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Florida Forensic League

Virtual - Regional Qualifier For Varsity State

Saturday, February 04, 2023


Dear Coach,


Happy New Year!


As you return to school from a (hopefully) restful holiday break, it’s time to plan your entry for the 2023 Florida Forensic League Regional Qualifying Tournament!  This event will be held

Virtually via SpeechWire and NSDA Campus  on Saturday, February 04, 2023.


This tournament is the gateway into participation in FFL activities for the remainder of the year.  Please look at the table for your Region and The Number Of Qualifiers Per Event.  The top entries in each event will qualify to compete at the State Championship tournament, which will be held on March 4th  and 5th  at the Pine View School in Osprey, FL.   Whether or not your students qualify to the State Championship, participation at the Regional Tournament will allow your school to enter the Novice State & Middle School State Tournament in April – scheduled for April 22nd  and 23rd.  To clarify a middle school does not need to be present at Regional Quals.  They are permitted to attend Middle School State as long as they are members of FFL. 


Region 3 - Gulf Coast  QUALIFIES - 2 THIS YEAR



Here are the 4 most important things you need to know when planning your entry:


            1.  If your school fails to enter the Regional Tournament, it forfeits the opportunity to attend Novice             State and participate in Coach of the Year voting.

            2.  The number of qualifiers in each event is based on the number of schools that participate in the             previous year’s Regional Tournament.  Thus, it is imperative that every member high school in the

           region send at least one student to compete at the qualifying tournament.  If only a few

schools in a region fail to participate, it could translate to losing qualifying spots in 2023!

            3.  Every student you enter into the Regional Qualifying Tournament must be available to             compete at the State Championship Tournament if they qualify.  There are substantial             financial penalties for dropping from the State Tournament.  Thus, you should make sure

that every student from your school who wants to enter this tournament is available to

compete on March 4th  and 5th

4.  First-year students are welcome to attend the Regional Tournament and are eligible to qualify for the State Championship.  They WILL NOT lose their eligibility to compete at Novice State.  In theory, a novice could win the State Championship and still compete at Novice State the following month!

            If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your Regional Director.  




--Entries, Fees, Drops, Rules: Tournament Director – Jym Froelich  - james.froelich@sarasotacountyschools.net

--Day of Tournament Emergencies:  Jym Froelich’s Cell  -  (941) 786-5000




Entry will take place on www.speechwire.com   You must have a SpeechWire account to register for any of the FFL Tournaments. 


***FFL Will Provide Legislation For The Tournament***




SpeechWire student accounts are required for participation at the Regional Qualifiers and all State Tournaments. Here are some helpful videos for addressing this task.

Creating student accounts: 


Judges will have to complete ballots online.

Completing electronic ballots


Preview & Test NSDA Campus here:





Only schools that are members of the league for 2022-2023 may participate at this tournament.  Also, please remember that a school-approved adult must accompany students to the tournament (yes even a virtual tournament) and remain “on site” for the entire competition.  If the school-approved adult is NOT the Head Coach or Assistant Coach on record with the league, then a letter signed by the school principal and printed on school stationery MUST be submitted with the school’s entry.  The letter needs to specifically name the adult in charge. This person has to be able to make decisions for the team without saying that they need to call the coach.   The penalty for failing to submit this document is disqualification of all contestants from the school involved.




Policy Debate                          U.S. Extemp                            Dramatic Interp.                      Impromptu                 

Lincoln Douglas Debate          International Extemp              Humorous Interp.                   After Dinner Speaking

Public Forum Debate              Original Oratory                      Duo Interp.                             Student Congress

World Schools                         Informational                          Program Oral Interp.















Each member school may submit up to four (4) entries per event, except in World Schools Debate. (1 entry per school). 


Schools that purchased a membership supplement may enter up to four (4) additional entries per event, except in World Schools. All entries on the supplement must be students in grade 9 (for ninth grade supplement).  Entering students in grades 10-12 on the supplemental form will result in automatic disqualification of those students.  Enter mixed teams/units (eg: a 9th grader and 11th grader on a Policy Debate team) on the high school form (meaning they cannot be counted towards 9th grade supplement).  9th grade Supplements are for 9th grade students only or teams of 9th grade students. 




Double entry and double qualification is permitted, except in Policy Debate, Lincoln Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, World Schools, and Student Congress.  Also, cross-entry between U.S. Extemp and International Extemp is prohibited.



The By Laws and Standing Rules of Florida Forensic League, Inc. shall govern the operation of this event. All coaches and students are responsible for reviewing the rules in the Governing Documents. Questions about rules should be addressed to the President, who serves as the Tournament Director for the State Championship.


--Policy Debate will use the 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.


--Lincoln-Douglas Debate will use the January/February topic - Resolved: Justice requires open borders for human migration.


--Public Forum Debate will use the February topic  Resolved: In the United States, right-to-work laws do more harm than good.


--Student Congress will follow the FFL Congress Manual.  Entries will determine the number of chambers; if there are two or more chambers, there will be a Super Congress.  All schools must submit legislation (see ENTRY PROCESS above).  Legislation will be available on the SpeechWire.com Regional website.


--Extemporaneous Speaking Events

Education and Health Care
The Biden Administration
U.S. Foreign Policy
Education and Business
Military and Defense
Judicial Concerns





Asia and the Middle East
The Americas

U.S. Foreign Policy
Global Institutions


--All Speech/Interpretation Events:


            1.  There is a 30-second grace period in these events.  A contestant who goes beyond the grace period             may not be ranked first in that round.

            2.  All contestants must have a copy of their piece/oration available for review by tournament officials.           Failure to present a copy of the applicable document and evidence of publication will result in             disqualification.

            3.  FFL has enacted changes during the Fall Vote.  The membership needs to be aware of all of             rule changes.  These rule changes are listed on the FFL Home Page under “Results”.  FFL is actively

            working to update the Governing Documents, however coaches should review/familiarize             themselves with these changes.

            4.  The name of each contestant’s piece/oration must be recorded on SpeechWire.com   A student may

             change their piece between Regional Quals and Varsity State



Use Of Laptop Computers & Other Technology

The use of laptop computers shall be permitted in all debate events at all FFL sanctioned Events during the 2022-2023 season as well as during all virtual speech events.  During debate rounds access, use of e-mail, instant messaging, or other means of receiving information from sources inside or outside the “competition room” are prohibited. (This does not prohibit non-electronic communication between debate partners during prep time). Contestants found to have violated the provisions above may face the following actions: forfeit the round of competition and receive zero points or disqualification from the tournament and forfeiture of all rounds.


Availability of Evidence: The FFL will be following the NSDA Rules in regards to evidence in debate events. 


Rules in A Nutshell – Regarding Evidence


·         Debaters are responsible for the validity of all evidence that they introduce in the debate.

·         Evidence must be provided orally or written and must include primary author(s) and year of publication.  Any other information such as qualifications etc… may be given, but not required.

·         Judges are responsible for resolving disputes between debaters – both oral and written sources.

·         Judge decisions may not be appealed unless – judge misapplied, misinterpreted, or ignored the rule.



Extemporaneous Speaking – Virtual Prep Room

In Extemporaneous Speaking, students will be permitted to use WiFi.  In this instance students will join a virtual prep room.  They must report on time to the virtual Extemp Prep Room and follow all instructions given to them by the Extemp Prep Room personnel. 







Reviewing the following documents in advance of the tournament will help to ensure that your students comply with all FFL rules and regulations.  Questions regarding these rules should be addressed to the Tournament Director.


All of the following documents are available online at https://floridaforensicsleague.com/


1.  FFL Governing Documents 


You should review the general tournament rules with your students.


2.  FFL Civility Code


This document prescribes rules of behavior that are generally observed by all contestants and adults at forensic contests.  If you have inexperienced contestants and/or judges, you should give them a copy of this document.


3.  Student Congress Manual


You should make available a copy of this document to each of your contestants in Student Congress. 



4.  Judging


Share this link with your judges – they can obtain online judge training - http://www.manateedistrict.org/




**  For This Tournament – FFL will be hiring judges for both the live and asynchronous events.  Participating schools will no be required to provide judges.


1.  All judges should be properly trained using the statewide judging manual.  Please make sure that each of your judges has their own copy; the tournament will not provide them.


2.  All judges should bring and use a reliable digital timer.


3.  The following judge requirements are in place for this tournament:


            --Policy Debate:  One judge for every two teams or fraction thereof

            --Lincoln Douglas Debate:  One judge for every two debaters or fraction thereof

            --Public Forum Debate:  One judge for every two teams or fraction thereof

            -- World Schools Debate:  One judge for every two teams or fraction thereof

            --Speech/IE, Including Congress:  One judge for every five entries or fraction thereof.  Each Duo team

                counts as one entry only.


The Tournament Director reserves the right to disqualify students from any school that is unable to meet its judging quota.












Each Contestant:                    $15.00  This is a “per student” entry fee; thus events with 2 people per entry pay 2 fees; World Schools pays as many entry fees as there are students in the group; THERE IS NO ADDITIONAL FEE FOR DOUBLE ENTRY





Drops Fees are $10 per instance in addition to the forfeiture of entry fees.





Entries Due By:            Schools must have all competitors enterd via SpeechWire no later than Monday, January 16, 2023 at 5 PM.


Final Registration:       You will receive a link to our virtual tournament Zoom – Judge Lounge / Tabroom – Registration will take place at 8:00 AM.  Round One will begin at approximately 8:30 AM


The format for each event will depend on the number of entries received.  The Tournament Director will publish the number of preliminary and elimination rounds (if any) along with any power-matching schemes at final registration.




Fees are to be mailed to the FFL Treasurer – We Will Also Accept Venmo – Email Carol Cecil – flforensicleage@gmail.com  if you plan to pay via Venmo and she will send you the link.  Mailing Address For FFL Treasurer.  Fees are due no later than FRIDAY – FEBRUARY 10, 2023



Dr. Phillips HS

ATTN – Grant Chmielewski
6500 Turkey Lake Rd

Orlando, FL 32819


Checks Should be made payable to:  Florida Forensic League



Manager contact information

Jym Froelich
Email address: james.froelich@sarasotacountyschools.net
Phone number: (941) 786-5000

Mailing address

Dr. Phillips HS
Florida Forensic League, Inc. ATTN – Grant Chmielewski 6500 Turkey Lake Rd Orlando, FL 32819
Orlando, FL 32819

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