Winter Invitational formerly CLU

2021 — NSDA Campus, CA/US

2021 La Reina Winter Online Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament 

Saturday-Sunday, February 13-14, 2021



Dear Coach:

The La Reina Speech and Debate team invite you and your Middle or High School squad to participate in our Winter Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament to be held online on Saturday-Sunday, February 13-14, 2021.  Students can double enter within the Events pattern but not in the Debate pattern.

We will have Open and Novice divisions in the January/February NSDA LD topic and the February NSDA topic for Public Forum.  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. Double entries in Events are allowed. We will also offer one division of Student Congress. Middle School students are welcome to compete.

Web Registration

Entries will only be accepted on-line at the website:

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 Monday, February 8, 2021, 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 Monday, February 8, 2021. Make drops and adds on the web page. As of Monday, February 8, 2021 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 Changes or drops after Tuesday, February 9, 2021 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); four Public Forum teams/ four Lincoln Douglas debaters/duo entries or six event entries in each pattern. Please call 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 are allowed to judge Novice division students. Varsity high school debaters may judge novice rounds.


School Fee $50

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

____ number of Duo Teams entered X $20 =_____

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

____ number of Policy Teams X $40 = _____


Penalties for Not Providing School Judges

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

____ Duo entries uncovered X $20 = _____

____ Parli. or PF teams/ L-D entries uncovered X $75  = _____

____ Policy Teams uncovered X $100 = _____

 Total Fees = ____________  

 Please make checks payable to

"LR Debate Society".


Debate Topics:

L/D Debate Topic:    January/February Topic

2020-2021 Policy Debate Topic  

Public Forum Topic:  February Topic

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


Novice and Open Division in Debate and Events except Congress. Novice is normally defined as the first year of competition. 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 regardless of whether they are in Middle or High School. Open or Varsity divisions are open to any student.

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. Novice are those students in their first year of competition. All divisions will receive trophies. 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 include: Persuasive will include 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 students in two person teams. Team debate must be two persons. Brackets will be broken to avoid teams from the same school hitting each other. Debate divisions will advance to octo-finals if entry warrants. Check the schedule at registration to determine divisions going to octo-finals.

Parliamentary Debate uses the NPDA format but computers are allowed in all events except during the Parliamentary speeches. Also, parliamentary debate will have open prep.  Public Forum will use the old time format from last year and we will designate Affirmatives and Negatives.

Prep time for Lincoln-Douglas is 3 minutes.

Congress Rules:

Congress will have one open division only. Please designate the PO's with a 'po' for every FIVE entries.  Congress bills are listed below at the bottom of this page.



 Congress Bills 2021 Winter Invitational


Bill #1: A Bill to Repeal Social Media Liability Protection



2 SECTION 1. The United States shall repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency

3 Act (CDA) of 1996.

4 SECTION 2. Section 230 shall be defined as Communications Act of 1934 at 47 U.S.C. §

5 230. Section 230 generally provides immunity for website publishers from third-party

6 content. The statute in Section 230(c)(2) further provides "Good Samaritan" protection 7 from civil liability of third-party material.

8 A. All legislation that references Section 230 shall be amended and updated to

9 reflect this repeal.

10 B. All social media companies will be required to have transparent content

11 moderation policies for derogatory speech, hate speech, and/or speech intended

12 to plan criminal activities in compliance with this repeal.

13 SECTION 3. The Implementation of this bill shall be overseen by the Department of 14 Commerce in coordination with the Department of Justice (DoJ).

15 SECTION 4. This law shall go into effect on June 1, 2021.

16 SECTION 5. All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.

Bill #2: A Bill to Allow Non-Violent Felons the Right to Vote in Federal Elections



2 SECTION 1. Non-violent felons shall be given the right to vote in federal elections.

3 SECTION 2. Non-violent felons shall be defined as individuals whose offenses did not involve

4 the use or threat of any force and did not result in physical injury to another party.

5 SECTION 3. This bill shall be enforced by the Federal Election Commission (FEC)

6 A. This bill will apply to felons while in prison, on parole, or post-incarceration

7 SECTION 4. This bill shall be implemented by November 8, 2022, with two-hundred-million

8 dollars allocated to its implementation.

9 SECTION 5. All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.


Introduced for Congressional Debate by the Jack Howe Memorial Legislation Committee


Bill #3: A Bill to End Birthright Citizenship


  1. Whereas, foreign citizens come to the United States pretending to be tourists in order to give birth in this country.

  2. And Whereas, birthright tourism undermines the law and intent of American citizenship,

  3. BE IT ENACTED BY THE CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT: America end unlimited birthright citizenship, and

  4. Section 2: Citizenship may only come from at least one parent already being an American citizen and/or naturalized through the normal legal procedures.


Bill #4: A Bill to Make Daylight Savings Time Permanent


  1. Whereas, the origin of Daylight Savings Time was to save energy and fuel, and

  2. Whereas, the advantages of Standard Time with more daylight hours doesn't make sense in a modern world of cars and mass transit.

  3. BE IT ENACTED BY THIS CONGESS that Daylight Savings Time be made permanent nationwide.


Bill #5: A Bill to End Gasoline Powered Autos


 Wherea, climate change is a threat to all humanity, and

  1. Whereas, gasoline engines are a significant source of pollution, and

  2. Whereas, all electric vehicles are increasingly dependable and functional,

  3. Be it enacted by this House that no gas-powered vehicles be sold after January 1, 2030.


Bill #6: Bill to Expand the Justices of the US Supreme Court


  1. Whereas, the population and demographics of the U.S. is significantly different from the beginning of the Supreme Court, and

  2. Whereas, adding members would make "court packing" by a political party harder to do, 

Be it enacted by this House that the US Supreme Court should be expanded by 5 more Justices nominated by the President and confirmed by the US Senate.



Bill #7: Bill to Eliminate the Electoral College


  1. Whereas, the Electoral College was invented during a time of poor communication among the States, and

  2. Whereas, the Electoral College is inherently undemocratic, and

  3. Whereas, the United States purports to be a democratic system of government,

  4. Let it be enacted by this House that the Electoral College in the US be eliminated and replaced by the preponderance of the popular vote nationwide.


Bill #8: Bill to Eliminate Life Sentences for Juvenile Offenders


  1. Whereas, the system of justice should be based on recognition of juvenile rights and differences, and

  2. Whereas, there are still US States that subject minors to the possibility of life sentences, and

  3. Whereas, these sentences preclude any chance of rehabilitation, 

  4. Be it enacted by this House that all juveniles be exempt from the possibility of life in prison.