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Florida Blue Key Speech and Debate Tournament 2018

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This is a High School tournament in Florida.

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Registration Packet with Tentative Schedule: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TakdybP3ri1V173EQO_3rBlRilOczefwx2h9TGnzpFk/edit


Dear Speech and Debate Coach,

It is my pleasure to invite you to attend the 35th annual Florida Blue Key Speech & Debate Tournament. This year’s tournament will be held Friday through Sunday, October 26-28, 2018. Florida Blue Key is hosted on the beautiful University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Florida.

Florida Blue Key is the oldest and most prestigious honorary society in the state of Florida. Beginning in the 1980s, the organization began to sponsor the Florida Blue Key Speech and Debate Tournament. Every year, the Speech and Debate Tournament student staff has been delighted to welcome the speech and debate community to our campus. With the help of our “Gator Guard” coaches and an incredible team of students, the 2018 Florida Blue Key Speech & Debate Tournament will certainly not be one to miss.

Our tournament will feature varsity competition in Lincoln Douglas, Public Forum, Policy Debate, Congressional Debate, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking, Program Oral Interpretation, and Original Oratory and novice competition in Lincoln Douglas, Public Forum, and Policy debate.

Registration is set to open this year on September 17th

Students may double enter or triple enter in speech events.  If a student would like to triple enter he or she may not choose three events in one pattern. Students may not double or triple event in any debate events. Speech events will be divided into the following two patterns:

Pattern A- Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking, Dramatic Interpretation, Informative Speaking, and Duo Interpretation

 Pattern B- Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, Humorous Interpretation, Original Oratory, and Program Oral Interpretation.

EXTEMP TOPIC AREAS ARE NOW RELEASED: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MJC5CXyEgumpQtDAPbi84kIInZl_ac4ySXVyCyhVscM/edit

We are excited to announce that Public Forum and Lincoln Douglas debaters will debate their respective November 2018 Debate topics. Policy debate teams will debate the 2018-19 National High School topic. Congressional Debate legislation will be released prior to the tournament.

Florida Blue Key is thrilled to announce that we have retained our status as a qualifying competition for the National High School Tournament of Champions (TOC) in Public Forum (octafinalists), Congressional Debate (semi-finalists), and Lincoln Douglas (quarterfinalists). Florida Blue Key is also a bid tournament for the TOC in speech events.

We highly encourage you to register early as we anticipate capacity to fill quickly. Full tournament details are posted on fbkdebate.org. Please feel free to reach out to chair@fbkdebate.org with any questions or concerns. We greatly appreciate your continued support and GO GATORS!


Garrett Moon

Florida Blue Key Speech & Debate

Tournament Chair



Congressional Debate Preliminary Legislation Packet link: includes tournament rules, schedule, chamber assignments and preliminary round legislation.



Congressional Debate Semi-finals Legislation Packet link:
Below is a link to the 2018 FBK Congressional Debate Pre-Tournament Packet. 
Round Robin competitors received the Round Robin Congressional Debate packet via email.
Please email congress@fbkdebate.org with any questions or concerns.

ALL STUDENTS (NOVICE AND VARSITY) will be using the NOVEMBER/DECEMBER topics for Public Forum and Lincoln Douglas. The topics are below for your convenience. 


Resolved: The United States federal government should impose price controls on the pharmaceutical industry.


Resolved: In a democracy, the public's right to know ought to be valued above the right to privacy of candidates for public office.




Schools who chose the “e-registration” option should have mailed checks to be received at the Florida Blue Key office by the registration deadline on October 10. We will be sending confirmation of receipt of those checks no later than October 15 at 12 pm. If you believe you sent a check for e-registration and do not receive a confirmation email by October 15 at 12 pm, please email finance@fbkdebate.org.

No checks will be accepted by mail after October 23rd at 5 pm. All schools will be responsible for payment of invoices at live registration that will take place on Friday, October 26 from 10:00 am-2:00pm in the Rion Ballroom at the J. Wayne Reitz Union.

E-Registration FAQs

  1. What address can checks for e-registration be mailed to?

Attn: Florida Blue Key

J. Wayne Reitz Union

P.O. Box 118505

Gainesville, FL 32601

  1. What if I have a drop entry or missing judge fines after I already mailed my registration check?

We will be informing all schools that participate in e-registration of any underpayment no later than Wednesday, October 24 at 12 pm. Schools will be responsible for any additional payment by the payment deadline of Friday, October 26 at 2pm.

There will be no online credit or debit card payment options for schools that e-register.


Formal Registration

Formal tournament registration will take place in front of the Rion Ballroom (West) at the J. Wayne Reitz Union on the University of Florida Campus:

Museum Rd & Reitz Union Dr

University Of Florida

Gainesville, FL 32611

Registration will begin on Friday, October 26 at 10:00 am and will close at 2:00 pm to ensure timely arrival to rounds. All schools who have not participated in e-registration will be sent an invoice reminder no later than Wednesday, October 24 at 12 pm.

We strongly urge schools to pay via check at registration. We will also be accepting cash in exact denominations (we cannot promise we will be able to make change). We will be accepting credit card and debit cards, however, schools will be assessed a fee for all credit and debit card payments over $50.00.


Lincoln Douglas Debate:

LD is NOT on the same schedule as any other event and is the FIRST event to begin on Friday

Prefs will close at NOON. If you wish to submit prefs they need to be completed by that time.


Please ensure ALL of your LD judges have a phone or laptop on which they can submit online ballots. 


Judge Lounge: Fine Arts Building B room 105 (FAB105)

Tab: FAB103

VLD Judge Call: 3:30 PM in FAB105

VLD Round 1: 4:00 PM

NLD Judge Call: 4:30 PM in FAB105

NLD Round 1: 5:00PM

The resolution in both the Novice and Varsity divisions will be the November-December National Speech and Debate Association topic. Resolved: In a democracy, the public’s right to know ought to be valued above the right to privacy of candidates for public office. 

The Novice division will not be using the Novice topic.  The Novice Division will be using the same topic as the varsity division.  Please be aware.

Both LD divisions will follow the 6-3-7-3-4-6-3 format. Debaters will have 4 minutes of prep time. 

LD Judging Requirements:

Teams should bring 1 qualified judge per 2 LD entries per division. Novice and Varsity pools are separate; you may not use Novice judges to cover entries in the Varsity division, nor can you cover entries in the Novice division with judges in the Varsity pool. 

Judges must be available for all preliminary rounds, the first full elimination round, all elimination rounds when your students are competing and one additional elimination round beyond the last elimination round of your student’s competition.  Any runoff rounds are not full elimination rounds.  We will assume all judges will stay after their obligation unless you tell us otherwise. Schools will be fined $25 for every preliminary round and $50 per elimination round their judges are not on time for. Every time we have to replace a judge that's a round that will probably run late and delay the tournament so the best thing you can do to help keep the tournament on track is make sure judges are where they are supposed to be when they are supposed to be there. Please submit each judge's cell phone number in the "notes" section for each judge on speechwire so if they are missing we can make an effort to contact them from tab and assist in getting them to their round, decreasing fines for a missing judge and keeping the tournament running in a timely manner. All LD (NLD and VLD) judges are required to list their conflicts on speechwire and should be sure to include schools they have competed for, schools they have coached, individual students they have coached, schools or individuals they have shared prep with, etc. All teams are expected to report conflicts BEFORE the tournament begins.

ALL Varsity LD judges are required to post a paradigm on Tabroom.com by Friday October 19th. Any VLD judges without posted paradigms will be automatically moved to the novice pool. Schools must post paradigms on Tabroom.com by October 19th in order to participate and have preferences honored for their debaters. If schools have judges who have not posted their judge paradigms, the school's judge preferences will not be honored and the school will be fined $25 per missing judge paradigm. If you have any questions or trouble posting a paradigm, Tabroom has a help article explaining the steps and we are here to help BEFORE October 19th.  

We will again be using Mutually-Preferred Judging in LD Debate. Each debater in the Varsity division, provided their judging obligation is covered, will be able to rank all judges from A-F (E being a conflict and F being a strike). Please keep in mind that a conflict is a judge who likes you too much, not another chance for you to get more strikes. Students found to be misusing conflicts face repercussions up to and including disqualification from the tournament. Preferences will open on Tuesday, October 23 and close at NOON on Friday October 26. Changes to VLD judging will not be permitted after Monday October 22. If you remove a judge from the VLD pool after Monday October 22 you will be fined for that missing judge regardless of whether or not you have a replacement because judges entered onto speechwire after October 22 will not be listed for preferences and are therefore not eligible to judge VLD. 


For division specific questions, please refer to the following Director contact information: 

Forensics- Michael Puretz, forensics@fbkdebate.org

Round Robin- Alex Giraldo & Sammy Nagabhairu, roundrobin@fbkdebate.org

Public Forum- Warner Ransone, publicforum@fbkdebate.org

Lincoln Douglas- Suzie Sharp, lincolndouglas@fbkdebate.org

Individual Events- Brandan Birsic, individualevents@fbkdebate.org

Policy- Adam Kozloski & Smauel Houle, policy@fbkdebate.org

Congress- Catherine Huntley, congress@fbkdebate.org

Operations- Jackson Amos, operations@fbkdebate.org 

Hotel Information- Bryan Greenfield, universityservices@fbkdebate.org


An updated tournament schedule can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TakdybP3ri1V173EQO_3rBlRilOczefwx2h9TGnzpFk/edit

If you have any questions or need additional information, please email Director of Registration, Brawn Nelson (registration@fbk.org). 


Manager contact information

Garrett Moon
Email address: chair@fbkdebate.org
Phone number: 9546685429

Mailing address

Florida Blue Key, 3160 J. Wayne Reitz Union
PO Box 118505
Gainesville, FL 32611-8505

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