Winter at the Beach

2019 — Long Beach, CA, CA/US



The faculty, staff, students, administration, and alumni of the California State University, Long Beach cordially invites you to attend the Winter at the Beach, hosted by the California State University Long Beach  “Beach Forensics” Program on Friday January 25– Sunday January 27, 2019 .  Policy will be registered on this site! What better place to spend some of your winter break than at the BEACH! GOOOO BEACH!

We encourage participating teams and schools to contribute to and provide updated information about their most recent affirmative and negative positions to be more community like.


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California State University, Long Beach has a responsibility to provide employees and students with a safe working and learning environment. Given the fact that smoking is the most significant cause of premature and preventable death in the United States today, California State University, Long Beach is 100% smoke, vapor, and tobacco-free, effective September 1, 2016. Tobacco policies apply to all students, staff, administrators, faculty and guests of California State University, Long Beach.




Novice, Junior and Open debate. CEDA eligibility rules apply, but we may collapse novice and junior based on the number of entrants. Hybrids teams are welcome, but the schools will have to work out judging and payment arrangements. This year we will not have Speech and Parli, but we will welcome it back in years to come. 


We will be using the 2018-2019 CEDA/NDT resolution.

“Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase statutory and/or judicial restrictions on the executive power of the President of the United States in one or more of the following areas: authority to conduct first-use nuclear strikes; congressionally delegated trade power; exit from congressional-executive agreements and Article II treaties; judicial deference to all or nearly all federal administrative agency interpretations of statutes and/or regulations; the bulk incidental collection of all or nearly all foreign intelligence information on United States persons without a warrant.”

Time limits are 9-3-6 with 10 minutes of prep time.  Judges should pick one winning team in each debate and use a 30-point speaker scale with decimals in tenths of a point – no ties allowed.




All people on campus here MUST fill out a liability form due at registration. This form is uploaded on the right under information.



Entry fees will be $60 per person attending (includes all coaches, judges, helpers, etc.) and a $25 school fee. Uncovered teams will be a fee of 175.00. We accept cash, money orders, and institutional checks. ALL fees must be paid before competition proceeds. ALL checks must be made payable to “ CSU Long Beach Forensics.” DO NOT MAIL CHECKS.



Housing near Long Beach is at a premium. We urge folks to reserve space immediately. Though there are an abundance of hotels in Long Beach, we have negotiated reduced rates at this HOTEL:

Courtyard Marriott Long Beach Airport

3841 North Lakewood Blvd Long Beach, CA 90808   Phone:  (562) 429-5803    Fax:  (562) 429-5804

$129.00/ Night


Guest room charges are subject to the current 15.065% hotel room tax and a $0.40 California tourism assessment fee.


Complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the entire Hotel

Complimentary overnight self-parking (Retail: $12.00)


It is understood that guest room reservations will be made via Individual Call-In or Reservation Link and must be made by the cut-off date of Friday, January 10, 2019.


Individuals can call central reservations 24 hours a day at (888)236-2427, or hotel reservations directly at (562)4295803 to make their reservations. 


Individuals making reservations must mention the CSULB Debate Room Block in order to receive the contracted rate.


NOT PROVIDED, but there are meters and pay stations. Parking is enforced even on the weekends. Parking is “virtual,” so you will need to use one of the kiosks located in the parking lot.



Fly in to the Long Beach Airport (LGB) or (SNA) John Wayne Orange County Airport. Major air-carriers at this airport are Southwest, Delta, JetBlue, and American at (LGB) and more at (SNA). 



One team requires four rounds of judging commitment, and two teams require 6 rounds of judging commitment. Each school is expected to provide judges to accompany their teams or hire them. Every judge entered must have a judging philosophy posted on All hired judging should occur through the judge hiring function. All judges are committed through the first elimination debate on Sunday, or one round beyond which their team is eliminated. Judges should be able to cover a school's commitment despite potential constraints. 


We will use ordinal judge preferences for preliminary and elimination debate rounds.  Preferences will be available on between January 23 and January 25 at 1PM.  Preferences will be due no later than 1:00 PM. (PST) on Friday January 25, 2019.  


All judges at the tournament are expected to render a decision within 2 hours and 15 minutes of the scheduled start time for preliminary debates and within 2 hours and 30 minutes of the scheduled start time for an elimination debate.  Failure to abide by the time limit will result in the tab room flipping a coin to decide the winner the round.  All judges must render a decision where they indicate one, and only one, team that won the round. Judges' ballots not adhering to this rule will be corrected by the tab room, flipping a coin to determine the winner.


We will provide a room where judges and coaches can go to get snacks, coffee, and lunches as we have in years prior. Please be sure to help with maintaining a clean space for everyone to share. We will constantly change the trash and replenish, but make sure the trash goes in the proper place.




Friday, Jan 25, 2019

2:30 – 3:30 Registration (ALL Payments DUE)

3:30 Release pairings Released

4:30 Round 1 (pre-set) 

7:00 Round 2 (pre-set)


Saturday, Feb 3, 2019

8:30 Release pairings

9:30 Round 3

12:00 Round 4

2:00 Lunch (provided)

3:00 Round 5

6:00 Round 6


Sunday, Jan 27, 2019

7:45 First Elimination pairing released at school.

8:45 First Elimination round

11:30 Awards

1:00 Second Elimination round

3:30 Third Elimination Round

Other rounds to follow as appropriate