Junction City JVNovice

2018 — Junction City, KS/US



Dear Debate Coach,

The Junction City High School debate team is hosting a JV/ Novice Tournament on Saturday, October 27, 2018.  Novice Case list limitations will be enforced. Schools are guaranteed entry for up to four teams, and you may request as many extras as you would like. Extras will be granted first to Flint Hills NSDA district and then to those who can provide judges.

We will host five rounds on Saturday at the Freshman Success Academy, 300 W 9th St, Junction City, KS.  Following the preliminary rounds, we will award medals to the top eight teams, and speaker awards to the top eight speakers. The first two rounds will be preset with the remaining rounds being direct power matched high/low. Sweepstakes will be awarded to the top three schools based on the records of the top three teams.

Entry fees are $6.00.  We have room for 80 teams.  There are fast food options nearby, and we are also offering lunch options for those who feel the lunch time may be too limited.  Orders should be completed on tabroom.com by October 23. 

Novice teams are debaters in their first year of debate. 

In accordance with survey results and decisions made by Kansas debate coaches, ALL TEAMS ENTERED IN THE NOVICE DIVISION must run an affirmative case in one of the following areas:

·       Refugees

·       DACA / Dream Act

·       Family-Based Visas

·       Path to Citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the United States (amnesty)

·       H-1B

·       High Skilled Immigration (Employment-based visas)

J/V teams are debaters in their first or second year of debate.  Our purpose is to scaffold success by providing  a challenging environment with similarly experienced debaters.  Please plan your team selection accordingly.

All school sponsors are required to be in the judging pool; we will avoid using you - if possible. Because we are such a small squad, if you can provide assistance with judging, we will be very appreciative.

Our judges will primarily be community members with limited debate experience.  This is an excellent opportunity for you to work with your squads on judge communication.  The judges will be provided information on stock issues, burden of proof and presumption, and the importance of providing a clear reason for decision.

Entries are through tabroom.com and we ask that they are complete by October 19, 2018.  I will adjust waitlists, if applicable on Saturday.



Cathy Rankin

Junction City High School




DEBATE TOPIC: The current KSHSAA-approved resolution. Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States.

ALL TEAMS ENTERED IN THE NOVICE DIVISION must run an affirmative case in one of the following areas:

·       Refugees

·       DACA / Dream Act

·       Family-Based Visas

·       Path to Citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the United States (amnesty)

·       H-1B


·       High Skilled Immigration (Employment-based visas)


TOURNAMENT STYLE: Both divisions will have five rounds.  All teams will debate a pre-set two-round schedule. Each team will debate both sides of the resolution with 8-3-5 time limits and 5 minutes prep time.  No open Cross-ex.


FORFEITS: Any team more than ten minutes late to a round will forfeit the decision, subject to the discretion of the tournament manager.  In any forfeit decision, the winning team will receive a 1-2 speaker point win and the losing team will receive a 3-4 speaker point loss.


JUDGING: One judge will be used in each round (unless we have extra judges and can form panels).  Any coaches or sponsors could be asked to judge, so please advise sponsors of this possibility. May 2018 graduates may be judging.  Third and fourth-year debaters may judge in the  novice division.


AWARDS: Medals will be awarded to the top 8 teams in novice and open division, and to the top eight speakers in each division.   A sweepstakes award will be given to the school with the best four-team record, with at least one team in each division. 


TAB ROOM: The Tab Room will be open.


SCOUTING: Spectators are welcome to watch teams from their own schools, but  must be seated away from the competitors.    Tape recorders and/or video cameras may not be used.


COMPLAINTS: Tournament management reserves the right to handle difficulties in a way that seems fair to us.



Registration 7:45 – 8:15  a.m.

Round 1              8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Round 2              10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Round 3              11:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch    1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Round 4              1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Round 5              3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Awards ASAP