Powell Invitational

2021 — NSDA Campus, WY/US

Powell Virtual Invitational
January 22 & 23, 2021

Welcome to the Powell Virtual Invitational. We are excited to have all of you join us this year for our adventure into the world on online tournaments. We will be prioritizing entries from Wyoming schools, but we don't really anticipate that being an issue. Please register and we will let you know. Please read the following carefully so you don't miss something crucial.



We will offer all regular events in two patterns HOPEIC and Ds. A complete schedule is below. There will be 4 rounds of CX, PF and LD and 3 rounds of all other events, plus semis and finals of most events.  However, if some events have low entry numbers, these might go straight to finals.

State rules will apply unless otherwise indicated in this invitation.

We will be single-flighting Debate (which is why we are able to have a late start time on Friday).

The topics are as follows.

Lincoln Douglas: Resolved: States ought to ban lethal autonomous weapons.

Public Forum: Resolved: The National Security Agency should end its surveillance of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.

Policy: 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.

Ties in debate will be broken by power of opposition first, followed by ranks, then speaker points.

Congressional Debate will be in the HOPE pattern.

The legislation will be chosen from the Wyoming State database corresponding to the competitors who are entered on Tabroom. Please make sure your student’s legislation is in the database at least two weeks before the tournament if you would like it to be on the docket. To submit legislation email Allen Pino at pino.allen@gmail.com.

We will release the docket to registered schools on 1/17/21. Super Congress legislation will be taken from various sources, and will be released along with the regular docket.

Extemporaneous Speaking
Questions will be taken from November, December & January NFHS  (available through the link in the State Newsletter Londe sends out each month) and NSDA questions (available on NSDA site). The format will be that of the new state rule passed last fall, and judges will have copies of the speakers' questions. Draw will take place at 7-minute intervals, and will be embedded into the HOPEIC pattern. Extemp speakers must have their cameras activated (but volume muted) during their prep time. 

Duet will be held asynchronously (recorded) so each team will need to upload a recording to Tabroom by Thursday, 21 January.

Manuscript/visual aid usage
Poetry and POI competitors must use a manuscript. All other events are memorized. Informative Speaking competitors may use visual aids.


Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, Extemp and Congressional Debate participants may all use the internet in strict adherence to the following rules:



Many judges will be Powell community members but we will have a requirement of accompanying judges for each team. If you have entered CX competitors we ask that at least one of your judges be willing to take several CX rounds. If bringing accompanying judges is an issue for your team, please contact tournament director Nicole Maier Reitz (NLMaierReitz@pcsd1.org). Most likely, we will need to use some coaches for back-up in case of "no-show" judges. Please register your judges on Tabroom. All judges must have linked Tabroom accounts in order to access online ballots. 

Click here for instructions on How to use online ballots, link accounts, and submit results and comments - For Judges

Click Here for Additional Instructions For Judges



Each school has a limit of 4 per event, and 3 in CX. We also have event limits in place to ensure the tournament doesn't get too big. However, please put all your extra entries on the waitlist. We really do think we will be able to take them as we adjust rooms and judges.

In general, our tournament format encourages double entering. However, LD, PF, CX, Congress and Extemp will not be allowed to double within the pattern. Students who double within a pattern do so at their own risk.

Initial registration numbers are due on Monday, 11 January 2021. Please get them in sooner rather than later!   

Final registration entry adds are due on Wednesday, 20 January 2021.

Only drops or substitutions will be allowed after the final registration deadline (no adds).  Registration will be through Tabroom. All changes and drops should be done online, in accordance with the stated deadlines.

Drops on Friday, 22 January 2021, the first day of the meet, may be made online until 11 am, without penalty. They may also be made by calling or texting Nicole at (719) 237-5967 or Emily at (307) 620-0190.  Please do not rely on email.

Event drops received after 11:00 am on Friday, 22 January will be assessed a late drop fee of $10.00 each. First round "no shows" will be considered late drops as well.



Entry fees are $10 for individual events and $15 for partner events

To avoid event drop fees, please call Nicole or Emily with your drops on Friday morning or record your drops online before that time. 



Medals will be awarded to the finalists.

First and Second Place Sweepstakes awards will be awarded in 4A, 3A, and 1A/2A categories as determined by WHSAA. All team entries count as a single entry towards sweepstakes. Sweepstakes points will be awarded for semi and final round placements only.



  • Registration will be held online from 1:30pm-3pm on Friday 22 January. A Zoom link will be sent out prior.
  • All events will be synchronous (live) with the exception of Duo which will be asynchronous. 
  • Please make sure all participants have signed and turned in the media release form. Copy found  here . Email completed forms to Nicole at nlmaierreitz@pcsd1.org.
  • Please make absolutely sure all competitors and judges have LINKED Tabroom accounts. They cannot compete or judge without it.

 Thank you so much for participating in our first ever virtual tournament! We are excited to see you in January.



Nicole Maier Reitz


(719) 237-5967


Chris Jeide


(307) 272-7375




1:30 - 3:00 Registration

3:30 PM Rd 1 Debates - CX, LD, PF

5:00 PM Rd 1 HOPEIC - HI, OO, PI, EX, IN, Congress

6:30 PM Rd 1 DDP -  DI, DUO, POI

6:30 PM Rd 2 Debates - CX, LD, PF

8:00 PM Rd 2 HOPEIC - HI, OO, PI, EX, IN, Congress



8:00 AM Rd 3 Debates - CX, LD, PF

8:00 AM Rd 2 DDP - DI, DUO, POI

9:30 AM Rd 3 HOPEIC - HI, OO, PI, EX, IN, Congress

11:00 AM Rd 3 DDP -  DI, DUO, POI

11:00 AM Rd 4 Debates - CX, LD, PF

12:30 PM Super Congress 1 

12:30 PM Semis HOPEI - HI, OO, PI, EX, IN

2:00 PM Semis Ds - CX, LD, PF, DI, DUO, POI

3:30 PM Finals HOPEI - HI, OO, PI, EX, IN

3:30 PM Super Congress 2

5:00 PM Finals Ds - CX, LD, PF, DI, DUO, POI