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Palm Beach Middle School Tournament #1

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Wellington Landings Middle School

1100 Aero Club Dr, Wellington, FL 33411


Wellington Landings is proud to welcome your middle school competitors to the first Palm Beach Middle School Tournament!  This tournament is open to ANY student who is in middle school with a registered program.


Events: We will offer all events that are part of the National Junior Forensic League/Palm Beach Catholic Forensic League (except extemporaneous speaking and policy debate).  We will offer two rounds of competition (and two sessions of Congress); students are only able to enter a single event. We will utilize PBCFL rules and ballots for all events with the exception of Impromptu where we follow NSDA rules.


Judges: We encourage you to bring your high school competitors and/or competitors from your area to judge middle school students. These should be Juniors or Seniors with Varsity experience. Please specify in the "notes" section what their preferred event areas are; they could be used in more than one event if needed.  In addition to being able to learn by serving as a judge, we will offer them a small judges’ lounge, volunteer hours for service organizations, and of course, they are able to collect NSDA points for their service.  We are also allowing PBCFL JUDGE TRAINED parents to judge the tournament. We are also hosting a PBCFL Judge Training session at this tournament for new parents.


Judges should be instructed to provide POSITIVE and CONSTRUCTIVE feedback, as our purpose of this tournament is to encourage students to keep participating in speech and debate activities. Please provide 1 judge per 2 PF entries, 1 judge per 2 LD entries, and 1 per 5 speech/congress entries (or fraction thereof).  Please indicate on your judge entry what area your judge specializes in. Remember that if you do not provide judges there is a chance we will not have enough to judge the students so ensure that you register enough judges to cover your competitors. A lack of judges is a primary reason why these tournaments run long so keep that in mind as well.


Registration: Each student must pay a registration fee of $12.00 (so, Duo Interpretation and Public Forum Debate is $24.00 per entry).  The cost includes a slice of pizza, a bag of chips, and a beverage.  Your judges will be provided with a meal for free as well.  


Student observers will be charged $6.00 to cover the cost of their meal. Please ensure that all student observers are registered prior to the tournament. Parents will NOT be allowed to watch their children in rounds.


Registration is due and fees become permanent on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.   After the website closes, please send all changes to Alyssa.vaknin@palmbeachschools.org

School are maxed out 6 entries per event (except Congress which is 6 entries per chamber) so please plan accordingly when registering your students. There are no limits to student observers but they must be registered ahead of time.


Please make sure you have covered your judge commitment.  Uncovered judges will cost $25.00. Please ensure that you have all of your judges registered by the drop date to avoid this fee. Judges will be assigned before the tournament to ensure that no issues during the day of the tournament. Please make a note of your judges’ preferred event in the notes so that we may assign them accordingly. Your school will be assessed the $25.00 uncovered judge fee for any judges who no-shows on the day of a tournament.



Any changes made to your entry on the day of the tournament (such as drops or shifting students between events) will incur an additional $12.00 fee.  Our desire is not to take your money; we just want to ensure smooth operation of the tournament.


Arrival: Wellington Landings Middle School, 1100 Aero Club Dr, Wellington, FL 33411.  Please arrive NO EARLIER than 4:20 p.m. Buses may drop off students at the bus loop, and we will offer parking in the main lot in the front of the school. We will have Wellington Landings Middle School student and parent volunteers on hand to direct your competitors and to the Cafeteria and judges to the judge lounge.  Please make sure to be on time to ensure that our tournament is able to run in a timely manner.  Email or text Mr. Cartagena any last minute changes.


Awards: We will award a trophy to the top three competitors in each event.




Impromptu Topics: Round 1 – Animated Movies.  Round 2 – US Presidents Quotes.


NSDA Rules: The student will choose a topic from a slip which contains three selections or from face down slip of individual selections. The competitor takes no more than two minutes to prepare a speech which addresses their choice. They will be able to speak for up to 5 minutes on the topic with a 30 second grace period. No notes or previously arranged materials are used in the preparation; the student may NOT use a note card or paper during the presentation. The event calls for creativity and organizational ability.


Congress Topics: Taken from September PBCFL 2019 Legislation: (http://www.pbcfl.net/) For this tournament only, students will be split into Novice and Varsity chambers.


Inlet Grove Community High School – A Bill to Amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to Raise the Minimum Wage to Fifteen (15) Dollars per Hour


Olympic Heights Community High School – A Bill that Re-Establishes the Wet Foot Dry Foot Policy


Spanish River High School – A Resolution to Withdraw the United States from North Atlantic Treaty Organization


Wellington High School – A Bill to Prohibit the Use of Drones Domestically



NOTE: The Docket will be set the day of the Tournament and will not be in this order. Novice dockets will be set ahead of time. Varsity chamber students will be able to set their own docket. Students are allowed to call the previous question after one full cycle of debate on any piece of legislation. Although the Presiding Officer will be instructed to use Recency and Geography, a competitor who is not active in the Chamber is not guaranteed to speak.


Public Forum Topic:  2019 September/October Topic Area: China

Resolved: The European Union should join the Belt and Road Initiative.


Lincoln Douglas Debate Topic: Novice Topic

Resolved: Civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified.


If you have ANY questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at

christopher.cartagena@palmbeachschools.org .




Christopher K. Cartagena

Wellington Landings Middle Debate Coach


Manager contact information

Alyssa Vaknin
Email address: alyssa.vaknin@palmbeachschools.org
Phone number: 5617023715

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