2021 — Virtual, FL/US
Awards Ceremony Recording: https://sharkmedia.nova.edu/media/NSU+University+School+Performances+17/1_xpz0xr78
Event Specific Help Emails
Don't forget the Entourage rule!! If you want to watch your students' rounds you MUST be in the judging pool or we will remove you.
It is the expectation that all judges keep their cameras on at all times. If a judges cannot judge w/ their camera on please contact tab.
Today is the deadline for: proof of payment AND student forms.
Prefs/Strikes will open this afternoon and be due at noon on Friday.
Follow us on instragram for a skimboard preview! @uschooldebate
We will livestream as much as possible. If you want to OPT OUT of livestreaming please have your head coach fill out this form.
Please revisit the Entourage rule for clarification and additions.This has been added, "If you are an observer/coach you don't get to pick your rounds. So, if you enter that you are not available to judge on Saturday, we assume you have personal issues taking you away from the tournament. You cannot say you are not available to judge Saturday and then be there watching rounds on Saturday."
Your judges must also be available ALL 3 days, OR you must provide judge coverage for all 3 days. (for example if your judge is only available on Saturday you must still provide a judge on Friday.)
December 28th at 5pm: This is the LAST day to request hired judging in PF/LD/Policy. This is vital so I can ensure the appropriate numbered of hired judges. Remember you MUST request a hired judging commitment. You can't just assume not entering in your full commitment is appropriate. (Hint you'll get charged more for doing that) If you do NOT request hired judging by THIS day then you'll need to cover your judging commitment.
December 28th at 5pm: This is also the deadline for purchasing any Sunvite t-shirts, these will be shipped to you after the tournament. You can do this under the concessions tab.
January 1st at 4pm: All new entries are due
January 4th at 5pm: Fees and obligations freeze AND script info/titles are due. AND Varsity PF/LD judges are due AND all observers/coaches must be reported
January 5th at 8pm: Entry Release forms are due AND discussion of your form of payment are due. (See below for more information about payments)
January 6th at Noon: JV/Novice PF/LD judges, Congress Judges and Speech Judges are due
January 7th at 5pm: Livestreaming opt out form is due.
Payments: You can either mail in a check OR pay online. However by January 5th at 8pm I need to either have a photo of your check that you're about to mail OR a payment via credit card on this website. I just need a discussion about how you're paying prior to registration. You will be unable to register, still owe money and your students will be unable to compete if we are unable to at least know when payment is coming. I know times are chaotic so I can absolutely be flexible, but those conversations need to happen prior to the tournament. #NotALoanShark
Observer/Entourage Rule: I borrowed in large part from Blake and their observer policy but ours will be largely similar. Please review the policy on the main tournament page and let me know if you have any questions. We will NOT allow student observers in the round but will allow coaches (they may not interact w/ the judge after the round)
Live Streaming: Our plan is to livestream as many rounds as possible (Speech, Congress and Debate). We have an opt out form for anyone that does not want to be livestreamed. That form is here.
Congress Elim Legislation: I'd like to apologize for the delay on posting legislation, due to the delay and the large prelim packet, there are 3 bills for semis and we will add no more. Finals will be a scenario and we'll post more information on that soon. Our Congress elim legislation was created by Ambreen Imran, Lindsay Spruce and Injae Lee.
Extemp/Impromptu Topic Areas: These are posted on the website. We hope you enjoy!
Missed Ballot Fees: Our tournament will have a missed ballot fee policy, that if the tab staff deems it appropriate because you have not picked up your ballot in a timely manner (regardless of tech issues, dogs eating laptops etc.) that fee is $50 for prelim rounds, $100 for elimination rounds. It is not our goal to make money off of this but to actively disincentive late ballot pick ups, and no shows.
Adult Contact Info: It is our policy that school based debate programs are paramount. That being said it means that we MUST have an adult contact (with name) under your school profile. Additionally, we will only speak with coaches from those schools. Please encourage your students to ask you questions, you can ask us questions and then you can relay said information. I really appreciate your attention to this matter!
Prelim Congress Packet posted Tonight
Extemp/Impromptu Topic Areas posted Tonight
We have reached our cap in VPF
December 1st: TBA entry deadline
Each Congress School is asked to submit ONE piece of legislation, preferably by 12/2 through tabroom
The Tournament asks that ONLY one entry per school, and only the adult in charge contact us with questions or concerns.
Caps Reached in: OO, and PF
We will add Team Sweepstakes, and Small School Sweepstakes Trophies
Independent entries adult contacts will be the ONLY person that we will communicate with, now, during and after the tournament.
Hired Judges: if you intend to hire out a portion of your commitment you MUST request this by the end of December. Lack of coverage does not indicate an acceptance of hiring (it's why it looks more expensive)You may not hire out your WHOLE commitment. I also encourage you to look at the debate entourage rule. IF a team is found violating this rule they'll be removed from the tournament.
Payment Information: All schools must have a zero balance by 1/8/2021 or discussion of the payment being en route.
Two ways to pay
1) Checks should be made out to NSU University School - Speech and Debate and mail Checks to:
Director of Forensics
NSU University School
AutoNation Center for the Arts
3375 SW 75 Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-1400
Tentative Schedules uploaded.
We will have a "Cafeteria" Zoom call for students to socialize during breaks, there will be breakout rooms w/ games and prizes!
We are a TOC bid tournament. We are a Finals LD Bid, Octos PF Bid, Speech Bid, and a Tier 3 Congress Bid. We are also a NIETOC bid tournament.
Make sure you read our debate entourage rule.
Looking to hire judges. If you're interested fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSehAiJP1xrMlCy9naFTPp8IvN2rFzoZVKTVMuPeNe4afXQIbg/viewform?usp=sf_link
Independent entries have until 11/30 to provide proper documentation that they have permission from their school to compete.
Please see page on the side regarding "independent entries"
Image Release forms will be required for all entries
No School form is required HOWEVER if asked, a school must provide proof they have permission from their institution to compete.
VPF 180 (break all winning records)
VLD 180 (break all winning records)
Speech Events: 145 (break to 1/3 of the pool)
10.12 Update - Registration is Open
Elims will be livestreamed
Debate is single flighted//Speech is Synchronous EXCEPT Duo. Speech patterns will stay to allow Double/Triple Entry
3 day tournament for Debate (Friday to Sunday), 2 day tournament for Speech/Congress
All events will be waitlisted. On 11/1 I will begin to release the waitlist. I will prioritize 1) schools that have attended Sunvite in previous years, 2) Regional diversity 3) Date of Sign Up (note I care little if it's a TBA or real name, you just become responsible for it!)
We have decreased all fees by 20%, if you have a financial need beyond that decrease please email me!
Trophies will be the same as last year (yes we will ship skimboards, and mini skimboards)
åNovice Policy will be the NDCA Packet
Novice/JV PF and Novice LD are being offered. Please reach out if you'd like novice or JV divisions in speech!
Middle schools are allowed to compete.
Expect an image release form in the near future for all entries.
Expect a full invite by 11/1