Choctaw Sting Invite

2020 — Online, OK/US

5A / 6A Lincoln Douglas

Abbreviation Q LD
Format Debate
Resolved: The United States ought to provide a federal jobs guarantee.
Entry Fee $6.00
Entry 1 competitors per entry

Event Description:

  1. Only two (2) speakers are involved: one fulfilling the affirmative case responsibilities and the other, the negative. The following format is used:

a) First Affirmative Constructive 6 minutes

b) Cross examination 3 minutes

) First Negative Constructive 7 minutes

d) Cross examination 3 minutes

e) First Affirmative Rebuttal 4 minutes

f) First Negative Rebuttal 6 minutes

g) Second Affirmative Rebuttal 3 minutes

h) Each debater will be allowed a total of four (4) minutes preparation time during the course of the debate.

  1. The national topic from the NSDA Rostrum will be used for competition. The topic designated for March and April will be used for regionals and state. The OSSAA will notify the schools of the topic.

  2. Each judge will award the decision to the affirmative or negative and will award speaker points on a six (6) point scale.

  3. Judges may read evidence after the round for a period of time not to exceed five (5) minutes.

  4. Proof of falsification of evidence will result in removal from the competition. (See Section VII, Subpoint E, 2) Proof of falsification is not subject to the two (2) hours protest filing rule.

  5. The use of profanity and vulgarities is forbidden and may result in 0 speaker points or disqualification and a protest being filed with the tournament director.

  6. After debaters have debated preliminary rounds (including round robin), qualifying for the placement on the bracket will be based on the following criteria: (1) win-loss record, (2) head-to-head meeting (only used to break a two-way tie), (3) total speaker points, (4) opponents’ win-loss record; (5) opponents’ speaker points. In all divisions of debate, when only 3 rounds occur, all winning records must advance. a) Placing teams on a 16 point bracket will be in this manner: See bracket on page SPE26. b) Placing teams on an eight-point bracket from preliminary rounds will be in the following manner: See bracket on page SPE29.

  7. In qualifying tournaments, at least three preliminary rounds must occur to result in regional qualification. If sixteen (16) or more compete, eight (8) must be advanced to elimination rounds. If thirty-two (32) or more compete, at least sixteen (16) must be advanced to elimination rounds. If sixty-four (64) or more compete, at least thirty-two (32) must be advanced to elimination rounds. At the discretion of the Tournament Director, to avoid the elimination from competition of debaters with exact won-loss records, partial-elimination brackets will be allowed, giving sufficient byes to the higher seeded contestants to fill the bracket. Partial-brackets will not be broken.

  8. In 3A/4A regional tournaments with nine (9) teams entered, the four (4) teams with the best records from preliminary rounds will qualify for bracketing. When ten (10) or more teams are entered, eight (8) teams will qualify for bracketing. In regional and state tournaments, when eight (8) or fewer teams are entered, the round robin system will be used.

  9. Debaters from the same school should not be paired against each other in the first elimination round. The minimum amount of bracket movement must be used. No brackets shall be broken after the first elimination round has occurred. When moving debaters to break the bracket, move the lower seeded debater. Partial elimination rounds are not considered the first elimination round for the purpose of breaking brackets.

  10. Forfeiting a round to gain an advantage for the school will be a violation except in elimination rounds.

  11. At all double elimination tournaments, brackets will not be broken to prevent two people from the same school from meeting.

  12. The use of electronic retrieval systems during the rounds is not allowed for contestants. This includes but is not limited to computers, cell phones, MP3s, and pagers. (See exception # 16)

  13. When mixed classes debate in qualifying divisions, wins will be recorded as wins; losses will be recorded as losses; and elimination rounds must be separated by class.

  14. In all debate events, all students unable to return to scheduled competition on Saturday must notify the tournament director before registration. Changes made after registration will be counted as a “Drop at Registration”: and fees will be assessed by the tournament director. Students marked as “not returning” will not be reinstated after round 1 has begun. 2020-2021 Speech SPE 21

  15. The use of laptop computers by competitors in cross-examination, public forum, and Lincoln-Douglas debate rounds is permissible for flowing and/or evidence retrieval so long as wire or wireless connections are disabled and remain disabled while the debate is in progress.

a) Computers equipped with removable wireless cards must have the cards removed before the beginning of any round of competition. It is the responsibility of the contestant to disengage equipment.

b) Computers with built-in wireless capability may be used only if the wireless capability is disabled. It is the responsibility of the contestant to disable the equipment.

c) Wired connections (Ethernet or phone) during rounds of competition are not permitted.

d) Computers or other electronic devices may not be used to receive information from any sources (coaches or assistants included) inside or outside the room in which the competition occurs. Internet access, use of email, instant messaging, or other means of receiving information from sources inside or outside the competition room are prohibited. (This does not prohibit non-electronic communication between debate partners during prep time.)

e) Sanction: Contestants found to have violated provisions a-c above shall forfeit the round of competition and receive zero points. Contestants found to have violated provision d above shall be disqualified from the tournament and shall forfeit all rounds. Contest directors shall be empowered with the final decision concerning disqualification.

f) Availability of Evidence: Contestants electing to use computers shall have the responsibility to promptly/immediately provide a copy of any evidence read in a speech for inspection by the judge or opponent. Printers may be used. Evidence may be printed in the round but must be provided in a format readable by the opposing team and the judge.

g) Contestants electing to use computers are responsible for providing their own computers, batteries, extension cords and all other necessary accessories. Tournament hosts shall not be responsible for providing computers, printers, software, paper or extension cords for contestants. Contestants choosing to use laptop computers accept the risk of equipment failure. No special consideration or accommodations, including no additional prep time or speech time, will be given by judges, contest directors or tournament hosts should equipment failure occur. By choosing to use laptop computers in the round, debaters are consenting to give tournament officials the right to search their files. Debaters who do not wish to consent should not use computers in the round.

  1. Access to the internet can ONLY be utilized for email chains between the participants and the judge in a particularly assigned edebate, so long as the participants and judge agree. Any outside interference or inclusion in an email chain, instant messaging, or any other way communicating with any person not involved in that particularly assigned debate will immediately result in disqualification of offended team/person. If any persons or person of non high school age are found violating this rule, it will be considered a violation of ethics and a letter of reprimand will be sent to the administration of the offending person or persons; by the OSSAA, as well as immediate disqualification of the offending team/person. Any access to the internet for any other reason will be considered a violation resulting in disqualification.