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PBMSFL #1 (All Congress)

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Palm Beach Middle School Forensic League Tournament #1 ALL CONGRESS (PBMSFL #1) Invitation




Date: Wednesday, September 27th, 2023


Location: The Weiss School

4176 Burns Rd. 

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410


Time: 3:45 PM - 7:30 PM



Wednesday, September 20th, 5:00 PM is the deadline for entering students and meals.

Friday, September 22nd, 5:00 PM is the deadline for entering judges.


**You are REQUIRED to buy meals for all judges and coaches; the meal is included in the entry fee for students.**


Tournament Guidelines:

  • This tournament is open to all students from PBMSFL member schools.

  • This is an ALL CONGRESS event

  • There is an option to enter students as “observers.” Again, this is for STUDENTS-ONLY!

  • The top six students in each event/division will receive awards.



  • The entry fee is $15 per student. This entry fee includes registration costs and dinner.

  • The entry fee is $7 for observers. This entry fee covers the cost of dinner.

  • Schools are REQUIRED to buy meals for all judges and coaches at $7 per person.

  • Students dropped after Wednesday, September 20th, 5:00 will incur a $15 drop fee, in addition to forfeiting the cost of entry ($30 total). 

  • Any changes made to your entry on the day of the tournament (such as drops or shifting students between events) will incur an additional $15.00 fee ($45).



The cost of dinner is included in the $15 entry fee for students and the $7 entry fee for “observers.” Schools are REQUIRED to buy meals for all judges and coaches at $7 per person. The meal will include pizza (cheese or pepperoni), chips, and water.


**You must enter your meals on Speechwire under “Update your Meal Order” by Wednesday, September 20th, 5:00 PM.


Judge Information:

  • Schools are required to provide a specific number of TRAINED judges based on their entries (judge quotas are listed below).

  • Judges MUST provide a cell phone contact number on Speechwire.

  • Please use the JUDGE NOTES to annotate conflicts, event preferences, or other pertinent information (i.e., the judge has a different last name than their child(ren)).

  • Judges will go to the password-protected Speechwire website, to access their e-ballots. The ballot will also provide space to write a reason for decision (RFD) explaining their ranks, as well as space to leave individual feedback for the competitors. This feedback is important to competitors. Even though we’re in-person, the tournament will still use e-ballots on Speechwire. Judges MUST bring a laptop or tablet!

  • We have changed our high school judge policy to allow any sophomore, junior, or senior with 150 NSDA points to judge.

  • Schools will be fined $50 for each missing judge and will be required to drop students until your school complies with the judge quotas.

  • Hidden judge drops (when a coach does not tell TAB that a judge did not show) at a PBMSFL tournament will incur a fine of $50  plus the $25 fine per round they were assigned and missed.


Judge Quotas:

Congress - 1 judge for every 5 entries, or fraction thereof



Congressional Debate legislation is posted under “Files for Download.”



Manager contact information

Emily Kurz/Claire Holmes
Email address: claire.holmes@palmbeachschools.org
Phone number: 561-797-1985

Mailing address

4716 Burns Road
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

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