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FCDI Northwest #3 @ Tallahassee School of Math and Sci

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This information is from a tournament in a past season!

This is a High School tournament in Florida.

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

You are cordially invited to the Northwest Florida Civics & Debate Initiative Tournament #3, to be held Saturday, February 11 at Tallahassee School of Math and Science, 3434 N Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32303. This tournament will be live and in person.

The tournament offers middle school, high school novice, and high school varsity competition. All schools are welcome to compete in this tournament.

There will be three rounds of competition in all events execept Congressional Debate. Congressional Debate will feature 2 one and a half hour sessions. The tournament will begin at 9:45am Eastern Time / 8:45am Central Time. We hope to finish awards by 3pm, 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, February 2 at 4pm EST / 3pm CST.

Please plan to arrive at the tournament no later than 9:30 am Eastern Time / 8:30am Central Time the morning of the tournament to check in. Judge training begins at 8:45AM

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
  • Declamation
  • Dramatic Performance
  • Duo Interpretation
  • Impromptu Speaking
  • Lincoln Douglas Debate
  • Original Oratory
  • Public Forum Debate
  • Observers are allowed, but must be registered.


NOTE: Students will debate BOTH sides of the resolution. 

Lincoln Douglas Debate: We are using the January/February NSDA topic - Resolved: Justice requires open borders for human migration.

Public Forum Debate: We are using the February NSDA topic - Resolved: In the United States, right-to-work laws do more harm than good.

CONGRESS LEGISLATION: Submit proposed legislation in either NSDA or NCFL format (either is fine) to ­­­­­­Apryl Taylor, taylorfcdi@gmail.com, no later than 4pm EST / 3pm CST Wednesday, February 1.

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 only.


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


Katrina Brownsberger, 816-520-0742


Manager contact information

Katrina Brownsberger
Email address: katrina.brownsberger@okaloosaschools.com
Phone number: 4079296712

Mailing address

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

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