GDSDA NIETOC Qualifier Desert Oasis

2019 — Las Vegas, NV/US

Welcome Coaches and Competitors,

The Golden Desert Speech and Debate League, and its coaches, would like to invite you to the annual Golden Desert Individual Events Invitational to be held Friday, November 15 & Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Desert Oasis HS is located in Las Vegas NV, at 6600 W Erie Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89141

This is an NIETOC Qualifying Tournament in all main event IEs The GDSDA has been hosting the tournament for over a decade and last year Oratory and Duo had qualifying bids at quarterfinals, followed by Informative, DI, HI & POI with semifinal bids.  We anticipate most events to have semifinal bid rounds and we hosting the new qualifying event: extemp speaking. Both divisions Domestic and International extemp are available and the  topic areas will be posted prior to the tournament. Internet usage is allowed in extemp prep but not in the extemp round. This will be a paneled tournament, allowing students to double enter in both panels and extemp competitors may compete in a second event during the same panel at their own risk. 

 The panels are as follows: 

 Panel AOratory, Domestic Extemp, Duo InterpretationHumorous Interpretation

Panel B: Informative Speaking, Foreign Extemp,  Dramatic InterpretationPOI (Program Oral Interpretation)  

 We will be hosting three rounds of Panel A on Friday, night and three rounds of Panel B on Saturday morning. Â Quarterfinals, Semifinal and Final rounds will be held as needed on Saturday afternoon due to entry limit. There will be awards based on Friday and Saturday results.  All IE events will be offered as Open in NIETOC qualifying events.

Bids are gained at the following levels:

0-19 contestants = FIRST PLACE BID

20-34 contestants = FIRST, SECOND & THIRD PLACE BIDS

35-50 contestants = FINAL ROUND BIDS

51-70 contestants = SEMIFINAL ROUND BIDS

71-99 contestants = QUARTERFINAL ROUND BIDS

 100 + contestants = OCTOFINAL ROUND BIDS

The important dates for this tournament are as follows:

Entries due:  Wednesday, November 13th @ 3 PM

Fees Finalized: Wednesday, November 13th @ 3PM

Final Add/Drops: Thursday, November 14th @ 3PM

Drops after the deadline: $10 per entry (we would rather have a substitute than a drop)

Uncovered judges fees $20 per round *Teams are responsible for 1 judge per every 5 entries in IEs and MUST provide judges for the first out round. 

There are several hotels in the area close by the school. South Point Hotel Casino & Spa or the Silverton Hotel  & Casino. The Silverton Hotel has a separate building(non-gaming) not connected to the casino property. Hampton Inn South Las Vegas is also nearby and all hotels offer rooms under $100 per night. Southwest, Frontier & Spirit Airlines often have the best deals for your Las Vegas travel needs and in a 24-7 town good food is always nearby and available. We love our judges and feed them well and the experience for all out of state friends is top notch! Please join us in Las Vegas for a top rated NIETOC qualifying tournament experience.

We look forward to having you and your team competing at the Golden Desert NIETOC Tournament. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact either GDSDA District Chair or Tournament Director 

Julie Roos                                           Shiela Berselli                                  Cory Brown  

GDSDA District Chair                     Tournament Director                      Tournament Host