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Dear Speech and Debate Coaches and Moderators:

 

The Randolph High School Speech & Debate Team is pleased to invite you to the 28th Annual Randolph Fall Classic Speech & Debate Tournament to be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017. We will be offering competition in varsity, junior varsity and novice Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum debate, as well as Congressional Debate. There will be eleven individual event (IE) categories including Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Oral Interpretation, Original Oratory, Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Improvisational Acting, Declamation, Program Oral Interpretation, and Informative Speaking.

 

NEW THIS YEAR

E-Ballots for Debate. We will be piloting debate e-ballots for the first time at an NJSDL local tournament. We are incredibly excited for this, as e-ballots have the potential to transform the way we run local tournaments. However, in order to have a successful pilot, we need you, the coaches and moderators, to ensure clear communication to your judges about this pilot program. Our district’s technology department has assured us that our infrastructure is more than capable of handling this program, so it will largely fall to you and your debate judges to ensure that they bring a device that they can complete their ballots on, as well as any necessary equipment (i.e., chargers). E-ballots are incredibly easy and intuitive – they have been used to great effect at many national tournaments on the tabroom.com software platform. We will be using them for the first time on our Speechwire.com platform, so we will train all judges on the process the morning of. We would also like to stress that the pilot program is for debate only. Thank you for helping us pilot this at the local level.

 

Charitable Donations. Thanks to your generosity in previous years, we will again be setting up a charitable fundraising table, with this year’s proceeds benefitting relief efforts for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the Texas and Florida speech and debate communities. The team that donates the most overall will receive a special award at our awards ceremony.

 

COMPETITION

There will be four double-flighted preliminary rounds in Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum debate with breaks to finals only if time permits.  LD & PF will have three divisions: novice, JV, and varsity. Please register your students for the appropriate division based on NJSDL rules. There will be three preliminary rounds in all individual event (IE) categories with breaks to finals; in categories with sufficient numbers, we may break to semifinals, time permitting. Finally, there will be two sessions of Congressional Debate, with the possibility of a final round depending on the number of entries. The usual complement of awards will be given to the top 6 competitors in all categories. Sweepstakes trophies will be awarded to the top 5 teams competing.

 

Competition will take place at Randolph High School (511 Millbrook Ave) and across the parking lot at Randolph Middle School (507 Millbrook Ave). We will offer snacks at our grab-and-go tables and judge hospitality rooms at both venues, but full lunch for competitors and judges will be served only at RHS. Our tab rooms will be staffed with Randolph student officers, coaches, and other NJSDL officers and board members.

 

All NSDA and NJSDL rules for registration, source integrity, ethics, and timing are in effect. If you have questions, please consult the official NSDA and/or NJSDL rules. We will be using the NSDA November resolution for PF, and the November/December resolution for LD.

 

REGISTRATION

All registration must be completed via speechwire.com. If you have never used this site before or would like assistance, please let us know and we can assist. Speechwire will accept up to six (6) entries per school per category. We reserve the right to place any further entries on a waitlist, subject to room and judge availability. Coaches will receive notifications if and when we are able to clear the waitlist.

 

Only students who are sponsored by a degree-granting institution are permitted to compete. No individual or “lone wolf” entries are permitted. We do allow double-entries across all the IE events only. There are no double-entries permitted in any debate event, or across speech and debate events.

 

Please mark all speech novices as such in your registration. If there are enough novices in each category, we may be able to hold novice honors rounds concurrent with the final rounds, judged by experienced Randolph team members. At the very least, we will give an award to the top non-advancing novice in each category that does not proceed to a novice honors round.

 

On-site school registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the first round will begin promptly at 9:15 a.m. A complete tournament schedule will be available on speechwire.com. Please refer to the following page for details. 

 

DEADLINES

We need somewhat stable students counts so that we can best prepare our venues for your arrival. To that end, we will begin assessing nuisance fees for any registration changes other than name changes after 8pm on Wednesday, 11/15. We will lock registration at 3pm on the day before the tournament. Any changes after that point must be communicated directly to the tournament staff via email or at on-site registration the next day.

 

All Congress bills must be emailed to Peter Quinn (pquinn@rtnj.org) by the end of the day on Monday, November 13. A legislation packet will be made available shortly thereafter.

 

FEES

Our fee structure is below. All payments should be made out to Randolph High School. Please send payments to:

Randolph High School

Attn.: Peter Quinn, Head Speech & Debate Coach

511 Millbrook Avenue

Randolph, NJ 07869

§  Registration Fees

o   School registration fee

§  $10 per school

o   Lincoln Douglas

§  $15 per entry

o   Public Forum

§  $20 per entry

o   IE categories and Congress

§  $10 per entry except Duo Interpretation

§  $15 per entry in Duo Interpretation

§  Administrative Fees. These fees are designed to discourage schools and teams from doing things that make our job of running the tournament extremely difficult. We would prefer not to charge these fees – we would much rather have a smooth-running tournament that brought in less for our fundraising efforts than a chaotic and lucrative one.

o   Late entry fee

§  $10 per entry after 8pm on 11/15

o   Drop fee

§  $10 per dropped entry after 8pm on 11/15

o   Entire school late withdrawal fee

§  50% of full invoice after 8pm 11/15; 100% for day-of or no-show

o   Judge fees

§  $90 per missing judge, per requirements below

§  $90 per dropped & non-replaced judge beginning 24 hours before registration

§  $20 per missed judge call

 

JUDGES

Judging quotas are based on the following:

§  Lincoln Douglas

o   Teams must provide one (1) judge for every three (3) entries or fraction thereof.

o   Student debaters with at least two full years of experience may be used as judges for Novice LD or Novice PF ONLY, so long as they are marked as such in registration notes. Failure to do so may result in a judge fee being assessed to your team. For example, if a team has one novice PF entry and two varsity PF entries, a student judge WILL NOT fulfill the total obligation, but only the novice entry.

§  Public Forum

o   As above.

§  IE categories and Congress

o   Teams must provide one (1) judge for every five (5) entries or fraction thereof.

 

When registering your judges, if you have a judge who is able to judge your own team without conflict, please mark him or her as “clean” on the drop-down menu. Judges like these are very valuable to the tournament. If a “dirty” judge is marked clean, a judge fee may be assessed to your team.

 

We may be forced to assign judges based on need, regardless of category. This is something we will try never to do, but if circumstances demand it, it would be helpful for coaches to let us know of any judges who would feel more comfortable doing this. That said, speech judges can and will be used to judge Congress rounds. Please prepare your judges for this possibility.

 

All teams competing must provide at least one judge, regardless of their obligations. We ask this for scheduling purposes, and to ensure the diversity of the judging pool.

 

We will, as usual, conduct a brief overview session for judges at approximately 8:45am. While we strive to alleviate confusion and answer all questions, we cannot spend the time to fully train judges. If you have untrained judges, please consider attending our evening judge training session at RHS, 7pm on November 2, or one of the several other league judge training sessions. We offer this training annually and free of charge to benefit the speech and debate community at large.

 

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We look forward to seeing you in November! Please contact Peter Quinn (pquinn@rtnj.org) with any questions. Until then, we wish you the very best start to the 2017-18 season.

 

Manager contact information

Peter Quinn
Email address: pquinn@rtnj.org
Phone number: 8566936414

Mailing address

511 Millbrook Ave
Randolph, NJ 07869

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