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This is a High School tournament in Florida.

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This is a Middle/High School tournament in Gainesville.

You are cordially invited to the Northeast Florida Civics & Debate Initiative Tournament #1, to be held Saturday, October 7, 2023 at Gainesville High School, 1900 NW 13th Street, Gainesville FL 32609.  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 three rounds of competition in all events except Congressional Debate, where there will be two 90-minute sessions. The tournament will begin at 8:00am Eastern time. We hope to finish awards by 3:00pm, 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 Tuesday, October 2, 2023 at 3pm.

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
  • Lincoln Douglas Debate
  • Public Forum Debate
  • Policy Debate
  • Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Extemporaneous Debate
  • Extemporaneous Sports Analysis
  • Impromptu Speaking
  • Declamation
  • Dramatic Performance
  • Duo Interpretation
  • Informative Speaking
  • Just Talk - middle school and novice only
  • Oral Interpretation
  • Original Oratory
  • Policy Debate
  • Program Oral Interpretation

Observers are allowed, but must be registered.


NOTE: Students will debate BOTH sides of the resolution. 

Lincoln Douglas Debate: We are using the September/October 2023 NSDA topic - Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee the right to housing.

Policy Debate: Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase fiscal redistribution in the United States by adopting a federal jobs guarantee, expanding Social Security, and/or providing a basic income.

Public Forum Debate: We are using the September/October 2023 NSDA topic - Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its military presence in the Arctic.

World Schools Debate: TBD

Extemporaneous Speaking Topic Areas: Round 1 – United States commerce, Round 2 – The Russo-Ukrainian War, Round 3 – The Presidential Election

Extemporaneous Debate Topic Areas: Round 1 – United States commerce, Round 2 – The Russo-Ukrainian War, Round 3 – The Presidential Election

Impromptu Speaking Topic Areas: Round 1 – Presidential Quotes, Round 2 – Holidays, Round 3 – Classic Book Quotes

Extemporaneous Sports Analysis Topic Area: The new NCAA's name, image, and likeness rule.

CONGRESS LEGISLATION: Submit proposed legislation in either NSDA or NCFL format (either is fine) to ­­­­­­Apryl Taylor, taylorfcdi@gmail.com, no later than Noon Friday, September 22.

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


Marna Weston, westonmr@gm.sbac.edu

Claude Smith, smithc@mygcsd.org

Important tournament rooms

Extemp Speaking & ESA Prep - B-7, 08-011
Extemp Debate Prep - B-9, 08-014
Judges Lounge - Media Center
Tab Room - Presentation Room

Manager contact information

David Fechtel
Email address: David.Fechtel1@fldoe.org
Phone number: 4079296712

Mailing address

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

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