can begin the day’s activities on schedule.


Tournament Platform and Schedule

It is imperative that all participants understand how to access the resources available through Speechwire and that judges be trained in the protocols and procedures for each event as well as in the use of electronic ballots prior to the tournament. There are a number of excellent training materials available from the NSDA and New Jersey Speech & Debate League. E-ballots will be used for all events.


A tentative schedule for the tournament can be found on the Speechwire site as well as in the live document. Adjustments will be made as needed during the course of the tournament. All participating schools will receive access to the live document approximately one week before the tournament.



Please present payment in the form of cash, check, or purchase order on the day of the tournament.


School Entry Fee-- $25.00


Individual Events-- $10.00 per slot (Duo is $15.00 per team)

Congress-- $10.00 per competitor

LD Debate-- $15.00 per competitor

PF Debate-- $20.00 per team

Parli. Debate-- $20.00 per team

Late Drop Fee-- $15.00 per drop [+ initial registration fee] after Thursday, January 5 at 9:00 P.M.

Late Add Fee-- $10.00 per addition [+ registration fee] after Wednesday, January 4 at 9:00 P.M.


Hired Judge Fees-- $100.00 per judge

Dropped Judge Fee-- $100.00 after Friday, January 6 at 3:00 P.M.



Please make checks/purchase orders payable to: Hunterdon Central Regional High School


Payment should be sent to:

Hunterdon Central Regional High School

c/o Adam Leonard

84 Route 31

Flemington, NJ 08822


Judging Requirements

- Schools in attendance must provide 1 judge for every 3 Lincoln Douglas, Parli, and Public Forum competitors/teams, or fraction thereof. Parli judges will be selected from the Public Forum pool.

- Teams must provide 1 judge for every 5 competitors in the Individual Events and Congress, or fraction thereof.

 - Experienced seniors may judge novice rounds in Lincoln Douglas and Public Forum. Please mark these judges as a student in the notes section of the judge registration.

- Judges are obligated to be available for the entire tournament. Please emphasize this point with your judges.

 -A limited number of judges will be available for hire on a first come, first served basis. Please make every effort to bring your school’s required number of judges.


 Additional Information

- Judges will receive breakfast, lunch, and refreshments throughout the day. Lunches will be available for pre-order through the Speechwire site. There will be limited hot meal options for sale on the day of the tournament, but there will be a snack table. Meal options and prices are forthcoming and will be shared in a future communication. Coaches will receive an order form approximately two weeks prior to the tournament. In accordance with the New Jersey Speech & Debate League’s efforts to reduce the use of plastic water bottles, there will be none available for use or purchase. Instead, students and judges are encouraged to purchase re-usable bottles from the league. A unique “Hunterdon Central Winter Invitational” sticker is available to add to your collection!


- Lincoln Douglas and Public Forum will use the January/February and January resolutions, respectively.


- Congress legislation is due by Friday, December 30 at 9:00 P.M. Legislation can be sent to Adam Leonard (aleonard@hcrhs.org). Congress legislation should be available on December 31 under the “Files for Download” section of the tournament page on Speechwire. If you can send it prior to the winter break, it would be much appreciated, as it would give the competitors the sufficient time they need to prepare!


We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Hunterdon Central on January 7 to kick off the new year!




Adam Leonard

Hunterdon Central Regional High School Speech & Debate Coach

Email: aleonard@hcrhs.org

Phone: 610-417-5863

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Adam Leonard
Email address: aleonard@hcrhs.org
Phone number: 610-417-5863

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Hunterdon Central Regional High School
84 Route 31
Flemington, NJ 08822

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