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26th Wakefield Flying L Invitational

Speech & Debate Tournament

Saturday, September 23rd, 2023


The Ft Lauderdale HS Speech and Debate Team cordially invites you to the 2023 "Wakefield Flying L", honoring the memory of our former coach, James Wakefield.  

Mr. Wakefield touched thousands of lives during his decades-long tenure at FLHS, and left an impact on the South Florida speech and debate community that is impossible to understate. In light of his passing earlier this year, we will honor his exceptional legacy with a commemoration during the tournament. We plan on giving anyone interested time to speak about how Jim impacted their lives. Anyone who cannot attend is welcome to send in a brief video or statement to be read. Please contact arthur.kulawik@browardschools.com if you wish to share your experiences at the ceremony.

The 1996 edition of the Flying L Invitational



Please read the invitation carefully and adhere to all deadlines. Space is limited so enter as soon as possible.  Last Flying L, the tournament had wait-lists that could not be cleared.  Please be as accurate as possible as soon as possible.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Important Dates:

Deadline for Registration - Monday September 18th 2023 @ 3:00pm

Drop Deadline - Wednesday September 20th 2023 @ 3:00pm 

After September 20th, late drops will be assessed a fee.






Lincoln Douglas Debate  (Novice and Varsity)       

        **Sept-Oct Topic**

Varsity: Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee the right to housing.

Novice: Resolved: In the United States, national service ought to be mandatory.

Public Forum (Novice and Varsity) 

        **Sept/Oct. Topic**   

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its military presence in the Arctic.

 Changes made by the NSDA concerning added time will be enforced.  Newly adopted evidence expectations should be followed.  Sides will be locked and affirmative will speak first.

Congressional Debate (Novice and Varsity)

Novice Congress will have two sessions.  Top 3 in each chamber will receive awards.

Varsity Congress will have 2 preliminary sessions and break to a final round after lunch.

Submitting legislation:

 Any schools interested in submitting legislation should email debate.flhs@gmail.com with the subject line “Flying L Legislation” by Friday 9/8/23. The legislation packet will be released shortly thereafter. 

Additional Congress Information:

Both Novice and Varsity divisions have 2 preliminary rounds each being roughly 2 hours long.  For novice, Top 6 in each chamber will receive awards. For varsity, the highest ranking competitors from the preliminary rounds will break to a final round of 12 competitors. Top 6 individuals in the finals will receive awards.

The bills will be provided on speechwire under files for download and students will be given bills to choose from for each session. The first session will be domestic policy, the second will be foreign policy, and the final round for varsity only will be on the most pressing and current issues around the world right now. It is encouraged that the students attempt to debate at least 2 bills per session and attempt to fill the 2 hour block allocated for each round. The docket will be set at the tournament 

Worlds Schools Debate

TOPIC A: This House would utilize enrollment targets to diversify representation in clinical medical research studies and trials.


TOPIC B: This House would disallow private space exploration.


 All events will be 5 random rounds  NSDA rules for all except MX and DP who will follow CFL guidelines

a.      Dramatic Performance  [CFL Rules] (Varsity)  

b.      Program Oral Interpretation  (Varsity)   

c.      Extemporaneous Speaking [CFL rules] (Varsity)    



  • Africa

  • Asia Pacific

US (3 rounds)

  • US Business & Economy

  • US Education

  • US National Security & Foreign Policy


d.      Informative Speaking (Varsity)     

e.      Duo Interpretation (Varsity)  


f.      Original Oratory (Varsity)  

g.      Impromptu


  • Wacky Words
  • Household Items
  • Taylor Swift lyrics
  • Movie Quotes
  • Famous Female Inventors


***Novice divisions are for students who have less than 25 NSDA points/or equivalent experience before the start of the 2023-24 season. ***

Event Info


6 entries per event; all others will be wait-listed!  Any event that does not reach a 12-person (or 12-team) field by the registration deadline will be eliminated or combined.

Double Entries:  Doubling is permitted in any two speech events.  No doubling in a debate event.


Judge Requirements:

a.      1 judge per LD/PF

b.      1 judge per 5 IE/Congress

c.      LIMITED number of judges for hire at $150.00.  Let us know early. 


Please have all judges trained prior to the tournament.  The NSDA judge training videos are a great place to send inexperienced judges.


Unless previously stated, all standard NSDA rules will be used for this tournament

Additional Tournament Info:


Student meals are included. Student meals will be sandwich box lunches from Publix. Please specify choices with your registration. Schools not entering specific lunch choices will have turkey ordered. All judges will receive a lunch buffet. Guests need to be included in lunch plans.  Everyone will need a meal ticket. The cost is $9.00.  Fee adjustments will be made for judge meals not ordered to match a school's entry. Coaches, don’t forget to add yourself.



$30.00 per person per event. (meaning $60.00 per entry per team event.) This includes lunch! Double entered IE contestants may enter for a $5 charge. Entries close on Monday September 18th at 3pm. Under-registered events will be announced that same day. Wait-listed students will be notified of their status as soon as possible.  Drops will lose entry fee and judge meal fees beginning Sept 20. Day of tournament drops will be $60.00! 

Please make school checks payable to Ft Lauderdale H.S. Speech and Debate.  Please limit personal checks.


Upstairs Cafeteria Registration will begin at 7:00am and end promptly at 8:00am.   All judges should report to the registration area. Students may congregate in the Cafeteria Courtyard or Cafeteria itself.   Extemp draw room location TBD.  Postings will be in the cafeteria area.   


Interstate 95 to Sunrise Blvd.  Go East on Sunrise to NE 4th Ave (Flying L Drive).  Go North to 16th St.  The school is on the right. Parking will be in the lots closest to the school.  


Host contact information

Arthur Kulawik, Coach

Email address: arthur.kulawik@browardschools.com 

Cell phone number: (954) 682-2443 (feel free to text)

Classroom phone (7:20am-3:00pm) : (754) 322-1119     

Mailing and GPS address:

1600 NE 4th Ave

Ft Lauderdale, FL 33305

Manager contact information

Arthur Kulawik
Email address: arthur.kulawik@browardschools.com
Phone number: 9546822443

Mailing address

1600 NE 4th Ave
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33305

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