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For the FIRST TIME Ever, 

The OCC Speech & Debate Society Proudly Presents:


The OCC Owl Annual: A Novice Themed Swing Tournament! 

(IE, IPDA & Worlds Debate)
Oakton Community College -Des Plaines,  Illinois





Forensic Friends

Oakton Community College cordially invites you to attend our FIRST  annual “OCC Owl Annual”  Novice Speech and Debate Tournament on Saturday, February 1st, 2020. THIS IS A THEMED TOURNAMENT with the theme this year being MEMES AND VINES! Come to awards dressed as your favorite meme or vine and the best wins a prize! We will be swinging this year with our friends at Northwestern University who will offer Parli the night before on 1/31.  Stay tuned for their invitation! Oakton will offer a novice competition in PRP events, as well as IPDA & BP Debate … and the best part is that if you enter BP, those slots will be FREE because... let’s try something new! Instructions on how to do BP are below but Oakton will host a BP workshop at Northwestern the day before.  PLUS, in conjunction with Young Chicago Authors, Louder Than a Bomb high school slam poets will be featured during tabulation and help judge the experimental/wildcard category of SLAM POETRY.  


Tournament Features

  • Two preliminary rounds and finals of competition in All Phi Rho Pi events.

  • BRITISH PARLIAMENTARY  Debate. Try BP debate - no entry fees!

  • SLAM POETRY (SP) as our wildcard event where students from Chicago Public School’s Young Chicago Authors will feature select Louder Than a Bomb High School Slam Poets who will judge (on a scale of 1-10) a round of and perform alongside the two highest ranked collegiate competitors while a DJ spins tracks in the back for that and for awards! 

  • Team Sweepstakes awards for the top three teams per division plus debate Team Sweeps. 

  • Quadrathon competition for individual sweepstakes. 

  • Awards for the top six finalists and top four in Quadrathon. 

  • Unlimited team entry per event & students may triple enter per flight! 


We reserve the right to organize sections to make use of all judges; debate judges for all formats will be combined into one pool. Registration begins at 7:00 am. on Saturday on the DES PLAINES Campus. World’s Debate round I topic announcement begins at 7:40 am., Extemp. draw at 9:00 am. and IE Rounds at 9:45 am. Entries are accepted through www.speechwire.com by Tuesday, January 28th before 5:00 pm. Please join us as we host our first ever competition in Forensics & Debate. We look forward to seeing you soon!  






A novice is a student with less than four full semesters of college competition experience.  Students with junior/senior status CAN enter World’s Debate, Public Debate (IPDA) and Slam Poetry.



The top finalists per event and top three in Quadrathon earn custom awards. The top three teams per division (based on entry size) receive awards.  The top three teams in debate receive awards as calculated by win quantification. The top 2 scores per event will be used to calculate team sweepstakes. We will recognize the 3 students who earn the most points at the tournament. Our awards will all be artistic and creative in nature in honor of the creativity each of us puts into our work.  These works will be created by regional artist Benjammin’ Gauthier.



IE Breaks-We will break all cumes of 4(PRP Style). If that does not represent 20% of the field or 6 students, we will break all cumes of 5 (and so on). In events in which more than 7 students break, we will hold multiple sections of finals for that event. We will use “prelim ranks + final round ranks (3 judges)” to determine silver/gold. “Next in” students will receive Bronze. For instance, if cumes of 5 break. All 6’s will be considered “next in.” 5 points Bronze 7.5 Silver 10 Gold


DEBATE SCORING—We are offering 4 preliminary rounds of both World’s British Parliamentary Debate and Public Debate (IPDA). There will be no final round for BP but there will be a final round for IPDA.  Because World’s Debate and Group B events run at the same time, speakers must do their World’s Debate first, and then go to their event. See “Debate Notes” for further information.


IPDA Breaks - All winning records (4-0 or 3-1) will advance to the Final round. We will use a 2-2/high-speaks records to fill out bracket if necessary. “Next in” debaters will earn Bronze. Finalists will earn Gold for a win and Silver for a loss .5 points Bronze 7.5 Silver 10 Gold 


IE TIE BREAKERS- 1) Prelim Round ranks, 2) Judge’s Preference.  Debate Tie Breakers 1) Win/loss, 2) Speaker Points, 3) Head-to-Head, 4) Wins Minus Buys. 



Students entered in four or more events will be eligible for Quadrathon Individual Sweepstakes. Only the contestant’s four highest scoring events will count toward Quadrathon. Wildcard events & Debate will not be included in Quadrathon tabulation.



Schools may enter an unlimited number of contestants per event. However, if the entry is so large that the school cannot fulfill judging obligations, we reserve the right to slate rounds in order to use all judges. Depending upon event size, it is possible that students from the same school may compete against each other.  Also, because World’s Debate and Group B events overlap slightly, speakers must do their World’s round first, and then go to their Flight B event. IPDA debaters cannot be entered in any other Group A events and BP debaters cannot be entered in any other group B events. BP Debaters can pick one other group A event OR IPDA.


Entries are accepted via www.speechwire.com (http://www.www.speechwire.com) until

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 5:00pm EST



One judge is required for every 6 IE slots or fraction thereof of N-1 debate slots (2 debate teams - 1 judge, 3 teams - 2 judges, 4 teams - 3 judges).  In World’s BP debate, active students are allowed to be judges!!!  Inexperienced World’s judges will be placed in rounds with an experienced Judge as chair and simply add their opinion through a deliberation process moderated by the chair.  Regular judges are otherwise expected to be knowledgeable of rules and are asked to offer substantial justification for rank and rate. Please attempt to bring enough judges to cover your entry. All judges (including debate) are expected to be available for out rounds. The charge will be $10 per entry. 1 judge covers 6 entries. Uncovered slots will be assessed a fee of $12 per entry. Judges must be available through the final rounds. Entries should be submitted through speechwire.com no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, January 28th. Any drops on or after Tuesday, January 28th will be assessed a $10 dollar per entry fee.



Entries are $10.00 per IE slot, plus $12.00 per uncovered IE slot and $00.00  per covered debate slot, ($50 per uncovered IPDA debate slot). Drops/adds/changes made after the registration deadline (including between swing portions) will be assessed an additional $15.00 nuisance fee.  Judges dropped after the entry deadline will be assessed at $100.00, plus the cost of their uncovered slots. All fees are due at registration. BP Debate is free, so long as judging is covered (judging is N-1 -- i.e. one less judge than number of teams entered).



Oakton Community College  is located 45 minutes NW of Chicago off of  I-294 North. The campus is located at 1600 E. Golf rd in Des Plaines, IL. The Main Building is located on campus circle dr. There are two buildings on campus.  We are NOT in the Lee Center as it is dedicated to medicine. Instead, set your GPS to “1600 E Golf rd. Des Plaines, IL 60016”, where you will locate and park in the Faculty Lot C, Enter the main building through the closest entry point and you will be directed to the cafeteria where the registration table will be. All rounds will be held in the same building for your convenience.



Since the tournament starts early on Saturday morning, we recommend you enjoy the hospitality of one of our local hotels. All accommodations are close to the Oakton Community College campus.. Expect rates to range from $80-$165 per night. That said, we have reserved a block at a REALLY nice hotel for only $87 a night that we strongly recommend.  It's the Delta Hotels by Marriott Chicago North Shore Suites and was awarded "Marriott's Best New Hotel Opening of the Year Award Winner 2017" and it’s a beauty.. Book your group rate for OCC Owl Speech and Debate Invitational Room Block. Additionally, the Rivers Casino is about a ten minute drive away from the tournament and Rosemont in general has a lot of the best the city has to offer in one place.


Delta Hotels by Marriott Chicago North Shore Suites *Tournament Hotel*
1400 Milwaukee Avenue Glenview, Illinois 60025   (847-803-9800) $87
Amenities: Indoor Pool, Pay breakfast, workout room

BLOCK RESERVATIONS ARE DUE 1/24/20.  If there are any problems please call Lisa Anderson at 847-759-7525


1231 Lee st., Des Plaines, IL  (847-297-2100)
Amenities: Indoor Pool, Continental Breakfast

2175 E Touhy Ave., Des Plaines, IL  (847-635-1300)
Amenities:  Continental Breakfast, Workout room

6350 N. River rd., Rosemont, IL (847-518-1234)
Amenities: PAID PARKING, Fitness Center. Rosemont is a Blast

9480 W. Higgins rd. Rosemont, IL ( 847-692-3000)
Amenities: Indoor Pool, Continental Breakfast, Fitness Center, Rosemont’s a blast.

For additional lodging, consider the O’Hare area.



Unfortunately, Oakton’s Dining area will be closed during the weekend of our tournament.  Coaches are therefore encouraged to pre-arrange for lunch. A couple of area dining options include 


Mexican- Las Asadas - Delivery via Doordash



Sandwiches - Subway - Delivery via Grubhub for orders under $75 - Will deliver for orders over $75



Sandwiches - Jimmy John’s - Delivery via the store - 1220 E. Central rd. Mt. Prospect, IL



Sandwiches - Panera Bread - Order online for rapid pick up at www.panerabread.com - Delivery via the store - 

1518 Market st. Des Plaines, IL - Also good for off campus dining in a fast casual environment.



Pizza - Giordano’s - Delivery via the store - These guys are big contenders for “Chicago’s Pizza”.  They specialize in deep dish but their regular crust is good too! Good for off campus dining as well but if you want to order a deep dish we advise you order in advance as it takes 45 minutes to cook. - 1510 Market St. Des Plaines, IL 



Pizza - Papa John’s - Delivery via the store - 8600 W. Golf rd. #500 Niles, IL 60714 




Visitors to our campus from our participating schools can log on to Oakton Community College's wireless network by searching for wireless networks and selecting the available OCC Network option. 




  7:30-9:30     Registration- OCC Cafeteria  

  7:40     IPDA Round 1 (Draw - 7:40 / Speak 8:05)

  8:30     BP Debate Rd 1 (Same POLICY TOPIC as IPDA Round 1 - this will be explained at tourney but will not other impact IPDA strikes)

  9:45     R1 of Group A

               IPDA Round 2 (Draw - 9:50 / Speak 10:15)

10:45     Extemp Draw & BP Debate Rd 2 (Topic Announced - 10:45 / Speak 11:00)

11:00     BP Debate Rd 2 AND R1 of Group B (except Extemp) 

               SLAM POETRY RD 1

11:15     Extemp

12:00     Lunch/Snack Break 

12:45     Extemp Draw & BP Debate Rd 3 (Topic Announced - 12:30 / Speak 12:45)

  1:00     R2 of Group B (except Extemp)

               SLAM POETRY RD 2

  1:15     Extemp

  2:15     R2 of Group A

               IPDA Round 3 (Draw - 2:15 / Speak 2:40)

               IPDA Round 4 (Draw 3:05 / Speak 3:30)

  3:30     IE POSTINGS!!!  

  3:45     Extemp Draw 

  4:00     FINALS of Group B (except Extemp) 

               SLAM POETRY FINALS

               BP Round 4 (Topic 4:00 - Debate 4:15)

  4:15     Extemp Finals

  5:00     Finals of Group A - IPDA (Draw - 5:20 / Speak 5:45), Silver Gold Bronze Rounds

  6:15    SLAM POETRY SHOWCASE (Including the top two collegiate slam poets performing with select High School poets with a DJ in between) & The Best Dressed Meme/Vine Award


  TBD     Awards 




The basic format of BP debate: four teams of two persons each engage one another through a series of 7-minute speeches, interspersed by points of information. The teams from each side maintain loyalty with each other, which simultaneously demonstrating the unique qualities and superiority of their own arguments. A BP Debate round lasts one hour and each debate will be judged by a panel of judges who will rank the teams from 1st to 4th. While teams also receive speaker marks, these are not released until the conclusion of the tournament.  A debate addendum may be issued to encourage attendance along with addressing any other debate questions you may have. Internet IS allowed - Pairing in all debate finals will be prioritized so that 1) No teammates hit 2) New opponents are presented.  All are welcome to compete in World’s Debate at no charge regardless of team affiliation.  Please be advised that there will be no Parli at this tournament. IPDA debaters cannot be entered in any other Group A events and BP debaters cannot be entered in any other group B events. BP Debaters can pick one other group A event OR IPDA. For further questions related to debate please contact Chris at langonelaw@gmail.com.  For an outline on BP debate, please click the links below:






Group A (IPDA debaters cannot be entered in any other Group A events)

Impromptu, Prose Interpretation, Informative Speaking, Duo Interpretation and Poetry Interpretation, IPDA has one round before Rd1 Group A.  Otherwise IPDA is in Group A


Group B (BP debaters cannot be entered in any other group B events. BP Debaters can pick one other group A event OR IPDA.)
Communication Analysis, Extemporaneous Speaking, Slam Poetry, Persuasion, Programmed Oral Interpretation, After Dinner Speaking & Dramatic Interpretation, BP Debate has one round before Rd1 Group B.  Otherwise BP is in Group B



All IE events are governed by Phi Rho Pi rules with the exception of wildcard events. Material and speeches must be new to the academic year. Students may enter a maximum of three events per grouping, except in Debate you can only entry one other group A event, and no Group B events.  Two DUOs count as two events in Group B. 


For each round, contestants will select one of three topics on a current national, international, economic, or social issue/event. The contestant will have 30 minutes to prepare a 5-7 minute speech on the topic selected. Notes are permissible, but should be kept to a minimum. Adhering to NFA policy, internet access is permitted for research. 7 minute maximum time limit.  NOTE - to encourage students to enter both Extemp and BP debate, the BP debate topic and extemp topics in Rounds 1 and 4 will be from the same topic area.


The contestant presents a program of prose literature. Original introductory comments and transitional remarks are permitted. Programs may consist of single or multiple selections in 1st, 2nd or 3rd person. Plays are not permitted and manuscript is required. 8-10 minute time limit.


The contestant delivers a memorized original factual speech on a realistic subject to fulfill a general information need of the audience. Visual/auditory aids which supplement/reinforce the message are permitted. 8-10 minute time limit.


The contestant presents a program of poetic literature. Original introductory comments and/or transitions are permitted. Programs may consist of single or multiple selections. Manuscripts are required. 8-10 minute time limit.


Contestants deliver a memorized original critical analysis of any significant communication event. Any legitimate critical methodology is permissible, as long as it serves to open up the communication event for analysis. 8-10 minute time limit.


Contestants receive prompts consisting of quotations and/or cartoons from which to create an analytical speech. A total of 7 minutes may be divided between preparations and speaking. Contestants should speak at least 3 minutes. All contestants in the same section will receive the same topic stimulus. Look for space-themed stimuli.  7 minute maximum time limit.


Contestants perform a cutting from a play or other material, humorous or serious, is presented by two individuals. This is not an acting event; thus, costumes, props, etc. are not permitted. Manuscript is required and focus should be offstage. 8-10 minute time limit.


Contestants deliver an original memorized speech to convince, move to action, or to inspire on an issue of significance. 8-10 minute time limit.


A program of thematically linked selections of literary merit selected from at least 2 of the 3 genres of competitive interpretation (prose, poetry, drama). Nontraditional material may also be included. Original comments and/or transitions are permitted. Manuscripts are required. 8-10 minute time limit.


Each contestant presents an original memorized speech with the purpose of making a serious point through the use of humor. The speech should reflect the spirit of a humorous, comedic speech, not a stand-up comedy routine. 8-10 minute time limit.


Contestants present a cutting, which represents one or more characters from a play or plays of literary merit. This material may be drawn from stage, screen, or radio. Original introductory comments and/or transitions are permitted. Programs may consist of single or multiple selections. Manuscripts are required. 8-10 minute time limit



[SP] Slam Poetry

The contestants perform a self written original poem 1-3min long (can be read off your phone, script, or memorized). Each poem/poems will be scored from 1-10 based on “performance and content of the pieces” by three judges to combine and create a competitor’s score out of 30. Finals will be judged by select Louder Than A Bomb Young Chicago Author 2 time semi-finalists. The use of manuscript is optional. A showcase will be performed during tabulation consisting of the top two Collegiate performers from the tournament along with the Louder Than A Bomb High School select performers. Note: Performances that are not memorized do not impact the scoring in any way. You are scored on your original works and expressive performance, and not by memorization or blocking. 


 Rock on!  :)


Manager contact information

David Nadolski
Email address: david.nadolski@gmail.com
Phone number: 5073829309

Mailing address

1600 E Golf rd.
Oakton Community College Div 3 Attn: David Nadolski
Des Plaines, IL 60016

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