TCFL Novice Debate

2021 — NSDA Campus, CA/US

Tournament Zoom (Judges room will open at 8AM)

Parli Prep Zoom (Competitors show 20 minutes before the round start time)


Judging on Tabroom 

Judging Parli

Judging Lincoln Douglas 

Judging Public Forum 

Competing on Tabroom 




OCTOBER 23, 2021

Virtual Tournament


Novice Debater:  A student who is debating for the first year in high school.  If it is a team event, both students must be novices.  If a student has competed in either Parli, Public Forum, Policy, or LD in previous years while in high school, they are no longer a novice in debate.

Fees: TCFL Dues if this is your first TCFL Tournament of the season.   Make checks payable to Tri-County Forensic league.

Tentative Schedule (All Rounds Single Flight)

8:00 - 8:30 Registration (coaches, judges, & students meet in Assembly room)

8:30 - 9:30 Judge Orientation

9:30 - 11:00 Rd I

11:00 - 12:30 Rd II

12:30 - 1:00 Lunch Break

1:00 - 2:30 Rd III (Hi-Low Power Match)

Awards to follow immediately after last round!

Debate Topics:

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

Sept./Oct. LD topic: (Our Fall Open LD Debate will use same topic)
"Resolved: The member nations of the World Trade Organization ought to reduce intellectual property protections for medicines."
Sept./Oct. Public Forum Debate Topic: (Our Fall Open PoFo Debate will use same topic)
"Resolved: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization should substantially increase its defense commitments to the Baltic states."
Parli topics displayed 20 minutes before round.

Judges: Each school is obligated to provide one qualified judge per every 2 Policy, Parli, & Pofo teams,* and one qualified judge per every 4 LD entries.* Don’t forget varsity students can judge. If your judging quota is not met, your entries may be dropped. Judges should have pens, flow pads, and stopwatches.

* or fraction thereof

Entry Deadline: Tuesday, October 19, 2021, by 11:55pm. Register at E-mail Jerome Robinson at for any questions. Entries will only be accepted by coaches on contact sheet.  PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU DON'T SEE YOUR SCHOOL LISTED ON THE ENTRIES PAGE, YOU'RE NOT ENTERED.

Because of the differences that exist in human perception, a subjective quality is present in the scoring of Speech and Debate rounds. Even with rules and evaluation criteria for guidance,  judges will not evaluate the same performance in an identical manner. While we do everything possible to maintain consistency in scoring, winning results are not guaranteed.
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