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Palm Beach Catholic Forensic League Tournament Invitation

Palm Beach Central High School

8499 W. Forest Hill Blvd.

Wellington, FL 33411

DIRECTIONS: Follow I-95 S to  exit 68 toward FL-80 W/US-98. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for US-98 W/FL-80 W and merge onto FL-80 W/US-98. Keep left to continue on US-98/Southern Blvd.Take the exit toward Jog Road. Turn left onto Jog Rd. Turn right onto FL-882/Forest Hill Blvd. School is on the right. 

DATE: December 10, 2022

Tuesday, December 6, at 3 p.m. is the deadline for registering students.

Wednesday, December 7, at 3 p.m. is the last opportunity to drop students before the website shuts down. At this time, schools are responsible for the $10 entry fee.



  • This is a varsity AND novice tournament.
  • Any student, varsity AND novice, will be allowed to compete in Declamation, Dramatic Performance, Duo Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Informative Speaking, Oral Interpretation, Original Oratory, Program Oral Interpretation, Congressional Debate, Lincoln Douglas, Public Forum, World Schools Debate.
  • A "novice" is considered any student who is in their first year of high school debate competition.
  • LD will be able to compete using the November/December topic
  • PFD will be able to compete using the November/December topic.
  • All schools must register on the Speechwire website in order to legitimately participate in this competition.
  • Legislation will be posted as full-text on the PBCFL website (www.pbcfl.net) and on Speechwire.
  • NEW COACHES (first- and second-year in particular) should plan on judging (choose an event group!). 


  • You may register 8 entries/teams in each varsity event, except for Congressional Debate (20 entries), and World Schools Debate (2 entries).
  • You may only enter 4 students per congress chamber. (The PBCFL reserves the right to collapse houses and modify this rule when necessary.)
  • Once registration closes, houses may be balanced and students may be shifted to another chamber. All efforts will be made to keep the same group of students together.
  • No changes will be made after the Tuesday 3 p.m. drop deadline ... please plan accordingly.
  • Double-check your registration. No student will be added to the tournament on the morning of the tournament.
  • Make sure to set your Chamber preferences. To do this, go to TOURNAMENT HOME, then select CHAMBER/PO PREFERENCES.
  • Coaches do NOT need to designate POs


  • Assign the authorship speech to one person from your school in each chamber.
  • Because full-text legislation will be on-line, it is each school's responsibility to access legislation in advance.
  • DOUBLE-CHECK your entries. If a student is not listed on your registration they will NOT be added on the morning of the tournament.
  • Make sure you tell us who your student judges are (juniors or seniors with 150+ NSDA points) when registering them - include info in the notes section.
  • Make sure all your students have signed a behavior/attire contract


  • Be at the tournament host cafeteria by 7:30 a.m. to do attendance and submit debate and speech event drops by 7:45 a.m. (Congress attendance will take place during Session 1.)
  • Extemp Draw for Round 1 is at 7:45 a.m.
  • Students/programs that are late may be dropped from the tournament by league officers.
  • Check your registration carefully; there will be a "hidden drop fee" for any drop that is not reported at registration.
  • Refer to the chamber breakdown list in order to make sure all competitors know where to report.
  • Make sure all judges check their email and text messages for ballot assignments.


  • No student member shall use an original oration, a non-original oration, an original informative speech, or a selection of poetry, prose, or drama during a given league season which has been used by such student in any tournament of a previous season(s).
  • No school shall substitute a non-registered competitor in the place of a registered competitor on the day of competition. This includes “event-shifting.”
  • No varsity member(s) may compete in a novice event unless specified by tournament rules (collapsing of a novice and varsity division). Violation of this shall be punishable by disqualification from the tournament.
  • POI and OI must have different pieces - you cannot do the same prose or poetry in both events (you will be subject to disqualification)
  • PRESIDING OFFICER: Please remind Congress judges that the PO gets 2 speech ranks (equivalent of 2 speeches = up to 12 points) and that the PO can be ranked.
  • SPEECH COMPETITORS: Students who are in Speech events CANNOT wear airpods, headphones, etc. when performing
  • ORAL INTERPRETATION and POI: While there’s no rule governing binders, they should be the smaller 5x8.5” black binders. Students could also use plastic sheet covers for their pages to reduce distracting page turn sounds during performances.


  • CONGRESS: 1 judge per every 10 entries or fraction thereof 
  • SPEECH/INTERP: 1 judge for every combination of 5 entries or fraction thereof
  • PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE: 1 judge for every 2 entries or fraction thereof
  • LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATE: 1 judge for every 2 entries or fraction thereof
  • WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATE: 1 judge for every 2 entries or fraction thereof
  • Register ALL judges on Speechwire.
  • Make sure you distinguish any student judge from adult judges when registering on Speechwire by informing us in the "notes" section.
  • There is currently a $100 per missing judge fee in the system, BUT you must drop students if you do not meet your judge requirement.

ENTRY FEES: Each school's PBCFL membership fees ($75) and league registration form must have been received by PBCFL Treasurer Daryl Hall by the Tuesday before the tournament, in order to compete at the tournament. Schools that do not achieve both of these will be ineligible to compete, and any registered students and judges will be dropped from the tournament.

$8 per student

MEALS: $7 each. Coaches must order meals for all entries, adult judges, judge trainees, and coaches.

Students: Italian, Turkey, Veggie with Cheese, Ham and Cheese subs

Adults: Buffet


Tuesday, December 6, at 3 p.m. is the deadline for registering students. 

Wednesday, December 7, at 3 p.m. is the last opportunity to drop students before the website shuts down. At this time, schools are responsible for the $10 entry fee plus the registration and meal fees.

$100 - judge drop fee for any no-show judge on Saturday morning. In addition, you will be required to drop students until the team meets the judge quota.

$50 - missed judge rounds (hidden judges).

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.

World Schools Debate: We are using the following prepared topic - Resolved: This house believes that journalism is dead.

Extemporaneous Speaking Topic Areas: US Infrastructure & Transportation, US Politics,  International Economic Issues, Americas & Caribbean

Impromptu Topic Areas: 

Important tournament rooms

Extemp Prep - 4105
Tab Room - Media Center 9-105B

Manager contact information

Traci Lowe
Email address: traci.lowe@palmbeachschools.org
Phone number: 561-889-3649

Mailing address

c/o Daryl Hall
325 Orange Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

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