Simpson Storm Indianola High School

2019 — Des Moines, IA/US

Welcome to the Simpson Storm

hosted at Indianola High School! 


We are pleased to welcome you to Indianola High School for an early-season, full-service speech and debate tournament! If you have any questions, please contact Spencer Waugh at and we'll be happy to help. We look forward to seeing you Friday, Sept. 27 and/or Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019! 


We will use the 2019 NSDA policy debate resolution.

We will use the September/October NSDA LD debate resolution.

We will use the September/October NSDA Public Forum resolution.

Congress legislation: Teams participating in Congress should send legislation to Deano Pape at no later than Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 at 5 p.m. CST.  


Enter on Initial entry deadline is Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at 5 p.m CST. All drops must be submitted via Tabroom by Sept. 25, 2019 at noon. All changes after that date and time must be emailed to Spencer at 

Entry and judge fees will be set on Monday, Sept. 23, at 5 p.m. CST. You will be charged for any entries dropped or changed after this time.


We are not limiting school entries at this point.  In the event that any one school has a majority of the entries in any one division, we will divide their entries into two separate color groups, and they will debate each other, possibly in front of their own judges.


IEs will be Friday evening only 2 Prelims + Final

PF will be Saturday only 5 prelims + appropriate outrounds

Student Congress will run both Friday-only and again as a Saturday-only event.  (Example:  A student could do Friday Congress and Saturday PF. Likewise a student could do Friday AND Saturday Congress.)  There will be awards for each day of Congress.

Novice LD will also run both Friday-only and again as a Saturday-only event. 
Friday-only:  4 single-flighted rounds + 1 outround.
Saturday-only:  4 single-flighted rounds + 1-2 outrounds.

Varsity LD  Friday & Saturday 5 Prelims (may be double flighted) + outrounds

Novice & Varsity Policy  Friday & Saturday 5 Prelims + appropriate outrounds

NOTE:  In Novice Policy, teams must observe the Iowa limits.  Please email Spencer for additional information (


IEs: $10 per individual event entry

PF: $20 per team

Policy: $30 per team

Novice LD: $10 per entry per day

Varsity LD: $20 per entry

Congress: $10 per student per day

 Judge Information


IEs: 1 judge per six entries. Each uncovered entry is a $10 judge fee.

Congress: 1 judge per eight entries. Each uncovered entry is a $10 judge fee (per day). 

Public Forum: 1 judge per 2 teams. Each uncovered team is a $100 judge fee.

Novice LD: 1 judge per two entries. Each uncovered entry is $25 per entry (per day).

Varsity LD: 1 judge per four entries. Each uncovered entry is $50.

Policy: 1 judge per two teams. Each uncovered entry is $100 per team. 


Please pay fees at time of registration on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019.

Checks should be made out to Simpson College ATTN: Spencer Waugh 

Mail fees to:

Simpson College, Attn: Spencer Waugh
701 N “C” St
Indianola, IA 50125


Country Inn & Suites (newest hotel) 
501 E. Trail Ridge Avenue
Indianola IA 50125
(515) 962-5777

Quality Inn  (formerly Super 8; remodeled)
1701 N Jefferson Way
Indianola, IA, 50125
(515) 961-0058

Apple Tree Inn
1215 N Jefferson Way
Indianola, IA 50125
(515) 961-0551


Policy debaters will use the 2019-20 NSDA resolution, with 8 minute constructives and 5 minute rebuttals (8 minutes of preparation time per team).

Lincoln-Douglas debaters will debate the September-October NSDA resolution, using the 6-3-7-3-4-6-3 format with 4 minutes of preparation time. Debaters should be guided in their preparation by the NSDA topic description for LD debate. Novice debaters will use the Novice LD Special First Topic.

Public Forum debaters will debate the September-October resolution, using standard NSDA time format. Each round will begin with the coin flip, as prescribed by the NSDA event guidelines.


Judge’s Lounge provided.

Reasonably priced concessions will be available for students.