Fayetteville March Madness Invitational

2019 — Fayetteville, AR/US

Fayetteville High School Debate and Forensics

March Madness 2019

March 8th and 9th, 2019

Fayetteville High School

#1 Bulldog Ave. Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701

Contact:  479-685-8205



The Fayetteville High School Debate and Forensics Team is pleased to invite you to the 2019 March Madness Tournament & Junior High Invitational on Friday, March 8th and Saturday, March 9th, 2019.


Event Information: The Fayetteville Tournament is a qualifying tournament for the ACTAA State Tournament of Champions this April. We will utilize a two-fold method of tabulation. One method will be cumulative. This is the most common method used in Arkansas. Each of your entries dependent on their rank, win-loss record, and placement will receive points for your school. This is not capped by a ‘sweep-slate” The other method will be based upon squad efficiency. This will be determined based upon the ratio of breaks per individual student competing for your school. Therefore we will be offering the following sweepstake categories; Cumulative Sweeps, Squad Efficiency Sweeps, Junior High Cumulative Sweeps. If you have specific questions about this method, please contact rachelmauchline@gmail.com


Registration:  We will be using Tabroom for registration and tabulation purposes! Tabroom will have public access to tournament related documents, pairings, and results for the tournament.  Your students, coaches, and judges will be able to sign up for “live updates” so they know any information relating to them. Search “Fayetteville March Madness” on Tabroom. The deadline for entries is FRIDAY, March 1st at 4:00pm.  


Changes to Registration: There will be fees for registration changes made after the deadline. Additions and/or drops made after 4pm on Friday March 1st will have a $10 fee per change. It’s SO much easier to do a simple name change. Even if you have already requested your check, you WILL be required and contacted to pay for these fees. Even if you request the PO before changes are made, you will still have to pay these fees later or with cash at the tournament. If you have any drops/adds/name changes, you will need to email these directly to rachelmauchline@gmail.com ASAP.


Judge Requirements: One qualified judge must be provided for every ten IE/Congress entries and every four debate teams. Students may enter multiple events in a given round, but and rounds will not be held late to accommodate students with multiple entries. Refunds will not be granted for students who miss rounds due to multiple entries.


Congressional Debate: For congressional debate, we will utilize the TFA Spring 2019 docket, along with legislation submitted by schools.  Specific legislation for each session will be stated once the entire docket has been created. Each school will be able to submit two pieces of legislation in NSDA style. This legislation will need to be emailed to samantha.johnson@fayar.net  by Tuesday February 26th at 4pm. The docket will be released soon after.


Topics Used: Lincoln Douglas Debaters will use the March/April NSDA Topic. Public Forum Debaters will use the March NSDA Topic. Policy Debaters will use the 2018-2019 NSDA Topic. Big Questions Debaters will use the 2018-2019 NSDA Topic. Congressional Debaters will use the provided docket. Impromptu and Extemp will use topics released at a later date.


Inclusivity Statement: We will be providing a gender neutral bathroom and the location will be sent to coaches and updated in our invitation ASAP.  Also, if anyone needs handicap accessible rooms, please reach out so we can make our tournament as accessible to everyone as possible! We have an elevator located in the commons area for anyone to use throughout the tournament.


New Rules: We will be utilizing the new updated rules by NSDA. This includes the rule about internet usage in debate rounds and extemp. We are currently trying to secure internet access from the school, but at this time can’t guarantee that. We will keep you updated on this endeavor. Be sure to be aware of the new NSDA rules and times regarding certain events such as for duet improv. If you have any questions about these rules, please email samantha.johnson@fayar.net


Tabulation Notes: We will predict to have divided divisions between novice and varsity in debate- but have the ability to collapse to an open division based on entry numbers. We will not break brackets in elimination rounds and will default roll/walkover elimination rounds unless contacted by a coach. You will also need to provide your own judge if you decide to not do a roll for an elimination round. If you know prior to the tournament that you won’t want to do rolls, please contact rachelmauchline@gmail.com and let her know so it speeds up the tabulation process.


Arrival at FHS: Please do NOT arrive on campus before 4:15pm! Have your bus driver drop off students in front of the high school on Buchanan Ave and students will be outside to direct you to registration and our judges table. Registration will take place in the tabroom with Antha Johnson. Please come by even if your check is in the mail so we can confirm your registration. We will be providing wonderful concessions, so we ask that students AND coaches do not bring any outside food! Please help us support our program by informing students AND parents of this request.  


We look forward to seeing you at FHS this March!

Samantha Johnson- Fayetteville High School Director of Speech and Debate


Rachel Mauchline- March Madness Tabulation Coordinator