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Freehold Township High School Tournament

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This is a High School tournament in New Jersey.

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Alicia Scelso, Ed.D., Principal
Dear Coach,
The Freehold Township Speech and Debate Team is pleased to invite your team to attend the 32nd Annual Freehold Township High School Forensics Tournament on Saturday, February 3, 2024. This will be a LIVE, in-person event.
Check-in for all teams will take place from 7:45 AM to 8:30 AM.
There will be a mandatory judge meeting at 8:30 AM.
We plan on beginning round 1 promptly at 9:00 AM and have awards tentatively scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM.
We are offering competition in the following events:
Speech (Novice, Varsity)
Original Oratory
Declamation (Novice Only)
Dramatic Interpretation
Humorous Interpretation
Oral Interpretation
Program Oral Interpretation
Impromptu Speaking
Improvisational Acting
Duo Interpretation
Extemporaneous Speaking
*All speech events will have three rounds and a final for all individual events. Top non-advancing novice awards will be given out in all speech events (except Declamation)
Public Forum Debate (Novice, JV and Varsity)
Lincoln-Douglas Debate (JV & Varsity)
Congress (Novice & Varsity)
*All PF & LD events will have four rounds with a possibility of a final if time permits.
*For Congress there will be two sessions and a final round of Congressional Debate, with the possibility of a novice division depending on the number of entries
Awards will be given to the top six students/team in each event. Sweepstakes awards will be given out to the top three schools overall. 
All registration may be completed via https://www.speechwire.com/. If you have never used this site before or would like assistance in the registration process, please contact me. You can print a copy of the registration and invoice directly from http://www.speechwire.com.
Only 6 entries per school per category will be registered.  The rest will be placed on a waitlist until January 26, 2024 when entries will be reviewed and cleared to ensure rooms are balanced.
Each school may enter up to six contestants per category. Double enters are allowed to participate except in debate events and congress.
We ask that you make sure to mark all your novice speech competitors (in their first year of competition) in registration so that we can recognize the highest-placing novice at awards. Mavericks in Public Forum are not permitted.
Registration Opens                   1 January 2024 at 8:30 AM
New Entries Due                      1 February 2024 at 11:59 PM
Congress Legislation Due              26 January 2024 at 3:00 PM emailed to Caryn Burstein (cburstein@frhsd.com)
Fees & Obligations Frozen            1 February 2024 at 11:59 PM
Judge Information Due                1 February 2024 at 11:59 PM
Online Drop & Name Change            1 February 2024 at 11:59 PM
Nuisance Fine Apply After            1 February 2024 at 11:59 PM
Please send payment in the form of cash, check, or purchase order.
Make checks payable to:  FTHS Forensics
Payments sent to:
Freehold Township High School
 attn. Brianna Gittens
281 Elton-Adelphia Road, Freehold, NJ, 07728
Registration Fees
School Registration Fee                $25.00 per school
Individual Event                       $10.00 per slot
DUO Interpretation                     $20.00 per slot
Public Forum Debate                    $20.00 per slot
Lincoln- Douglas Debate                $15.00 per slot
Congressional Debaters                 $10.00 per slot
Administrative Fees
Late Add/Drop Fee                        $10.00 per change after 8:30AM February 1, 2024
Missing Judge                            $90.00 per missing judge
Dropped Judge                            $90.00 per judge dropped & not replaced after 8:30 AM on February 1, 2024
No-show judge fine                       $25.00 per round
Tournament Platform and Schedule
It is imperative that all participants understand how to access the resources available through Speechwire and that judges be trained in the protocols and procedures for each event as well as in the use of electronic ballots prior to the tournament.
There are a number of excellent training materials available from the NSDA and New Jersey Speech & Debate League. E-ballots will be used for all events.
A tentative schedule for the tournament can be found on the Speechwire site as well as in the live document. Adjustments will be made as needed during the course of the tournament. All participating schools will receive access to the live document approximately one week before the tournament.
All coaches must have a team roster with accurate email addresses uploaded onto Speechwire. Likewise, coaches must ensure that judges are trained to complete electronic ballots and have a linked Speechwire account.
Coaches should also ensure that their judges bring the appropriate chargers for their devices. Extra chargers or devices will not be available at Freehold Township High School.
Individual Events and Congress
One judge per five speech contestants or fraction thereof is required. No student judges allowed.
LD & PF Debate
One judge per three Lincoln-Douglas debaters or fraction thereof is required
One judge per three Public Forum teams or fraction thereof is required
Student debaters with at least 2 full years of experience may judge Novice LD or Novice PF ONLY, as long as they are clearly marked in registration notes.  Failure to do so may result in a judge fee being assessed.
Student judges cannot be used to fulfill judging obligations for JV & Varsity entries
Student judges may not be used to fulfill a school’s entire judging obligation
***Please stress to your judges that they are obligated for the entire tournament and must be available to judge the final round of any event.***
When registering your judges, if you have a judge who is able to judge your own team without conflict, please mark him or her as “Clean” on the drop-down menu.
We may be forced to assign judges based on need, regardless of category.  This is something we will try never to do, but if circumstances demand it, it would be helpful for coaches to let us know of any judges who would feel comfortable doing other events.  However, speech judges will be used to judge Congress rounds.  Please let your judges know this.
Additional Information:
The cafeteria will be open for the purchase of food from local businesses and other goods/snacks.
One thing no one will find is bottled water! We fully support the New Jersey Speech & Debate League's initiative to reduce waste at our events. Instead of a single-use plastic bottle, encourage your kids to invest in one of the league's reusable water bottles, which will be available for purchase along with collectible tournament stickers. All proceeds from the sale of the bottles helps support the league's scholarship fund.
Judges & Head Coaches will receive free breakfast and lunch. Judges & Coaches must sign-in to receive their ticket for free lunch. 
The tournament is being hosted by Freehold Township High School NOT Freehold High School. Note the address above.
Novices are 9th or 10th grade students who are in their first year of forensics (regardless of event).
Debate divisions will follow the NSDA guidelines.
Brianna Gittens
Freehold Township Speech & Debate Coach
Email: bgitttens@frhsd.com
Phone: 848-482-8136
See you in February!


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Brianna Gittens
Email address: bgittens@frhsd.com
Phone number: 848-667-7167‬

Mailing address

281 Elton-Adelpha Road
Freehold, NJ 07728

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