The Tradition Cypress Bay

2018 — Weston, FL/US

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Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Cypress DeBAYte Team, we cordially invite you to attend the 6th Annual Tradition Tournament to be held at Cypress Bay High School in beautiful Weston, FL on Saturday and Sunday November 10th and 11th (with Round Robins in LD, PF, Congress, and Extemp on Friday, November 9th). The Cypress DeBAYte Team promises to continue our tradition of top-notch competition, exceptional judging, and friendly hospitality! The tournament will recognize the top novice in each event as well as offer all NSDA main events, and impromptu. We have retained TOC Bids in PF (Quarterfinals), LD (Finals), Congress (Finals), Speech and in Policy (Finals). Bottom-line: There’s not a better place to be in November!

Deadlines/Entries: Registration will open September 12th at 9am. All entries are due by, November 1st at 5pm, but we are expecting registration to fill-up much sooner so register ASAP! Fees will be frozen on November 2nd at 5pm.  If you drop any entries after that time you will forfeit the entry fee. If you drop any events or entries after November 8th at 5pm or do not report a drop, you will be charged the entry fee plus an additional $75. A school may enter 5 entries in PF and LD, 10 entries in Congress and all IEs, and unlimited entries in Policy. If you have more students you would like to enter, please do so and they will be moved off of the waitlist depending on space. Please make checks out to Cypress Bay HS

$100 per Round Robin entry.
$100 Policy and PF Entries
$50 Congressional Debate Entry
$50 for Lincoln Douglas Debate Entry
$50 per individual event entry ($10 for Double Entries)
$15 Novice Congress (Saturday only)
We will waive entry fees for UDL Schools. 

Judging Requirement: 
1 judge for every 2 Policy/PF/LD entries or fraction thereof
1 judge for every 5 IE/Congress entries or fraction thereof

We strongly recommend you provide your own qualified judges for each event. We are able to hire a very limited number of judges. For every uncovered judge you will be charged $150; uncovered policy debate judges will be charged $200. Any rounds missed by judges from your school, will result in an additional $50 fee per round. It is not our goal to make a profit off of missed rounds; however, having present/competent judges is vital to running a successful tournament. We will be using online ballots for LD, PF and Policy debate. Instructions on online ballots can be found here

Prefs/Strikes: Prefs will be available in policy. Strikes will be available for PF and LD. Prefs/Strikes will be released November 5th via Tabroom and are due Friday November 9th at 6pm.

Meals: We will provide exceptional lunch and dinner (no pizza, we promise!) for the students on Saturday. Lunch for purchase, and breakfast items (along with many other goodies) will be available for purchase throughout the tournament at our concession stand. Judge meals are included with the cost of entrees (breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday). There WILL be a vegetarian option for students and judges on both days. Please e-mail Ms. Fiebrantz if there are additional dietary restrictions for anyone attending from your school.

Lodging: We have three hotel blocks. Please see the Lodging page of our tabroom site.

Resolutions/Topic Areas: We will be using the November/December topic in PF and LD. Congress legislation and Impromptu, Extemp topic areas will be posted no later than October 31st. In PF, we will NOT flip for sides just speaking order. Congress Chambers will be posted November 6th (assuming no late drops). Congress legislation is due by Friday, October 10th at 5:00pm. Please email legislation to with the subject as “Legislation.” Legislation will be posted no later than October 31st.

Schedule: We will run SIX rounds in debate and FIVE rounds in IEs with appropriate elimination rounds. Congress will have THREE preliminary sessions, Semis, and Finals. Students may double enter in each pattern. 

Speech Patterns 
Pattern A: DI, DUO, IMP, OO, IX
Pattern B: HI, POI, USX, INFO

Registration will be conducted online only on, and we encourage you to browse the tabs to find any additional information regarding our tournament. A detailed schedule is forthcoming, but know on Saturday and Sunday, events will begin at 8am.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.  We look forward to seeing you in sunny Florida in November!

Best Always,
Aly Fiebrantz – Tournament Director/CBHS Director of Speech and Debate

Rachel West – Assistant Director of Speech and Debate
Nick Montecalvo + Nicole Arnold Debayte Coaching Staff
Kaylin Ambrose Student Director
All Parents of the CBHS DeBAYte Team
CBHS Administration