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  Chesterton High School

25th Annual Debate Tournament

Saturday Dec 9th, 2017

Events Offered:

-         Lincoln Douglas – Varsity and Novice; JV if the numbers allow it

-        Public Forum – Varsity and Novice for sure; JV if the numbers allow it

-        Policy Debate – Varsity and Novice

-        Congressional Debate – Varsity and Novice

-        World School Debate – Open Division

Entry Caps

-         Initial caps per events will be as follows

o   6 per division for CX, LD, and PFD (meaning you could enter 6 varsity and up to 6 novices in LD)

o   3 entries for World School debate

o   no cap for Congressional Debate

-        If room allows it, we will happily accept entries off of a waiting list


-         We are single flighting both LD and PF! 

o   This means that we need 1 judge for every 2 entries in LD, PFD, Policy, and World School (or fraction thereof)

o   Congressional Debate – 1 judge for every 5 congress entries (or fraction thereof)

-        A varsity member who is at least a junior and has over 250 NFL points may judge novice.  Their coach is responsible for the quality of their ballots


-         Full lunch will be available; some breakfast and other items will be available throughout the day


-         $0 per entry

-        $20 dollar fee for every missing judge beyond your quota


-         December always represents the possibility of snowstorms!  If necessary, we will condense this schedule as a precaution for travel home.  For instance in 2016, we ran all of the preliminary rounds, but canceled the final round showcase in order to get teams out by 3:30 pm.

o   6 Rounds for PFD and LD (with a final if weather permits)

o   4 Rounds of Policy and World School

o   3 Rounds for Congressional Debate (including a scramble round)

Contact information

-         Chris Lowery, Director of Speech and Debate at Chesterton – chslowery@gmail.com or clowery@duneland.k12.in.us  (219) 309-5316


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-         Final entries are due the Monday of the tournament (including judges)

-        Drops will be accepted without penalty – but it is preferred that they are done as early as possible




-         7:00 – 8:00 am – Final Registration on sight

-        8:15 – Round 1:  all events

-        9:15 – Round 2 – LD; PFD

-        10:15 – Round 2 – Policy and World School; Round 3 – LD; PFD

-        12:00 – Round 4 – LD; PFD; Round 2 Congress

-        12:15 – Round 3 – Policy and World School

-        1:00 – Round 5 – LD; PFD

-        2:00 – Round 6 – LD; PFD; Round 4 Policy

-        2:30 – Round 3 Congress; Round 4 WSD

-        3:30 – LD;PFD finals


-         LD – NSDA Nov-Dec Topic (developed nations responsibilities)

-        PFD – NSDA Dec Topic (Student Athelets as employees)

-        Policy – NSDA Education Topic

-        World School Debate – This house believes that confined animal feeding operations ought to be discontinued

-        Congressional Debate – IHSFA bills #1, 3, 9, and 15

Manager contact information

Chris Lowery
Email address: chslowery@gmail.com
Phone number: 219 309 5316

Mailing address

2125 South 11th Street
Chesterton, IN 46304

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