Home     LIVE!     Features     Order     Calendar     Results     Your account     Manager login         

Dakotas Championships

General informationFiles for downloadTournament scheduleFeesFinal

General information

This is a College tournament in South Dakota.

View manager contact information


The Dakotas Intercollegiate Forensics Committee cordially invites you to the 2020 Dakotas’ Tournament to be held at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD Saturday, February 15 to Sunday, February 16. 


Parliamentary Debate:


We will host 5 preliminary rounds of Parliamentary Debate, and outrounds as necessary depending upon entries.  Parli will operate on NPDA times (7-8-8-8-4-5). Teams will have 15 minutes of preparation time after the announcement of the resolution in the competition room. 


Individual two-person teams will prepare on their own without the aid of coaches/others. Consistent with current NPDA tournament norms and rules, students can access the Internet during the 15-minute preparation period.   


Entry fees are $10/team plus $15 for each uncovered team’s judging fee ($25 for uncovered teams). One judge covers two teams.


Note: a minimum of SIX debate teams will be necessary for the debate portion of the tournament to take place.  Fewer entries will result in cancellation of Parliamentary Debate.


Individual Events:


We offer 3 preliminary rounds of the eleven AFA events. As has been the case in recent years, the tournament will maintain an entry cap of 4 entries per event. Final rounds will be held in categories with entries sufficient for more than one section. At least three ballots will be provided for events with only one section.


Students may enter up to six events, three events per pattern. 


Flighting is as follows:

A: Ext, Pro, POI, ADS, Info, Poe

B: Imp, CA, DI, Persuasive, Duo


Fees are $5 per entry slot, $10 per uncovered entry slot. One judge covers six slots. Schools are encouraged to bring enough judges to cover their entries. Fees will be assessed at noon on 02/13. Late entry drops and additions are $15 in addition to the original $5 entry fee. Dropped judge fees are assessed at $50.


Registration will be on SpeechWire.  The entry deadline is Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 5:00pm. Entries are to be submitted to SpeechWire.com. 


Details on the tournament location will be provided with logistics closer to the tournament weekend. 


Schedule for Dakotas’ State Tournament

February 15 - 16, 2020


Sat. February 15

8:00am Registration 

8:30 am Round 1 Parli

9:45 am Round 2 Parli 

11:00 am Draw

11:30 Round 1A

12:30 lunch 

1:30 Round 1B 

2:45 Round 2B 

4:00 Round 3 Parli

5:15 Round 4 Parli

6:30 Draw 

6:45 Round 2A 

7:45 Round 3B

Sun. February 16

8:00 am Draw

8:30 am Round 3A

9:45 am Round 5 Parli 

11:00 am Finals A

12:15 Parli Semi Final 

1:45 Finals B

3:00 pm Parli Finals 

4:30 pm Awards 



According to last year’s model, all events will count towards sweepstakes for both North Dakota and South Dakota Schools.Debate points will be halved for individual sweeps tabulation.


Team debate sweepstakes will be recognized.



Interstate Oratorical Competition

This tournament serves as the national ISO qualifier.  For students competing in persuasion, please remember the ISO rules. Speeches will not be timed, but must adhere to the maximum 1800 word limit. Only 20% of material may be quoted, and speeches may not be performed with notes or a manuscript.  For other rules, please consult the Interstate Oratorical Association.


Lodging and Dining Information

Aberdeen is home to an abundance of lodging and dining options. Call soon to reserve rooms as there is another event in Aberdeen that weekend. 


General Information

Dakotas Membership: Membership is open to any college or university in South Dakota or North Dakota.  A $50 membership fee can be paid by each school at registration. 


Tabulation/Awards: Competition will consist of three rounds with results based on the cumulative ranks/rates of the competitors. Students will be ranked from 1-5 and rated from 25 to 1 in each round. Sweepstakes points for teams and individuals will be assigned as follows:

         Final Placing Rounds:

         1st place ranking = 10 points

         2nd place ranking = 8 points

         3rd place ranking = 6 points

         4th place ranking = 4 points

         5th place ranking = 2 points

         6th place or above = 1 point


         Preliminary Rounds:

         1st place ranking = 3 points

         2nd place ranking = 2 points

         3rd place ranking = 1 point


Parliamentary Points:

Final Round:

Win = 20 points, Loss = 10 points


Semi-final Round:

Win = 8 points, Loss = 6 points


Preliminary Rounds:

Win = 3 points


Awards will be presented to:

The top 3 schools in team sweepstakes

The top 3 competitors in individual sweepstakes (combining debate and IE points).

The top 3 competitors in each event.

The top 3 competitors in debate sweepstakes.

The top 3 teams in debate sweepstakes

The top 3 teams in individual event sweepstakes

Tie breaking criteria: rank/rate/judges preference.



Important tournament rooms

Prep - Mewaldt-Jensen 245
Awards/Student Lounge - Tech Center 368

Manager contact information

Andrea Carlile
Email address: andrea.carlile@sdstate.edu
Phone number: 6056886131

Mailing address

Box 2218
Communication Studies, Pugsley Hall, Room 115
Brookings, SD 57006

SpeechWire Tournament Services - Copyright 2004-2020 Ben Stewart. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use - Privacy and Security Policy