2019 Jack Howe Memorial Tournament

2019 — Long Beach, CA/US

Welcome to the 27th Annual Jack Howe Memorial Tournament!

All detailed tournament information can be accessed using the links on the right.

 Friends and Colleagues,

The faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the California State University, Long Beach would like to cordially invite you to attend the 27th** Annual Jack Howe Memorial, hosted by the CSU LB “Beach Forensics” Program on Saturday, September 21–Monday September 23, 2018.  Please note that the 23rd is for policy only hosted at the Tournament hotel. As in past years, we will offer Parliamentary, Policy, Public Forum, Congressional, World School debate, and L-D Debate in addition to the eleven CHSSA Individual Events. We are also pleased to announce that we are offering qualifying bids to the Tournament of Champions in Policy, LD, Speech, and Public Forum debate! We also have NIETOC bids for Speech events that apply. Thank you for all of the returning schools and welcome to all of the newcomers! GO BEACH!


 Courtyard Marriott Airport  135+ taxes no breakfast

3841 N Lakewood Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90808

Call and ask for Julieanne (562) 429-5803 OR



Golden Sails Hotel (formerly Best Western )- Call and ask for Vicki in Sales rate 120+ taxes with breakfast

Best Western Golden Sails Hotel 6285 E. Pacific Coast Highway Long Beach, CA 90803 562-596-1631


Hampton Inn & Homewood Suites by Hilton Long Beach Airport

3771 Lakewood Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90808

Direct: 562-353-5470

Hampton Inn: 562-425-0012


Homewood Suites: 562-425-0010

Hampton Inn Link

Bid changes: We now have a Quarters bid in Public forum and a Semis bid in LD.

1. ALL Chaperone and Liability forms must be filled out at registration. Chaperone forms are for all folks that are above the age of 18 that come along with your group. Liability forms are for every single individual, regardless of age, in your group. You can find more details about this in the 'Judging Information' page. A link to the form can be found on the Right side of this page. If you would like to turn these in before the tournament please scan them into one document and email them to Devenc325@gmail.com. This will make the registration process go faster. 

2. STRICKLY ENFORCED - NO PERSONAL CHECKS ACCEPTED! ONLY Cash, Cashier's check, Money Order, Institution checks, or electronic payment will be available. E-payments by credit card will have a $2.75 service charge. The ability to pay tournament fees online using a credit card.  

PAY ONLINE HERE: https://commerce.cashnet.com/LBS2019JackHoweTourney

 If there were returned checks from last year it will be added to your registration this year with the bounce check fee of $20.00 added. All payments must be paid in full before the elimination rounds on Sunday. PLEASE make sure to do this to prevent any disqualifications.

There will be a 40.00 school fee ( For schools)  and a Private Institution Fee ( For private academies) 75.00

 3. Early Registration will be held on Friday at the Tournament hotel (Courtyard by Marriott 3841 N Lakewood Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90808) in the Lobby from 5PM-9PM. Please Bring you choice of payment, Chaperone forms, Liability forms, any changes in student attendance, and other concerns or questions.

4. Regular registration will NOT be at the Nugget: This year we are naming the area “Beach Front Plaza” where we will hold registration and other business that deals with the tournament. This will be located in front of LA5 (Liberal Arts 5) around the Prospector Pete statue. The tables will be broken down alphabetically and a separate table will be offered for those who made online payments. This will make the registration much easier by not flooding the Nugget area. Attached to the documents is a sketch of the area. 

 5. NO TEAM is to set up shop on or around ANY memorial or statue on campus: there will be penalties for doing so. People will be asked to immediately leave that area and clean it up if witnessed. If you decide to set up shop on any area on campus, ESPECIALLY the union and outdoor spaces, we should not have to walk around and see mounds of trash on your tables or spaces. PLEASE constantly clear your trash when finished. It doesn’t look proper to other visitors to the campus on that day or general staff that are around. We have had problems with people disposing their trash in the past. We would like to not have to be the enforcers, but WE WILL if we see that people have mounds of trash on the property. If you need extra bags to dispose of your trash please let us know and we will take it to the nearest dump.

6. ALL people who intend on judging MUST have a TABROOM.COM account if you plan to judge. There will be no paper ballots for any events except Congress and Speech.

7. We will be offering parent judge training each morning at 7:30AM. Please note, we ONLY offer parent judge training at 7:30 AM. If your parents cannot make the 7:30AM training, it is your responsibility to ensure they are trained to judge at the tournament.

8. The return of CSU LB Beach Forensics merchandise (Timers, Shirts). Details to follow.

9. ALL TROPHIES must be picked up by a representative before Monday, because we would like to substantially limit the shipping of trophies at all costs. 

10. If a judge or competitor has not shown up within 10 minutes please alert the tournament via the helpline number so that we can route that information to the tab room. PLEASE make sure that all of your debaters and teams know this number to report issues. That number is: TBA

11. If there is anything that you see that is problematic i.e. something broken, overflowing trash can, bathroom issue, and anything else please report it to tournament officials ASAP.


We will be bringing back the following features of the Jack Howe:

We will not allow double entry in Extemporaneous Speaking and other individual events. While we have allowed this in past years, it created too many schedule problems and too many speakers were forced to choose between extemp and other speech events.

New for 2019: Students competing in either Novice or Open Student Congress may only double enter in one IE event.  Congress competitors also may not enter Extemp.

Sweepstakes calculation. We will use a percentile system to calculate the top debate program and the top IE program; we will use an "equalization" system to determine the top overall school. This new sweepstakes calculation system is a result of persistent errors in calculation that have resulted from the system we have used to calculate sweepstakes in the past.

Over $10,000 in scholarships to students who win first place in a senior division event. Each top-place finisher will receive a renewable $500 scholarship to attend CSULB and compete on our nationally ranked forensics team, where they will be required to compete for a year. This scholarship is only renewable based on grades, competition, work ethic, and need.  

For general tournament inquiries, please email Deven Cooper (DevenC325@gmail.com); for tournament registration, fees, and administration, please email longbeachforensics@gmail.com. However, you should include both emails on your inquiry to get a faster response.

All our best,

Michael Eisenstadt, Deven Cooper, Aaron Fullman