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This is a College tournament in California.

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Parliamentary Debate information and updates:

NPDA Prep Rooms

City College of San Francisco- WPC 130

Diablo Valley College- WPC 131

Fresno City College- Anderson 215

Modesto Junior College- Anderson 216

Pacific- Weber 103

San Francisco State University- WPC 122

San Joaquin Delta College- Anderson President’s

San Jose State University- Weber 109

Solano-  WPC 123

University of Nevada, Reno- Weber 101

Problems? Please call Steve at (209)471-6470 for any tournament problems such as room locks, round issues, or forfeits. If you cannot reach Steve or have tab questions you can also call Phil at (360) 747-2944

Pacific Meets the Delta Swing

Tentative 2019 Schedule of Events


Individual Events



Mustang Invitational hosted by San Joaquin Delta College

12:30 PM Registration

1:15 PM Extemp Prep Start

1:30 PM Round 1 (Pattern A)

2:45 PM Extemp Prep Start

3:00 PM Round 2 (Pattern A)

4:15 PM Round 1 (Pattern B)

5:30 PM Round 2 (Pattern B)

6:45 PM Pattern A Finals/Extemp Prep

7:30 PM Pizza in Danner Hall

8:00 PM Pattern B Finals

Awards ASAP

Pattern A = EXT, INFO, ADS, PRO, POE

Pattern B = IMP, PER, CA, DRA, POI, DUO


SUNDAY, Nov. 3

Paul Winters Invitational hosted by Pacific

7:45 Extemp Prep Start

8:00-9:20 Pattern A1

9:30-10:50 Pattern B1

11:00 Extemp Prep Start

11:15-12:30 Pattern A2

12:30-1:30 Lunch (Provided)

1:30-2:50 Pattern B2

3:00 Extemp Prep Start

3:15-4:30 Pattern A Finals & All Semi-Finals

4:30 Extemp Prep Start

4:45-6:00 Pattern B & All Remaining Finals

6:30 Awards

NFA LD Debate



7:15-8:00 REGISTRATION –

8:00-9:10   LD Round 1

9:10-10:20 LD Round 2

10:30-12:30 Lunch Break

12:30-1:45 LD Round 3 

2:00-3:15   LD Round 4

3:30-4:45   LD Round 5

5:00-6:30   LD Elim Round 1

6:30-8:00   LD Elim Round 2




12:15-1:15 LD Elim Round 3

3:15-4:15   LD Elim Round 4

6:15-7:15   LD Elim Round 5




NPDA Debate



7:00-7:45 REGISTRATION –

8:00 Topic Announce Round 1

8:25-9:45 NPDA Round One

10:00 Topic Announce Round 2

10:25-11:45 NPDA Round Two

12:00-1:00 Lunch (Provided)

1:15- Topic Announce Round 3

1:40-3:00 NPDA Round Three

4:15 Topic Announce Round 4

4:40-6:00 NPDA Round Four


SUNDAY, November 3

8:00 Topic Announce Round 5

8:25-9:45 NPDA Round 5

10:00 Topic Announce Elim 1

10:25-11:45 NPDA Elim 2

12:00-1:00 Lunch (Provided)

1:00 Topic Announce Elim 2

1:25-2:45 NPDA Elim 2

3:00- Topic Announce Elim 3

3:25-4:45 NPDA Elim 3

5:00- Topic Announce Elim 4

5:25-6:45 NPDA Elim 4



Pacific Meets the Delta Swing

University of the Pacific and San Joaquin Delta College

Nov. 1-3, 2019





Tournament Rules – AFA, NFA, and NPDA regulations will govern their respective divisions, unless specified elsewhere in this invitation. Hybrid teams and three person teams may compete (although only two debaters may speak in a given round). Only NFA L/D debaters may compete without a partner.


Competitor Eligibility - Any undergraduate in a two-year or four-year college or university carrying 6 or more units is eligible. No person who has competed for 10 or more semesters or has competed at a collegiate national tournament in 5 different years may compete. UOP and San Joaquin Delta College students may participate but will not accrue sweepstakes points.



Both tournaments will exclusively use Speechwire.com. Entries must be completed by 11:00 pm on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Drops and name changes (but no adds) can be made until Thursday, November 2 at 12:00 pm. ALL Fees (judging and entry) will accrue as of Thursday at 12 noon. Both tournament directors reserve the right to refuse adds, name changes, and/or assess nuisance fees after this date and time.





Students MAY NOT enter more than THREE events per pattern. It is the sole responsibility of competitors to complete ALL events in the time given. Failure to do so will result in a no-show score for that round. The following events will be offered in Novice and Open division:

Pattern A – Extemporaneous Speaking, Informative Speaking, After Dinner Speaking, Prose Interpretation and Poetry Interpretation.

Pattern B – Impromptu Speaking, Persuasive Speaking, Communication Analysis, Duo Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, and Programmed Oral Interpretation.



Eligibility Rules - Open Division is available to all eligible students, regardless of experience. Students are novices in individual events when they:

1. are in their first year (defined as two semesters) of collegiate individual event competition and

2. have not placed third or higher in a similar event two or more times in any division.

3. have limited high school experience. Directors should use discretion regarding appropriate divisions.


Novice division student whose success at the Mustang Invitational causes them to meet Open division standards do not lose their novice eligibility for the Paul Winters Invitational.


ENTRY CHANGES AFTER POSTINGS HAVE BEEN MADE: We all make mistakes. However, if you do not catch the mistake BEFORE 8 pm on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, the changes will NOT BE MADE. You may drop the competitor, but no changes in events or Adds to events will be accepted. It only creates errors and delays the tournament. REMEMBER FEES (Judging & Entry) ACCRUE ON THURSDAY!


Collapsing Divisions – Every effort will be made to protect novice competitors. However, if there are fewer than seven (7) entries in an event, it may be collapsed into the next highest division. If this occurs, top novices will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony.



Criteria for Elimination Round - Any event with less than 7 contestants will not have a final round. For events with 7 to 29 competitors competing in all preliminary rounds, a final round will be held. In events where more than 30 students compete in all preliminary rounds, semifinals will be offered. This rule is NOT applied to the Mustang Invitational. Events that break to an elimination round at the Mustang Invitational will go directly to finals.


Advancement to Elimination Rounds – No more than half of the field will be advanced to finals. Students will be rank ordered first by lowest cumulative rankings, then by the highest reciprocal score (a.k.a. decimal conversion) and finally by the highest cumulative ratings. In larger events, preference will be given to clean breaks versus larger numbers in elims.


Placement/Advancement in Elimination Rounds - Students will be rank ordered first by lowest cumulative rankings, then by judge’s preference, followed by the highest reciprocal score (a.k.a. decimal conversion) and finally by the highest cumulative ratings.





Paradigm – NFA L/D Debate is a communication event that is debated in a stock issues paradigm. In deference to the intent of the event, we ask that all competitors and critics are mindful of these rules. Complete rules can be found on the NFA webpage (http://www.nationalforensics.org).


Double Entry – Two divisions (Junior/Open) will be offered and run separately on Friday & Saturday. L/D debaters may enter into individual events in either Pattern A or Pattern B.


Disclosure - Please help us keep on schedule. Following the return of the ballot, critics may disclose as much information as they see fit. Delays caused by coaches/judges may, at the tournament director’s discretion, result in penalties to that school’s teams including removal from the tournament.



Preliminary Rounds - The computer will randomly match Round 1& 2. Rounds 3, 4 and 5 will be paired high-low within win-loss brackets based upon the results of all previous rounds. Lag powering may be employed, if necessary, to keep the tournament on schedule.


Elimination Rounds - Seeding in elimination rounds will be based first upon wins, then by total speaker points, followed by opposition record, then adjusted speaker points (dropping simply the lows), and finally judge variance (Z-Score). In elimination rounds, brackets will NOT be broken (as per NFA practice). A partial elimination round will be held, as necessary.


Forfeit Rule – Debaters will be forfeited if they fail to arrive at their competition room more than 1o minutes after the round was scheduled to start. The tournament is not responsible for double-entered students failing to appear on time.




Five preliminary rounds of parliamentary debate will be offered followed by necessary elimination rounds in all divisions. Competition will be administered according to the NPDA rules of Judging and Debating.

SPECIAL NOTE: This tournament will feature two minutes of flex time after the PMC and LOC, as well as one minute of flex time after the MGC, and LOR. This time may be used for prep, CX, drinking water, etc.



Provided that there are at least 18 entrants per division, Novice, Junior and Senior divisions will be offered. Division rules will follow NPDA guidelines. Eligibility is determined based upon the most experienced partner. For collegiate eligibility:


To be eligible for Novice: The student should have no more than two semesters of high school debate experience. The student should be in the first two semesters of collegiate debate. Once the student has won six elimination rounds (including byes), they are no longer eligible for the Novice division.


To be eligible in Junior: The student should be in the first four semesters of intercollegiate debate. Once the student has won six elimination rounds (including byes) in Junior or Open, they are no longer eligible for the Junior division.


Eligibility violations will result in the removal of the team from the tournament and forfeit wins awarded to any opponents in rounds taking place prior to the removal of the team. In the event of conflict, the resolution AS ANNOUNCED BY THE TD takes precedence over anything posted electronically.



Topic Areas: At this year’s NPDA tournament, there will be a topic area from which all potential resolutions will be crafted. A more detailed set of information will be provided NO LATER than two weeks prior to the tournament start. This year’s topic area shall be- Major Policy Proposals of 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates.


Philosophies & Strikes: When possible, strikes will be allotted but it will be determined based on the size of the judge pool and not necessarily guaranteed. Judging Philosophies need to be entered on speechwire.com no later than Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Schools not turning in philosophies by that time will not be allowed to enter strikes. Strikes for OPEN DIVISION TEAMS ONLY will be due no later than Friday, November 1, at 11:00 pm. Strikes will be entered electronically. Philosophies should not be entered with the conflicts/availability information.


Disclosure - Please help us keep on schedule. Following the return of the ELECTRONIC ballot, critics may disclose as much information as they see fit. Delays attributed to coach/judges may, at the tournament director’s discretion, result in penalties to that school’s teams including removal from the tournament.


Preliminary Rounds – Power-matching for all preliminary rounds will be high-low in win-loss brackets. The computer will randomly match Rounds 1 and 2. Rounds 3 through 5 will be power-matched (high-low within win-loss brackets) based upon the results of all previous rounds. The tournament, in extreme cases, reserves the right to lag power.


Elimination Rounds - Advancement to and seeding in elimination rounds will be first based upon wins, followed by adjusted speaker points, then total speaker points, next by opposition record, and finally by judge variance. In elimination rounds, brackets WILL be broken. Partial elimination rounds will be held, as necessary. The number of teams advancing to elimination rounds will be dictated by NPDA’s guidelines regarding appropriate breaks.


PREPARATION AND TRANSIT TIME - PREP TIME IS A TOTAL OF 25 minutes! This timing schedule includes time to locate buildings and find rooms. It is the responsibility of each team to familiarize themselves with the campus and campus maps before rounds begin. An inability to locate competition rooms will not be accepted as an excuse for late arrival to rounds. If you encounter a locked room, call 209-471-6470 immediately.


PENALTIES FOR LATENESS – At the expiration of preparation time, the judge will begin a timer. The team(s) who is/are not present will have the total of that time deducted from the speaking time of their first speech. If the late team(s) is/are not present by the expiration of their first speech’s total time, they will receive a forfeit with zero speaker points. If neither team is present by 8:00 after prep time has expired, both shall be forfeited and both teams shall receive 0 speaker points.


Refusal by a judge to do this will result in the removal of the judge from the judging pool and an uncovered judge fee will be assessed to the team who the judge is representing. NOTE: The judge does NOT have discretion about whether to enforce this rule and their decision may be overturned by the Tournament Director if they refuse to enforce it. If a judge refuses to enforce this rule, the affected team should contact the tab room immediately. Furthermore, judges are also bound by the prep clock and must arrive at their debates on time. This means that judges must also walk during prep time and must NOT continue to prep until the end of prep time and then walk to their round. Debaters shall be afforded the opportunity to inform the tab room of judges who are late to their rounds. The Tournament Director shall have the discretion of imposing

penalties, equivalent to those imposed for a missed round, for lateness.




You must have TWO checks (or cash)—one payment for the Mustang Invitational made out to San Joaquin Delta College and one payment for the Paul Winter’s Invitational and/or Pat Kennedy Round Robin made out to Pacific Forensics. Fees will be assessed at noon on Thursday, Oct 31, 2019. Because we need to finalize our trophy order and order lunch for each day, we cannot accommodate last minute reductions in fees. The following fees will be assessed:


Mustang Invitational

•         $50 per institution (for administrative costs)

•         $10.00/Individual Events slot

•        $15.00/Duo Interpretation slot

Paul Winters Invitational

•         $50 per institution (for administrative costs)

•         $20 per person (for food)

•         $10.00/Individual Events slot

•         $25.00/NFA LD Debate slot.

•         $15.00/Duo Interpretation slot.

•         $75.00/ NPDA debate team.

Uncovered Fees –

Uncovered judge fees will be assessed on the following basis (on top of standard fees):

• $20.00/I.E. slot.

• $50.00/L/D Debate slot.

• $150.00/Debate team



In order to provide a balanced field for all competitors, we reserve the right to assess a nuisance fee if any of your competitors fail to show to their event or are dropped the day competition is set to begin for the tournament. This will be assessed equal to the entry fee of the event. This is IN ADDITION to the entry fees that were accrued at the drop deadline. Additionally, any drops past the drop deadline will not change your uncovered entry fees. Finally, schools failing to meet elimination round commitments due to early departures will be assessed uncovered judge fees for each judge who fails their commitment.   



Payment is due and payable no later than the end of competition on the first day of YOUR involvement in the tournament (e.g., if your school is competing in LD or at the Mustang Invitational, payment is due no later than the end of Friday, If you are just competing in IEs and/or NPDA, then your payment is due no later than the end of Saturday). Failure to pay will result in all of your teams being pulled from the tournament. No, we cannot bill you. Purchase orders are NOT acceptable. WE CAN accept payment via credit card and before the tournament via a stable link that will be posted on Speechwire.com



Commitment –

Friday- One judge can cover up to two L/D debaters or up to five IE slots per pattern.

Saturday- One judge can cover up to two NPDA teams and two L/D debaters.

Sunday- One judge can cover two NPDA teams OR up to five IE slots per pattern.


Because of the nature of a tournament, we will attempt to honor half-commitments, but cannot guarantee it; especially when schools bring novice/junior only judges.


Debate judges are needed through the first TWO elimination rounds and one round beyond their team’s/debater’s elimination. An I.E. judge is committed through finals. Meeting this commitment is essential for this tournament.


Available Judges – We would always prefer that you cover your commitment and appreciate everyone who works hard to keep the tournament running on time. However, if you are willing to go above and beyond your commitment, we are willing to either reduce a school’s fees or pay any of your judges with bachelor’s degree $20.00 for an NPDA Debate round or $15.00 for an Individual Event/NFA LD Debate round. Please alert us to judges who are willing to judge beyond their commitment. FOR ANY PERSON NOT COVERING A TEAM’S COMMITMENT AND WILLING TO JUDGE THE ENTIRE WEEKEND, WE ARE WILLING TO PAY $275.





Individual Events – First through third place receive handsome trophies while all other finalists receive finalist award paperweights. NFA L/D debaters advancing to an elimination round will receive awards and we will recognize the top 5 speakers in each division.

NPDA Debate – Each debate team advancing to an elimination round will receive an award. In NPDA debate, the top ten speakers in each division will receive speaker awards. Speaker awards will be determined by: 1. Adjusted points, 2. total points; 3. double adjusted points; 4. judge variance (Z-score).



Individual Events - Sweepstakes points will be issued to all participants in semifinals and finals based on the following scale. No points will be given for preliminary rounds.

1st Place          2nd Place         3rd Place         Finalist           Semifinalist

10 points         7 points           5 points           3 points           1 point

Parliamentary and L/D

• 3 points will be given for each preliminary round win IF the team has a 50% or better preliminary round win/loss record. Teams with less than a 50% record will receive no preliminary round points.

• 3 points will be given to each team/individual that reaches the elimination rounds.

•1 point will be given to each team/individual who wins a debate in a full-elimination round


Equalization of Debate and Individual Events - For team sweepstakes for the Paul Winters Invitational, debate and individual events will be equalized. This equalization is achieved by the use of percentiles. All sweepstakes points earned by all debate teams are summed. The points earned by each squad are divided by the total number of points earned in debate in order to determine what percentage of all debate points were earned by the team. Similarly, all sweepstakes points earned by all individual events competitors (LD is considered an IE) are summed. A similar percentile score is calculated in individual events for each squad.


The two percentile scores for a school (debate and IE) are added together in order to determine an equalized aggregate sweepstakes score. Assuming a school earned all of the possible sweepstakes points in the tournament (a mathematical impossibility), the maximum score they could earn would be 200 points (100% for debate, and 100% for IE). For swing sweepstakes, individual events points from both tournaments are pooled to determine the IE percentiles.


Small School Status - Team entries are aggregated with an NPDA team being the equivalent of 2 IE slots, and an NFA-LD entry being the equivalent of 1.5 IE slots. After ranking the entries of the teams entered in the pool, the bottom 1/3 of entries are classified as small schools.


Individual Events Sweepstakes - Awards will be presented to the top five open division individual events competitors. Competitors must be competing in at least four individual events. The school formula noted above will be used for the allocation of points. For the purposes of this award, Open Lincoln-Douglas will count as one event.


Tournament School Awards –Tournament School Awards –The top three 4-year and the top three 2-year schools for overall tournament sweepstakes awards will be presented for the Mustang Invitational and Paul Winters Invitational. Additionally, we will recognize the top three small schools in overall sweepstakes at the Paul Winters Invitational.


Swing School Awards – The Swing will be divided into two equal parts – debate and individual events. Each school’s points will be calculated as a percentage of the total points earned by all schools in each portion of the tournament. The percentage scores for both halves will be added together to determine rankings for each school. NFA L/D debate contributes to the IE portion of the tournament. Awards will be presented to the top three two-year and four-year school, respectively as well as three Small School sweepstakes awards. Schools who are the in the lower 1/3 of aggregate entries are considered small schools. An NPDA debate team will count as 2 IE slots and an NFA L/D debater counts for 1.5 slots.





LODGING: Tournament rates are available at certain hotels below.

The full-service Hilton Stockton is a great location with very nice rooms, restaurant, coffee bar, etc. The group is Pacific Forensics College and Debate Tournament, Rates are $124 a night. A little pricy, but well worth the cost. 209-956-1306 and located at 2323 Grand Canal Blvd, Stockton, CA 95207.  


The Best Western Plus Heritage Inn located at 111 E March Lane, CA 95207 is cheaper and offers a hot breakfast and internet included. Call 209-474-3301 and ask for the “UOP Speech and Debate College” rate. Rate to be available soon.  


Finally, also available is the La Quinta Inn in Stockton—similarly located off Interstate 5. Free Breakfast! Free Internet!!




To the University of the Pacific Campus – From Interstate 5, take the March Lane Exit and head East on March Lane. Make a right on Pacific Avenue. The University of the Pacific will be on your right. The campus map is available at http://www.pacific.edu/about/pacific-maps-directions/campus-map.asp


PARKING: Buses must park and unload in Lots 1 and 2 next to the tennis courts (previously where the football stadium existed). On Friday, please do not park in “A” spots, (B or N) is acceptable. On Saturday & Sunday, all vehicles may park in any available and legal spot.


To the San Joaquin Delta College- From Interstate 5, take the March Lane Exit and head East on March Lane. Make a left on Pacific Avenue. The San Joaquin Delta College will be on your left, just past Target. The campus map is available at http://www.deltacollege.edu/info/general/map/campusmap_lg_pkg.html







Manager contact information

Steven Farias
Email address: sfarias@pacific.edu
Phone number: 2094716470

Mailing address

3601 Pacific Ave
Communication Department
Stockton, CA 95211

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