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West Lafayette Debate Tournament

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This information is from a tournament in a past season!

This is a High School tournament in Indiana.

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Dear Coach,

You and your debate team are cordially invited to the West Lafayette Debate Tournament to be held on October 14, 2017.  I anticipate a great day of competition in the following categories:  Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, Congress and World Schools Debate.  The tournament will be held at West Lafayette Jr./Sr. High School, 1105 N. Grant Street, West Lafayette, Indiana.  Registration will begin at 7:30 near the school office and end at 8:00.  There will be a mandatory judge meeting at 8:15.  Round one will begin immediately after the judge meeting.  This meet will have 4 rounds, the first two randomly assigned and the following two power-matched. 

Food will be available throughout the day; please dine with us.  There will be a judges’ lounge near the cafeteria for your coffee-drinking pleasure.


Please bring at least one judge for every four students or fraction thereof (Two policy teams = 1 judge, five LDers = 2 judges, etc…).  Expect your judges to be assigned to judge any category you enter.  I have created a few judge preference categories on SpeechWire.  Varsity students (200 or more NFL points) who are not competing may judge novice rounds. 


  • This tournament will offer Policy Debate in Varsity and Novice divisions.  Novice teams are limited to the four prescribed case areas as listed below.

o    Increase funding for Native American education

o    Increase funding for school choice vouchers

o    Increase funding for STEM (science technology engineering and math) programs

o    Ban zero tolerance discipline policies

§   Any affirmative novice team that offers a plan not listed here will receive a loss for that round. The restrictions posted in IHSFA.org regarding topicality, counterplans, and kritiks are to be followed. 

  • L/D will be divided into two divisions, Varsity and Novice.  Novice and varsity debate will be on “Resolved: In the United States, national service ought to be compulsory.
  • Public Forum will be divided into novice and varsity divisions.  Both divisions will debate the NSDA October resolution, “Resolved: Deployment of anti-missile systems is in South Korea’s best interest.
  • Novice is defined as having no high school PF, LD, Policy, or WSD debate experience prior to this school year.  
  • There will be Congress for novice and varsity students.  Students will be debating B/R 2, 3, 4, 13, and 16.  Please let me know if you have a candidate for P.O.  I plan to cycle multiple judges through the chambers, each ranking all participants.  Final placing will be determined by the cumulative total of the judges’ ranks.
  • Schools may also bring World Schools Debate entries.  There is one open division.

Round 1 will be an impromptu topic.  WSD teams will receive the topic & side in the draw room at 8:00.

Round 2 will be a prepared topic on the following resolution:  This House believes further economic sanctions against North Korea are futile.

Round 3 will be a prepared topic on the following resolution:  This House would establish a living wage.

Round 4 will be an impromptu topic. WSD teams will receive the topic & side in the draw room.

  • There will be ribbons for the top 8 in each category.  No sweepstakes trophies will be awarded.

Entries must be submitted to SpeechWire by 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 9.  If you have any questions, you may contact me at smitha@wl.k12.in.us or call me at 765-746-0400.

Manager contact information

Aaron Smith
Email address: smitha@wl.k12.in.us
Phone number: 765-746-0400

Mailing address

1105 N. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906

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