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CHSAA 3A State Tournament

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Dear 3A Coaches,


Your school is cordially invited to attend the 2023/2024 CHSAA 3A State Tournament!!!


The CHSAA 3A State Tournament will be held at Niwot High School in Boulder CO. The dates of the two day, in-person meet are Friday, February 2nd and Saturday, February 3rd.. 


Please register your school on Speechwire this week. You can add/change competitor names through Friday, January 26. 



As it states in the CHSAA Handbook, schools may enter a maximum of four students or four teams per event (including Congress). 


A WAVE- Congress, Combined Extemp, CST, Value Debate, OO, Drama, Humor, Poetry


B WAVE- PF, LD, Impromptu, Duo, POI, Informative Speaking



Double entry restrictions indicate that students may enter a maximum of two events – one Wave A event and one Wave B event. Students in Extemporaneous Speaking, One-on-One Value Debate, Public Forum Debate and Lincoln Douglas Debate may double enter, but may not double enter in another debate event or Extemporaneous Speaking (i.e. a student could enter Drama and PF, but could not enter Extemp and PF). Students in Congressional Debate may double enter in any wave B event, including PF and LD. 



Similar to NSDA Nationals, the 3A States Tournament will probably include sweepstakes awards  (a team award that adds up students placements in finals rounds) for Speech, Debate, and Overall. We will award trophies to the first and second place schools. Additionally we will award eight ‘Schools of Excellence’ certificates in both Speech and in Debate. We will award points for 1st-6th place, in addition all students who break to semis/out rounds will earn team points. 



We will, once again, be using Speechwire for registration.  The link will be activated on December 4th and we will send out an email once registration is open. In the meantime, please note that all competitors, coaches, and judges will need an active Speechwire account. If you are not familiar with Speechwire, this link will walk you through setting up student accounts and judge accounts: https://www.speechwire.com/p-video-resources.php.



The cost to compete at the CHSAA 3A State meet is $20 per competitor per event. Fees for the tournament will be assessed based on your school’s final registration numbers as of 11:59 p.m. on January 26th. Checks can be made payable to CHSAA. 



  • Monday, December 11th – First day to submit Congressional Debate Legislation

  • Friday, December 29th - Last date to submit Congressional Debate Legislation


  • Monday, January 15th - Congress Docket will be released 

  • Friday, January 19th - Team entries for all events due. 

  • Friday, January 26th - Last day to change competitor names on Speechwire.  Please double check the spelling of student names as this information will be used to generate the CHSAA 3A State Tournament program. For changes to your school’s registration after this date, please contact Greg Hansen, Diane Wagener, or Nicole Jimenez at CHSAA. After locking Speechwire on Friday January 26th, name changes will still be accepted and drops will still be accepted (though drop fee will be assessed) by contacting Greg, Diane, or Nicole.

  • Friday January 26 - Oratory/Informative Cover Sheets are due. Please use the templates provided in the downloads tab on Speechiwire’s 3A States page. 

  • Friday January 26 - last day to email Greg or Diane about whether competitors in Combined Extemp will select from envelopes containing National topics or the envelopes containing International topics. 



A copy of the tentative schedule for the tournament is on Speechwire’s ‘Tournament Schedule’ tab. Please note that we will run rounds early if possible. An updated schedule will be posted following the entry deadline.

Friday’s registration starts at 3:15PM at Niwot High School. Round 1 will begin at 4:00.  Saturday morning draws for Value Debate and Extemp will start at 8:00AM. Competitors arriving after that time will not be given any extension to their prep time. 



We will be using the January/February NSDA topic for LD

      Resolved: The United States ought to substantially reduce its military presence in the West Asia-North Africa region.

We will be using the February NSDA topic for PF

      Resolved: The United States federal government should ban single-use plastics.



Teams will be expected to bring judges to this meet. All coaches must communicate their school’s judge’s email addresses to CHSAA no later than January 26. The Arbiter system will be used for payment and for background checking judges for the CHSAA State Tournaments. Once approved, Arbiter certification lasts for 55 years.

Each school should bring one judge for every five event entries and every two debate entries. Additional judges are always appreciated and help the tournament to run on time. Coaches and assistant coaches are expected to be available for the duration of the tournament and may be asked to judge if needed. Please make sure that your judges have met the requirements listed below. If you are struggling to find judges to cover your team’s entries or have questions about judge training, please contact Greg or Diane. Judges will be paid $15 per round.


The judge requirements for this tournament are:

  • Must have judged at least one invitational tournament 

  • Graduated competitors have met this requirement

  • Must pass judge certification test: CLICK HERE to access the test (link is also available on the CHSAA website)


We hope to see you at Niwot at the 3A State Tournament.  We plan to update the Speechwire site as new information becomes available. Coaches will be able to access the results from the website at the end of the tournament. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. 




Diane Wagener (Battle Mountain High School) and Greg Hansen (Dawson School)     

 diane.wagener@eagleschools.net                              ghansen@dawsonschool.org 




Important tournament rooms

PREP / DRAW Room - 170
PREP / DRAW Room - 171
PREP / DRAW Room - 181
Judges Room - 515
Judges Food - 615

Manager contact information

Greg Hansen
Email address: ghansen@dawsonschool.org
Phone number: 3037755381

Mailing address

14855 E. 2nd Avenue
Aurora, CO 80011

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