Claremont Wolfcub Middle School Tournament

2019 — Claremont, CA/US

Hello Speech and Debate Coaches,

            Please accept our cordial invitation to Claremont High School’s WolfCub Invitational on April 13th, a premier competition opportunity for middle school and upper elementary-age students (Grades 5-8). We look forward to hosting you and your student competitors and providing a great Saturday of competition. Below you will find all of the specific details relating to the tournament. If you have any questions, please contact me via email at: We are pleased to be able to provide complementary lunch, dinner and ice cream social for all competitors, coaches, and active judges in attendance.  (That’s right, these are provided at no extra cost!)  Additional snack food items will be available for purchase at our snack bar.

Events and Divisions

            We will offer 2 patterns. Students may enter one event in Pattern A (Debate/Congress) and up to two events in Pattern B (Speech) with the following exception: A student entering Extemporaneous or SPAR may only enter one Pattern B event. To clarify, students may enter up to three events; consisting of one debate event and two speech events.  Exceptions:  A student entering Extemporaneous or SPAR may only enter one event in the speech pattern; but may still enter one debate event.  All debate entrants are guaranteed 5 rounds of competition.  The Student Congress contest will consist of 3 rounds of competition advancing to a finals round.  Additionally, we offer a division of Policy Debate.  Policy competitors may not enter any other event.  Policy is open to all 5-8th grade competitors and any 9th grade policy competitors deemed “Beginner” by their coach.  Coach’s discretion applies here.   

Pattern A Debate Events: (We will feature 4 debates events)


1.  Public Forum Debate:  We will use the April PF topic (Varsity High School Topic) and NSDA rules, except that sides will be set by computer and Pro will speak first in all rounds.

Resolved:        (Topic will be released March 1st)

2.  Lincoln-Douglas Debate:  We will use the March/April LD Topic (Varsity High School Topic) and NSDA rules.

Resolved:        The illegal use of drugs ought to be treated as a matter of public health, not of criminal justice.            

3.  WolfCub Spontaneous Parliamentary Debate:  We will use our own unique hybrid of CHSSA and MSPDP Parliamentary formats. Teams may consist of either 2 or 3 debaters.  We will release topic areas on March 1st so the students can prepare  and research a general topic area.  Specific resolutions for each round will be released 20 minutes prior to the round.  During the 20 minutes of preparation time, students may consult any printed research they have on the topic area.  We will use a controlled prep room with colored paper.  During the round, debaters may only consult their notes on the provided color paper.  Debaters will be released from the prep room after 20 minutes and debates should begin within 5 minutes.  Points of Information (POIs) may be requested at any time during the constructive speeches.  Appropriate heckling is allowed. 

Prop 1st Constructive  5 minutes

Opp 1st Construction  5 minutes

Prop 2nd Constructive  5 minutes

Opp 2nd Constructive  5 minutes

Opp Rebuttal  5 minutes

Prop Rebuttal  5 minutes

4.  Student Congress:  We will follow California rules/guidelines. We have both middle school and elementary divisions, but if there are not enough entries, the divisions will be collapsed.  There will be no presiding officer contest, nor a requirement to bring presiding officers. Legislation will be released on March 1st. 

Pattern B Speech Events: (We will feature 10 different speech events)

In Speech, we are offering:  Oratory, Extemporaneous, Impromptu, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Prose/Poetry Interpretation, Declamation, SPAR, Informative(Expos), and Storytelling. We will follow NSDA guidelines for the Middle School Speech events. SPAR will use Stanford format and guidelines.  Students may enter up to two speech events in Pattern B.  (Exception:  SPAR and Extemporaneous may only single enter in Pattern B events.)

Awards and Recognition

Awards will be given to all students who advance to the final round of Speech events.  All students who advance to the final round of Student Congress will receive awards.   The top 8 teams/competitors in each debate division will receive awards unless the entry field is fewer than 16. In this instance, we will award the top 4 in those divisions.  There will be Individual Sweepstakes awards (The Wolf Cub Warrior Award) given to the overall top 3 individual competitors.  We will also award Team Sweepstakes (The Wolf Cub Cup) to the top three schools/programs.

Entry Procedure and Fees

All tournament entry will be handled through the site: The deadline to add entries on the website will be Thursday, April 11th at 11:00 pm. Any “Adds” after this deadline may be considered via email (

Drops may be made online without penalty until 11:00 pm Thursday, April 11th.  At 11:00pm on Thursday April 11th the online system will be frozen and invoices will be locked.  Schools are responsible for payment of all registered entries as of this time.  Any drops after this deadline will still be charged the regular entry fee. Any changes after this deadline may be requested via email.  (

Entry fees must be paid in full at registration by the coach or official adult chaperone in charge.

Make checks payable to: CHS-ASB

Each Student in Attendance:     $50.00 (Includes entry in up to 3 events, lunch, dinner & Ice Cream Social)

(Discount entry rate is available for all public school programs with 50% or higher free and reduced lunch.  Please inquire about this discount if you are a public school with 50% or higher free and reduced lunch.)

Online Information will contain all information for the tournament including schedule, campus map, and the Invitation document itself. Congress bills and Parli topic areas will be posted on March 1st, 2019.

Judges and Chaperones

Schools must provide one judge for every three (3) entries in debate, and one judge for every six (6) entries in Congress or Speech.  Judges MAY cover both debate and speech commitment at the same time.  (Note:  This will be a full day of judging and coaches should clearly explain this to any judges entered in both patterns.)  High School students may judge. Please note that student judges should be mature 11th or 12th grade students with forensics competition experience.  Schools may choose to purchase judge commitments at a rate of $100 per hired judge. In emergency situations, every coach of record should be willing to judge if needed.

All schools and programs must have an identified adult chaperone on campus at all times.  The adult chaperone will be the “Person of Record” and will be registered with the tournament as the chaperone on site for any and all issues which may arise.  This “Person of Record” shall be identified and registered with the Tournament Director during the morning registration process.  Students found to be on campus without an adult chaperone will be immediately dropped from the tournament. 



To reach Claremont HS exit the 10 Fwy at Indian Hill Blvd. and travel North, passing through the Claremont Village. About two miles north, after crossing Foothill Blvd., Claremont HS will be on the left side. Or, exit the 210 Frwy at Baseline and travel west on Baseline to Indian Hill Blvd. Turn left on Indian Hill Blvd. The high school will be on the right side. There is adequate, but limited parking in the main lot. Registration will be in the teacher’s lounge (800 Quad). Judges’ room will be in the Library.



Saturday, April 13

7:30am – 8:00am                     Registration in Teacher’s Lounge/800 Quad for all events

8:30am                                    PF/LD/Parli Rd. 1                               Congress Rd. 1           Policy Rd. 1

9:30am                                    PF/LD/Parli Rd. 2

10:00am                                                                                              Congress Rd. 2           Policy Rd. 2               

10:30am                                  PF/LD/Parli Rd. 3                                                                                          

11:30-12:30                            Lunch (Free to all in attendance)     Lunch                         Lunch                        

12:00 noon                                                                                          Congress Rd. 3           Policy Rd. 3

12:30pm                                  PF/LD/Parli Rd. 4                                                                  

1:30pm                                    PF/LD/Parli Rd. 5                               Congress Finals          

2:00pm – 2:30pm                   Speech Only Alternate Registration in Teacher’s Lounge/800 Quad                     

2:30pm                                                                                                                                    Policy Rd. 4

3:00pm                                    Speech Round. 1

3:30pm                                   Debate Awards

4:00pm                                    Speech Round. 2                                                                     Policy Rd. 5

5:00pm                                   Dinner Break (Free to all in attendance)   

6:00pm                                    Speech Round. 3

7:00pm                                   Ice Cream Social (Free to all in attendance)

7:30pm(or earlier!)                Speech Awards