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Broward MAST #4

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This is a Middle School tournament in Florida.

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Welcome to the 4th MAST of the year! I hope all of your debaters are ready for an incredible competitive experience on December 11th, 2019 at Stoneman Douglas High School (thanks Jacob Abraham and Douglas Students/Parents)! 
 
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A CHANGE IN BOTH THE DATE AND LOCATION OF THE TOURNAMENT!
 
Please follow the instructions on this page to register your entries. Remember, each school may only initially enter FIVE students in all events except Congress, in which you can enter TEN. Entries beyond those numbers will go on a waitlist. If space at Stoneman Douglas High School permits, students will be released off of the waitlist after registration closes on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Registration for NEW ENTRIES will close on MONDAY, DECEMBER 9th at 5pm. You will be permitted to make changes (drops or name changes) until 12pm on Wednesday, December 11th. Any changes after that, please text Megan West: 940.206.3806 or Justin Weaver: 954.790.8160 the school name, student who is dropping, and her/his event. Any HIDDEN DROPS (drops that go unreported by the start of the tournament) will cost the school $25 per drop, to be invoiced and paid before the next MAST. 
 
All competitors should arrive between 1:00-1:30. NOBODY can arrive before 1:00! ANYONE who arrives after 1:45 will need to wait off campus until Douglas completes their dismissal, which will delay the beginning of the tournament.  Entrance is on the east side of the school for cars and buses. All students, coaches, and judges will go to the auditorium upon arrival. After Douglas' dismissal is complete, students will then be escorted to the cafeteria and judges will go to the media center in order to begin the tournament.
 
Safety & Security:
  • Due to increased security procedures at Stoneman Douglas High, ALL competitors, judges, and coaches are subject to a search of their person and belongings upon entry to the campus. Anyone with a second bag WILL be searched. Please encourage your students to condense their belongings into ONE bag if at all possible. 
  • All competitors, judges, and coaches MUST visibly wear and display the identifying lanyards and/or badges provided. Check your email for distribution information. Anyone not wearing their lanyard and/or badge will be asked to leave the campus. High school student judges should be given lanyards from their coach.
  • No competitor may enter a room until the judge arrives, and if they're waiting for a judge longer than 15 minutes they should send a representative to the media center to let the tab room know.
  • No competitors may wander around the school. They must either be in rounds or in the cafeteria.
  • Current BCPS Security Policy reiterates the importance of consistent supervision of students by their coach/chaperone. ALL coaches MUST wait until all of their students have left campus via approved transportation before they can leave Douglas. Failure to adhere to this rule will preclude a team from future MAST participation.
 
For PF, the NOVEMBER/DECEMBER topic will be used - Resolved: The benefits of the United States federal government’s use of offensive cyber operations outweigh the harms.
 
For LD, the NOVEMBER/DECEMBER topic will be used - Resolved: The United States ought to eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels. Please note that we are NO LONGER using the Novice LD (civil disobedience) topic!
 
For Policy Debate, the 2019-20 topic will be used - Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce Direct Commercial Sales and/or Foreign Military Sales of arms from the United States. In addition, at the ASTs all teams MUST use the Novice Policy Packet. The Novice Policy Packet can be accessed at http://www.debatecoaches.org/2018-2019-novice-packet
 
Extemp topic areas will be "Technology" and "East Asia", and Impromptu topic areas will be "the Holidays" and "Science Fiction".
 
Congress legislation for the fall semester was emailed to all coaches. It is also accessible electronically here under the "Files for Download" section. The fall legislation packet has designations for which bills will be debated in which months, with 4 bills per month. Per usual, chambers might not debate all 4 bills if time does not allow. 
 
More information may be sent out as the tournament approaches. Please let your mentor know if you have any questions about the process.
 
*REMINDER FOR PRIVATE AND CHARTER SCHOOLS: Please remember to email Megan and Justin with how many tournaments you will be attending this year so that an invoice can be generated for you.

Manager contact information

Justin Weaver
Email address: justin.weaver@browardschools.com
Phone number: 954-790-8160

Mailing address

Stoneman Douglas High School
5901 Pine Island Rd.
Parkland, FL 33076

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