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Larry Stuber Memorial Debate Tournament

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This is a High School tournament in Indiana.

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Dear Coaches,


You and your students are invited to the November 11, 2017, Valparaiso Dr. Larry B. Stuber Memorial Debate Tournament.


Congress – All students will compete in the morning Preliminary round. The top competitors per Chamber will advance to the Super Chamber of 15-16 in the afternoon. All others will compete in the Consolation Session in the afternoon. Both Novice and Varsity Divisions will have a Super Session and a Consolation Session (consolation rounds may be combined in the event of small congress entries).

Ø  Legislation for a.m. Preliminary session: IHSFA 2, 6, 13

Ø  Legislation for p.m. Super Session: IHSFA 1, 9, 10

Ø  VHS will probably be able to supply all of the presiding officers – depending on entries; however, if you are bringing a potential PO, please email Coach Fridh with your potential PO’s name.



Ø  Debaters will be speaking on the November/December topic as noted by the NSDA

Ø  Resolved: Wealthy nations have an obligation to provide development assistance to other nations.


Public Forum Debate

Ø  Debaters will be speaking on the November topic as noted by the NSDA.

Ø  Resolved: The United States should require universal background checks for all gun sales and transfers of ownership.


Policy Debate

Ø  Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States.

Ø  IHSFA Novice Restrictions

§  Topicality arguments are prohibited by novices until November 1; therefore, they may be used at this tournament.

§  Novices may not offer counterplans or kritiks until December 1.

§  All novice teams are limited to the following affirmative cases until December 1.

 Increase funding for Native American education

 Increase funding for school choice vouchers

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

 Ban zero tolerance discipline policies


World Schools Debate

Ø  Prepared Topics:

Ø  Round 1: Prepared: This house believes that capitalism is better than communism.

Ø  Round 2: Impromptu

Ø  Round 3: Impromptu

Ø  Round 4: Prepared: This house would tax the rich to provide healthcare to the poor


Awards @ 4:00 p.m., CST

Ø  Yes (Gavels for POs, Ribbons for the Top Eight, and Sweepstakes Trophies for Top 5 Teams)


Ø  1 judge per 4 debaters (5 debaters = 2 judges, etc.)

Ø  All judges must be prepared to judge all events

Ø  Judges must stay in the building and be available for the entire tournament

Ø  Varsity debaters with a minimum 2 years of experience and a minimum of 250 points may judge only novice events. 2017 high school debate graduates must judge novice only.



Ø  Students ~ breakfast, lunch & snack items will be available for purchase in the Cafeteria

Ø  Judges ~ breakfast and lunch items will be available in the Teacher’s Lunch Room



Ø  Registration on SpeechWire  www.speechwire.com

§  DUE by 5 pm (CST) on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (Registration will remain open after the deadline for drops only. Please list all judges’ names.)

§  This is an Open Tournament; however, you must be a Registered User in order to use SpeechWire to register

§  Novice = an individual with no previous high school speech or debate experience prior to September 2017. All others are considered to be Varsity.

§  Send registration questions to Mary Fridh – email: mafridh@gmail.com or Heather Beach – email hbeach@valpo.k12.in.us

§  Final registration is Saturday, November 11th.  at Valparaiso HS from 7:00 to 7:30 a.m. (CST).

§  Rounds will start promptly at 8 am (CST) ~ we hope !


We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in Valpo!


   Heather Beach, Mary Fridh, Ethan Gasbarro, Colleen Peluso, John Peluso, and Trevor Wells (coaches),  the VHS Speech, Debate & Mock Trial Team & the VHS Forensics Boosters, Inc.

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Mary Fridh
Email address: mafridh@gmail.com
Phone number: 219-324-6603

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