BCMSDL 3rd Semiannual Tournament

2020 — Fort Lee, NJ/US

Welcome to the 3rd Semiannual BCMSDL Tournament!
We are looking forward to an exciting culmination of our Winter/Spring semester!


Logistics and schedule for the tournament and prep sessions (along with zoom info) can be viewed by clicking the "schedule" button on the right hand side underneath "Tournament Pages & Forms" 


The "Schematics" tab will show your actual pairings/round assignments. 


Contact for tournament related questions/information: info@bcmsdebateleague.org



Although we are not going to *require that students turn on video, we are going to *strongly encourage it and *expect that judges keep video on.  After the practice tournament, many students expressed concern that they couldn't take advantage of visual cues that are normally provided by competitors and judges during the debate.  Debate clearly has strong verbal and visual components that are lost without cameras. Also, many expressed concern that there is no way at all to know if students are receiving outside prep assistance if they leave their cameras off.

If you are concerned about other people seeing parts of the room you are debating in, please simply do your best to position yourself against a wall. 



This will be run on Zoom. 



 When you enter the room, please enter as Judge-Your Name

After you are in the room, please account for all debaters. Once the debaters are present, please click, “Start Round” on tabroom.com, just as you normally would.


After you are finished, please fill out the results on tabroom.com just as you normally would


Please avoid @ home distractions while judging


Please disclose if you wish, but please enter the results as soon as you have a decision. All of the debates are single flight, so there is plenty of time to talk.


PF debaters have 4 minutes of prep time. 

Basic steps that will also help the debate advance

Check the names of each person (including observers) Students: School-first name, Judge: first last and "judge". Observers: first, last and school affiliation (this could be tab, could be parent, could be school/coach). Anyone can change this during the tech time, so make sure everyone has the proper naming.
If there is a team that DIDN'T SHOW UP. You have to first wait 15 minutes to see if they show up. After, if they don't show up, Automatically give the team that shows up 30 speaks to both speakers and give them the W. For the team that didn't show up, give them a 26 and the L
Check Cameras -- ask everyone to have a camera on, including yourself.  
Suggest Gallery view
Test volume -- ask each debater to read something at their "debate pace" for say 15-20 seconds to test volume and clarity.
Explain that everyone muted except the speaker(s) and that they can see this when they are ready to speak by looking at the microphone settings for each person in the gallery.
Ask the debaters if they have a prep method (phone call, or separate chat)
Ask for any clarifications or questions.


Monitor what happens in the debate room.  Even if you don't want on the email chain, you should be to monitor arrival times of email and format of exchange.  Feel free to pause before a cross fire or a speech if an observer has entered the room that is not correctly identified by their name.
Finally, Please give a genuine RFD and decision. Don't be that judge where debaters think you purposely mesed up them (aka Judge Screw)
If anything goes wrong within the debate, please email BCMSDLcoach@gmail.com.
Before you enter the room it will ask you your name. Please us the following naming convention (School Name, Initials).  Example: (BCDC) RZ
If you judge doesn't show up to the round, then please contact Maria Savransky (201) 597-9226 and I'll try to find you another one.
 Be respectful in the debate. Don't try to waste time because we have a schedule and need to stay on time.
If the opponent/judge asks for a speech doc of your case, then please give it. This is crucial for the judges to understand what you are reading. For example, sometimes, the internet lags and it would take a very long time to repeat your entire case to the judge/opponents. 
If the opponent/judge calls for a card, then you must find the card in under 3 minutes. Everything after that WILL be considered as using your prep
If your partner's internet crashes or he/she suddenly leaves the call, please stop whoever is giving their speech and wait for your partner to get back on.
Go to your rounds ASAP. 
For PF
1. Sides are locked and AFF goes FIRST
2. Speeches:
Aff Constructive: 4 Minutes
Neg Constructive: 4 Minutes
Crossfire: 3 Minutes
Aff Rebuttal: 4 Minutes
Neg Rebuttal: 4 Minutes
Crossfire: 3 Minutes
Aff Summary: 3 Minutes
Neg Summary: 3 Minutes
Grand Crossfire: 3 Minutes
Aff Final Focus: 2 Minutes
Neg Final Focus: 2 Minutes
3. We will be using 4 Minutes of Prep Time for BOTH sides
4. The topic we will be using for this tournament goes:
Resolved:  The United States ought to replace the Electoral College with a direct national popular vote. 
(1) Sit near your wireless router. This is the fastest way to improve the strength of your connection.
(2) Purchase a new router and a wireless boost. A new router can help boost your connection and in-room wireless boost devices can help strengthen the signal.
(3) Purchase an ethernet cable and connect the cable directly to your computer. 



Thank you,

BCMS Debate League Team