Fullerton College EARLY BIRD Debate & Speech Tournament September 21, 2012

Fullerton College EARLY BIRD Debate & Speech Tournament September 21, 2012

Fullerton College welcomes you to the Fullerton College EARLY BIRD Forensics Tournament Friday, September 21, 2012. We’re offering 3 rounds of Public Forum Debate and 2 rounds of Individual Events (Persuasion and/or Informative).

We’re following up the Public Forum debates hosted by Cal State Fullerton and us earlier–with matching format. Public Forum offers an “old school” debate experience, with a focus on a moderate amount of research (sources below) and a renewed focus on delivery and reasoning. The tournament is ideal for new debaters.

-Judges should hold college degrees, but do not necessarily need prior debate experience.

-The focus of the debate is on communication, reasoning, and examining the substance of the resolution. Not “procedurals.” Formal debate theory is not assumed, and debaters should adjust their arguments accordingly. Quotations are limited to essays below; but students may refer to news, essays, and other “common knowledge.” Each team is comprised or two debaters. Each school needs to bring one judge for every two (2) debate teams it enters.

Because of room limitations, we have limited entries. So first come, first serve. We’ll try to accommodate everyone, but please realize that we may have to limit some entries.

-DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: September 18, 2012 6.00 PM.

-Debate rounds are randomly matched. Sides flip for round 3. IEs will have 2 rounds, and possibly a final round depending on the number of entries. NO DOUBLE ENTRIES please.

-NO FEES (be sure to bring judges!). Food is available on and near the campus.

-AWARDS: Of course. Certificates and/or music CDs to top winners.

For information contact:
Doug Kresse (Director of Forensics)
Fullerton College
321 East Chapman Avenue
dkresse@fullcoll.edu 714-992-7306

Guidelines

Debaters are encouraged to use evidence, but may only quote from the sources listed below. Debaters may refer to relevant news shows, essays, and other “common knowledge.” (With this topic, there’s lots of news daily.) All evidence may be used for affirmative and/or negative arguments.

Time limits: 5 minute constructive, 2 minute cross-x, 3 minute rebuttals; 5 minutes prep.

Schedule:

Registration: 11:20-11:45am (528N)
Greeting: 11:45-12.00pm (528N)
Round 1: 12:00-1.30pm
Round 2: 1.30-2.45pm
Round 3 2.45-3.45pm
Awards: 4.00 pm (Room 528N)

RESOLUTION: THE UNITED STATES SHOULD MILITARILY INTERVENE IN SYRIA.

Essays (quotations in round are limited to these sources; but debaters are encouraged to use read elsewhere and use common knowledge).

AFFIRMATIVE

Bernard-Henri Levy (August 20, 2012). “End the slaughter now!” Newsweek/Daily Beast.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/08/19/bernard-henri-levy-stop-assad-s-slaughter-in-syria.html

John McCain, Joseph Lieberman, and Lindsey Graham (August 5, 2012). “The risk of inaction in Syria.” Washington Post.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mccain-lieberman-and-graham-the-risks-of-inaction-in-syria/2012/08/05/4a63585c-dd91-11e1-8e43-4a3c4375504a_story.html

Kurt Volker, (April 24, 2012). “The case for military intervention in Syria,” Christian Science Monitor.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2012/0424/The-case-for-military-intervention-in-Syria

Michael Weiss (February 9, 2012). “Break the stalemate! A blueprint for a military intervention in Syria.” The New Republic.
http://www.tnr.com/article/world/100599/syrian-intervention-humanitarian-alawite-assad-crisis

NEGATIVE

Henri Barkey (August 23, 2012). “Why intruiding on another Muslim country is ill advised.” Washington Post.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/intruding-again-on-a-muslim-country-is-ill-advised/2012/08/23/e2058bd0-e345-11e1-98e7-89d659f9c106_story.html

Nicholas Gvosdev (August 3, 2012). “Syria and the Bosnia fallacy.” National Interest.
http://nationalinterest.org/commentary/syria-the-bosnia-fallacy-7288

Dalia Dassa Kaye and David Kaye, (August 8, 2012), “The right way to help Syria’s rebels,” LA TIMES.

http://articles.latimes.com/print/2012/aug/08/opinion/la-oe-kaye-syria-intervention-20120808

Joshua Landis (June 5, 2012), “Stay out of Syria.” Foreign Policy.

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/06/05/stay_out_of_syria

2011 PSCFA Fall Champs

Fall Champs Invite (PDF) | Registration

November 7, 2011

Dear Colleagues:
On behalf of PSCFA, I would like to invite you to the PSCFA Fall Championship Tournament to be held at Cerritos College on December 2-4, 2011. We promise outstanding hospitality and a well-run tournament.
Please note that there were substantial changes made to the Fall Championship tournament at the 2011 Fall Coaches Conference. I have tried to highlight those changes throughout the invitation but of particular note the schedule for NPDA and NFA-LD debate has been substantially changed.
Students may compete in rookie, novice, junior, and senior divisions of Parliamentary Debate, novice, junior, and senior divisions of NFA L/D; as well as one division of Readers Theater. Additionally, we offer novice, junior, and senior divisions of 12 individual events. There will be four preliminary and the appropriate elimination rounds in debate; and two preliminary and final rounds (with sufficient entry) in individual events. This year we are also adding Parli-LD on Friday run concurrent with NFA-LD.
All entries are due by 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 28. YOU MUST USE THE WEB ENTRY SYSTEM – NO EXCEPTIONS. Visit http://www.forensicstournament.net to enter. Tournament Entry will be available beginning on November 16 at noon.

Other Important Announcements:
1) Fees have been raised for individual events, debate events, uncovered entries, and drop fees. Please review the fee sheet at the end of this invitation for changes. The web registration will also estimate your fees for Fall Champs.

2) PSCFA does not allow uncovered Debate and Theater entries unless allowed by the Tournament Director. At the present time I cannot guarantee any teams will be allowed to buy out of this commitment. I am in the process of finding hired judges. Our first priority is to provide hired judges to cover PSCFA commitments. If anyone knows of judges for hire, please have them contact me by email (dcantrell3@mtsac.edu). PSCFA now pays $15 a round.

3) The winner of Cultural Artifact will no longer receive a scholarship.

4) We will be enforcing the nuisance fee for drops and no-shows (including judges).

5) PSCFA has a different format for the first two rounds of parliamentary debate. Please consult the schedule and inform your students and judges of the procedures. Remember, that teams not reporting 15 minutes after the topic has been announced for round 1 will be dropped from the tournament.

6) ALL JUDGES MUST BE CERTIFIED BEFORE THEY CAN BE USED TO COVER YOUR COMMITMENT. IF YOU HAVE NOT CERTIFIED WITHIN THE LAST YEAR, YOU MUST RE-CERTIFY. Please have your judges go to www.pscfa.org and click on the “FRED” link. If your judges show up to the tournament uncertified, they will not be able to judge round one (so they can read “Fred” and get certified) and your school will incur a judging penalty. Judges must register with the judges table upon arrival.

7) We will once again conduct a “Toys for Tots” drive in coordination with the United States Marine Corps Reserves. Please encourage your students to bring a new, unwrapped toy valued at less than $20.

8 ) The tournament headquarters will be in PST building. For those who come to the Cerritos tournament in February we will not be in our regular place in the Social Science building.

Attached please find more detailed tournament information, a description of tournament rules and procedures and entry forms. Please refer to the PSCFA HANDBOOK for the newest information on Rules. If you do not have a copy of the PSCFA HANDBOOK, please check PSCFA’s website at http://www.pscfa.org

If you have any questions please contact me at dcantrell3@mtsac.edu or (909) 274-6310

Danny Cantrell,
Tournament Director

2011 Griffin Invitational Invitation Available

The Griffin Invitational 2011 (PDF)

 

THE GRIFFIN INVITATIONAL
Dear Colleagues,

Grossmont Community College Forensics Squad cordially invites you to attend the 19th Annual Griffin Invitational Speech & Debate Tournament to be held Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 12th & 13th, 2011 at Grossmont Community College.

Grossmont College is located, approximately 15 miles east of San Diego, in El Cajon, California.
Our college will also host the Ray Dahlin Individual Events Tournament, and NFA-LD, on Friday, Nov. 11th.
Our tournament offers your students:

  • A One-Day Individual Events Tournament, on Saturday, Nov.12th with 3 rounds and finals in Open and Novice Divisions (if entries warrant). This allows your students to complete all their individual events in one day, including finals and awards. A separate Individual Events Awards ceremony will be held, and sweepstakes for the top three colleges will be awarded.
  •  Our “Picket Fence” Award: A special trophy for the student with a “picket fence” in individual events.
  • A One-Day Parliamentary Debate Tournament, on Sunday, Nov.13th with Open, Junior and Novice Divisions (if entries warrant). We will be using the 4 preliminary rounds and 2 out rounds, model. There will be two out rounds, with first out round winners receiving bronze awards and second out round winners designated either silver or gold awards. (Open Division final round is negotiable) A separate Parliamentary Debate Awards ceremony will be held, and sweepstakes for the top three colleges in Debate will be awarded.
  • An Overall Sweepstakes Award for the top three colleges in both Individual Events and Debate will be awarded during the final ceremony on Sunday.
  • An experienced, conscientious, Tab room. The following tab room staff have worked together, some for many of the 19 years: Skip Rutledge: Point Loma U., Neil Moura: Mira Costa College, Eddie Tiongson: Irvine Valley, Liana Koeppel: Cypress, Danny Cantrell: Mt. SAC, Linda Farnam: Mesa College, Reyna Velarde: Copper Mountain.
  • Great food for the judges, so they won’t be too hungry to judge!
  • We will be selling food for the students at a reasonable cost, so you won’t have to go off campus.
  • A pleasant location: Grossmont is approximately 15 minutes from downtown San Diego, on the freeway, so you may even have time to visit some of San Diego’s beautiful sights.

We look forward to seeing you at the Griffin Invitational Tournament, at Grossmont College.

Sincerely,
Roxanne Tuscany
Director of Forensics at Grossmont
619 644-7276(office), or 619 204-8792(cell)

THE GRIFFIN INVITATIONAL
Dear Colleagues,
Grossmont Community College Forensics Squad cordially invites you to attend the 19th Annual Griffin Invitational Speech & Debate Tournament to be held Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 12th & 13th, 2011 at Grossmont Community College.
Grossmont College is located, approximately 15 miles east of San Diego, in El Cajon, California.
Our college will also host the Ray Dahlin Individual Events Tournament, and NFA-LD, on Friday, Nov. 11th.
Our tournament offers your students:
? A One-Day Individual Events Tournament, on Saturday, Nov.12th with 3 rounds and finals in Open and Novice Divisions (if entries warrant). This allows your students to complete all their individual events in one day, including finals and awards. A separate Individual Events Awards ceremony will be held, and sweepstakes for the top three colleges will be awarded.
? Our “Picket Fence” Award: A special trophy for the student with a “picket fence” in individual events.
? A One-Day Parliamentary Debate Tournament, on Sunday, Nov.13th with Open, Junior and Novice Divisions (if entries warrant). We will be using the 4 preliminary rounds and 2 out rounds, model. There will be two out rounds, with first out round winners receiving bronze awards and second out round winners designated either silver or gold awards. (Open Division final round is negotiable) A separate Parliamentary Debate Awards ceremony will be held, and sweepstakes for the top three colleges in Debate will be awarded.
? An Overall Sweepstakes Award for the top three colleges in both Individual Events and Debate will be awarded during the final ceremony on Sunday.
? An experienced, conscientious, Tab room. The following tab room staff have worked together, some for many of the 19 years: Skip Rutledge: Point Loma U., Neil Moura: Mira Costa College, Eddie Tiongson: Irvine Valley, Liana Koeppel: Cypress, Danny Cantrell: Mt. SAC, Linda Farnam: Mesa College, Reyna Velarde: Copper Mountain.
? Great food for the judges, so they won’t be too hungry to judge!
? We will be selling food for the students at a reasonable cost, so you won’t have to go off campus.
? A pleasant location: Grossmont is approximately 15 minutes from downtown San Diego, on the freeway, so you may even have time to visit some of San Diego’s beautiful sights.
We look forward to seeing you at the Griffin Invitational Tournament, at Grossmont College.
Sincerely,
Roxanne Tuscany
Director of Forensics at Grossmont
619 644-7276(office), or 619 204-8792(cell)

2011 Ray Dahlin Invitation

Invite (PDF)

THE RAY DAHLIN INVITATIONAL

 

September 29, 2011

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

The Palomar College Speech and Debate Team is proud to announce the Ray Dahlin Invitational.  This Individual Events and Lincoln-Douglas debate open-division tournament will be held Friday, November 11, at Grossmont College.

 

The Ray Dahlin Invitational will offer:

 

  • Two preliminary rounds of competition breaking to final rounds in the early evening.

 

 

  • For the first time in the history of our tournament we will be offering an open division of NFA LD debate.

 

 

  • A swing tournament opportunity in conjunction with the Griffin Invitational to be held Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

  • An assortment of food for the judges and lunch provided for the students.

 

 

  • Sweepstakes trophies for the top three 4-year and 2-year schools.  All finalists will receive awards. We will not be offering a novice division but “Top-Novices” will be awarded in all events, including NFA LD.

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at the Ray Dahlin Invitational.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Chris Lowry

Dewi Hokett

Brandan Whearty

Palomar College Forensics

760-744-1150 x3270 (office)

clowry@palomar.edu

2011 Robert Barbara Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament Invitation Available

2011 CSUN Invitation (Updated) (doc)

2011 California State University at Northridge

Robert Barbara Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament

 

Dear Forensics Colleagues:

 

On behalf of the CSUN Forensics Society, the Department of Communication Studies, and the Mike Curb College of Arts Media and Communication at CSU-Northridge, we would like to invite you to participate in our 2011 tournament.  Competition will be held from November 11-November 13 on our campus.

California State University at Northridge is located in the heart of the beautiful San Fernando Valley, just outside of Los Angeles.  It is easily (and inexpensively) served by both Los Angeles International Airport and Bob Hope International Airport (Burbank).  Travel times from either airport to our campus are usually under 30 minutes.

Highlights include:

1) Parliamentary Debate will be 2 days, not 3:  We have arranged the schedule to have NPDA on only Friday and Saturday.  This will save you money and time that you would have spent to be here all three days as in the past.  It will also allow your parliamentary debaters to participate in the second half of the IE swing.

2) Hospitality:  Besides the smiling faces of the Matador Speech and Debate team, we provide lunch on Saturday and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, in addition to snacks throughout the tournament.

3) IEs are now a two-day swing:  Folks just doing IEs have double the chances to get legs, or those on a tight budget can bring their IE folks to compete on Saturday with the Parli debaters.

4) Five tournaments, one weekend: we will be offering NFA LD this year, so you have a wide range of forensics activities to participate in.  This will be a full service tournament offering two preliminary rounds in all 11 AFA individual events (both novice and open when possible) on Saturday and Sunday, two divisions of NPDA parliamentary debate (Friday and Saturday), and three divisions of policy debate (Fri-Sun).

Those participating in Parli will not be able to compete in the first half of the swing as they are going to run concurrently, as will the NFA LD tournament and the Sunday Swing.  In the past, we have had strong regional and national representation in all three events.

We are committed to and will uphold the ethical standards outlined in the CEDA Statement on Discrimination and Sexual Harassment and the AFA Code of Ethics.

November is a fantastic time to visit Los Angeles and we will make every effort to host an excellent competition.  Besides excellent hospitality, we have always run on time and we do our best to make the tournament fun and healthy for competitors, judges, and coaches.  Please contact me with any questions you may have.   On behalf of CSUN forensics, we hope you can join us in November!

 

Sincerely,

 

John M. Kephart III, Ph.D.

Director of Forensics

John Espiritu, Erik Holland, Milorad Korac, & Andrew West,

Assistant Coaches