La Reina Invitational Tournament

2020 — Online, CA/US

Dear Coach:

The La Reina School Debate Team enthusiastically invites you and your squad to participate in our Fifth Annual Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament to be held on Saturday-Sunday, December 5-6, 2020 via Zoom.  Students can double enter within the Events pattern but not in the Debate pattern. Debate will be divided into a Varsity, Novice and Middle School divisions. Middle School students can compete in any division.


Due to the size of the La Reina School program, we may limit the total entry into the tournament at some point prior to the published deadline to registration, so early registration is advised. 


We will have Open and Novice and Middle School divisions in the September/October NSDA for LD topic and Public Forum (and thus we will not be using the Nov/Dec Ld or PoFo topics for this tournament). Parliamentary debate will have open prep with one topic per round.  If we double flight, we'll announce two different topics.  One for Flight A and one for Flight B.


All Individual Events will be combined into one pattern to make the schedule more efficient. Events will be performed live online. Double entries in Events are allowed.


We will also offer Open, Novice and Middle School Divisions of Student Congress.  Middle School students are welcome to compete in either division.


NOTE: Novices are students who have competed in six or fewer  tournaments.  Events will have Open and Novice Divisions.


Entries will only be accepted on-line at the new site:

It 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 will also be able to make changes to your entry up to noon Tuesday, December 2, 2020, with no additional fees.  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 "Tournament Calendar" and it will let you click on "Entry." Often you need to select number of slots first and names second.


The system will accept entries and changes until Tuesday, December 2, 2020. Make drops and adds on the web page. As of noon Tuesday, December 2, 2020 fees will be set and changes will not be allowed on-line. If you have drops after that date, please email them to me at after Tuesday, December 2, 2020 at 6pm 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.



Schools need to provide at least 50% of their judging obligation. Each judge covers two teams (Parli or Policy) or four Public Forum teams or four Lincoln Douglas debaters/duo entries or six event entries in Congress/Events. Please email 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 provided judges.  Varsity debaters in their senior year can judge Novice division students.  



School Fee $50  (all groups)

Entry Fees:

____ number of Event entries/Congress entered X $10= _____

____ number of Duo Teams entered X $20 =_____

____ number of Policy, Parli. teams/P. F. teams/ LD entries X $40 =_____

Penalties for Not Providing School Judges

____ Event entries/Congress entries uncovered X $20 = _____

____ Duo entries uncovered X $20 = _____

____ Policy or Parlaimentary entries uncovered X $75  = _____

____ PF teams/ L-D entries uncovered X $50  = _____


Total Fees = ____________  


Please make checks payable to

"La Reina School Debate Society".

Mail in advance to :

La Reina HS Debate

106 West Janss Road

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360


Debate Topics:

L/D Debate Topic:    September/October Topic

Public Forum Topic:  September/October Topic

Parliamentary Debate: One new topic will be provided each round and flight.



Middle School, Novice and Open Division in Debate and  Congress. Events will be Open and Novice Divisions.  Novice is normally defined as six or less . Patterns: Debate Pattern: Policy, Parliamentary, Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglas Debate plus Congress are in one pattern. Events Pattern: Extemporaneous/Dramatic Interpretation /Expository/Original Prose Poetry / Oratorical Interpretation/ Impromptu /Persuasive /Humorous Interpretation/Thematic Interpretation and Duo Interpretation.  Novice is defined as any student has not advanced at two prior tournaments.  Middle School students may compete in Novice or Open Divisions in any event.


General Rules:

School registration in part or whole may be rejected due to space considerations - please register early! Every year several schools cannot attend or have their entries restricted. The tournament will consist of five preliminary debate rounds and the three preliminary rounds of events.  We reserve the right to combine divisions if the entry warrants.  



We will offer two Sweepstakes sets of awards: 1rst thru 3rd in Individual Events and 1rst thru 3rd in Debate events.


Events Rules:

Students may double enter in Events. Generally, we use CHSSA rules but not in all cases. Exceptions inLa Reina Schoolde: Persuasive will inLa Reina Schoolde both advocacy and other "persuasive" speeches. Extemp is combined national and international. OO, Persuasive and OA are combined as "Oratory". Semifinals will be held in individual events with 50 or more entries or the discretion of the tournament director. Under subscribed events may waive finals.  


Debate Rules:

We will accept hybrid teams in debate but you cannot double enter in the debate pattern. We do not accept single person teams. Team debate must be two person. Brackets will be broken to avoid teams from the same school hitting each other. Debate will advance to octofinals if entry warrants. Check the schedule at registration to determine divisions going to octofinals. Parliamentary Debate uses the CHSSA/NPDA time format. Computers and the internet are allowed in all events. For parliamentary debate, computers may only be used during prep and to communicate with their partners.  Debater may use counterplans, topicality and other theory positions.


Congress Rules:

Congress will have Open, Novice and Middle School divisions. Please designate the PO's with a 'po' for every FIVE entries.  Congress bills are listed below at the bottom of this page.