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The Jeffco Novice Speech and Debate Tournament



Chatfield Senior High School


You are cordially invited to participate in the Jeffco Novice Tournament.  The tournament will be held Saturday, October 21, 2023 at Chatfield Senior High School (7227 S Simms St, Littleton, CO 80127).  Registration will be 8:00 am and end at 8:30 am.


We will be using current CHSAA rules, including the uses of electronic information retrieval.


Pre-Registration:  All schools that are planning to attend must pre-register through speechwire.com no later than Wednesday, October 18, 2023.  For entries past that date, please email Tammie Peters at tampeter1@yahoo.com.  Please notify us of all drops as soon as possible.  Someone will call or email you if we have questions or we are full. 


Events: We will offer CX, PF, LD, HI, DI, PoI, Poetry, Duo Interp, OO, Informative, and Extemp.  While the competition in Extemp will be mixed, competitors will be allowed to select from National and International topics.  If events are small, we reserve the right to combine similar events to enhance competition. Please note: we will not be offering Congress. STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DOUBLE ENTER!!!!



  • Lincoln-Douglas Debate – 2023 September/October Topic
    • Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee the right to housing.
  • Public Forum Debate – 2022 September/October Topic Area
    • ResolvedThe United States federal government should substantially increase its military presence in the Arctic.
  • CX:
    • Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase fiscal redistribution in the United States by adopting a federal jobs guarantee, expanding Social Security, and/or providing a basic income.

Novice Case Limits for the 2023-2024 Policy Debate Topic

·       Basic Income: Universal Basic Income

·       Basic Income: Basic Income for Persons at or near the Poverty Level

·       Federal Jobs Guarantee: Green New Deal

·       Social Security: Medicare for All



Limits on Entries:  Each school is limited to a maximum of 10 entries in each event.  We might be able to accommodate more after pre-registration ends; please email Tammie Peters with requests for additional entries.  We will close the tournament when we fill the rooms we have available; we will inform you when that occurs.


Fees:  The fees are $6.00 per student, based on pre-registration numbers as of October 19.  Please make checks payable to Chatfield Senior HS – Memo line to read Jeffco Novice.  Mail checks to Chatfield Senior HS, attention Kevin Brich, 7227 South Simms Street, Littleton, CO  80127

For Jeffco Schools:  Transfer payment to Chatfield Forensics Acct #SR030-451000-73200-1623


Judging:  Schools are expected to provide experienced forensic and debate students to judge.  Please bring one event judge for every six event entries and one debate judge for every two debate entries.  With enough judges, we will single wave LD and PF, so bring a lot.  Please inform your judges and competitors of appropriate behavior.  (If you are a new program and don’t have any advanced students who can judge, just let us know.)  We will be using electronic ballots with paper ballots as backups.  Please let your student judges know that they will need a laptop, tablet, Chromebook, etc. for judging. (Phones will work but they are a bit more difficult to navigate, so I’ve been told.)


Schedule:  All events, including debates, will have 3 rounds.  (We are planning to single wave LD & PF)

8:00-8:30 – Registration

9:00 – Round I

10:30 – Round II

12:00 – Round III

2:00 – Awards


Awards:  We will award Superior and Excellent ribbons to top performers.  We intend to be extremely generous with awards.


Concerns or Questions:  If you have any questions or need clarification please contact us at any time.  The tournament chair is Tammie Peters tampeter1@yahoo.com or Kevin Brich kevin.brich@jeffco.k12.co.us




  • Each school (administration, teachers, and/or coaches) is responsible for ensuring they have proper parental permission for students to participate in the tournament and to use the designated competition platforms.
  • A responsible coach must be available ONSITE and VIA CELL at all times.
  • Competition is open to 9-12 grade students representing the school in which they are officially enrolled and doing so with the permission of their school administration and/or coaches.
  • We will use CHSAA rules in all events.
  • In CX, no kritiks or counterplans are allowed.
  • In CX, we will employ the NFHS Novice case limits.
  • In Original Oratory and Informative Speaking, scripts are optional


Food:  Will be available for competitors and judges to purchase.  Free food will not be provided to judges.  Lunch and snacks will be provided for coaches.  There will be a concession stand for breakfast and lunch.


Definition:  Novice is defined as a student in the first semester of competition in either public speaking or interpretation.  Generally, an experienced debater is not a novice in OO or Extemp, but may be a novice in Interp.  Your judgment is the final rule concerning whether a student belongs at this tournament of novices, and I will not question your judgment.


Judges Clinic:  We will offer a judging clinic for adult judges.  The clinic will run from 9:00-12:00, and participants will be encouraged to observe round 3.




Manager contact information

Tammie Peters
Email address: tampeter1@yahoo.com
Phone number: 7203207865

Mailing address

Chatfield Senior HS
7227 South Simms Street
Littleton, CO 80127

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