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This is a High School tournament in Florida.

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This is a Middle/High School tournament in Orlando.

You are cordially invited to the Central Florida Civics & Debate Initiative Tournament #5, to be held Saturday, March 2, 2024 at Orlando Science High School, 2600 Technology Dr. Orlando, FL, 32804. This tournament will be live and in person.

This FCDI 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 Friday Feburary 23, 2024 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
  • World Schools Debate
  • Extemporaneous Debate
  • Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Impromptu Speaking
  • Declamation 
  • Dramatic Performance
  • Duo Interpretation
  • Informative Speaking
  • Just Talk - middle school and novice only
  • Oral Interpretation
  • Original Oratory
  • 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 March/April 2024 NSDA topic - Resolved: The primary objective of the United States criminal justice system ought to be rehabilitation.

Public Forum Debate: We are using the March 2024 NSDA topic - Resolved: In the United States, collegiate student-athletes should be classified as employees of their educational institution.

World Schools Debate Prepared Round Motions:

  • - TBD. 
  • - TBD. 

Extemporaneous Speaking Topic Areas: International Affairs, U.S. Current Events, Economics

Impromptu Topic Areas: Quotes from Famous Military Leaders, Quotes from Famous Sitcoms, Quotes from the Scottish Enlightenment

Extemporaneous Debate Topic Areas: Citizenship, Social Media, Florida Issues

Congress Legislation: Submit proposed legislation in either NSDA or NCFL format (either is fine) to ­­­­­­FCDI@fldoe.org, no later than noon Friday, February 23, 2024.

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


Derek Antoniazzi - derek.antoniazzi@ocps.net - (407) 780-1974

Robin Fieler - robin.fieler@ocps.net - (407) 929-6715

Jay Singleton - Stephen.Singleton@sumter.k12.fl.us - (540) 481-0144

Apryl Taylor - taylorfcdi@gmail.com - (407) 243-7185


Manager contact information

David Fechtel
Email address: David.Fechtel1@fldoe.org
Phone number: 4079296715

Mailing address

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

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