Home     LIVE!     Features     Order     Calendar     Results     Your account     Manager login         

Novice Ben Davis Debate Tournament

General informationFiles for downloadTournament scheduleFinal

General information

This is a High School tournament in Indiana.

View manager contact information

Dear Coach and Speakers,

Welcome to the 2nd ANNUAL NOVICE BEN DAVIS DEBATE TOURNAMENT on October 13th, 2018.  The meet will be held at Ben Davis High School located at 1200 N Girls School Road, Indianapolis, IN 46214.  Doors open at 7:00 am.

Judges/Debaters Meeting at 7:45 am in cafeteria


Please park in the front of the building.  Buses please use the bus lot.


All Registration will be done on www.speechwire.com. No emails, faxes or paper entries will be accepted. We strongly encourage that entries be made as early as possible (like right now, so you don’t forget) Registration will be locked (meaning no adding of entries can be added) on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 at Noon.  Coaches will be able to make names changes and such until Friday, October 12, 2018 at Noon. 


This will be a novice only tournament with three rounds.  Goal is to let novice get their feet wet.

NOVICE debaters is defined as a first year debater who has no or limited debate experience. This does not mean a JV/Varsity speech student can debate as a novice. In fact, debaters should have 50 or less points in debate or speech for NSDA rosters.

Judges: any reasonable adult or varsity debate student is eligible to judge. We would like very well-written critiques. We will ask you to label your judges as either adult or student in speechwire as well.

*An event may be capped.  So enter quickly.


We will follow the rules established for IHFSA.

Policy Debate: immigration topic with novice restrictions

Public Forum: October-Laws of the Seas topic

Congressional Debate: IHSFA Bills # 3, 2, and 7 docket set in this order

WSD: topics TBD and released in early October; round 1 and 3 prepared; round 2 impromptu

09/21/2018 Lincoln- Douglass - Please idicate which topic your student wants to debate by selecting Novice or JV.  This has nothing to do with your students apeaking experience.

  • Lincoln-Douglas A: national novice topic on civil disobedience (Select Novice)
  • Lincoln Douglas B [maybe listed as JV in Speechwire but it is not] October- Media Topic (Select JV)


Call late drops to (317) 988-7188 by 7:15 am on 10/13


All judges should return their signed and properly scored ballots and completed critique sheets at the end of each round to the ballot table located outside of the library.  Judges are expected to stay for the entire meet.


There should be no leaving the building as food for students will be served in the cafeteria. Complimentary food for judges, coaches and bus drivers will be provided.


Judge requirement will be 1 to 4 ratio included for novice congressional debate. Therefore for example two public forum teams= 1 judge; five LD debaters= 2 judges.

Judges: any reasonable adult or varsity debate student is eligible to judge. We would like very well-written critiques. We will ask you to select the appropriate judge type: adult or student in Speechwire.


Individual awards are 1st through 12th place.

Questions: If you have any questions please email, gary.peters@wayne.k12.in.us the tourney host or fred douse, the tourney manager, fred.douse@wayne.k12.in.us. 

We want thank you for coming to the 2nd ANNUAL NOVICE BEN DAVIS DEBATE TOURNAMENT.




Manager contact information

Gary Peters
Email address: gary.peters@wayne.k12.in.us
Phone number: (317) 9887188

Mailing address

1200 N Girls School Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46214

SpeechWire Tournament Services - Copyright 2004-2019 Ben Stewart. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use - Privacy and Security Policy