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Richard Ernst Invitational (Oct. 2019)

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Dear Friends,

On behalf of Northern Virginia Community College, the NOVA Forensics Team is delighted to invite you to the Washington DC metropolitan area in Alexandria, VA on Saturday, October 26th, 2019  for the Richard J. Ernst Invitational. The tournament will be held on the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College.    This year we are excited to share the tournament will make use of the new Fine Arts Building (AFA) on the Alexandria Campus in addtion to the Bisdorf Building.   Please come to the AFA Lobby and Black Box Theatre for registration and student wellness. 

Our tournament features formidable competition from some of the top forensics programs in the country, great wellness for your team and a talented tabulation staff for an efficient tournament experience.  For individual event and IPDA debate speaker awards, we will provide a combination of ceramic themed art crafted by NOVA students and beautiful plaques for team and individual sweepstakes winners!

In addition to offering competition in 11 individual events, the Richard J. Ernst Invitational will also offer IPDA Debate!  For IPDA debate there will be four preliminary rounds and two elimination rounds.  Phi Rho Pi rules govern IPDA debate. In each IPDA round, students will be given a choice of 5 resolutions (2 policy, 2 fact/value, 1 metaphor). Negative will strike first; Affirmative will strike second, and so on until one resolution is left.  The 30-minute preparation time begins as soon as the Negative strikes their first topic.  As per Phi Rho Pi/IPDA rules, students ARE allowed to consult electronic devices and the Internet during prep time only.  Group or Coach Prep is not allowed.  Strike will occur in the classrom where the round is scheduled.  Also,  for an efficient debate tournament, students in IPDA Debate cannot enter in any other Individual Event.

After the Richard J. Enst Tournament on Saturday concludes, the NOVA Alexandria campus will host an exciting Southern Northern Atlantic Forensics Union (SNAFU) Tournament on Sunday, October 27th, 2019.  The SNAFU Tournament will also feature all 11 AFA sanctioned events and also IPDA debate.  Please see Speechwire.com for more information on the Sunday SNAFU tournament.  You do not have to be a member of SNAFU in order to attend the tournament.   We hope to see you in October for a great tournament experience!!!!

Please see below for more specifics about the tournament:



Pattern A: Extemp, POI, Prose, Informative, Persuasive, Duo, IPDA Debate

Pattern B: Poetry, DI, CA, ADS, Impromptu, IPDA Debate

Saturday (Richard J. Ernst Invitational)  

8:00 am          Registration (Fine Arts Building, AFA- Black Box Theatre)

8:30 am            Extemp Draw

9:00 am           Round 1A  & IPDA Debate Round 1 (Topic Selection in Round)

10:15 am          Round 1 B & IPDA Debate Round 2 (Topic Selection in Round)

12:00 pm                     Extemp Draw

12:30 pm        Round 2 A & IPDA Debate Round 3 (Topic Selection in Round)

1:45 pm           Round 2 B & IPDA Debate Round 4 (Topic Selection in Round)

3:00 pm           Extemp Draw

3:30 pm           Finals A  &  IPDA Debate Elimination Round 1 (Topic Selection in Round)

4:45 pm           Finals B  &  IPDA Debate Elimination Round 2 (Topic Selection in Round)

ASAP                Awards (Bisdorf-AA-196)


On both days of the tournament we will provide light breakfast fare in the morning and some snacks throughout the tournament in the wellness room in the FIne Arts Building Lobby. 

Schools will need to make arrangements for lunch independently.  There is a Panera Bread close by that will deliver lunch to the Bisdorf building for your team if you make your reservation in advance. To place an order pleases call 571-458-4907.   


General Rules

  1. The Richard J Ernst Invitational generally follows the description of events as given by Phi Rho Pi.  
  1. No material may have been performed by a student in any competition (high school or college) prior to this academic year.
  1.  There will not be a cross examination period in Extemp.               
  2.  NOVA Participation Disclaimer:  NOVA could have team members participating in the tournament as competitors.  NOVA students will be eligible to advance to elimination rounds, but NOVA students and NOVA will be ineligible for any kind of sweepstakes award.

 Registration Information and Fees

  1. Each school may enter an unlimited number of contestants per event.
  2. Students doing debate are not permitted to enter in individual events. IPDA students can only compete in IPDA.
  3. Each student may enter up to three events per grouping between Pattern A (Prose, Extemp, POI, Duo, Inform, Persuasion) and Pattern B (DI, ADS, CA, Poetry, Impromptu).  
  4. Semi-Finals will be held for events containing over 40 entries.
  5. Entries must be submitted via Speecwire.com. Entries must be received by 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), Tuesday October 22nd, 2019.  No additions will be accepted after this time. 
  6. A fee of $8 will be charged for each individual event entry. One duo counts as one event. IPDA entries are counted as an individual event and will be charged an $8 fee per debater.
  7. One judge is needed for every six slots entered.  Judges may be hired for an additional $15 per slot not covered by your school.
  8.  Drop fees for slots or for judges are in effect AFTER the previously mentioned deadline for tournement entry. Please see Fee structure here on Speechwire for specific information on fees.  
  9.  Please make checks payable to the NVCC Educational Foundation.


We look forward to seeing you!

Please contact me if your have any questions

Dr. Nathan Carter

Director of Forensics

Northern Virginia Community College


(Office) 703-845-6573


Manager contact information

Dr. Nathan Carter
Email address: nacarter@nvcc.edu
Phone number: 703-845-6573

Mailing address

5000 Dawes Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22311

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