August 22, 2017

Dear PSCFA Friends,

Welcome back to the Forensics season! It is time to kick off the competition year at the PSCFA Warm-Up at El Camino College on September 30th-October 1st. We have an exciting new schedule, as passed at last year’s Coaches Conference. PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES:


  1. The Warm-Up has changed to a Saturday/Sunday schedule.
  2. We now offer IPDA, which will be held with NPDA on Saturday.
  3. Fees will now be assessed and collected at the Warm-Up. Please see the attached fee sheet.

We will offer four (4) rounds of Open, Junior, and Novice (divisions might be collapsed due to lack of entries) NPDA and IPDA debate on Saturday. Sunday 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. Finally, it allows the chance to test the waters on new topics and approaches to our activity. Each school must cover its judging commitment (you may only enter uncovered slots if prior tournament approval is granted.)

All entries are due by 6:00PM on Tuesday, September 26th. Please enter the tournament using http://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 functional 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:

Heather Kelley,

Forensics Coach Cerritos College
Email: hkelley@cerritos.edu
Looking forward to seeing you soon!

PSCFA Warm-Up 2017

Entry Responsibilities


In addition to the new fees this year, all teams are still 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 26th.

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

You may make changes to your entry before Wednesday, September 27th 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: hkelley@cerritos.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.




9:00-9:30            Registration and Sign-In

LD/Parli Schedule

9:15                          Topic Announced for Rounds 1 and 2

10:00-11:00      Round 1 NPDA/NFA-LD

11:15-12:15      Round 2 NPDA/NFA-LD

12:45                       Topic Announced for Rounds 3 and 4

1:30-2:30            Round 3 NPDA/NFA-LD

2:30-3:30            Round 4 NPDA/NFA-LD


IPDA Schedule

Time Event
9:00am-9:45am Student Sign in
10:00am Round 1 Topic Draw (in room)
10:30am Round 1
11:30am Round 2 Topic Draw (in room)
12:00pm Round 2
1:00pm Round 3 Topic Draw (in room)
1:30pm Round 3
2:30pm Round 4 Topic Draw (in room)
3:00pm Round 4

4:00pm OR ASAP Debate 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.




SCHOOL:_______________   Director of Forensics _____________________________

Office Phone Number ____________________________

Home Phone Number _____________________________

Email Address ___________________________________



# of Entries         Total Fees

Mandatory School Fee

1-5 Students                $25                                             __________                __________

6-10 Students             $30                                             __________                __________

11+ Students               $35                                             __________                __________


IPDA Debate: $10 per slot                                                                   __________                __________

Parliamentary: $20 per team                                                            __________                __________


Pattern A IE Slots: $6 per slot                                                          __________                __________

Pattern B IE Slots: $6 per slot                                                          __________                __________

Duo Interp: $12 per team                                                                    __________                __________


Judging Fees:

Debate: $75 per uncovered team (if allowed)                        __________                __________

IE’s: $12 per uncovered slot

Pattern A                                                                             __________                __________

Pattern B                                                                             __________                __________


Nuisance and Misc. Fees:

No-Show IE fee: $10 per slot                                                             __________                __________

No-Show Debate fee: $20 per slot                                                  __________                __________

Nuisance Fee IE: $5 per slot                                                               __________                __________

Nuisance Fee Debate: $10 per slot                                                 __________                __________

Judge Nuisance Fee: $25 per round                                               __________                __________


Late Add Fee–$50                                                                                                                        __________



TOTAL FEES                                                                                                                                     __________