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DebateBroward HS Novice Championship

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General information

This is a High School tournament in Florida.

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Our AST Novice High School Championship will be on Saturday, May 4th at Forest Glen Middle School! There is no entry fee for traditional BCPS students to participate. Private and Charter Schools must pay a $50.00 team entry fee.


LOCATION: Forest Glen Middle School

6501 Turtle Run Blvd, Coral Springs, FL 33067


COMPETITORS: ASTs are for NOVICE debaters in their first year of high school debate (9-12).


VARSITY JUDGES: Varsity debaters with at least 150 NSDA points and who are not in their first year of high school debate are welcome to attend and judge.

***If you have varsity debaters who are able to judge for Congressional Debate, please email sarah.beauchamp@browardschools.com directly with their names and put it into the notes section of the judge.



Judges are required for any tournament to run and schools are required to cover their entries. (1 judge covers 2 debate entries, or 1 judge covers any combination of 5 speech/congress entries.) Please make sure you do not bring more students than you have judges to cover. Reach out to competitors' family members, teachers, and mentors for judge help. Coaches can judge too.

Judge Check-In:  7:30am – 8am

-First-time judge:  You should have received an email from Speechwire to follow and create an account.

-Judged before:  It is important to make sure you have logged into live.speechwire.com and are able to sign in with the same email address you used previously. Once signed in, please make sure the cell number is correct/added to your account.

-In order to have a smoother start to the tournament, it is a huge help for all judges to arrive on time, have checked-in, and have logged into live.speechwire.com prior to coming to the tournament. If for whatever reason you cannot initially log in, click "Forgot Password" but use the same email you entered.

-Electronic Device: All ballots are electronic, so judges will need to bring a working, charged, smart phone, tablet, or laptop (preferably with a keyboard) to complete the eballots.

Judge During Round:

-Click "Start Round" after they confirm the correct competitors are in the room with them.

-Type comments while students are speaking, which will expedite the tournament. Comments are open for editing overnight, but results must be submitted asap.

-Save/submit ranks, points, and decisions when the round is finished. We cannot move on to the next round or close the tournament until all ballots are submitted.




Remember, each school may only initially enter FIVE students in all events except Congress, in which you can enter TEN. Any entries over that number will go on the waitlist, which will be cleared pending available space at Fort Lauderdale High and sufficient judge numbers.

No double or cross entries are allowed.



  • Registration for NEW ENTRIES opens MONDAY, APRIL 15TH  and closes on WEDNESDAY, MAY 1ST.
    • At that time, we will begin releasing competitors off of the waitlist if team judge numbers and room space allow.
    • Competitor changes (drops or name changes only) and judge drops/name changes/adds can be made until the day of the tournament.
    • ***NO LATE ADDS. Do not bring competitors who are not registered to the tournament.***
  • Lunch Pizza Pie Pre-Orders opens on MONDAY, APRIL 15TH  and closes on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24TH
    • Pre-Order pizza pies for student lunch is $15 per every 4 kids (1 box of pizza and 4 waters…2 slices of pizza and 1 water per kid).
    • Concession prices vary due to the concessions being a fundraiser for the host school’s program.



  • All coaches, competitors, and judges MUST arrive AND check-in for the tournament between 7:30 am and 8:00 am. If you or your students arrive after 8:00 am you will run the risk of being dropped from the tournament!



    • Novices are P.O.ing themselves, so please make sure that your novices have been properly trained. Please see the attached P.O. overview for assistance.
    • The Congress Championship Legislation Packet is in “Files for Download”.

*If you have varsity judges who would like to judge one or more sessions, please note it in the judge notes and let me know asap!

  • Extemp: Prep Room -302
    • 1st Rd - United Nations
    • 2nd Rd - U.S. Politics
    • 3rd Rd – Europe
    • 4th Rd - U.S. Social Issues
    • 5th Rd – International Governments
  • Public Forum Debate – 2024 NSDA potential National Topic:
    • Resolved: On balance, the benefits of the EU-Mercosur free trade deal outweigh the harms.
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debate – 2024 March/April Topic:
    • Resolved: The primary objective of the United States criminal justice system ought to be rehabilitation.
  • Policy: NSDA Novice Packet
  • Impromptu – Released at the tournament


Please see the "Tournament Schedule" section for a schedule for the day.

More information will be distributed as the tournament approaches. Please let your mentor know if you have any questions.


Important tournament rooms

Extemp Prep - 302

Manager contact information

Sarah Beauchamp
Email address: sarah.beauchamp@browardschools.com
Phone number: 412-719-3314

Mailing address

Forest Glen Middle School
6501 Turtle Run Blvd.
Coral Springs, FL 33067

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