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McPherson Classic at Whitworth

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September 2019


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Dear forensics colleagues,


You and your students are cordially invited to attend the Jim McPherson Classic tournament at Whitworth University in Spokane on Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27, 2019. We will offer all traditional 11 NIET events in open division. If entries warrant, we aspire to offer novice extemp, prose, impromptu and informative. We will offer an open division of IPDA, and aspire to offer a novice division if entries warrant (which they did last time in 2017).    


Since an election year is right around the corner (or never left) we will offer Presidential Campaign Speaking. Students will present a speech to persuade the audience to vote for a declared public candidate seeking the presidency of the USA in 2020. 10 minute maximum.


The tournament is named for a retired distinguished Whitworth professor of Communication Studies. In honor of his research interests, some of the topics in IPDA and limited prep events will address media ethics, media criticism and women’s rights.


All the campus academic buildings in use are less than a five-minute walk from tournament headquarters in the Hixson Union Building, and have elevators. Campus food services will be open all weekend. Please let us know if you have competitors, coaches, or critics who need ADA accommodation.


This tournament adheres to the AFA-NIET Code of Ethics, the Northwest Forensics Conference Code of Ethics & Equity, and the IPDA Constitution. The tab room will be staffed by our good friends Dan Broyles and Jennifer Conner from Pacific University. The Whitworth coaches will be equity officials at this tournament.


Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can provide any more information to you. The Arguing Bucs look forward to seeing you in Spokane this October!




Mike Ingram                                                               Stephanie Gibbons

Director of Forensics                                                            Assistant Director of Forensics


Office: 509.777.4428

Cell: 509.991.9028




Entry Deadline:         Monday, October 21, 2019 at 5:00 pm Pacific time

Drop Deadline:          Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 5:00 pm Pacific time


Fees are calculated based on entries at this time; any changes after this point must be emailed to mingram@whitworth.edu and will be charged full entry fees and entry change fees.


Note: To manage your team entries and drops, please use http://www.speechwire.com.  


DIVISIONS: We will offer novice and open divisions for IPDA and for extemp, prose, impromptu and informative as entries warrant (more than 12 in IPDA and more than 10 in IE). Please use the following guidelines to determine the appropriate divisions for your students:


Novice – Students in the novice division must be undergraduate students in their first four semesters of collegiate forensics, and as per NFC rules, have fewer than three trophies per category (interp, platform, debate, limited prep) and have not completed a bachelor’s degree.


Open – Students in the open division must be undergraduate students with eight or fewer semesters of intercollegiate forensics experience who have not completed a bachelor’s degree.


ENTRIES: Students may triple-enter within either IE pattern of competition. Students are responsible for getting to all rounds on time. Students may only compete in one Duo. Student in Extemp should do that event prior to doing their other event(s).


RESTRICTIONS: If we run into issues with entries, divisions or availability of rooms and judges, we reserve the right to impose the following restrictions as needed.


Teams Limits – If we have to limit team entries, decisions will be based on AFA-NIET standards (66 entries or less per school) and then a first come first serve basis.


Division Limits – If there are less than 12 entries in IPDA, we will collapse novice into open accordingly. If there are less than 9 entries in an IE, we will collapse that division


Placement – Students competing in novice that have surpassed the restrictions for this division will be reassigned to the open division at the discretion of the tournament director.





Procedures will follow standard IPDA/NFC guidelines. We will use 5-2-6-2-3-5-3 time limits and 30 minutes of preparation. Debaters will be presented with five resolutions and each side will have two strikes. Topics will be drawn from a variety of current events and include policy, value, fact and metaphor resolutions. 

**This tournament strongly encourages topic disclosure by the affirmative.

Guidelines are at: http://www.ipdadebate.info/constitution--bylaws.html



ALL Students are responsible for making it to their rounds on time – competitors MUST arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the end of the current round to be given a chance to compete. AFA-NIET descriptions and rules apply to individual events. For information please see: http://www.afa-niet.org/


Pattern A:       CA, Duo, Impromptu, Informative, Poetry & Presidential Campaign Speaking

Pattern B:       ADS, DI, Extemp, Persuasion, POI, Prose

All impromptu speakers in the same room will choose between the same pair of quotations.

Extemp questions will be drawn from the previous 60 days of news (not fake news).


AWARDS: Certificates (or something similarly inexpensive, yet thrilling) will be awarded to all IE finalists and IPDA elimination round participants. Sweepstakes awards will be given to the top three teams.




IPDA    1st                         2nd                        Semis                 Quarters

IPDA:   10pts                  8pts                     4pts                     2pts


IE          1st                         2nd                        3rd                        Finalist

IE’s:      10pts                  8pts                     6pts                     4pts


PENTAHLON: Students entering five IEs or four IEs plus IPDA will be eligible for the Pentathlon award. Sweepstakes points accrued in out rounds will be tallied to determine rankings. Tiebreaker system will follow total out round points, number of first place wins, number of breaks to elimination rounds, and then proximity to breaking in non-advancing events.






JUDGING REQUIREMENTS: As a newer tournament, and one far away from I-5, we are working to cultivate a new judge pool in Spokane.  As such we need schools to provide qualified judges for the tournament to cover the majority of their entries.  Restrictions may be imposed for schools that do not provide a reasonable number of judges to cover their entry.   One judge will cover eight IE slots, and four IPDA debaters.



School fee        $40                                                   

IPDA Entries  $35                                                    Uncovered IPDA debater       $75

IE Slots              $8 each                                            Uncovered IE slot                      $18      


HOTELS:  From the closest to campus to downtown:


Quality Inn Oakwood, 7919 N. Division St. 509.467.4900            2 Queens @ $115  

LaQuinta, 9601 N. Newport Hwy. 509.468.5020                  (Mention Whitworth for best rate)

Red Lion Inn, 7111 N. Division St. 509.467.7111                (Mention Whitworth for best rate)

Holiday Inn Express, 801 N. Division St. 509.328.8505                  2 Queens @ $144

Ruby River Hotel, 700 N. Division St. 509.326.5577                         2 Queens @ $89

(does not include breakfast)


*Mention you are attending the Whitworth Debate Tournament to obtain these rates. The first three hotels are less than seven minutes from Whitworth.  The others are about 20 minutes south on Division street – the main north-south arterial.


DIRECTIONS:  From Interstate 90: Take exit 281. Go north on the Division/Ruby couplet for about 7 miles. Turn left/west on Hawthorne (at the corner where Jack in the Box is on the left). Go through the first light. Turn right into campus by the brick welcome sign. The road swerves to the right and the Hixson Union Building (HUB) will be the first building on your left.


Campus parking: From the HUB, turn around and exit the university. Turn right back onto Hawthorne and park in the large parking lot on your left, Lot A-1 on the south side of Hawthorne. You will get a parking pass at Registration to put in your vehicles.










Saturday, October 26, 2019

7:30 am             Registration – Hixon Union Building lobby (HUB)

8:30                     Rd 1 A – CA, Duo, Impromptu, Informative, Poetry, PCS

10:00                  Rd 2 A

11:30                  Lunch Break

11:45                  IPDA 1 – Flight A draws 11:45, Flight B draws 12:15

1:15 pm             Extemp Draw – Robinson Science Hall 210

1:45                     Rd 1 B

3:15                     IPDA 2 – Flight A draws 3:15, Flight B draws 3:45

4:45                     Extemp draw

5:00                     Rd 2 B

6:30                     IPDA 3 – Flight A draws 6:30, Flight B draws 7:00



Sunday, October 27, 2019

8:00 am             IPDA 4 – Flight A draws 8:00, Flight B draws 8:30

9:30                     IE Finals A

11:00                  IPDA 5 – Flight A draws 11:00, Flight B draws 11:30

12:30 pm          Lunch break

1:15                     IPDA Quarters (we plan to flight but will work to single flight if we can)

2:45                     Extemp Draw

3:00                     IE Finals B

4:30                     IPDA Semis – single flighted

5:45                     IPDA Finals

6:45                     Awards – HUB Multi-Purpose Room



The HUB Multi-Purpose Room will function as both IPDA announce and prep, and a team hang out area. The cafeteria and the coffee shop will both be open inside the HUB.


Two shopping centers with plenty of restaurants are less than a five-minute drive from campus.


Manager contact information

Mike Ingram
Email address: mingram@whitworth.edu
Phone number: 509.777.4427

Mailing address

300 W Hawthorne Rd
300 W Hawthorne Rd
Spokane, WA 99251

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