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FCDI Northeast #4 at Oak View Middle School

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General information

This is a High School tournament in Florida.

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This is a Middle/High School tournament in Newberry, Florida.

Extemp Debate Topic will be posted here at 8:00AM:

Extemp Speaking Prep Room: 4-005

Extemp Debate Prep Room: 3-014

Extemp Debate Round 3 Topic: Resolved: Space exploration needs to be balanced with environmental concerns.

You are cordially invited to the Northeast Florida Civics & Debate Initiative Tournament #4, to be held Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Oak View Middle School, 1203 SW 250th St. Newberry, FL, 32669. This tournament will be live and in person. Check-in will be at 8:00AM. If you have students competing in Extemp Speaking or Extemp Debate, please make sure to arrive earlier as prep will start at 8:00AM for those events.

Parking can be found in the front, on the bus loop, or even in the grass area next to the front parking lot.

Unlike most other tournaments, breakfast of pancakes and sausage will be available for purchase and supplied by the local Lions Club.

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 4:00pm, 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 Wednesday, February 14, 2023 at 3pm EST.

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
  • 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 JANUARY-FEBRUARY TOPIC: Resolved: The United States ought to substantially reduce its military presence in the West Asia-North Africa region.

PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE FEBRUARY TOPIC: Resolved: The United States federal government should ban single-use plastics.  

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.

Extemporaneous Speaking Topic Areas: Health Care, Finance, Personal Responsibility

Extemporaneous Debate Topic Areas: Citizenship, Social Media, Florida Issues (Space, Weather, Agriculture, Ecosystems) 

Impromptu Speaking Topic Areas: Great Literature, Sports Legends, The Twenty-First Century

CONGRESS LEGISLATION: Submit proposed legislation in either NSDA or NCFL format (either is fine) to FCDI@fldoe.org no later than Friday, January 26 at 5:00PM EST.

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



Important tournament rooms

Extemp Prep - 4-005
Extemp Prep - 4-019

Manager contact information

David Fechtel
Email address: David.Fechtel1@fldoe.org
Phone number: 8132954079

Mailing address

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

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