SCU Spring Philalethic Invitational

2020 — Santa Clara, CA/US

SCU Spring Philalethic Invitational - CANCELLED - Posted 3/10/2020 

Over the last few days, we’ve received several emails asking about the status of the Spring SCU tournament. Many people have expressed concerns about hosting a tournament of this size during this time. We have also received emails from schools that have notified us that their administrations have restricted their ability to attend any off campus events.

Furthermore, due to the continued rise and spread of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department has recommended that all mass gatherings and large events of 1000 or more people be cancelled or postponed to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Therefore, the staff and I have decided to cancel this year’s Spring SCU tournament. We may postpone and reschedule to a later date if conditions improve and we are able to secure the host site for the tournament.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to the programs that have already registered for the tournament, but we hope you understand the conditions that led to this decision.

Thank you for your continued support of the SCU tournaments, and please let us know if you have questions about the cancellation of the tournament.


-Mariel Cruz 




Santa Clara University

Philalethic Debating Society Invitational Tournament

Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament

Friday-Sunday, March 27-29, 2020


Dear Coach:

Santa Clara University Philalethic Debating Society invites you and your squad to our annual Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament to be held on Friday to Sunday, March 27-29, 2020. In order to end a reasonable hour, we have adjusted the tournament schedule to model the schedule of the Fall Tournament. The tournament is designed to foster interscholastic communication and reasoning activities outside the classroom in a supportive, educational atmosphere.  Middle schools, after school programs, and home schoolers are very welcome to attend and compete fully in the tournament. 


Debate will have 5 preliminary rounds. All individual events and debate formats will have a Novice and Open Division.


We will use both the January/February and March/April LD topics, plus the February and March Public Forum topics.

Parliamentary debate will be given one topic per flight per round.


All Individual Events will be combined into one pattern.  Double entries in Events are allowed, but it may be difficult to get to all events during the round, and we will not give extra time to students that double enter.  We will offer two divisions of Student Congress.


Web Based Entry Procedures:

Entries will only be accepted on-line at tabroom.comIt will take you a few minutes to set up your school's account, but once that is done the system is a breeze.  Plus, the system will enter all your judges and competitors - so when you enter the next tournament that uses this system you will not have to type the judges and competitors names again. 

You can enter new entries until March 20th. You will also be able to make changes to your entry up to noon Thursday, March 26, 2020 with no additional fees. To enter go to If you are new to the online system, you will need to first "Set up a new account" for your school.  After the account is set up, go to "View Tournament Calendar" and it will let you click on "Entry." Please note that high school tournaments and college tournaments are separated.  

Please contact me at if you cannot get the website to accept or change your entries.


Judge hire requests must be entered by Wednesday, March 20, 2019 or you will be charged for missing judges. Schools are required to provide at least 50% of their judging commitment, meaning you cannot buy out of more than 50% of your judging requirement.

As of noon Thursday, March 26, 2020, fees will be set.  Please note that drops after fees assessment will be charged.  There is a fee computation sheet to figure out how much you will owe at registration.  Changes or drops after Wednesday, March 27, 2019 will be charged a $10 nuisance fee.


All space in debate and events will be allocated on a first come, first served basis; register early. We will also be implementing caps. Each school will be allowed 4 entries per event per division, policy will have a cap of 5. Entries past the cap will be waitlisted and will be moved into the tournament if space is available.  TBA entries must have names by Tuesday, March 10, 2020. After this date, TBA entries will be placed on the waitlist and will not be moved into the tournament. 


Schools should bring qualified judges. One judge for every two debate teams (Parli or Policy); four Public Forum teams/ four Lincoln Douglas debaters/duo entries or five event entries/every 8 Congress entries in each pattern. Schools will be required to fulfill at least 50% of their judging obligation, otherwise their entry may be reduced. Please call if you have questions about your judging requirements.

Schools will pay a judging penalty fee per event slot, Congress entry, Lincoln Douglas/Duo Interp or debate team not covered by school judges. We will allow senior high school debaters to judge novice division debate only.  Judge names must be posted by March 23, 2020 or we will assume you are not bringing judges and penalties accordingly will be assessed.



The Holiday Inn Silicon Valley is our tournament hotel.  Reservations can be made at the following link:,%20San%20Jose,%20CA,%20US&qCiMy=22020&qCiD=25&qCoMy=22020&qCoD=29&qAdlt=1&qChld=0&qRms=1&qIta=99801505&qGrpCd=SCS&qSlH=SJCCC&qAkamaiCC=US&qSrt=sBR&


Rooms are $119 plus taxes.  Our secondary hotel is the Fairfield Inn San Jose Airport and their phone is 408.453.3133 and their rate is $129 plus taxes.




____ School fee X 1 = $50 

____ number of Event entries /Congress entered X $20= _____

____ number of Parli/Public Forum/ Policy entered X $60 = _____

____ number of LD X $50 = _____


Judge Penalties

____ Event entries/Congress/Duos uncovered X $30 = _____

____ Public Forum/ L-D/ uncovered X $75 = _____

____ Policy/Parli Teams uncovered X $100 = _____


Total Fees = ____________ 

Please make checks payable to "Santa Clara Debate".

C/o Communication Dept., SCU, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053



L/D Debate: January/February or March/April Topics

2018-2019 Policy Debate Topic

Public Forum: February or March topics

Parli: One topic will be announced for each flight of each round.  



Novice and Open Division in Debate, Congress and Events.   Novice is normally defined as the first year of competition in high school and second year in middle school if they have not advanced to elimination rounds at a tournament.



Debate Pattern: Policy, Parliamentary, Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglas Debate plus Congress.

Events Pattern: Extemporaneous/Dramatic Interpretation /Expository/Original Prose Poetry / Oratorical Interpretation/ Impromptu /Persuasive /Humorous Interpretation/Thematic Interpretation (POI) and Duo Interpretation.



SCU Debate reserves the right to reject part or whole registration due to space considerations. The tournament will consist of five preliminary debate rounds and the three preliminary rounds of events.   All divisions will receive awards.  We reserve the right to combine divisions if the entry warrants.  Sorry, we don’t do sweepstakes awards for the Spring Tournament.  


Individual Events Rules:

Students may double enter in Events.  Generally we use CHSSA rules but not in all cases.  Exceptions include: Original Oratory will include both advocacy and other "persuasive" speeches. Extemp is combined national and international.

Semifinals will be held in individual events with 5 or more sections/panels or at the discretion of the tournament director. Under subscribed events may waive finals. 


Debate Rules:

We will accept hybrid teams in debate.  We do not accept single person ("maverick") teams. Team debate must be two person. Brackets will be broken to avoid teams from the same school hitting each other. 

Debate will hold octofinals if entry warrants in that division.  Varsity and novice debate events will go to Double octos if entry warrants. There are speaker awards in team debate events only.

Sides will be assigned in Public Forum, and aff will speak first. Coin flips will only be used when teams are not sidelocked in elims, and coin flips will only determine sides, not speaking order, meaning aff/Pro will always speak first.  


Computers are allowed in Extemp Prep, LD, Public Forum, Policy Debate and preparation for Parliamentary Debate prep.  Computers are not allowed during the speaking time in Parliamentary Debate.


Congress Rules:

Congress will have open and novice division.  Please designate the PO's with a 'po' for every five entries.  PO’s should emailed to me at Congress bills are posted at the bottom of this text. Congress judges should be entered into the Congress judge category. 

2020 Spring Invitational Speech & Debate Tourney


(Please note that parking is $8 cash on Friday before 8pm; Free on Saturday & Sunday. There is also free street parking nearby)    Directions to SCU can be obtained from


Friday, March 27, 2020

3pm-5pm   Fees Paid - Daly Science Bldg. Room 206

5pm-7pm   Round I Debate LD/Policy/Parli/PF

7pm-9pm   Round II  Debate LD/Policy/Parli/PF


Saturday, March 28, 2020

7am-8am  Final Registration – IE only schools - Daly Science Room 106

8am-10am  Rd III Debate LD and Policy/Parli (Open Topic Announce @ 8:00 AM, Novice Topic Announce @ 8:45 AM) and PoFo /Congress Rd 1 (Bills 1-2)*

10am-Noon  Round I  Events

Noon-2pm  Rd IV Debate LD and Policy/ Parli(Open Topic Announce @ 12:00 PM, Novice Topic Announce @ 12:45 PM)and PoFo / Congress Round 2 (Bills 3-4)*

2pm - 4pm Round II Events

4pm - 6pm Round V Debate  LD and Policy/Parli(Open Topic Announce @ 4:00 PM, Novice Topic Announce @ 4:45 PM)and PoFo/ Congress Rd 3 (Bills 5-6)*

6pm - 8pm  Round III Events

8pm -10pm Elim 1 of Debate - Novice and Varsity

10pm Events Breaks


Sunday, March 29, 2020

8:30am-10am   Events Semifinals / Congress Semifinals (Bills 7-8)*   

10am-Noon  Elim 2 of Debate - Novice and Varsity

Noon - 2pm    Events Finals 

2pm-4pm   Elim 3 of Debate / Congress Finals (Bills 9-10)*

4pm - 5pm  Awards  Daly Science 207

5pm - 7pm  Elim 4 of Debate (for events that need it)

7pm - 9pm  Elim 5 of Debate (for events that need it)


Congress Bills – 2020 Spring Santa Clara U.

Invitational Tournament

 (with kudos to PV Peninsula HS Tourney)


Round 1

1. A Bill to Break Up


2.    SECTION 1. shall be broken up in compliance to the Department of

3.    Justice Competition and Monopoly: Single-Firm Conduct Under Section 2 of the

Sherman Act; Chapter 1 rule.

4.    SECTION 2. Due to evolvement into the media and technology industry,

5.    the electronic commerce company shall be broken up to be

6.    in compliance to the Department of Justice Competition and Monopoly:

7.    Single-Firm Conduct under Section 2 of the Sherman Act; Chapter 1 rule.

8.    SECTION 3. The Department of Justice, Antitrust division, shall be allowed complete

9.    independent oversight over the investigation and potential break up of

10. following a two-year investigatory period.

11. SECTION 4. This bill shall take affect upon the completion and recommendation of

12. the Department of Justice Antitrust division no later than January of 2024
13. SECTION 5. All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.

Introduced for Congressional Debate by Alhambra High School



Round 2






SECTION 1: Through the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, which protects tax-exempt Indian gaming establishments that generates revenue for Native American tribes, Congress shall impose a 5% federal tax on all gross earnings of Native American casinos. Proceeds from this 5. federal tax will go directly to Native American tribes to increase funding of reservation-based 6. substance abuse treatment programs.   

SECTION 2. “Indian Gaming” is defined for the purposes of this bill as Class III gaming according 8. to the National Indian Gaming Commission (N.I.G.C. at Dept. on the Interior) which includes any 9. and all forms of gaming as defined under Class III gaming, including games occurring at and being played at casinos including baccarat, blackjack, craps, poker, roulette, slot machines as well as any 11. and all electronic facsimiles and wagering games of any game of chance. Not to be taxed are 12. N.I.G.C.-defined Class I gaming (traditional Indian gaming that may be part of tribal 13. ceremonies/celebrations as well as community-based social gaming for minimal prizes) and Class II 14. gaming (bingo, bingo-like contests, instant bingo, pull tabs, punch board and tip jars). Only Class III 15. gaming revenue will fall under the intent and actions of this bill. 

SECTION 3. The tax will be levied and collected by the N.I.G.C. with the proceeds from said 17. taxation administered by the Indian Health Services (I.H.S. at Dept. of Health and Human 18. Services) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (B.I.A. at Dept. of the Interior). Agent of enforcement 19. will be the N.I.G.C. 20. A. In 2016, the N.I.G.C. estimated that, nationwide, Native American-owned and -operated 21. gaming establishments generated $29.9 billion in 2015, a 5% increase over the $28.5 billion 22. generated in 2014.

SECTION 4. Taxation of gross Indian gaming revenue will begin in the 2020-2021 fiscal year. 31.

SECTION 5. All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void. 


 Respectfully submitted, Beverly Hills High School


3. A Bill to Reinstate the Fairness Doctrine


SECTION 1. The Fairness Doctrine will be re-implemented by the FCC as a governing policy.
SECTION 2. The Fairness Doctrine shall be defined as the policy abolished by the FCC In 1987 that was primarily concerned with the news media providing a variety of viewpoints on any given topic.

SECTION 3. The FCC will oversee implementation of this legislation.
A. Any necessary funding will be drawn from the budget of the FCC.
SECTION 4. This legislation will go into effect three months after passage.
SECTION 5. All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.

Submitted by La Costa Canyon High School

4. A bill to establish a Digital Tax

     Whereas, big technology companies use strategies to avoid paying their fair share of business taxes, and


      Whereas, large tech companies are gobbling up bigger and bigger shares of the retail economy, 


      Be it enacted that the USFG should establish a Digital Tax assessed against total income from social media and/or digital searches regardless of country of origin.


Round III


 5. Bill to Regulate Social Media Usage at the Risk of Data Mining


SECTION 1. Rising social media platforms, are at risk of data mining as unregulated or checked corporations own these platforms and do not expel clear terms and conditions.

SECTION 2. Data Mining is defined as the practice of examining large databases in order to generate information on user profiles that can be used for the corporation’s benefit. Data mining puts national security and individual privacy at risk as it has been used to interfere in previous presidential elections.


SECTION 5. All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.

This bill will be enforced by the National Security Agency.

This bill will be implemented in May 2021 as to not interfere with the 2020 election cycle.

Submitted by Mission Vista High School  


6. A Bill to Regulate the Environmental Protection Agency


2.    SECTION 1. Congress shall have the authority to regulate the Environmental

3.    Protection Agency thorough use of oversight committees and

4.    congressionally implied power of governmental and policy oversight

5.    SECTION 2. Congress Committees shall be defined as the creation of a new standing

6.    or joint committee to assess and evaluate any new policies created by

7.    the Environmental Protection Agency.

8.    SECTION 3. The Environmental Protection Joint Committee as created in section two

9.    shall have full oversight of the Environmental Protection Agency and the

10. ability to remove any implied bureaucratic, Quasi-Legislative power

11. previously enjoyed by the Environmental Protection Agency

12. SECTION 4. This Bill shall take effect upon passage of the bill.
13. SECTION 5. All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.

Introduced for Congressional Debate by Alhambra High School


Final Round

7. A Bill to Ban Quantum Computing Research to Avoid the

Creation of Dangerous Artificial Intelligence


1.    Section 1. All Quantum Computing Research must cease by December 31st of 2022 and

2.    all research archived, with a copy provided to the government,

3.    Section 2. Quantum Computing Research shall be defined as any research pertaining to

4.    creating a computer that makes use of the quantum states of subatomic

5.    particles to store information.

6.    Section3. A new Bureau named the Bureau of Technology will be created to assess

7.    threats such as quantum computing. to make recommendations to Congress

8.    for such things, as well as to regulate bans on dangerous technology. This

9.    Agency shall be fully staffed and functioning by December 31st of 2020. This

10. Department shall be established by merging the technology sections of the

11. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Office of Science and

12. Technology Policy (OSTP), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the

13. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

14. Section4. This ban shall be fully implemented by December 31st of 2025. Any 

15. company or business found conducting quantum computing research
16. thereafter will be investigated and heavily fined.
Section 5. All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and 18. void.

Contributed by La Costa HS

8. A bill to ban birthright citizenship 


Whereas, foreign tourists are purposely coming to the 

US to give birth so their children can claim US citizenship,

And whereas, children of parents not legally in the US can also

claim full citizenship for their children born here,

Be it enacted that the USFG amend the US Constitution to make 

citizenship solely dependent on either one parent being a US citizen prior to birth

or through naturalization or special acts of Congress.