9th Annual Robert Garcia Invitational

2019 — Mountain View, CA, CA/US


2019 9thAnnual Robert Garcia Invitational

Saint Francis High School 

September 7-8, 2019

Dear Colleague, 


Saint Francis High School invites you to participate in the Seventh Annual Robert Garcia Invitational to be held Saturday, September 7th through Sunday, September 8th, 2019. It is our hope that we can assist you in getting your students excited and involved in forensics while opening up the Fall 2019 forensics season with a success. We look forward to seeing you. 



The schedule for the tournament includes five preliminary rounds of debate (with a break the top 16 in all debate events (unless entries facilitate larger/smaller breaks). California High School Speech Association rules will be used as a guideline, but discretion is at the hands of the tournament director.


Due to campus space constraints, the invitational will be a varsity-only event. Please take note of the entry limits on the pages that follow. Competitors who reach the top 16 in debate will receive awards Speaker awards will be given to the top five competitors in Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, and Policy Debate.



You will find the tournament schedule on the website and at the end of this document.  Online registration begins at 5pm on Monday, August 12. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, September 4 before 5pm Pacific Standard Time.  You will not be refunded your entry fee for any drops after this date.  Due to the nature of this tournament, there will be absolutely no adds at registration.  We do not accept email entries. Unpaid entries will not be allowed to compete, so please send in your money ahead of time. Entries will be placed on a wait-list regarding entries until payment is received.


Please enter your squad on Tabroom.com as soon as you are able. We take entries on a first-come, first-served basis and the tournament will likely fill up before the official deadline. While we will make every effort to accept all entrants, it may be necessary to limit entry in some popular events. 



Schools are required to bring judges. One judge will cover two debate teams, four Public Forum debate teams, or two Lincoln-Douglas debaters. Schools are required to provide one judge for every two debate entries in elimination rounds up to one round past that school's dropping from competition. So if a school had a policy debate team which was eliminated in the quarterfinals, it would owe a policy judge for the semifinals but not for the finals. Because all balloting will be done online, ALL JUDGES MUST BE SIGNED UP FOR A TABROOM.COM ACCOUNT. Judges that are not listed on Tabroom will be dropped from the pool, so make sure you have them sign up when you sign them up.


Please call if you have any questions about your judging obligations. Schools will pay a penalty for uncovered judges: $150 per uncovered judge in all events. When judges covering a commitment fail to appear for rounds, their schools will be fined $50 per instance. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE bring your own qualified judges. While there will be some available for hire, we would much rather have your judges than your money. 


Saturday Morning


Registration (this should merely be verification of who is attending as you will have already entered and paid) will be held on-site on Saturday from 7am to 8:30 am in the Sobrato Learning Commons.


Like last year, we will conduct judge registration in the commons during this time. All judges must check in in person.


Send checks with entry fees to the address below or bring them with you to our on-site registration.  


Speech and Debate Director 

c/o Sam Haley-Hill

Saint Francis High School 

1855 Miramonte Ave

Mountain View, CA, 94040


We hope to make the Robert Garcia Invitational a successful and exciting tournament. With your help, it will be done. We are looking forward to seeing you. 




Sam Haley-Hill                            John Foy                                    Thomas Woodhead

Forensics Assistant                      Forensics Assistant                      Forensics Moderator





Debate Pattern 

*       Team Debate 

*       Lincoln-Douglas Debate 

*       Public Forum Debate 




The tournament will apply the current NSDA topics as posted on the NSDA web site. This means the varsity September/October topics in Public forum and Lincoln Douglas. 





-       Please remind students to stay on campus during the competition. 


-       We will offer lunch free of charge to students, judges, and coaches. This consists of a sandwich and several side dishes. There is always a vegetarian option. We will not offer free lunch to observers. 


-       We ask that students respect the campus and classrooms. Rooms will be monitored, and any student found tampering with any items disqualified, as will the entirety of their team competing.   


-       The judge should be the first to enter and the last to exit the classroom. Judges will be asked to turn in the names of students violating this rule. We are trying to keep tournament costs to a minimum; any damage to property will result in disqualification. 


-       In concurrence with California law, any student or participant caught smoking in view of the campus will be disqualified as well. Vaping and vaping devices are strictly prohibited throughout campus. 


-       The tournament committee will resolve any disputes that arise during the tournament.




Schools are capped at four entrants per event, with others added to a wait-list. Note that as we approach the tournament, schools may be allowed entries in excess of this cap if there is space available. This will be done from the wait list on tabroom.com and will prioritize an equitable distribution of entries where possible. 


Questions can be directed to Sam Haley-Hill at samhaley-hill@sfhs.com


School Fee $50.00 

Lincoln-Douglas Debate $30.00 

Team Debate $60.00 

Public Forum Debate $60.00 



Uncovered Judges: $150.00 PER ENTRY