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FCDI Virtual #1

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This is a High School tournament in Florida.

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You are cordially invited to the Florida Civics & Debate Initiative FCDI Statewide Virtual #1 to be held Saturday, November 18.
This tournament will be virtual and totally asynchronous. 
The FCDI Statewide Virtual #1 offers middle school and high school competitions. All Florida schools are welcome to compete in this tournament.
There will be 3 rounds of competition. The tournament will end November 18. The full schedule can be found in the Schedule tab on the registration page for the tournament.
REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE FRIDAY, November 10 at 4:00pm EST/3:00pm CST.
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.
No double entry allowed.
Speechwire student accounts are required for participation at FCDI tournaments. 
Pro Con Challenge: Students will write a 3-5 minute affirmative case and a 3-5 minute negative case on the following November/December LD or PF debate topics:
-LD Topic: Resolved: The United States ought to prohibit the extraction of fossil fuels from federal public lands and waters.
-PF Topic: Resolved: The United States federal government should forgive all federal student loan debt.
They will read both of those speeches within a time limit of 10 minutes and submit it through the recording process.
Congressional Debate Authorship Challenge: Competitors use the two pieces of legislation we have provided (Located in Files for Download Tab) and construct two authorship speeches 3-5 minutes in length. They will read both of those speeches within a time limit of 10 minutes and submit it through the recording process. Students record both Congress speeches as a single video. It does not matter in what order they are recorded.
Declamation (Middle and Grades 9/10 only)
Dramatic Performance
Duo Interpretation
Informative Speaking
Just Talk (Middle and Novice only)
Oral Interpretation
Original Oratory
Program Oral Interpretation
Asynchronous Events require students to video their performance in advance. Coaches then upload it to Speechwire. Students in those events do not have to present during the tournament.
ORAL INTERPRETATION requires two (2) videos per student. Link POETRY as Video #1 and PROSE as Video #2.
Instructions on how to upload speech/interp videos can be found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1gTu-3zLV8wCj02tOZyC3B9dIWMFOAmSt?usp=sharing
Videos must be uploaded by Noon EST/11AM CST, Wednesday, November 15, 2023.
It is the affirmative duty of the coach to ensure that student videos are viewable. Please refer to the instructions here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1gTu-3zLV8wCj02tOZyC3B9dIWMFOAmSt?usp=sharing.
JUDGES: Adults, coaches, and qualified varsity students (juniors or seniors with at least 75 NSDA points) may judge. 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.
The judge ratio for this tournament is 1 judge for every 5 entries or fraction thereof. 
Adults who are judging should be entered as Adult Judges.
Varsity students with at least 75 NSDA points may judge the middle school and novice divisions. Those judges should be entered as student judges. 
All judges must register have a Speechwire Judge Account account. Account information will be sent to judges when they are registered to a tournament as a judge.
COACHES: Coaches must be available for the duration of the tournament.
FEES: $4 per student
Please make checks payable to and mail to:
The Florida Debate Initiative
c/o Tara Tedrow
215 N Eola Dr
Orlando, FL 32801
Day of tournament contact is Paul Gaba. Phone is 561-352-0635.
Please only text Paul. Please include your name, school, and event when texting.
If Paul is in class, he will respond back to you as soon as time allows.


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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