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Indiana University Middle School Invite

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This is a Middle School tournament in Indiana.

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Welcome to the Indiana University Bloomington Holiday Bash Debate & Speech Tournament, co-sponsored by Indiana University Debate, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Hamilton Lugar School, and The College of Arts and Sciences. The tournament will be held in-person on December 9th, 2023 on the campus of Indiana University: Ballantine Hall, 1020 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, IN 47405. 


6:00               Final Drop Deadline (late drops are subject to a $5/drop fine)

8:00 - 8:20

Team Check-in: Ballantine Hall Ground Floor North Entrance

8:30 - 8:50

Judges’ / Coaches’ Meeting: Ballantine 008

Competitors Meeting: Ballantine 013

8:50 - 9:20

Broadcast Prep & Extemp Prep

9:30 - 10:20

Speech Round 1 (DEB doublers go first)

9:45 - 10:15

Debate Round 1

10:30 - 11:20

Speech Round 2 (DEB doublers go first)

10:45 - 11:15

Debate Round 2

11:30 - 12:20

Speech Round 3 (DEB doublers go first)

11:45 - 12:15

Debate Round 3


12:30 - 1:00

Debate Round 4

12:30 - 1:30

Lunch, snacks, games, score tabulations - bring money for food!

1:30 - 2:30     Awards

Registration & Drop Deadlines & Fines -- Entries are due by Wednesday, December 6, at 12:00 p.m. There is no cap on number of entries (assuming you provide enough judges) and no fee to enter. Late additions are discouraged but may be permitted on a case-by-case basis. Please use SpeechWire to make your own drops up until Sat. Dec. 10 at 6:00 a.m., after which you need to text/call Brian DeLong at 307-214-4189 and/or email debate.indiana@gmail.com. We will collect drop fees at the time of registration, so please bring a checkbook just in case.


Awards -- Ribbons will be awarded to the top ten places in each event (20 entries). Team plaques will be awarded to the top three schools in both large and small divisions for Team Sweepstakes. Jackson Creek will not participate in Team Sweepstakes.

Events -- We will be offering all 13 Indiana Middle School Speech & Debate Events, including IN MS Debate format. There will be 3 rounds of Speech, 4 rounds of Debate. See the current rules here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CLkJ7SuHV2fxnLNTmI_ae11cYdBGQfep3iutZtHkTIA/edit

Debate -- MS Debate Resolution for 2023: 

Resolution: Dress codes improve educational outcomes in learning environments

Discussion -- MS Discussion Theme (second half of season): 


Discussion prompt Updated Questions Dec 2, 2023

1) Video Games:

a. How do video games impact the way we socialize and communicate?

b. What are the potential positive and negative effects of playing video games on a person's well-being?

c. What does the future hold for videogames and their impacts on people under the age of 18? 


2) AI in the Military:

a. What ethical considerations should be taken into account when using AI in the military?

b. How might AI impact the dynamics of warfare, and what potential consequences could arise?

c. Is there a point where AI should not be used in military decision-making? Why or why not?

3) Electric Cars:

a. What are the environmental benefits and challenges associated with electric cars?

b. How might the widespread adoption of electric cars impact the global economy and geopolitics?

c. Are there potential drawbacks or limitations to the widespread use of electric cars?


Doubling -- Doubling will be allowed (and encouraged) in all categories with two exceptions. These specific combinations will not be available:



Doublers in Debate should go their Speech round first--ask their judge to speak before other competitiors, leave immediately after speaking, and go straight to their Debate round. Doublers in Discussion should go to their Discussion round before going to their other Speech event. Doublers in Broadcasting Flight A should go to Broadcasting first, then their other Speech event; Flight B should go to their other Speech event first, then go to Broadcasting.

Judges -- Each school is responsible for bringing a MINIMUM of one judge for every five entries or fraction thereof (6 entries = 2 judges). Judges need to bring a laptop for scoring. We will score online through SpeechWire (instead of paper ballots). If you are bringing a lot of solo debaters, it would really help if you are able to bring extra judges (ideally 1:2 ratio)! Please share the Event Rules (link above) and Judging Instructions (Files for Download) with your judges in advance of the tournament. All coaches/judges should be prepared to show government-issued photo IDs at Registration.


Tips -- Please remember that in order to enter students and judges in the tournament, you must first collect email addresses from them, set up SpeechWire accounts for them, and remind each of them to activate their accounts. Participants cannot share the same email address. If you intend to record NSDA points, sync your students' NSDA and SpeechWire accounts prior to the tournament; this allows for auto posting of points--a huge time saver for you!


Food will be available for purchase throughout the tournament. Concession sales help us to pay for ribbons/trophies/plaques, SpeechWire, etc., so please encourage your students to buy their lunch/snacks from us! Complimentary food and beverages will be provided for judges/coaches.


Students can be dropped off at the north entrance to Ballantine Hall; the student lounge is directly inside the main doors in 013. Car parking is available for free in the Atwater and East garages--both are a 5-10 minute walk from Ballantine Hall: https://parking.indiana.edu/facilities/parking-garages.html. Buses can park for free at the IU Stadium. There are ADA spaces to the east of Ballantine Hall. Please be aware that you will be charged to park in the IMU lot north of Ballantine, and parking in other surface lots requires an IU permit; violators may be ticketed.

We look forward to seeing you in Bloomington!


Brian DeLong, IU Director of Debate, 

(307-214-4189, Brdelong@indiana.edu)


Important tournament rooms

Radio Prep - 104
Extemp Prep - 203

Manager contact information

Brian DeLong
Email address: debate.indiana@gmail.com
Phone number: 3072144189

Mailing address

Ballantine Hall 013
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405

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