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We Didn't Start the Fire

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This is a High School tournament in Colorado.

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Welcome to the first Overland High School 'We Didn't Start the Fire' Speech & Debate Tournament!

Events: We are offering three rounds and finals in the following events: Impromptu Speaking, Improvisational Pairs, JV/Varsity Policy, Congress, Dramatic Interpretation, DUO Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Informative Speaking, International Extemp, LD, Original Oratory, Poetry Reading, POI, PF, US Extemp, and Original Spoken Word.


· Each school (administration, teachers, and/or coaches) is responsible for ensuring they have proper parental permission for students to participate in an online tournament and to use the designated competition platforms.

· A responsible coach must be available ON-SITE 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, except Congressional Debate. We will use NSDA rules in Congressional Debate.

       - To review CHSAA rules, go to https://chsaanow.com/documents/2023/12/11//2023_24_Speech_Debate_Tournament_Handbook_N5_.pdf?id=2056

        - To review NSDA Congressional Debate rules, go to https://www.speechanddebate.org/wp-content/uploads/IntrotoPFandCongress_Bookblock.pdf

· We will use the NSDA cross-examination format in the final rounds of National and International Extemporaneous Speaking.

· All competitors and judges must have a speechwire account to log in.

       - Ben at Speechwire has provided video resources to explain the creation of student accounts, judging online, viewing ballots and competing online. Please check them out. https://www.speechwire.com/p-video-resources.php

Doubling Rules:

  • CX, JVCX, PF, and LD Debaters may not double-enter.
  • Congressional Debate students may not double-enter.
  • Students in events may double-enter in two events. Students are responsible for making it to their rounds. Students must pay attention to the schedule because we may not be using a full wave system- some events will occur in the same time period.
  • Students can only enter one Extemp event.
  • Extempers that double-enter risk losing part of their prep time.

JV/Varsity CX Rules:

·      Varsity CX Debate is open to all debate teams.

·      JV CX Debate is limited to freshman and sophomore debaters or students in their first year of competition.

·      In JV CX Debate, no kritiks or counterplans are allowed.

·      In JV CX Debate, we will employ the NFHS Novice case limits, meaning that all teams should limit themselves to these case areas:

  • 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

Debate Resolutions: We will use the 2023-24 NSDA CX topic (fiscal redistribution), the January/February NSDA LD topic (US military presence in West Asia-North Africa), and the February NSDA PF topic (single-use plastics).

Extemp/Impromptu/Improvisational Pairs Topics:


ROUND 1: Technology
ROUND 2: Health
ROUND 3: The Supreme Court
FINALS: 2024 Presidential Election
ROUND 1: South America
ROUND 2: Asia
ROUND 3: Africa
FINALS: World Leaders & 2024 Elections
ROUND 1: Billy Joel Lyrics
ROUND 2: Fall Out Boy Lyrics
ROUND 3: Fortune Cookies (served to competitors as actual fortune cookies!)
FINALS: In Honor of Black History Month
Improvisational Pairs
ROUND 1: Former United States Presidents' YouTube videos
ROUND 2: Introducing a caveman to our modern world
ROUND 3: Sesame Street characters in the zombie apocalypse
FINALS: Elderly people preparing for a competition

Entries: A maximum of four (4) entries will be allowed in each event, except Congress, which will be limited to ten (10) entries per school. Additional entries may be placed on the waitlist and we will accommodate those entries if space is available.

Registration: All registration will occur at www.speechwire.com. Registration will close on Tuesday, February 13. Registrations are handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fees and Payment: The entry fee will be $9.00 per student in events and $6.00 per student in Congress, based upon the pre-registration numbers on Tuesday, February 13. Changes in pre-registration will be reflected in the final entry fees if made via the web site by February 13. After that time, net increases in entries will result in increases in final entry fees, while net decreases in entries will not reduce your final entry fees. Dropping entries after February 15 will also result in a drop fee.

·      Please make checks payable to OHS Speech and Debate Team. Please mail payment to Cayley Olsen, 12400 E Jewell Ave, Aurora, CO 80012

·      If you would like to pay by credit card, please go to https://cherrycreek.revtrak.net/high-schools/ohs/ohs-additional-items-and-club-fees/#/v/ohs-speech-and-debate-tournament-entry-fee

Mission, Vision, Inclusion, Harassment, and Discrimination:

CCSD Mission - To inspire every student to think, to learn, to achieve, to care
National Speech & Debate Association Harassment and Discrimination Policy - The National Speech & Debate Association is committed to providing its participants, judges, coaches, and staff the opportunity to pursue excellence in their endeavors. This opportunity can exist only when each member of our community is assured an atmosphere of mutual respect. The NSDA prohibits all forms of harassment and discrimination. Accordingly, all forms of harassment and discrimination, whether written or oral, based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by any applicable federal, state, or local law are prohibited, whether committed by participants, judges, coaches, or observers. Individuals who are found to have violated this policy will be subject to the full range of sanctions, up to and including removal from the tournament premises.

Registration and Schedule:  Check-in will be held from 7:00-7:15am. All schools must check-in by 7:15am. Rounds will begin promptly at 8:00am. Awards are scheduled for 4:30pm.

Awards: We will be awarding trophies or medals to all finalists. Additionally, numerous superior and excellent ribbons will be awarded. Team awards will be given to the top three schools. The host school is not eligible for team awards.

Congressional Debate: The docket will be posted at www.speechwire.com. The docket will be finalized and released on February 9!

Judging:  Each school is responsible for providing judges to cover their entries. Judges must be available for the three preliminary rounds and the final round. One judge must be provided for every two debaters. One judge must be provided for every 6 events entries. Judges must be entered in Speechwire by Thursday, February 15. Judges are responsible for checking for ballots at the appropriate times. Judge fees will be imposed for missing judges and for judges who miss ballots.

Site:  The tournament is being held at Overland High School: 12400 E Jewell Ave, Aurora, CO 80012

Questions and Concerns: Please feel free to contact Emily Barrette at Overland High School, 720-345-8885 (cell), ebarrette@cherrycreekschools.org

We are incredibly excited to host this tournament, and we look forward to celebrating you and your students' hard work!
Thank you!

Manager contact information

Emily Barrette
Email address: ebarrette@cherrycreekschools.org
Phone number: 7203458885

Mailing address

12400 E Jewell Ave
Aurora, CO 80012

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