2020 — NSDA Campus, UT/US
Caesar and Cicero Memorial Tournament 2020
Northridge High School
Thank you for your interest in our tournament! The format of the tournament change slightly to accommodate the online format, so please look over the invitation carefully to see what to expect.
Dates: Friday, December 4 & Saturday, December 5
Contact Info: Shannon Chamberlain firstname.lastname@example.org
For problems or drops on the day of the tournament, call/text 801-814-5678
Registration Deadlines: November 30 @5:00 PM
Tournament Level: Open competition (no novice divisions)
Caesar Events: Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, Oratory National , Foreign , Impromptu, Dramatic , and Congress
Cicero Events: Policy, Big Questions, Informative Speaking, Oratorical Declamation, Duo , Humorous , Odd Impromptu, Princeton , and POI
**See information below for explanations of “odd” events**
Asynchronous Events: Oratory, DI, Info, ODec, Duo, HI, POI
Entries: Students can double enter in live speech events, and they can enter asynchronous events on top of that. Students cannot double enter in two debate events within the Caesar block or two debate events in the Cicero block. In other words, they cannot double enter in PF & LD or Policy & BQ. They can double enter in a debate and asynchronous speech events within the same block. they could do PF & OO. Or Policy & Duo.
I know this is confusing, so if you have specific questions, please email me and ask.
Internet: We will be following the new rules for internet.
Congress: Congress sessions will be 2 hours. The docket will be selected from the UDCA website and NSDA legislation and will be posted in .
LD: Resolved: The United States ought to provide a federal jobs guarantee.
Public Forum: Resolved: The United States should adopt a declaratory nuclear policy of no first use.
CX: Resolved: The United States federal government should enact substantial criminal justice reform in the United States in one or more of the following: forensic science, policing, sentencing.
BQ: Resolved: Mathematics was discovered, not invented.
Judges: All judges must be high school graduates! No varsity judges.
Judges can be double entered in a Caesar category and a Cicero category. For example, your policy judge can be a PF/LD judge, as well. Your Congress judge can judge Cicero speech events. Your Caesar speech judge can also be your Cicero speech judge. If you have questions, please email me and ask!
Please bring 1 judge for every 4 debate entries, 1 judge for every 5 speech entries, 1 judge for every 5 in Congress, and 1 judge for every 2 policy teams.
Remember: this is a 2-day tournament, so you need a judge for each day! For example, if you have a judge who can only do Friday, please make sure you have another who can do Saturday!
If you have a Congress judge who can be parliamentarian, please let me know.
Awards: There will be awards for the top 5 in every event. Speech and debate gladiators will be awarded.
Fees: $4 per entry, per event. $15 school fee. Make checks payable to Northridge High School.
: If you are willing to help with prep or with running the tournament, please let me know!
Explanation of Cicero events:
Odd Impromptu: Same rules as standard impromptu; however, they will choose 2 topics instead of 1. They must combine into a speech.
Oratorical Declamation: A memorized presentation of a speech written by a person other than the contestant. The speech should be of good quality and must be published. The speech must not exceed 10 minutes, scripts cannot be read, no note cards. Students may give an introduction.
Princeton : Same rules as standard ; however, instead of current event topics, the questions will be rhetorical or silly. Example questions: “Why do we drive on the parkway and park in the driveway?” or “Why are there no B batteries?” Speeches can be funny or serious; they may use real sources or fake ones.
Friday, December 4
Check in: 3:00-3:30—Please check in with your team at 3:00 and send me drops!
Opening meeting: 3:30
Round 1 Caesar: 4:00-6:00
Round 2 Cicero: 6:30-8:30
Saturday, December 5
Check in: 7:00-7:30—Please check in with your team at 7:00 AM and send me drops!
Opening meeting: 7:30
Round 3 Caesar: 8:00-10:00
Round 4 Cicero: 10:30-12:30
Round 5 Caesar: 1:00-3:00
Round 6 Cicero: 3:30-5:30
Awards Ceremony: 6:00
There will be no finals rounds.
We will accelerate the schedule wherever possible to finish earlier!