Jeffco Novice

2019 — Littelton, CO/US

The Jeffco Novice Speech and Debate Tournament





You are cordially invited to participate in the 2019 Jeffco Novice Tournament.  The tournament will be held Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Columbine High School (6201 S Pierce St, Littleton, CO 80123).  Registration will be 8:00 am and end at 8:30 am.


We will be using current CHSAA rules, including the uses of electronic information retrieval. We will be using the new timing rules for PF


Pre-Registration:  All schools that are planning to attend must pre-register through no later than Wednesday, October 16, 2019.  For entries past that date, please email Tammie Peters at  Please notify us of all drops as soon as possible.  I will call or email you if I have questions or we are full.



Events: We will offer CX, PF, LD, HI, DI, PoI, Poetry, Duo Interp, OO, Informative, and Extemp.  While the competition will be mixed, competitors will be allowed to select from National and International topics.  If events are small, we reserve the right to combine similar events to enhance competition.  STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DOUBLE ENTER!!!!

Novices in CX are limited to these novice rules:

·         No counterplans or kritiks

·         Aff cases are limited to Saudi Arabia, Small Arms and Light Weapons, Drone Exports, and India


Limits on Entries:  Each school is limited to a maximum of 10 entries in each event.  We might be able to accommodate more after pre-registration ends; please email Tammie Peters with requests for additional entries.  We will close the tournament when we fill the rooms we have available; I will inform you when that occurs.



Fees:  The fees are $6.00 per student, based on pre-registration numbers as of October 16.  Please make checks payable to Chatfield Senior HS – Memo line to read Jeffco Novice.  Mail checks to Chatfield Senior HS, attention Kevin Brich, 7227 South Simms Street, Littleton, CO  80127

For Jeffco Schools:  Transfer payment to Chatfield Forensics Acct #SR030-451000-73200-1623


Judging:  Schools are expected to provide experienced forensic and debate students to judge.  Please bring one event judge for every six event entries and one debate judge for every two debate entries.  With enough judges, we will single wave LD and PF, so bring a lot.  Please inform your judges and competitors of appropriate behavior.  (If you are a new program and don’t have any advanced students who can judge, just let Tammie know.)


Schedule:  All events, including debates, will have 3 rounds.  (We are planning to single wave LD & PF)

8:00-8:30 – Registration

9:00 – Round I

10:30 – Round II

1:00 – Round III

2:30 – Awards


Awards:  We will award Superior and Excellent ribbons to top performers.  We intend to be extremely generous with awards.


Concerns or Questions:  If you have any questions or need clarification please contact us at any time.  The tournament chair is Kevin Brich at


Food:  Will be available for competitors and judges to purchase.  Free food will not be provided to judges.  Lunch and snacks will be provided for coaches.  There will be a concession stand for breakfast and lunch.


Definition:  Novice is defined as a student in the first semester of competition in either public speaking or interpretation.  Generally, an experienced debater is not a novice in OO or Extemp, but may be a novice in Interp.  Your judgment is the final rule concerning whether a student belongs at this tournament of novices, and I will not question your judgment.


Judges Clinic:  We will offer a judging clinic for adult judges.  The clinic will run from 9:00-12:00, and participants will be encouraged to observe round 3.