Dear PSCFA Friends,


Welcome back to the Forensics season! This summer has seen record high temperatures, but we’re going to see it get even hotter… at the PSCFA Warm-Up at El Camino College on September 24th-25th.  We will offer four (4) rounds of Open, Junior, and Novice (divisions might be collapsed due to lack of entries) NPDA debate on Friday. Saturday will offer the usual two (2) rounds of all PSCFA individual events, including cultural artifact, for Open, Junior, and Novice competitors.


Why should you, your squad, and your school participate at this year’s Warm-Up? First, it is an excellent opportunity to introduce all of your new students to competitive collegiate forensics in a relaxed atmosphere. Second, it is a great way to reunite with all of your forensics colleagues and meet coaches new to our region. Third, it allows the chance to test the waters on new topics and approaches to our activity. Finally, the Warm-Up is a unique way to take advantage of free speech, because there are no entry frees at this tournament! Woo hoo! Each school must cover its judging commitment (you may only enter uncovered slots if prior tournament approval is granted.) Schools will still be responsible for ANY drop, no-show, nuisance fees, and uncovered judging fees.


All entries are due by 6:00PM on Tuesday, September 20th. Please enter the tournament using www.forensicstournament.net.


Please bring your coaches to judge or contact any judges you know & trust who are available for hire. In order for this to remain a fee-free tournament, we must have plenty of prepared judges. If you are bringing first-time judges, inform them that they must read and sign the PSCFA judge’s handbook and complete the F.R.E.D. certification (this may be done online at www.pscfa.org). Also, remind your judges of proper etiquette in rounds. Teach them how to do time signals for limited prep as this tends to be a common problem at the Warm-Up. Don’t forget, judges may also be returning students not competing at the Warm-Up. If you know of any judges available for hire, please send me their contact information.


You can find directions to El Camino College at their website (www.elcamino.edu). Campus maps can be found at: http://www.elcamino.edu/about/maps/ECC-Campus-Map.pdf. Attendees of the tournament can park in any of the student lots; however, you must purchase a parking ticket. There are several ticket machines throughout the student parking lots. The tournament headquarters and registration will be in the Music Building, which faces Redondo Beach Blvd.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me: Roxan Arntson (Tournament Director)


Email: roxan.arntson@mtsac.edu

Looking forward to seeing you soon!




PSCFA Warm-Up 2016

Entry Responsibilities




All teams are responsible for ANY drop, no-show, or nuisance fees. Uncovered judging fees are available only with the prior approval of the Tournament Director. PSCFA rules state that all schools must cover their debate commitment and 75% of their individual event entries unless the Tournament Director believes there is a sufficient pool of judges to allow a school to pay additional judging penalties.




All entries are due by 6:00 PM on Tuesday, September 20th.


You can register for the PSCFA Warm-Up Tournament using www.forensicstournament.net.


You may make changes to your entry before Wednesday, September 23rd at 6:00PM. Drops are free if reported by the Wednesday deadline. Any and all changes made after Wednesday will be subject to nuisance fees. Any requests for changes made after the website closes should be sent to: roxan.arntson@mtsac.edu


When you email your changes, I will email a response indicating that your entry was received and any accrued fees.


The tournament schedule is below.

















12:15         TOPIC ANNOUNCE FOR ROUNDS 1 & 2

1:00           ROUND 1

2:00           ROUND 2

3:15           TOPIC ANNOUNCE FOR ROUNDS 3 & 4

4:00           ROUND 3

5:00           ROUND 4

6:30           AWARDS



8:00           REGISTRATION

9:00           EXTEMP DRAW

9:00           ROUND 1 PATTERN A

10:30         ROUND 1 PATTERN B

12:00         EXTEMP DRAW

12:00         ROUND 2 PATTERN A

1:30           ROUND 2 PATTERN B

3:00           AWARDS


Schedule is contingent on the number of entries. Awards will be moved up if possible.