Isidore Newman School Invitational

2020 — Online, LA/US

Draft of invitation - Does not become "official" until September 29, 2020

You and your students are cordially invited to attend the 42nd Newman Invitational. We provide a unique and diverse competitive experience. Last year, we attracted over 70 schools from 12 different states. Join us this year for a wonderful celebration of 42 years of forensics excellence on our virtual campus.

We will hold a virtual tournament this year. Our video platform has not been determined. We will make the decision as to whether speech events will be held synchronously or asynchronously by November 1. We will currently accept entries in Duo Interpretation but please understand that we may have to cancel the event if tech logistics and/or health & safety protocols preclude us from including that event in this year's offerings.

We anticipate a larger field in all events. However, we are committed to remaining true to the historical character of the tournament. Therefore, we will implement the following measures:
A. All entries are waitlisted. We will move entries off the waitlist and into the tournament based on the following factors: 1. Has your school attended the Newman Invitational in the last few years? 2. Is your school in our geographic region that has been traditionally represented at the tournament (Southeastern US and Southwestern US). Schools that do not meet either of those characteristics may still be admitted but priority will be given to those who meet at least one of the two listed factors.
B. Field caps in all events. Debate events will be capped at 120 entries (with a maximum of 8 entries per school). Speech events will be capped at 100 entries (with a maximum of 8 entries per school). If coaches wish to exceed those caps, they must contact us and request additional entries.
C. We may coordinate with our friends at the Dowling Paradigm which is held on the same weekend by (1) merging the debate judge pools to create more diversity (but not combining the fields into a single event) and (2) combining speech events that are TOC qualifiers in order to increase the number of bids to the TOC in those events.

We are pleased to announce that we are a qualifying tournament for UK's TOC in all twelve events they host. Students advancing to the designated place will earn one bid to the 2021 National Tournament of Champions hosted by the University of Kentucky.

We plan to offer 6 preliminary rounds of debate in novice and varsity divisions of Policy, LD, and PF. We plan to offer 4 preliminary rounds of World Schools Debate. We also offer 3 two-hour preliminary sessions in Congress. Please be aware that elims in some of the debate events will carry over to Sunday except for Congress, which will have its final session on Saturday. Additionally, we offer 4 preliminary rounds in all Speech events; however, students will not be able to cross-enter debate and speech events. Speech competitors can enter up to 3 events within the speech category but no triple entry within a pattern. All speech events will conclude on Saturday with an awards program on Saturday night. Congress results will be announced at the speech awards ceremony.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PF:  There will be no "coin flip" in preliminary rounds. The tabulation software determines sides, guaranteeing best possible balance between "pro" and "con" sides in the prelims. The pro side always speaks first. In the elims, the teams flip for sides (unless they met previously in the prelims), but the pro side still always speaks first.

We will tabulate all events on tabroom.com. All postings will be available online and emails/texts will be blasted. All contestants must have a linked tabroom account in order to access competition rooms. For all events, ballots will be completed online. All judges must have a linked tabroom.com account. They must have devices to complete online ballots and watch/listen to rounds.

Summary of events and TOC qualification status

Event

Divisions

TOC

Policy Debate

V/N

Finals

Congressional Debate

Open

Top 6

Lincoln Douglas Debate

V/N

Semis

Public Forum Debate

V/N

Finals*

World Schools Debate

Open

 

Extemporaneous Speaking

Open

Yes

Original Oratory

Open

Yes

Impromptu Speaking

Open

 

Declamation Speaking

Grades 9-10

 

Informative Speaking

Open

Yes

Oral Interpretation of Literature

Open

Yes

Dramatic Interpretation

Open

Yes

Humorous Interpretation

Open

Yes

Duo Interpretation

Open

Yes

Program of Oral Interpretation

Open

Yes

*semis bid for the Silver division and finals bid for the Gold division

If you have any questions about the tournament, please do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you,

Christopher Vincent
Tournament Director

Greg Malis and Alma Nicholson
Associate Tournament Directors