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FLORIDA FORENSIC LEAGUE, INC.

VARSITY STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

FEBRUARY 29-MARCH 1, 2020

(Download the Full Invitation Under "Files For Download")

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to provide the following information regarding the 2020 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT.  The 570 students who qualify for this event will compete on SAT. FEBRUARY 29TH  & SUN. March 1ST  at Olympia HS in Orlando, Florida which is located, in Central Florida.  Our host, Jennifer Sandman has been working hard to prepare for a memorable State Championship!

Only students who have qualified through the Regional Tournament process may compete at the State Championship.  When the results from your region’s qualifying tournament have been certified, coaches of schools that qualified students to the tournament will be able to begin editing student entries via speechwire.com. All results from regionals will be automatically populated from the regional tournaments. However, coaches must verify entries for accuracy.  

Please read the information in this invitation carefully.  You must adhere to ALL deadlines—failure to do so will result in the penalties listed.  We are committed to running an efficient and on-time event, but we will only be successful if all member schools follow the published requirements. 

CONFIRMATION OF ENTRY

Regional Directors will be sending their results to the League President. We will then import the results from  www.speechwire.com  for the 2020 Varsity State Championship. All regions are using SpeechWire this year to tabulate.   The League President will verify entries on the website from the list of qualifiers supplied by the Regional Directors.If there is a problem with your entry, you will be contacted by the League President.

EVENT REMINDERS

The By Laws and Standing Rules of Florida Forensic League, Inc. shall govern the operation of this event. All coaches and students are responsible for reviewing the rules in the Governing Documents. Questions about rules should be addressed to the President, who serves as the Tournament Director for the State Championship.

All Events:         

Laptop Computers

The use of laptop computers shall be permitted in all debate events at all FFL sanctioned Events Computers equipped with removable wireless cards must have the cards removed/disabled (if possible) before the beginning of any round of competition. It is the responsibility of the contestant to disengage equipment. Computers with built-in wireless capability may be used only if the wireless capability is disabled. It is the responsibility of the contestant to disable the equipment. Wired connections (Ethernet or phone) during rounds of competition are not permitted. During debate rounds computers or other electronic devices may not be used to receive information from any source (coaches or assistants included) inside or outside the room in which the competition occurs. During debate rounds Internet access, use of e-mail, instant messaging, or other means of receiving information from sources inside or outside the competition room are prohibited. (This does not prohibit non-electronic communication between debate partners during prep time). Contestants found to have violated the provisions above may face the following actions: forfeit the round of competition and receive zero points or disqualification from the tournament and forfeiture of all rounds.

Availability of Evidence: The FFL will be following the NSDA Rules in regards to evidence in debate events. 

Rules in A Nutshell – Regarding Evidence

  • Debaters are responsible for the validity of all evidence that they introduce in the debate.
  • Evidence must be provided orally or written and must include primary author(s) and year of publication.  Any other information such as qualifications etc… may be given, but not required.
  • Judges are responsible for resolving disputes between debaters – both oral and written sources.
  • Judge decisions may not be appealed unless – judge misapplied, misinterpreted, or ignored the rule.
  • EVIDENCE CHALLENGES DO NOT GUARANTEE A DECISION REVERSAL
  • If you need further clarification please see the NSDA Evidence Rule as posted on FFL.

Extemporaneous Speaking

In Extemporaneous Speaking, students can access information on jump drives, which will be screened by a tournament official/extemp prep room proctor. Competitors will be permitted to use the internet at all FFL Sanctioned Tournaments when internet access is publicly available.  Publicly available being defined as – WiFi internet access is available to all students competing or all competitors will have access to desktop computers with internet availability.   In the event that internet access cannot be made available to all competitors, contestants shall be prohibited from the use of any electronic retrieval system (recording or information retrieval system) now known or to be invented during any round in any event at any FFL-sanctioned tournament including the Extemporaneous Speaking preparation room(s), except that electric or electronic devices that are incapable of sending or receiving information between persons may be used for the sole purpose of keeping time. The League will make accommodations for students with disabilities in regards to the use of technology. Documentation of the disability must be provided ten days prior to the Regional Tournament and State Tournaments. The documentation must be available for review by the Executive Board.

Student Congress:    Each qualifier to the State Championship may submit one (1) piece of legislation for the agenda. Legislation must follow FFL format (see FFL Congress Manual, Appendix B for details) and emailed as a Microsoft Word attachment to Aly Fiebrantz (afiebran@nova.edu ). Legislation that is not properly formatted, not submitted as a Microsoft Word attachment or not received by the deadline will not be placed on the agenda. Bills are due by 4 pm Friday, February 07th and legislation will be released to schools via the website by Wednesday, February 12th.

Speech Events:        Please remember that a copy of each student’s script/oration, and proof of publication when applicable, should be brought to the tournament in case of protest. Script information must be available on www.speechwire.com. Students are no longer required to use the same piece at the State Championship that they used at their Regional Qualifying Tournament. Should a student wish to change their piece, the coach  needs to input the new information online via SpeechWire.  

COACH ATTENDANCE RULE

The Head Coach or Assistant Coach of a member school (as designated by the principal on the membership authorization form) qualified for the State Championship must attend with his/her students. If neither designated individual can attend the tournament, then a letter from the principal (signed and printed on school stationery) must designate the adult in charge and be submitted to the Tournament Director no later than Wednesday, February 12th. See the Standing Rules of the League for more information.

IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES

Saturday, February 01:             Timacuan, Macaw, Gulf Coast, Art Deco, Panhandle, Hurricane & Gullah Geechee Regional Tournaments

Monday, February 03:              Deadline for all Regional Directors to submit tournament results

Wednesday, February 05:         Confirmation of Entry – Officers will begin checking entries

Friday, February 07:                 Student Congress legislation deadline – send bills to Aly Fiebrantz (afiebran@nova.edu ) by 4 pm.last day to drop without penalty beyond forfeiture of entry fees

Friday, February 21:                 Last day to drop without double drop fee

Last day to submit TD/LD judge philosophies to website (https://www.tabroom.com/index/paradigm.mhtml) - link is available on the FFL website as wel

Last day to change judge names without penalty

SpeechWire changes to view only – no further changes permitted by coaches. Changes must be emailed to League President, Carol Cecil –ccecil@dadeschools.net

Wednesday, February 26:         Judge strikes will be released.  Strikes must be completed on Speechwire.

 

Manager contact information

Carol Cecil
Email address: ccecil@dadeschools.net
Phone number: (954) 790-8160

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