Polygon Invitational

2018 — Fremont, CA/US

You are cordially invited to the Polygon Invitational at Washington High School in Fremont, CA. We will offer two divisions of parliamentary debate. The Open division will be run Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13, will feature five preliminary rounds, and will break to semifinals. Three of the open preliminary rounds will be “polygon” rounds with adjustments to regular parliamentary debate rules. The Novice division, with four preliminary rounds, will be Saturday only.

 

Short URL

polygon.tabroom.com

 

 

Schedule

(all rounds are single-flighted)

 

Open - Friday, October 12

4:00PM-4:30PM Registration
4:30PM-4:40PM Judge Instructions
4:40PM Round 1 topic announcement
6:10PM Round 2 topic announcement
7:40PM-8:00PM Dinner

8:00PM Round 3 topic announcement

 

Open - Saturday, October 13

9:20AM-9:30AM Judge Instructions

9:30AM Round 4 topic announcement

12:00PM Round 5 topic announcement

1:30PM-2:00PM Lunch

2:00PM Semifinals topic announcement

3:30PM Finals topic announcement

5:00PM-5:30PM Awards

 

Novice - Saturday, October 13

9:20AM-9:30AM Judge Instructions

9:30AM Round 1 topic announcement

12:00PM Round 2 topic announcement

1:30PM-2:00PM Lunch

2:00PM Round 3 topic announcement

3:30PM Round 4 topic announcement

 

5:00PM-5:30PM Awards

 

Fees

Varsity: $30/entry

Novice: $20/entry

 

Fines

Late entry: $30/entry in addition to entry fee

Late drop: $50/entry

Ballot not picked up or submitted on time: $50/incident

 

Judges

The judge requirement is 1 judge for every 2 entries The judge requirement is calculated separately for Open and Novice.

 

Open judges are obligated for both days; novice judges are only obligated for Saturday.

All judges are obligated through the end of the tournament, but may be dismissed earlier at the discretion of the Tournament Director.

All Open division judges must be at least 18, have graduated high school, and be fluent in English.

All judges eligible to judge Open are also eligible to judge Novice. In addition, students with at least 2 years of high school debate experience may judge Novice.

 

Entry Limits

Every school may enter up to 6 entries in Open and up to 4 entries in Novice.

Any further entries will be waitlisted, and then admitted if there is enough space.

 

Novice Eligibility

A team may compete in the Novice division if both students on that team:

-are in their first year of high school debate competition,

- did not attend a summer debate camp,

- did not attend more than 3 middle school debate tournaments,

- are not in their third or more year of speech/Congress competition.

 

School Eligibility

All students must be enrolled in a high school.

All students must compete under the name of the school they attend.

All students must be accompanied by their school-approved chaperon.

All chaperons must be present and available during the entire tournament and must have student medical consent forms on hand.

Hybrid entries are not allowed.

 

Rules

 

NPDL Rules

NPDL rules will be used unless specified otherwise. NPDL rules go as follows:

 

All rounds will consist of six speeches:
1AC: a 7-minute speech given by the first affirmative speaker
1NC: an 8-minute speech given by the first negation speaker
2AC: an 8-minute speech given by the second affirmative speaker
2NC: an 8-minute speech given by the second negation speaker
1NR: a 4-minute speech given by the first negation speaker
1AR: a 5-minute speech given by the first affirmative speaker

Points of Information will be allowed in any of the first four speeches. Points of Order will be allowed in any of the last two speeches.

All rounds will be preceded by a 20 minute preparation period, during which teams may consult any static materials they choose, including those on the internet, but a team may not consult dynamically with other teams, coaches, or persons outside the team.

 

A team may only bring into each round materials written by hand by the team during the 20 minute preparation period. Internet use shall not be allowed in round.

 

Novice Rules

1AC: a 5-minute speech given by the first affirmative speaker
1NC: a 5-minute speech given by the first negation speaker
2AC: a 5-minute speech given by the second affirmative speaker
2NC: a 5-minute speech given by the second negation speaker
1NR: a 3-minute speech given by the first negation speaker
1AR: a 3-minute speech given by the first affirmative speaker

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

 

Polygon Rules - Open Round 3

Judges and competitors will not be allowed to take notes during the round. Competitors may take notes during preparation time, but may not use those notes during the round.

 

Polygon Rules - Open Round 4

1AC: a 5-minute speech given by the first affirmative speaker

1CX: a 2-minute cross-examination of the affirmative by the negative

1NC: a 7 minute speech given by the first negation speaker

2CX: a 2-minute cross-examination of the negative by the affirmative

2AC: an 7 minute speech given by the second affirmative speaker

3CX: a 1-minute cross-examination of the affirmative by the negative

2NC: an 6 minute speech given by the second negation speaker

4CX: a 1-minute cross-examination of the negative by the affirmative

1NR: a 3 minute speech given by the first negation speaker

1AR: a 4 minute speech given by the first affirmative speaker

Each team may decide which team members asks/answers any given question in the CX.

Points of Information are not allowed.

 

Polygon Rules - Open Round 5

Each team may make up to 6 POIs during the round. The speaker who has the floor may not decline or delay POIs, but must instead yield the floor as soon as a speaker on the opposing side says ‘Point of Information.’ Time is not paused for POIs. POIs should not be longer than 15 seconds. POIs may not be made during protected time (first and last minute of each constuctive) or during rebuttals.

 

Disclaimer

The above policies are tentative. The tournament reserves the right to change them at any time.