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Widefield High School




The Widefiled High School Forensics team would like to invite you and your team to the Widefield High School Invitational Tournament on Saturday, January 13, 2024. We will be running a wave style tournament, including powered debates, doubling, and finals in all events with at least two sections. This tournament will follow modified CHSAA rules for all events.


If you have any questions, please call or text Stephanie Owen (719-352-9733) or email owens@wsd3.org.



Widefield High School

615 Widefield Dr.

Colorado Springs, CO 80911



          WAVE   A                                                                            Wave B               

Drama, Humor, Poetry, PF, Info, Impromptu                                    Duo, USX, FX, OO, LD, POI



NOTE: Extempers who double are not guaranteed prep time.



Rounds will be run as soon as possible.  Please watch the postings.

7:00 AM         Registration Opens

7:45 AM         Judges’ Meeting

8:00 AM         Wave A Round 1                 

9:00 AM         Extemp Draw                                         

9:30 AM         Wave B Round 1

11:00 AM       Wave A Round 2                 

12:00 PM       Extemp Draw                                                             

12:30 PM       Wave B Round 2

2:00 PM         Wave A Round 3                 

3:00 PM         Extemp Draw                                                   

3:30 PM         Wave B Round 3

4:30 PM         Finals  (Final rounds will run as soon as possible after round 3)

6:30 PM         Awards

Competitors more than 10 minutes late to a round forfeit that round. Competitors will speak in the order they were assigned.  Please remind students not to enter a room until the judge is present.


Debate Topics:

LD (Jan/Feb topic):    Resolved: The United States ought to substantially reduce its military presence in the West Asia-North Africa region.


PF (Jan topic):           Resolved:  The United States federal government should repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.


Please register your team at www.speechwire.com by no later than Wednesday, January 10, 2024.  Early registration is encouraged.  We will charge $15.00 per single entry, and $20.00 per team/debate (Duo, PF, and LD) entered in the tournament.  Competitors may register for one event in each wave.  Tournament entry fees will be based on your pre-registration numbers; any drops made after the January 10th deadline will forfeit the entry fee. 

Please make checks payable to Widefield High School Forensics.  


If you are running late the morning of the tournament, please call or text my cell phone (below) to let me know when you will be arriving.  Arrivals after 7:30 may be dropped from the first round.



Please help us out by bringing judges. The more judges you bring, the more smoothly the tournament will run.  Each school must provide judges based on competitors: 1-5 speech competitors will require one judge; 1-2 debate competitors will require one judge. Any school not meeting their quota of judges will be fined a $50 fee per judge.  This is unpleasant for everyone, so please spare us all.  Please remind your judges that we will be doing electronic ballots, so please bring a laptop.

All judges will need to check in via our raptor system. They will need to bring a valid ID. 

Judges will be paid $10 per round.



Medals will be awarded to 1st -6th place winners.  A sweepstakes trophy will be awarded to the 1st-3rd place teams.



Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided for judges and coaches. Competitors will need to bring their own food or purchase food available at our concessions stand.



PF debaters will use the January NSDA Topic. LD debaters will use the January-February NSDA Topic.  Debate rounds will be power matched after round 1.  As per the NSDA and CHSAA debate rules, laptops will be allowed for flowing and file retrieval. The use of WiFi will be available.  Cheating will result in disqualification from the tournament, and if the offending team won the ballot, it will be overturned.


School Rules:

  • The tournament will be governed under the rules set forth by CHSAA and Widefield School District 3.
  • The Widefield School District schools are tobacco-free campuses (and smoking’s bad for you anyway).
  • Anyone caught violating school or district rules while at the tournament will be disqualified.
  • Anyone caught defacing school property will be disqualified.
  • Please respect the teachers who allow us to use their rooms by leaving the room in the same condition in which you found it.  Please do not rearrange furniture.


Impromptu Rules:

Impromptu is a public speaking event where students have seven minutes TOTAL to select a topic, brainstorm their ideas, outline and deliver a speech. The speech is given without notes and uses an introduction, body, and conclusion. The speech can be light-hearted or serious. It can be based upon prompts that range from nursery rhymes, current events, celebrities, organizations, and more.


Looking forward to seeing you soon!


Stephanie Owen

Forensics Coach, Widefield High School

Stephanie’s cell: 719-352-9733



Brett Elhoffer

Assistant Coach

Brett's Cell: 719-323-3486





Manager contact information

Stephanie Owen
Email address: owens@wsd3.org
Phone number: 7193529733

Mailing address

615 Widefield Drive
Attn: Forensic Tournament
Colorado Springs, CO 80911

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