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Icebox Classic Virtual Debate Tournament (NPDA Only)

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Saint Cloud State University

Icebox Classic Virtual Debate Tournament (NPDA Only, Online)

Saturday, February 4, 2023


***Entries Due by 5:00 PM (CST) on Monday, January 30, 2023***


Dear Friends:

The MN Omnicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Delta, Saint Cloud State University Forensics, and the SCSU Department of Communication Studies are pleased to invite you and your team to this year’s online, synchronous Icebox Classic Debate Tournament (Debate Only) on Saturday, February 4, 2023.  The Icebox will only feature a debate competition this year.

This year’s tournament will be held online and feature four rounds of debate with out-rounds as warranted.  The tournament starts with round one at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4.    

Please enter the Icebox Classic using SpeechWire via the following link: http://www.SpeechWire.com.  Entries are due by 5:00 PM (CST) on Monday, January 30, 2023.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will get you the information you need.  We hope to see you online on Saturday, February 4!


Scott Wells                                                     

Director of Forensics


(320) 308-3000 (office)

(320) 761-8081 (cell)

Tournament Information

Ice Box Schedule

Saturday, February 4, 2023 (All times CST)

8:30 am CST  Debate Round 0 (Zoom platform)         

9:00                 Debate Round 1 (Judges will announce resolution in room; 15 minutes preparation time)          

10:15               Debate II

11:30               Lunch

12:15               Debate III

1:45                 Debate IV

3:30                 Elimination Round 1     

5:00                 Elimination Round 2

???                  Awards (After last debate round via Zoom)


Parliamentary Debate:  NPDA rules will govern debate with the following exceptions: in-room topic announcement; no coaching/team prep during the 15 minute preparation time; no flex-time; dictionary use only during prep time; and no internet access during prep or rounds.  Some rounds may be judged by a lay judge.  SCSU students will also participate in the tournament. 


One judge will cover two debate teams.  All judges are expected to be available and considered “clean” for elimination rounds.


The top five speakers and out-round participants will be recognized. 


Fees will be assessed at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.

  • Each Parliamentary Debate team will be assessed at $25.00

There will be a fee of $50 for each uncovered entry in Parliamentary Debate.  Please pay online at PayPal (Scott Wells) “sdwells1@yahoo.com” or make checks payable to “SCSU Speech & Debate/Forensics” and send to:

SCSU Speech & Debate c/o Scott Wells

Judy C. Pearson Department of Communication Studies

720 Fourth Avenue South, Riverview 117

St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498.

All fees are due at registration.  Failure to pay fees at registration will disqualify teams from competition.  Drops after Tuesday night will be assessed an additional $5.00 nuisance fee per drop.  Drops at registration will be assessed $30 for each debate team drop.


Entries must be submitted on Speechwire by the deadline of 5:00 PM (CST) on Monday, January 30, 2023. *****Please identify novice competitors***** All entries will be confirmed.

Please list your students along with judges and any conflicts.  ***Finally, we ask that you identify any of your competitors who are in their first year of college competition***  A novice debate team must be comprised of two novice debaters.  We would like to recognize the best novice debate team.

Contact us with any questions!  We look forward to seeing you online soon!!

Manager contact information

Scott Wells
Email address: sdwells@stcloudstate.edu
Phone number: 320-761-8081

Mailing address

SCSU Speech & Debate/Judy C. Pearson Dept. of Communication Studies
720 Fourth Avenue South, Riverview 117
Saint Cloud, MN 56301-4498

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