Novice Tournament Extravaganza

2019 — Newcastle, ME/US

Lincoln Academy

October 19, 2019
Novice Tournament Extravaganza


Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by 11:55 p.m. to

Cell phone for day of the tournament (Kathleen Halm) 207-315-5494.  

Drops can be texted to Kathleen Halm at the number above.

Registration information

You may enter individual students on Tabroom until 11:55 p.m. on Wednesday.

Registration site:


You may drop students on Tabroom until 8:00 a.m. Saturday.

Drops after 8:00 a.m. on the day of the tournament will be charged a $10 nuisance fee. Please text 207-370-4632 with any drops on the morning of.


Entry fees are frozen at 8 p.m. Friday.

  • Lincoln-Douglas: $7 per entry ($3.50 per person for new schools)

  • Public Forum: $14 per team ($7 per team for new schools)

  • Congressional Debate: $7 ($3.50 per person for new schools)

  • Speech*: $7 per student entry ($3.50 per student entry for new schools)

*Single entry only due to room constraints.


  • Lincoln-Douglas (novice competitors only)

  • Public Forum (Pro-am novice paired with veteran). For this tournament, pair a varsity debater with a novice debater so the novice can be mentored in situ. For those with only varsity or only novices contact PF moderator Joe Pelletier to arrange pairings across teams.

  • Congress: House and Senate as numbers and judges allow. All levels welcome.

  • Speech (novice competitors only): Oratorical Declamation, Prose Reading, Poetry Reading, Duo Interpretation

NOTE: Except for Congress and Public Forum, all events are exclusively for competitors who have not previously participated in high school speech or debate. This includes crossovers (1 year of speech disqualifies from novice debate and vice versa).

Event Topics


Resolved: In the United States, colleges and universities ought not consider standardized tests in undergraduate admissions decisions.

Public Forum

Resolved: The European Union should join the Belt and Road Initiative.

Judge requirements

All fractional entries round up.

  • Lincoln-Douglas: 1 judge* for 2 entries

  • Public Forum**: 1 judge for 2 teams

  • Congressional Debate**: 1 judge for 5 entries

  • Speech: 1 judge* for 5 entries

*Veteran debaters and speech competitors who have earned 150 NSDA points (or equivalent for not NSDA schools) are eligible to judge Speech and Lincoln-Douglas! Veteran debaters and speech competitors with fewer points can shadow judge. Shadow judges do not count towards your judging requirements, but are eligible for NSDA points.

**Please note: The PF pro-am and Congressional Debate require adult judges.

Judge training

Judge training sessions and opportunities to shadow will be available for all new adult judges. Bring them to learn the fine art of judging!

Purchasing judges

There will be a limited number of judges to purchase for $60 per judge. You must clear your request with the tournament director by Wednesday, October 16.

Judge Timers

All judges should bring their own timer. Mobile devices in Airplane mode are acceptable for use as timers. There are many apps specifically designed to time events.


There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies awarded to the top three debaters, top three Congressional novice debaters, and top two speechies in each category. Note: While Congress is not exclusively novice, only novice Congressional debaters will be eligible for trophies.


8:00-8:30 Registration check in (please arrive early)

8:45 Judges welcome and extended briefings

9:30 Round 1 (Speech, Debate)

9:15 Congress morning session

10:15 Round 2 (Speech, Debate); Special workshop: Tabroom for new coaches

11:00 Round 3 (Speech, Debate, if possible)

11:30 Congress lunch

12:00 Debate and Speech lunch, Congress afternoon session

1:00: Round 4 (Debate, Speech)

3:30: Awards


Breakfast and lunch items will be for sale to students. Students who do not wish to buy or who have dietary preferences or restrictions should bring their own. Students should not leave the school during the tournament. Water only is allowed in the classrooms.

Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served to the judges. 


Lincoln Academy, 81 Academy Hill Rd. Newcastle, Maine, 04553

Note: There is no direct method of arriving at Lincoln Academy.

From Points North

Bangor and Orono: Take route 1A South through Hamden. Continue onto route 1 South through Camden. Take a right onto route 90 in Camden/Rockport. Take a right onto route 1 South. Continue until you arrive in Newcastle. There will be signs for Lincoln Academy on Route 1. From the exit ramp, take a left, and at the next intersection, take a right onto Academy Hill Road. 

From Points Central

From Augusta, take route 27 South to Wiscasset. At the end of 27, take a left onto route 1 North. In Newcastle, take the route 1B exit. You will arrive at an intersection where the road you are on curves right. You want to go straight at this curve to the intersection with the stop sign. Take a left onto Academy Hill Rd.

From Points South

From I-295: Take the Brunswick Exit (or take 196 E if you are in the Lewiston Area). Follow signs to Route 1. Take Route 1 North. In Newcastle, take the route 1B exit. You will arrive at an intersection where the road you are on curves right. You want to go straight at this curve to the intersection with the stop sign. Take a left onto Academy Hill Rd.


Parking is available across the street from the school. Please park buses at the back of the parking lot.

Restroom policy

Lincoln Academy promotes tolerance, acceptance, and respect. As such, individuals are encouraged to use the restroom they most identify with. In addition, a single-stall unisex restroom is available for your comfort and convenience.