CFL Novice Debate

2021 — NSDA Campus, CA/US


We will be using NSDA Campus

Topic Reminders


LD: Resolved: A just government ought to recognize an unconditional right of workers to strike.


PF: Resolved: Increased United States federal regulation of cryptocurrency transactions and/or assets will produce more benefits than harms.


Policy: Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its protection of water resources in the United States.


Novice policy case list 



Novice Case Limits for the 2021-2022 Policy Debate Topic

  • Substantially strengthen federal surveillance and standards for lead in drinking water.
  • Substantially limit the use of hydraulic fracturing by energy companies in the United States.
  • Substantially strengthen federal standards for agriculture-related runoff into lakes and streams.
  • Substantially increase the protection of wetlands in the United States



Costs (per Article XI Section 3 of CFL Bylaws):

Entry Fees: $11 per student

Nuisance Fees:

Drops after drop deadline: $21 per dropped entry

Drops less than 24 hours before the tournament: $53 per entry 


Judge Requirements (per the CFL Board Manual Article XXVI)


LD: 1 judge for every 3 entries 

Parli: 1 judge for every 3 entries 

PF: 1 judge for every 3 entries 

Policy: 1 judge for every 2 entries

For this tournament, high school varsity students are allowed to judge.

Additional Requirements: 



Please see the CFL Bylaws listed below regarding Novice Eligibility

1. All of the following requirements must be met in order for a student to be entered in the Novice division:

a. The student is in his/her first twelve months of debate competition

b. The student is in his/her first academic year of speech competition

c. The student has not attended debate camp

d. The student has not competed in Varsity competition at any debate tournament

e. The student has competed in no more than one Varsity speech tournament

f. The student did not “advance” beyond prelim. rounds of any Novice debate tournament (including 3-0 record in CFL Novice)

g. The student has not competed in more than 3 middle school debate tournaments.

h. The student has not, while a middle school student, competed in a high school tournament.

2. Students may compete in the Junior Varsity division of one CFL debate tournament and retain their Novice eligibility if their record at the JV tournament is 0-4 or 1-3. A second JV win or a second JV tournament automatically makes the student ineligible to compete as a CFL Novice.

3. Students who are no longer eligible to compete in the Novice division but have yet to be promoted to the Varsity level (see #5 below) are eligible to compete in the CFL Junior Varsity division.

4. Students in their third academic year of speech competition may compete in no more than two CFL JV debate tournaments, provided they have not been promoted to Varsity (see #5 below).

5. Any of the following scenarios automatically promotes a student to Varsity division:

a. The student is in his/her fourth year of competition (including speech or Congress).

b. The student has competed in 5 CFL debate tournaments. Congress does NOT count as a debate tournament in this scenario.

c. The student has competed in Varsity at an invitational tournament

d. The student has “advanced” beyond preliminary rounds of any JV tournament (including 4-0 record in CFL Jr. Varsity)

e. The student has attended summer camp for debate twice

f. The student, while a middle school student, competed in a high school tournament.

6. In Policy, Parliamentary, and Public Forum, a pair with uneven levels of experience will compete under the rules applicable to the more experienced partner.




- Second-flight debaters must go to the rooms listed on the postings and be ready to debate as soon as the first flight finishes.

- This is a tentative schedule. Rounds may be pushed up if it becomes possible to run the tournament ahead of schedule, and may be delayed if there are unforeseen difficulties.

8:00AM - 8:30AM -- Official Chaperone Check-In and Registration (schools not checked in by 8:30AM by the legal chaperone will be dropped)

8:30-8:45 -- Judging Instructions (All judges should be in the Judges room for instructions at this time)

LD (Double-Flighted), PF (double-flighted), Policy (single-flighted), Parli (single-flighted)

8:45 - Round 1 Pairings and Ballots Released 
9:00 - Round 1 Policy, LD, and PF Starts
9:00 - Round 1 Parli topic announce


9:20 - Round 1 Parli Starts 

10:45 - Round 2  Pairings and Ballots Released  

11:00  - Round 2 parli resolution announced

11:20 - Round 2 Starts 

12:15- 1:30pm - Lunch Break.  for PF, LD, Parli Students, judges, and coaches must remain on campus. 


1:30 - Round 3 Parli, LD, and PF Pairings and Ballots Released Parli Topic released

1:50 r3 Begins

1:20 pm- 1:50 pm - Policy Lunch break


1:55 - Round 3 Policy Pairings and Ballots Released

APPROX 2:45-3:30 - Awards for LD, PF, and Parli
4:45 -5:15  Awards for Policy