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Palm Beach Catholic Forensic League Tournament Invitation


DATE: December 9, 2023 @ Palm Beach Central High School, 8499 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington, FL 33411

DIRECTIONS: Follow I-95 S to  exit 68 toward FL-80 W/US-98. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for US-98 W/FL-80 W and merge onto FL-80 W/US-98. Keep left to continue on US-98/Southern Blvd.Take the exit toward Jog Road. Turn left onto Jog Rd. Turn right onto FL-882/Forest Hill Blvd. School is on the right. 


  • This is a varsity AND novice tournament.
  • Any student, varsity AND novice, will be allowed to compete in Declamation, Dramatic Performance, Duo Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking, Informative Speaking, Oral Interpretation, Original Oratory, Program Oral Interpretation, Congressional Debate, Lincoln Douglas, Public Forum, World Schools Debate.
  • There are separate divisions for novices in Dramatic Performance, Duo Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking, Oral Interpretation, Original Oratory, Congressional Debate, Lincoln Douglas Debate, and Public Forum Debate.
  • A "novice" is considered any student who is in their first year of high school debate competition.
  • LD will be able to compete using the November/December topic
  • PFD will be able to compete using the November/December topic.
  • Legislation will be posted as full-text on the PBCFL website (www.pbcfl.net).
  • NEW COACHES (first- and second-year in particular) should plan on judging (choose an event group!). 


  • You may register 8 entries/teams in each varsity event, except for Congressional Debate (20 entries), and World Schools Debate (2 entries).
  • You may enter 12 entries/teams in each novice event, except for Congressional Debate (20 entries).
  • You may only enter 4 students per congress chamber. (The PBCFL reserves the right to collapse houses and modify this rule when necessary.)
  • Once registration closes, houses may be balanced and students may be shifted to another chamber. All efforts will be made to keep the same group of students together.
  • No changes will be made after the Tuesday 3 p.m. drop deadline ... please plan accordingly.
  • Double-check your registration. No student will be added to the tournament on the morning of the tournament.
  • Make sure to set your Chamber preferences. To do this, go to TOURNAMENT HOME, then select CHAMBER/PO PREFERENCES.
  • Coaches do NOT need to designate POs
  • Novices will preside in novice Congressional Debate chambers


  • Assign the authorship speech to one person from your school in each chamber.
  • Because full-text legislation will be on-line, it is each school's responsibility to access legislation in advance.
  • DOUBLE-CHECK your entries. If a student is not listed on your registration they will NOT be added on the morning of the tournament.
  • Make sure you tell us who your student judges are (juniors or seniors with 150+ NSDA points) when registering them - include info in the notes section.
  • Make sure all your students have signed a behavior/attire contract


  • Be at the tournament host cafeteria by 7:30 a.m. to do attendance and submit debate and speech event drops by 7:45 a.m. (Congress attendance will take place during Session 1.)
  • Extemp Draw for Round 1 is at 7:45 a.m.
  • Students/programs that are late may be dropped from the tournament by league officers.
  • Check your registration carefully; there will be a "hidden drop fee" for any drop that is not reported at registration.
  • Refer to the chamber breakdown list in order to make sure all competitors know where to report.
  • Make sure all judges check their email and text messages for ballot assignments.


  • No student member shall use an original oration, a non-original oration, an original informative speech, or a selection of poetry, prose, or drama during a given league season which has been used by such student in any tournament of a previous season(s).
  • No school shall substitute a non-registered competitor in the place of a registered competitor on the day of competition. This includes “event-shifting.”
  • No varsity member(s) may compete in a novice event unless specified by tournament rules. Violation of this shall be punishable by disqualification from the tournament.
  • POI and OI must have different pieces - you cannot do the same prose or poetry in both events (you will be subject to disqualification)
  • PRESIDING OFFICER: Please remind Congress judges that the PO gets 2 speech ranks (equivalent of 2 speeches = up to 12 points) and that the PO can be ranked.
  • SPEECH COMPETITORS: Students who are in Speech events CANNOT wear airpods, headphones, etc. when performing
  • ORAL INTERPRETATION and POI: While there’s no rule governing binders, they should be the smaller 5x8.5” black binders. Students should also use plastic sheet covers for their pages to reduce distracting page turn sounds during performances.


  • CONGRESS: 1 judge per every 10 entries or fraction thereof 
  • SPEECH/INTERP: 1 judge for every combination of 5 entries or fraction thereof
  • PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE: 1 judge for every 2 entries or fraction thereof
  • LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATE: 1 judge for every 2 entries or fraction thereof
  • WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATE: 1 judge for every 2 entries or fraction thereof
  • Register ALL judges on Speechwire.
  • Make sure you distinguish any student judge from adult judges when registering on Speechwire by informing us in the "notes" section.
  • There is currently a $100 per missing judge fee in the system, BUT you must drop students if you do not meet your judge requirement.


Each school's PBCFL membership fees ($75) and league registration form must have been received by the PBCFL Treasurer by the Tuesday before the tournament, in order to compete at the tournament. Schools that do not achieve both of these will be ineligible to compete, and any registered students and judges will be dropped from the tournament.

$15 per student, includes meals


$7 for adult meals. Coaches must order meals for all entries, adult judges, judge trainees, and coaches.

Students: TBD

Adults: TBD


Tuesday, December 5, at 3 p.m. is the deadline for registering students. At this time, schools are responsible for the $7 lunch fee (students, judges, coaches, observers), even if they are dropped from the tournament.

Wednesday, December 6, at 3 p.m. is the last opportunity to drop students before the website shuts down. At this time, schools are responsible for the $8 registration fee, the $7 lunch fee, and a $10 drop fee ($25 total per student).

$100 - judge drop fee for any no-show judge on Saturday morning. In addition, you will be required to drop students until the team meets the judge quota.

$50 - missed judge rounds (hidden judges).


EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING TOPICS: US Business & Industry; US Politics; Asia; Europe

LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATE NOVEMBER-DECEMBER TOPIC: Resolved: The United States ought to prohibit the extraction of fossil fuels from federal public lands and waters.

PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE NOVEMBER-DECEMBER TOPIC: Resolved: The United States federal government should forgive all federal student loan debt.


All full-text legislation must be emailed as a Microsoft Word attachment in the proper format no later than 3pm FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (the Friday before Thanksgiving Weekend).

Send legislation to pbcflcongress@gmail.com.

NOTE: All legislation must be Federal in nature. No State legislation is allowed.

NOTE: Good legislation has good arguments on BOTH SIDES. For example, “increasing the penalty on drunk drivers” is heavily weighted towards the affirmative. “Confiscating the cars of drunk drivers” has room for negative arguments.


Legalize Prostitution

Legalize Marijuana

Legalize Euthanasia

Require Drivers over 65 Retest for Driver’s License

Raise or Lower the Voting Age

Lower the Drinking Age

Institute Stem Cell Research

Ban Animal Testing Ban the DeathPenalty

Ban Abortion

ANYTHING relating to the current Public Forum Debate topic

ANYTHING relating to the current Lincoln Douglas Debate topic  

Schools may send no more than ONE piece of legislation for this tournament.


Legislation should be up and running through the PBCFL web site (www.pbcfl.net) and on Speechwire by Wednesday, November 29. You will be notified via email when the legislation is active.

Mixed chambers will set an agenda on the day of the tournament.


Legislative templates are available for use on http://www.pbcfl.net; they can be accessed through the "Legislation" link.

Improperly formatted legislation can be rejected at the discretion of league officers.


Extending the questioning period is not allowed, nor are two-part questions.

All authorship/sponsorship and first-negative speeches have a mandatory two-minute questioning period. All other speeches have a mandatory one-minute questioning period.

Each legislative item must go through at least one complete cycle (three speeches).

Recency does NOT reset after lunch.

Recesses are allowed under PBCFL rules, with a maximum of 10 minutes of recess per session. Students are encoraged to wait until the recess is called and NOT to move to a point of personal privilege during a session, as to maintaikn a smoother flow during the session.

At least 2 hours of debate must take place each session. Recess time is included in this total. The 2 hours begins once the first speech of a session begins.

There is 30 minutes prior to the morning session that should be used for electing presiding officers, setting dockets, etc.


World Schools Debate is a three-on-three format. While a given team may consist of five members, only three students from a team participate in a given debate. Teams are assigned one of two sides in each round - either the “government team” proposing the motion, or the opposition team advocating the rejection of the motion. Resolutions come in two types: prepared motions and impromptu motions. All topics needed to be debated from a global perspective, meaning teams needed to stay away from United States-specific argumentation.

The PBCFL will be running a modified WSD format. The first two rounds will be a prepared motion, where each team will debate both the proposition and opposition sides. The third round will be an impromptu motion, with 60 minutes of "prep" time before the round. No internet access is allowed during World Schools Debate rounds or during prep on impromptu motions; the only tools that can be used during impromptu prep are a hard-copy dictionary and a hard-copy almanac.

The PBCFL will allow three-person non-hybrid teams. Normally, between 3-5 students from multiple schools can comprise a team, but for purposes of the PBCFL, this will not be the case.

THE WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATE PREPARED MOTION: Resolved: This house believes that journalism is dead. (Prepared motion to be used the first two rounds; the impromptu motion will be announced 60 minutes before Round 3 begins.)

Times for each speech are as follows:

  • Proposition Team Speaker #1 – 8 minutes
  • Opposition Team Speaker #1 – 8 minutes
  • Proposition Team Speaker #2 – 8 minutes
  • Opposition Team Speaker #2 – 8 minutes
  • Proposition Team Speaker #3 – 8 minutes
  • Opposition Team Speaker #3 – 8 minutes
  • Opposition Rebuttal – 4 minutes
  • Proposition Rebuttal – 4 minutes

The first full minute of a substantive speech and the last full minute of a substantive speech are considered "protected time;" no Points of Information (POIs) may be given during this time. In addition, no POIs may be given during the rebuttal speeches.

DEMO VIDEO - THE USA DEBATE TEAM SHOWCASE (Motion: This House Believes That the School Choice Movement Jeopardizes Civil Rights): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUF5BI1-1Ek

Important tournament rooms

Extemp Prep - 4102

Manager contact information

Traci Lowe
Email address: traci.lowe@palmbeachschools.org
Phone number: 561-889-3649

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West Palm Beach, FL 33405

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