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FCDI Gulf Coast # 6 at Plato Academy Tampa

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This is a High School tournament in Florida.

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This is a Middle/High School tournament in Tampa, Florida.
You are cordially invited to the Gulf Coast Florida Civics & Debate Initiative Tournament #6, to be held Saturday, March 25, at Plato Academy Tampa,  7705 Gun Highway, Tampa, FL 33625. This tournament will be live and in person.
This tournament offers middle school, high school novice, and high school varsity competition. All schools are welcome to compete in this tournament.
There will be two rounds of competition in all events, except for Congressional Debate, where there will be one 1.5 hour-long sessions. Check in begins at 9:30AM. Extemp Prep will begin 9:45AM, round 1 begins at 10:15AM, Eastern time. We hope to finish awards by 12:30pm, 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 Friday, March 17 at 4:00pm.
Please plan to arrive at the tournament no later than 9:45AM the of the tournament to check in. If you are competing in Extemp, plan to arrive at 9:30AM.
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
Dramatic Performance
Extemporaneous Speaking
Impromptu Speaking
Informative Speaking
Just Talk (novice and middle divisions only)
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 March/April NSDA topic - Resolved: The justices of the Supreme Court of the United States ought to be term-limited
Public Forum Debate: We are using the March NSDA topic - Resolved: The Republic of India should sign the Artemis Accords.
Extemporaneous Speaking Topic Areas: United Nations, US Space Exploration
Impromptu Speaking Topic Areas: "Important" Questions, Celebrities
CONGRESS LEGISLATION: Submit proposed legislation in either NSDA or NCFL format (either is fine) to ­­­­­­Apryl Taylor, taylorfcdi@gmail.com, no later than 4pm Thursday March 9. Legislation will be posted under the Files for Download tab.
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 only 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
Beth Eskin, 407-929-6712


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Beth Eskin
Email address: Elizabeth.Eskin@fldoe.org
Phone number: 4079296712

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

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