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Berea-Midpark's 14th Annual Grindstone Invitational (CANCELED)

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This information is from a tournament in a past season!

This is a High School tournament in Ohio.

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***For a few days, I will allow teams to enter their attendance intentions and judges, but not entries.  I don't want events getting too full until people have had ample opportunity to know about the open registration.  I'll send an email to attending teams/coaches once I open entry registration.  Thank you for understanding and Happy Holidays.***


You and your students/judges/coaches are invited to:

Berea-Midpark's 14th Annual Grindstone Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament (aka, "Grindstone XIII")

WHERE: Berea-Midpark High School - 165 E. Bagley Rd., Berea, Ohio  44017

  • Although all registration will be at BMHS, for debate competition we will utilize Middleburg Heights Junior High (7000 Paula Drive, Middleburg Heights, OH, 44130).

  • As of now, IE will be at BMHS and all debate (PF, LD, 2P, CNG) will be at MHJH.

  • You can drop your competitors/judges off at MHJH, but someone will need to register them at BMHS.

DATE: Saturday, January 13, 2018

Live Registration: 8:00 AM till 8:30-45 AM.  Rounds will begin as close to 9:00 AM as possible.  All registration is at BMHS.

A shuttle bus to-and-from BMHS/MHJH likely will be provided, but it is always more efficient when team buses/transportation drop off and pick up students/coaches/judges, so as not to slow down the tournament.

Cost: $3 per student ($6 per Duo/Policy/PF team).  Checks may be payable to Berea-Midpark High School (Memo: BMHS Forensics or BMHS Speech/Debate).

NOTE: Your team fees will be locked in by 3 PM on Thursday, January 11.

JUDGE COVER FEES: Initially, a charge of $10 will be added for each judge not covered.  If we look sustainable by the "invoice lock" time/date, this fee will be waived.

Competition Details: IE will take place at BMHS, while LD, PF, 2P, and CNG will take place at MHJH. If this changes, I will let coaches know ASAP.

  • As of now, IE will run three regular rounds and one power round.  I am willing to run 4 IE rounds + Hidden Power if someone writes about the benefit of that for OHIOspeaks.

  • Debate will run 4 rounds (perhaps 5, only if time reasonably permits and if no "flighting" is necessary).

  • Congressional Debate will be slated for 3-4 sessions, with at least two chambers.

  • Policy Debate is set for 3 rounds.

DOUBLE-ENTRY EVENT DECLARATIONS: If you have any students double-entering, contact Carrie Cofer (Cleveland District Chair) to declare the "official event" in which those double-entered competitors will be eligible for a bid.

Food and beverages will be available for judges and competitors at both buildings.  We will do our best, but judges/coaches, feel free to bring your first cup of coffee with you.

***I don't plan to flight any event at this time, but that may change based on registration numbers/needs.  I will adjust as necessary and keep you in the loop.***


CELL PHONE: 440-668-9370

NOTE: If you “txt msg” me, please leave your name/school in the message.  Please do the same for e-mails, actually.

E-MAIL: bmhs4n6@gmail.com

Judge Quotas:

  • Debate: 1 judge per 2 competitors (PF, LD, 2P)
  • IE & Congress: 1 judge per 4 competitors

Online registration (Adds) will end at 3 PM Thursday, January 11 (or sooner, if the tournament fills capacity before then).  Coaches will be able to drop entries until 7:30 A.M. on Saturday (1/13/18), but teams will be charged for all competitors registered as of 3 PM Thursday, January 11, 2018.  If I need to close registration early (or if I decide to extend the registration deadline), I will notify coaches via SpeechWire email.


There may be other events taking place in our gymnasium on this day, but I'll try to limit classroom usage near that area.  (My default is to put Humorous Interp in those rooms, as they tend to be loud themselves.) 

Parking at MHJH should be plentiful, especially if you have debaters who can use a ride back to BMHS for the award ceremony.  BMHS may be able to accommodate buses, too; however...

IF THERE IS ANOTHER BIG EVENT HERE ON TOURNAMENT DAY, the following parking procedures likely will go into effect:

Due to an athletic event taking place concurrently at BMHS, please tell your bus drivers to park across the street from the high school, at Roehm Athletic Complex (especially the back lot, which can be accessed from Eastland Rd.)  Or they can park at MHJH, where there is a large, usually vacant parking lot; this option would be handy for transporting debaters back to the high school in the afternoon, too.

I will advise coaches (so that they may alert bus drivers) ASAP, once I know with certainty.

We hope to see you on the 13th!  In the meantime, have a wonderful rest of your holiday (and tournament) season.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS (to Berea-Midpark High, not MHJH; use the address listed above to look up directions to that location/program your GPS accordingly):

Again, the following directions are for getting to BMHS (not MHJH):

From EAST:

Take I-480 W or I-90 W to I-71 S.  Take Exit 235 (Bagley Rd. / Middleburg Hts.).  Turn RIGHT (westbound).  From Bagley Rd., turn RIGHT into Berea-Midpark High School.  (This turn immediately follows the Eastland Rd. intersection.)

From WEST:

Take I-480 E to I-71 S.  Take Exit 235 (Bagley Rd. / Middleburg Hts.).  Turn RIGHT (westbound).  From Bagley Rd., turn RIGHT into Berea-Midpark High School.  (This turn immediately follows the Eastland Rd. intersection.)


Follow local routes, or. . . Find nearest connection to I-71 S, take Exit 235 (Bagley Rd. / Middleburg Hts.).  Turn RIGHT (westbound).  From Bagley Rd., turn RIGHT into Berea-Midpark High School.  (This turn immediately follows the Eastland Rd. intersection.)


Though you could access nearby communities via  I-77 to I-80 (turnpike), it is best to find the nearest connection to I-71 N.  Take Exit 235 (Bagley Rd. / Middleburg Hts.).  Turn LEFT (it might be best to stay in middle turning lane on off-ramp).  From Bagley Rd., turn RIGHT into Berea-Midpark High School.  (This turn immediately follows the Eastland Rd. intersection.)


IF YOU MISS THE TURN FROM BAGLEY RD . . . the very next intersection is Tressel/Maple (Tressel on left, Maple on right, it’s the same street divided by Bagley Rd.).  Turn RIGHT onto Tressel/Maple, a small side street, then RIGHT into the main parking lot.


Plug this into your GPS device, or enter these into some mapping web site beforehand:  7000 Paula Drive, Middleburg Heights, OH, 44130

Manager contact information

Ryan Peoples
Email address: bmhs4n6@gmail.com
Phone number: 440-668-9370

Mailing address

165 E. Bagely Rd.
Berea, OH 44017

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