Big Wave Daves Birthday Bash Alt Event Extravaganza

2019 — Claremont, CA/US

Hello High School Coaches!

            What better way to celebrate my birthday than by hosting the Second Annual Big Wave Dave’s Birthday Bash Alt Event Extravaganza!  Please accept our cordial invitation and join us at Claremont High School (Home of the Wolfpack and Bargain Belt Invitationals.)  on Saturday, April 13th for a fun day of competition. This tournament is only open to students in the 9th-12th grade. Which Alt events you ask?  We will feature Big Questions Debate (2 person), World Schools Debate (3-5 person teams), Spontaneous Argument (SPAR), Informative Speaking and Program Oral Interpretation (POI).  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 birthday cake and ice cream for all competitors, coaches, and active judges in attendance.  (That’s right, these are provided FREEE!)  Additional snack food items will be available for purchase at our snack bar.

Events and Divisions

            We will offer 2 patterns. Students may enter up to three events; one event in pattern A and two events in pattern B.  Pattern A will feature Big Questions and World Schools Debate and Pattern B will feature SPAR, POI and Informative.  All debate entrants are guaranteed 5 rounds of competition.  The pattern B speech events will enjoy 3 rounds of competition with a hidden finals. 

1.  Big Questions Debate (Pattern A):  We will utilize the 2-person team format on the 2018-19 topic, “Resolved:  Humans are primarily driven by self-interest.  We will follow NSDA rules, a competition manual can be found here:

2.  World Schools Debate (Pattern A):  We will follow the NSDA rules.  Teams may consist of 3-5 members, however only three persons may speak in a given round.  Prepared topics and Impromptu topic areas will be released on March 1st.            

3.  Spontaneous Argument—SPAR (Pattern B):  We will use the Stanford format and guidelines for SPAR. A guide can be found here:

4.  Informative Speaking (Pattern B):  Informative Speaking is a maximum 10 minute prepared/memorized speech which is informative in nature.  Props may be used but are not required.  We will use the NSDA rules.  Here is a link to more information:

5.  Program Oral Interpretation—POI (Pattern B):  Program Oral Interpretation is a maximum 10 minute prepared/memorized performance around a central theme.  Competitors use a variety of selections from prose, poetry and drama woven into a cohesive performance.  We will use the NSDA rules.  Here is a link to more information:


Awards and Recognition

Awards will be given to all students who advance to the final round of Speech events. The top 8 teams/competitors in each debate event will receive awards unless the entry field is fewer than 16. In this instance, we will award the top 4 in those events.  There will be Individual Speaker Awards for the top 5 individual speakers in both the Big Questions and World Schools fields.



Entry Procedure and Fees

All tournament entry will be handled through  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 ( or text (951-966-4417).

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.

Make checks payable to: CHS-ASB

Each Student in Attendance:     $25.00 (Entry in up to 3 events, lunch, dinner and birthday cake & ice cream!)


Judges and Chaperones

Schools/Programs must provide one judge for every two (2) entries in debate, and one judge for every five (5) entries in Speech.  A single judge may cover both debate and speech entries, but this is a heavy workload! These judges must be prepared to judge all day and coaches should consider this carefully before double-booking your judges.  Schools may choose to purchase judge commitments at a rate of $100 per hired judge.

All schools and programs must have an identified and official 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.










Big Wave Dave’s Birthday Bash

Alt Event Extravaganza!

Tournament Schedule


Saturday, April 13

8:00am                                    Pattern A Round 1                                          BQ & Worlds

8:30am – 9:30am                   Registration in Main Office for all events

9:30am                                     Pattern A Round 2                                          BQ & Worlds

10:45am                                  Pattern B Round 1                                          SPAR/POI/Info

11:45am-12:15                       Lunch (Free to ALL Competitors, Judges, Coaches)       

12:15pm                                  Pattern A Round 3                                          BQ & Worlds 

1:30pm                                    Pattern B Round 2                                          SPAR/POI/Info         

2:30pm                                    Pattern A Round 4                                          BQ & Worlds

3:45pm                                    Pattern B Round 3                                          SPAR/POI/Info

4:45pm                                    Pattern A Round 5                                          BQ & Worlds

6:00pm-6:30pm                     Dinner (Free to ALL Competitors, Judges, Coaches)

6:15pm                                    Pattern B                                                         Speech Finals

7:00pm                                   Birthday Cake & Ice Cream (Free to all in attendance)

7:30pm                                   Awards