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This is a High School tournament in New Jersey.

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Dear Speech and Debate Coaches and Moderators:


Princeton High School Speech & Debate Team is pleased to invite you to Princeton Forensics Invitational to be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019. 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.




E-Ballots for Debate. We will be using debate e-ballots. Please ask 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. We will again train all judges on the process the morning of. We would also like to stress that this is for debate only.


Charitable Donations. All school base fees will be donated to Princeton Children’s Fund.




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 and a final round of Congressional Debate, with the possibility of a novice division 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 Princeton High School (151 Moore Street, Princeton, NJ 08540). We will offer snacks and lunch in the cafeteria for the students.  Judges’ lunch will be provided in the Judge’s Lounge. Our tab rooms will be staffed with Princeton 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 March resolution for PF, and the March/April resolution for LD.




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. Mavericks in Public Forum are not permitted. 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. 


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.




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 5pm on Monday, 03/04. 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 Cecilia Birge (PrincetonInvitational@gmail.com) by the end of the day on Monday, March 4. A legislation packet will be made available shortly thereafter.




Our fee structure is below. All payments should be made out to Princeton Debate Booster Club. Please send payments to:

Princeton High School

Attn.: Cecilia Birge

151 Moore Street

Princeton, NJ 08540

  • Registration Fees
    • School registration fee: $25 per school
    • Lincoln Douglas: $20 per entry
    • Public Forum: $30 per entry
    • IE categories and Congress: $15 per entry except Duo Interpretation: $20 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.
    • Late entry fee: $20 per entry after 8pm on 03/05/2019
    • Drop fee: $20 per dropped entry after 8pm on 03/05/2019
    • Entire school late withdrawal fee: 50% of full invoice after 8pm 03/05/2019; 100% for day-of or no-show
    • Judge fees
      • $120 per missing judge, per requirements below
      • $120 per dropped & non-replaced judge beginning 24 hours before registration
      • $40 per missed judge call




Judging quotas are based on the following:


  • Lincoln Douglas
    • Teams must provide one (1) judge for every three (3) entries or fraction thereof.
    • 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, only the novice entry.


  • Public Forum
    • As above.


  • IE categories and Congress
    • 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.




We look forward to seeing you in November! Please contact Cecilia Birge (CeciliaBirge@PrincetonK12.org) with any questions.


Manager contact information

Cecilia Birge

Email address: CeciliaBirge@PrincetonK12.org

Phone number: 732-820-2222


Mailing address

151 Moore Street

Princeton, NJ 08540x


Manager contact information

Cecilia Birge
Email address: CeciliaBirge@PrincetonK12.org
Phone number: 7328202222

Mailing address

151 Moore Street
Princeton, NJ 08542

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