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This is a High School tournament in Ohio.

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Saint Ignatius High School is pleased to invite you to the J.J. Miday, S.J., John Libens, S.J., Robert J. Welsh, S.J. and Frank Canfield, S. J. Jesuit  PDQ.  This tournament is to honor the commitment to excellence these men made in education and debate competition promoting critical thinking and oratory. Fr. John Miday, S.J. is a member of the Ohio High School Speech and Debate coaches' hall of fame and was recently inducted posthumously into the National Forensic League coaches' hall of fame.  Father Welsh, S.J. and Father John Libens, S.J. were both debaters and supporters of policy debate and rhetoric and guided my stewardship throughout the years, men who modeled the living MAGIS.  And Father Frank Canfield, S.J. who knew every member of the policy debate teams and the hard work that goes into a successful season and program.

Donations will be made to the charity or charities chosen by teams advancing to the break rounds and the top two speakers.  Please let me know as soon as possible your school choice of charity or charities.

Friday, October 18, Saturday, October 19, 2019

Registration Opens: September 1, 2019

Entry Fees:  Each team $45.  Food and refreshments will be provided for dinner. Breakfast and lunch will also be included on Saturday.  Make all checks payable to Saint Ignatus High School

Entry Deadline:  October 15, 2019

We will continue to accept entries beyond this date, however we plan to accept all teams on the waiting list as remaining room space allows.  Please plan to register teams prior to this deadline in order to avoid disappointment!

Judge Entry Deadline: Monday, October 15, 2019
By this date, we MUST know if you plan to cover each entry's judging requirement via paying the judge fee or by providing a qualified judge.  We can't guarantee our ability to fulfill any requests to hire judges after this deadline.  Any available judges will be a fee of  $125.

Registration: Friday, Friday, October 18, 2019 at Saint Ignatius from 3:00PM – 3:45PM in the Atrium located off the mall entrance.  There are parking lots at 28th and 30th / Lorain Avenue.

Competition Schedule:
It is our goal to leave plenty of time for oral critiques after rounds.
•    Round 1 (pre-set) Friday, 4pm
•    Round 2 (pre-set): Friday, 6pm
•    Round 3 (powered): Friday, 8pm
•    Round 4 (powered): Saturday, 8am
•    Round 5 (powered): Saturday, 10am
•    Awards Ceremony, 12pm  (Top 10 speakers, break-round teams)
•    Quarter-Finals: 1pm
•    Semi-Finals: 3pm
•    Finals: 5pm until

Events Offered: Varsity Policy, PDQ  Any non-bracket round teams (NOVICE / VARSITY) can continue in the out-bracket rounds.

For Ohio schools, this is an opportunity to receive a pre-bid for OSDA finals in March 2018 per OSDA rules.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8dHaTrhrzGfMWl3SUtXUVE2U0E/view

Reminder that If you are an OHIO school, your school membership dues must be paid BEFORE the tournament begins!  They will not let you compete unless registered and paid.  

Login to Speechwire to register your school for the tournament and OSDA membership   https://www.speechwire.com/c-login.php

Tournament hotel: There are a plethora of available and varied rate hotels with easy access to Saint Ignatius High School, 1911 West 30th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113

AWARDS: Coaches please email jbuzzelli@ignatius.edu with the name and address of the charity you wish to have a donation sent.  Rather than trophies and plaques, certificates will be prepared for contestants and your school

will receive a notification of the donation to your requested charity.  Donations, rather than receiving trophies, were made to the charity chosen by Perry HS to the 

American Indian Heritage Association 830 John Marshall Hwy # F, Front Royal, VA 22630 and for Hawken to Kids In Need of Defense  1201 L St. NW, Floor 2 Washington, DC 20005.

Varsity Policy: Awards for the Top Eight Teams
Varsity Debate Speaker Awards: The Top Ten individuals will receive recognition

Questions about the 2019 Saint Ignatius High School Debate Tournament should be directed to tournament director Joseph Buzzelli jbuzzelli@ignatius.edu

We view this tournament as an opportunity to provide the high school debate community the opportunity for early season competition. So that we may accommodate all of your students who wish to compete, please complete your registration as soon as possible, and please book your hotel as soon as is feasible. This will ensure a pleasant and trouble-free tournament for everyone, and allow us to host you in the way you deserve!




Joseph Buzzelli

Joseph Anthony Buzzelli, M.A., Master Teacher
ODE Lead Professional License
Ohio Credentialed Teacher Evaluator
LPDC Chairman
Fine Arts Department Chairman
Director of Forensics
Junior Class Advisor


Manager contact information

Joseph Buzzelli
Email address: jbuzzelli@ignatius.edu
Phone number: 216-702-6488

Mailing address

1911 West 30th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113

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