Orange County Speech League Open Fall

2018 — Irvine, CA/US

Welcome to the Orange County Speech League's 2018 Fall Tournament, to be hosted by Northwood High School in Irvine, on Saturday, November 10th.


Northwood High School

4515 Portola Pkwy

Irvine, CA 92620


Principal's Designation Letter


Before any school is permitted to compete in any OCSL tournament, they must have a signed copy of the Principal's Designation Letter on file with the League.  This document confirms who is offically designated to represent each school as the official sponsor with the League, and who is authorized to represent the school as an official chaperone at League tournaments.  Please have your principal fill out and sign the letter, which can be downloaded from the front page of each OCSL tournament website, and return it to the league no later than registration of first League tournament your school participates in this year.



Debate will be first, beginning at 8:00, with Speech & Congress to follow at 10:00. Rounds will alternate.


7:15am-7:45 am - Registration

8:00am - Round 1 - Debate

10:00am - Round 1 - Speech & Congress

11:30am - Round 2 - Debate

1:30pm - Round 2 - Speech & Congress

3:00pm - Round 3 - Debate

5:00pm - Round 3 - Speech & Congress

6:45pm - Awards


Novice Eligibility

Novice eligibility has been tweaked from years past. We will have 2 classifications of events - Debate (Policy, LD, PF, Parli, & Congress) & Speech (All speech events).  A student is considered a novice in a category only if they have not competed in any events in that classification in the past at the HS level. Additionally, in order to be novice-eligible in either category, a student must be in no more than their 2nd year of competition at the HS level.  All Jr. High students are seen as Novice in the OCSL. This may impact how invitationals and other organizations view them once they enter high school. OCSL is not responsible for novice definitions and restrictions used by invitationals and other organizations. 
OCSL only accepts entries from accredited High Schools, Jr Highs, and home schools with a valid CBEDs number. OCSL dose not allow academies. 
Examples: A junior who began their first year of competition last year as a sophomore and only did IEs during that year would be eligible as a novice in debate, but not IEs.  However, a junior who has debated since freshman year but has never done IEs would NOT be considered a novice in either because they are in their third year of competition overall. 



Double Entry

Students may enter 1 Debate event (Pattern A), & up to 2 Individual Events (Pattern B).  



1. Students may not enter both IX & USX.

2. Students entering Student Congress or PO may NOT enter another IE. 


Pattern A: Debate Events

Novice/Open Lincoln-Douglas - TBA

Novice/Open Parliamentary Debate

Policy Debate

Novice/Open Public Forum - TBA


Pattern B: Novice/Open Individual Events & Congress

Dramatic Interp

Duo Interp


Humorous Interp


International Extemp

Oratorical Interp

Original Advocacy

Original Oratory

Original Prose & Poetry

Student Congress

Presiding Officer - Student Congress

Program Oral Interp

United States Extemp

Novice Prose & Poetry




One judge can NOT fill both a debate and an IE obligation.  Attempting to double enter a judge will result in an uncovered judge obligation fee.

Judges will be in the active pool for all 3 rounds of their event type, and for 1 round of the other pattern.  For example, debate judges will be in the pool for all 3 debate rounds, and 1 IE round. Judges will be on standby for the other two rounds of their other pattern type. 

We will provide training for any judges who need it. Failure to bring judges will result in a judge buy out fee of $100 for each judge. If this is fee is something your school cannot afford and you cannot find enough judges on your own please reach out to OCSL leadership and we will try to find volunteers to cover your obligation. This offer is only open to low income schools. All others will be charged and judges will be hired.


Entry Limits

All events will be initially capped at 10 entries per school in order to provide all schools with an opportunity to enter. Entries beyond 10 will be waitlisted and granted entry based upon available space.

League Dues Invoice

League Dues are $30.00 per school per year. It will e added to your tournament invoice if you have not paid it at a prior tournament.