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Larry B. Stuber Memorial Debate Tournament

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This is a High School tournament in Indiana.

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Dear Coaches,


You and your students are invited to the October 19, 2019, Valparaiso Dr. Larry B. Stuber Memorial Debate Tournament.  Please plan to enter through Door # 1.


  1. Congress – All students will compete in the morning Preliminary round. The top competitors per Chamber will advance to the Super Chamber of 15-16 in the late morning/early afternoon. All others will compete in the Consolation Session in the morning/afternoon. Both Novice and Varsity Divisions will have a Super Session and a Consolation Session (consolation rounds may be combined in the event of small congress entries).
    • Legislation for Preliminary session: IHSFA #s 6, 11
    • Legislation for Super Session: IHSFA #s 13, 14
    • VHS may be able to supply all of the presiding officers – depending on entries; however, if you are bringing a potential PO, please email Coach Fridh (mafridh@gmail.com) with your potential PO’s name.


  1. Lincoln-Douglas
    • Both Divisions will be speaking on the September/October topic as noted by the NSDA
    • Resolved: In the United States, colleges and universities ought not consider standardized tests in undergraduate admissions decisions


  1. Public Forum Debate
    • Both divisions will be speaking on the September/October topic as noted by the NSDA.
    • Resolved: The European Union should join the Belt and Road Initiative.


  1. Policy Debate
    • Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce Direct Commercial Sales and/or Foreign Military Sales of arms from the United States.        
    • IHSFA Novice Restrictions
      • Topicality arguments are prohibited by novices until November 1; therefore, they may not be used at this tournament.
      • Novices may not offer counterplans or kritiks until December 1.
      • All novice teams are limited to the following affirmative cases until December 1.
        • Saudi Arabia
        • Small Arms and Light Weapons
        • Drone Exports
        • India


  1. World Schools Debate
    • Order of Debate of Impromptu & Prepared Topics:
    • Round 1: Impromptu
    • Round 2: Prepared: This house believes that schools and teachers should actively work for students’ mental and emotional well-being.
    • Round 3: Impromptu
    • Round 4: Prepared: This house believes that mass shootings can be prevented through government action.


  1. Awards @ 4:00 p.m., CST (we hope)
    • Yes (Gavels for POs, Ribbons for the Top Eight, and Sweepstakes Trophies for Top 5 Teams)
  2. Judges
    • 1 judge per 4 debaters (5 debaters = 2 judges, etc.)
      • 2 PF Teams = 1 Judge
      • 2 Policy Teams = 1 Judge
      • 2 WSD Teams = 1 Judge
      • 1-4 LD Debaters = 1 Judge
      • 1-4 Congressional Debaters = 1 Judge
    • All judges must be prepared to judge all events
    • Judges must stay in the building and be available for the entire tournament
    • Varsity debaters with a minimum 2 years of experience and a minimum of 250 points may judge only novice events. 2019 high school debate graduates must judge novice only.


  1. Food
    • Students ~ breakfast, lunch & snack items will be available for purchase in the Cafeteria
    • Judges ~ breakfast and lunch items will be available in the Judges’ Lounge (RED 212)


  1. Registration
    • Registration on SpeechWire  www.speechwire.com
      • DUE by 5 pm (CST) on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 (Registration will remain open after the deadline for drops only. Please list all judges’ names.)
      • This is an Open Tournament; however, you must be a Registered User in order to use SpeechWire to register
      • Novice = an individual with no previous high school speech or debate experience prior to September 2019. All others are considered to be Varsity.
      • Send registration questions to Mary Fridh – email: mafridh@gmail.com
      • Final registration is Saturday, October 19th.  at Valparaiso HS from 7:00 to 7:30 a.m. (CST), with a judges’ meeting in the cafeteria at 7:45 a.m.
      • Rounds will start promptly at 8 am (CST) ~ we hope!


We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in Valpo!


Mary Fridh, Abigael Johnson, Andy Lavalley, Brian Niksch, and John Peluso, (Coaches), the VHS Speech, Debate & Mock Trial Team & the VHS Forensics Boosters, Inc.


Manager contact information

Mary Fridh
Email address: mafridh@gmail.com
Phone number: 219-363-6618

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