PCC Watson Lancer Invite Available

The invitation for the Pasadena City College Watson-Lancer Invitational (October 28 -29, 2017) is now available.

Lancer Forensics   Watson-Lancer Invitational

October 28 & 29, 2017

August 17, 2017


Hello Colleagues!


On behalf of the Lancer Speech and Debate team and staff, we would like to invite you and your team to the 44th annual Watson-Lancer Invitational. This annual tournament, held at Pasadena City College on October 28-29, will offer each of the Phi Rho Pi Individual Events and Parliamentary Debate. Our campus is easily located and we will once again be working with one of finest tab rooms to bring you one of the best tournaments in Southern California!


*IMPORTANT NOTE: Competition rooms may be spread all over the campus. The C building will still be the hub of the tournament, but we may to have to get very creative with spaces. Prepare your students to endure some walking, performing in small spaces, performing in enormous spaces, and possibly outside. If it looks like rooms will become problematic then we may have to adopt an event ranking system (like Fall/Spring Champs) to limit entries.


There are several important items for your attention:


  1. We will offer two divisions, Novice and Open, for all events. Please see page 2 for eligibility
  2. IPDA will be offered this year in a double-flighted format and will conflict with both IE patterns. Due to space limitations, we will have to limit entries in this event to four competitors per school. If possible we will open up more slots as we get closer to the tournament date.
  3. Students may double enter in each individual event pattern.
  4. Entries will only be accepted through forensicstournment.net. All schools must be entered by 6:00pm on Tuesday, October 24. You can still make changes to your entry online until 6:00pm on Thursday, October 26.
  5. We will offer 6 prelims of parli. Both will have Phi Rho Pi elim rounds.
  6. You may park in the student structure on the corner of Hill and Del Mar.  BUY A DAILY PARKING PERMIT for $2. Parking in the lot off of Bonnie is no longer allowed to visitors.
  7. Impromptu will have distinct themes for each round. Round 1: Post Secret Secrets; Round 2: Trump Tweets; Round 3: Interesting facts about animals. Final Round: Cat Memes (this will be a visual round).


We will show our appreciation to judges and coaches by providing a well-stocked snack table throughout the weekend in the judges’ lounge. If you plan to stay overnight a list of nearby motels is enclosed. In addition, not far from campus is “Old Town,” a great place to explore and eat. Many of the restaurants are perfect for team dinners.


Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in October!

Allan Axibal-Cordero

Jay Arntson

Victor Cornejo

Josh Fleming (Tournament Director)




Pattern A – Extemp, Informative, STE, Prose, Poetry

Pattern B – Impromptu, Persuasive, CA, Drama, POI, DUO




Novice: For both individual events and Parliamentary Debate, a student is eligible for the Novice Division if she or he has not placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in the event (semi-final in debate) or a like event two or more times and has not competed for more than two semesters.


Open: For both individual events and Parliamentary Debate, the Open Division is limited to students who have remaining Phi Rho Pi eligibility and/or have not competed for more than 4 semesters.



Novice and Open contestants may double enter in individual events.

No speech shall have been presented by that student in any competition prior to August 1st, 2015.


Fees: See entry form. Drop fees: A drop fee of $12.00 for individual events and $20.00 for debate will be assessed after 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 26. Drops at registration will be assessed an additional $15.00 for individual events and $25 for debate. All checks should be made to “PCC Forensics T/A”



Debate: Each school is required to provide one qualified judge for every two debate teams and or fraction thereof.

IE’s: Each school must supply one qualified judge for every five individual event entries or fraction thereof for each pattern.

Judging Penalties:

Please be advised that the uncovered entries will be assessed and the costs noted in our fees section.



  1. The top six competitors in each individual event will advance to finals and receive trophies.
  2. Debate will break to bronze and gold elimination rounds. Teams not advancing Elimination Round 1 will receive bronze medals. Teams in Elimination Round 2 will win either silver or gold medals.
  3. Awards will be presented to the top five speakers in each division of debate.
  4. Sweepstakes awards will be presented to the top two year-schools and the top four-year school in competition. The host school is ineligible for sweepstakes. The following point system will be used.


Sweepstakes points:

Individual events:                                                                     Debate:

1st place: 5 points                                                                     Gold: 10 points

2nd place: 4 points                                                                    Silver: 6 points

3rd place: 3 points                                                                    Bronze: 4 points

Finalist: 2 points


Directions and Lodging Information: Pasadena City College 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91106

From 210 freeway, exit Hill Ave and proceed south to Colorado Blvd. Judges lounge and registration are located in C108

Vagabond Inn-                          West Saga Motel                                              Westways Inn

1203 E. Colorado Blvd.            1633 E. Colorado Blvd.                                    1599 E. Colorado Blvd. (3 blocks from campus)            (directly across from campus)                          (directly across from campus)

(626) 449-3170                       (626) 795-0431                                                          (626) 304-9678 (800) 533-1535


Videos available

The videos are now coming online. Visit the video page to see the videos now available through vimeo.

Here’s a preview video:




NOTE: per the motion passed at the 2011 Coaches Conference all interp videos are currently not available on the website pending further study. Contact the PSCFA Executive Secretary for more information about downloading the videos.