Wilcox Bay Area JV Novice Invitational
2021 — Online, CA/US
Wilcox Debate Invitational
Bay Area JV Novice Tournament
Weekend of April 2nd to 4th, 2021
Wilcox Speech & Debate is pleased to host the Bay Area JV Novice Invitational Tournament this year -- we look forward to hosting you (virtually) this spring!
The tournament will consist of competition in both debate and speech events. Debate competition will include Public Forum, Lincoln Douglas, and Parliamentary. We will use the March topics for both LD and PF. We will offer five preliminary debate rounds; all debate events will tentatively break to octofinals.
Speech will include Interpretation, Oratory, Extemporaneous, and Impromptu. We will offer three preliminary speech rounds. All speech rounds will be synchronous. Double entry in speech events will be allowed (at your own risk)!
We will host mandatory online check in for all students, judges, and schools on Friday evening. Preliminary rounds will be held on Saturday, and elimination rounds on Sunday.
This tournament is intended to be a JV/Novice competition. Students that are eligible include first year debaters, freshmen/sophomore students in high school, and middle school students. Depending on tournament registration, we reserve the right to collapse (or split) divisions to maintain the integrity of competition. If we have enough entries, we will split separate events into two divisions: Novice and JV.
Independent entries will be accepted. If your school does not have a debate program and you would like to register for the tournament, you can directly create an "independent school" account on tabroom and enter your child there. If you prefer that the tournament takes care of your registration, please fill out this form, and email us as well: tinyurl.com/wilcoxsd-registration.
Additionally, while this tournament is labelled "Bay Area", students regardless of location are welcome to register!
A 10% discount will be applied to all schools that register before Friday, March 12th. We will also provide free tournament swag (including t-shirts) to all competitors. We will provide awards for all winners post-tournament.
We are also working on an exciting workshop and a keynote program to host at the tournament, centered around debate and public service. We believe that the skills that we learn from debate are not restricted to the competitive space, but rather intended to equip young leaders with the tools they need to strike positive change in our society. Stay tuned for more information!
Giving Back Through Service
Service is prided in the debate community -- this invitational tournament will be an excellent beacon for that. This tournament will be primarily run by experienced, award-winning, current varsity debaters with years of experience. Bringing together experienced high school debaters from the Bay Area, we seek to share our knowledge and experience with younger, growing debaters and speakers. If you are a high school and are interested in helping us administer this competition, we would love to have you join our team! You do not need debate experience to staff the tournament -- the virtual nature of the competition will provide ample room for much needed assistance with tech. Varsity debaters will also be eligible to judge at this tournament.
Please reach out to us if you have any questions -- we look forward to hosting you and your squads!