The Holiday Edge at Virtual ClackamasCleveland

2020 — NSDA Campus, OR/US

Clackamas/Cleveland Holiday Edge

December 5, 2020


Dear Coaches,


We are very excited to invite you to the annual Clackamas/Cleveland Holiday Edge Tournament, held this year on December 4 and 5, 2020, using the NSDA Campus platform through


We will be offering novice and open division in all events. We reserve the right to collapse as needed.


Pattern A: Parliamentary Debate, Policy Debate, Lincoln Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate

Pattern B: ADS, Dramatic, Extemp, Humorous, Impromptu, Poetry, Prose

Asynchronous IEs: Duo, Inform, Oratory, POI, LIELL, Radio 

Congress and SPAR will be held on Friday evening


We will follow state rules and we will use the latest edition of the state ballots.  You can find them on the OSAA website. 


Internet Use

Internet use is allowed due to the virtual nature of the tournament.


Congress Legislation is due Monday, November 30 at 5 pm. Each school can submit up to three pieces of legislation. We may supplement with legislation from the Washington docket or the NSDA packet as needed. The legislation will be posted on at 4 pm on Tuesday, December 1.


Policy Debate Topic 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.


Novice Case Areas for Policy

We will follow the suggested case areas for novice division. 1. Forensic Science: Limit use of facial recognition software 2. Policing: Abandon federal efforts to force local police to assist in immigration enforcement 3. Sentencing: Abolish mandatory minimum sentences 4. Sentencing: Drug decriminalization 


Lincoln Douglas Debate Topic: Resolved: The United States ought to provide a federal jobs guarantee. We will not be using the Novice LD Topic.


Public Forum Debate Topic Resolved: The United States should adopt a declaratory nuclear policy of no first use.


Parliamentary Debate topics will be a variety of policy and value topics.


SPAR is Spontaneous Argumentation. It is a 1 vs 1 debate of 10 minutes. The Proposition speaker receives two resolutions: one serious (eg, It is time for Oregon to institute a sales tax.) and one not serious (eg, Jello is superior to Play-Doh.) The Prop speaker selects the resolution and sets the tone. Will the debate be serious or absurdist? We love SPAR. It was originally created by our friends at Ridgefield High School. Here is a detailed description:


Spontaneous Argumentation (also known as SPAR): A 10 minute debate performed without advanced preparation. The format will be as follows: The affirmative and the negative will be given two topics. At the end of a one minute preparation period, the affirmative will begin to debate on one of the two topics. The affirmative is allotted a two minute constructive speech followed by a one minute cross-examination. The negative will then have one minute to prepare a two minute constructive speech which will be followed by a one minute cross-examination. Both speakers will then be allowed one minute for rebuttal without preparation time. The tone of the debate (serious or light-hearted) will be set by the first speaker. The second speaker should use the same tone. 


Prop prep 1 minute 

Prop Case 2 minutes 

Opp Cross-Exam 1 minute 

Opp Prep 1 minute 

Opp Case 2 minutes 

Prop Cross-Exam 1 minute 

Opp Rebuttal 1 minute 

Prop Rebuttal 1 minute




Students can enter one event in Pattern A (Debate) and two events in Pattern B (Live Individual Events), and up to three events in Asynchronous IEs. Policy debaters may not enter Pattern B. Extempers may not double enter in Pattern B.




Registration including links for asynchronous IEs is due Monday, November 30 at 5 pm. 


Judge coverage for the Asynchronous IE judge pool is also due Monday, November 30 at 5 pm. 


Drops without penalty will be allowed for live IEs and debate until Wednesday, December 2 at 6 pm. 


Judges for live events are due Wednesday, December 2 at 6 pm. No entries will be accepted without judge coverage.


Payment: Make checks payable to checks made to Cleveland High School Speech and Debate Team.




We will give certificates to finalists and semifinalists in all events. Our plan is to mail them to your coach at your school and/or send a digital copy.



$20.00 per school registration fee

$8.00 per individual event (this includes Dual)

$8.00 per individual debate event (Congress, LD, SPAR)

$15.00 per team debate event (CX, Public Forum, Parli)



There will be three judge categories. Judges may double enter themselves

One judge covers five asynchronous IEs. (judging Tuesday-Thursday asynchronously)

One judge covers five entries in Congress and SPAR. (judging Friday evening)

One judge covers four live entries. (judging both debate and IEs on Saturday).


Asynchronous IEs

Asynchronous IEs due by Monday at 5 pm.

Asynchronous prelims for IEs - start Tuesday at 4 pm, close Thursday at 11:59 pm.

Asynchronous IEs will have live finals at 6:30 pm on Saturday. Coaches will be notified about who qualified for the final round by noon on Friday.



Friday - Congress and SPAR


3:30-4:00 Registration

4:00-4:30 Session to set the Docket and elect P.O.

4:30 - 6:00 Session One

6:00-6:30 Dinner break

6:30 - 8:00 Session Two

8:15 Awards



3:45 Check-in and double-check on format

4:00 pm Round 1

5:00 pm Round 2

6:00 pm Round 3

7:00 pm Round 4 (hidden semi)




Pattern A - All debate

Pattern B - Live IEs - Impromptu, ADS, HI, DI, Poetry, Prose, Extemp (extemp can only enter Extemp in this pattern,  (policy cannot enter live IEs)

7:00  Judges Check-in

7:30 Judge Instruction

8:00 Pattern A Rd 1

9:30 Pattern B Rd 1

11:00 Pattern A Rd 2

12:30 Pattern B Rd 2

2:00 Pattern A Rd 3

3:30 Pattern B Rd 3

5:00 Pattern A Rd 4 (hidden semis)

6:30 Pattern B Finals and live finals for Asynchronous IEs