Bellarmine Rhetoric Final Speech Tournament

2021 — San Jose, CA/US

Bellarmine Novice Intrasquad Speech Tournament

Hosted IN-PERSON at:

Bellarmine College Preparatory

960 W. Hedding St., San Jose, CA, 95126

Sunday, October 24th, 2021

Tournament Directors/Tabroom Staff: Xavier Liu, Sherwin Lai, Neal Dwivedula, Devansh Bansal, Jason Cappelloni

Executive Director: Mr. Langerman

Extemp Prep Director: Kush Narang

Equity Officer: Xavier Liu

Tournament Helpdesk Number: +1 (408) 964-0688; Please TEXT before calling

Events Offered: EXPOS, EXT (IX and DX will get separate topics), OA, and OO

Tournament website:

Registration: Only Bellarmine College Prep students who are taking Rhetoric their freshman year will be allowed to enter this intrasquad tournament. All other schools will be dropped from the tournament without notice or warning.

Table of Contents:

1. Announcements and Notifications

2. Notes for Students

3. Judging Instructions

4. Students' Instructions for Tabroom Accounts

The tournament schedule can be accessed by clicking on the "Schedule" page on the sidebar to the right. The schedule is now posted.

1. Announcements and Notifications

Both students and judges: Please be attentive about emails and Slack notifications. Sign up for “Live Updates” using the tab above - this will alert you with text or email notifications about new pairings/postings.

Announcements will take place in the Novice Tournaments Slack. Please pay attention to the Channel for important updates, including pushing up or back rounds!

2. Notes for Students and Judges

- Be in tournament attire (think dress-up day) on the days you are competing.

- Pairings for all rounds will be posted on Tabroom. The tournament schedule will be listed on a separate custom page on the side bar. Please make sure that you know which room you will be speaking or debating in. 

- ALL competition will take place in classrooms within O'Donnell Hall. Please note that COVID-19 mask requirements will be followed. Students may not remove their masks indoors and should have their masks on during the round until prompted to speak. Students will ensure that windows are open to allow for maximum ventilation at all times. 

- Students and judges should be in their rooms 10 minutes prior to the start of the round to ensure that the round starts on time.

- We will be enforcing a strict ten-minute forfeit time after the last speaker stops speaking in each round. Since there are NO double entered students, you MUST show up on time and watch all the speeches.

- For safety and legal purposes, judges may not record the round. 

- Extemp Prep will take place in-person. Please go to the Extemp Prep Room 5-10 minutes prior to your scheduled draw time. Attendance will be taken and questions released. More details are found in the side page titled: "Extemp Prep Info."

- Topic Areas for Extemp are TBD.

- To access comments, ballots, and results, you will need to use your account. If you do not have a Tabroom account or do not know how to link your account to a competitor, please look under "Students' Instructions for Tabroom Accounts" below.

3. Judging Instructions

If this is your first time judging, please be sure to link your Tabroom account to a judge. Click on "Link your person to a judge" and search for yourself. There will be a page that pops up that lists all judges registered on Tabroom with your name. Please look for your name and "judges for: Bellarmine College Prep" and click to link yourself to that judge!

- It’s super important that you attend the round on the day that you are assigned to judge.

- Slack one of the Tournament Directors and Mr. Langerman at least an hour prior to the start of the round to let us know that you are still able to judge.

- When you log in to your Tabroom account, you should be taken to a page where you will see the round that you need to judge along with the words "START ROUND" in a green box.

- Before the round: Judges, you MUST PRESS “START ROUND” once you receive your ballot. Doing this alerts Tab that you have officially “picked up” your ballot and that the round has officially started. Pairings will be email/text blasted to you 35-45 minutes prior to the start of the round.

- There are TWO judges in each Prelim Round and THREE (or more) judges in each Final Round. PLEASE WAIT FOR ALL JUDGES before starting the round. Please do not confer with each other when deciding ranks or points.

- EXPOS, OO, and OA speech times are 10 minutes long with a 30 second grace period. Extemp speech times are 7 minutes long with a 15 second grace period. IMP speech times are 5 minutes long with a 15 second grade period. If a speaker goes 10:31, 7:16, or 5:16, please mark them as Overtime on the ballot. Please do not mark the "Overtime" box if a speaker is undertime. There is NO penalty for giving a short speech.

- You must submit your ranking, no later than 15 minutes after the round ends. This is especially the case after the 2nd prelim round so that we can pair the Final round. Please do not delay the tournament by waiting to submit your rankings and comments at the same time. You can edit RFD/comments later even after you've submitted your rankings. Do not disclose your decision to the debaters in preliminary rounds.

- No show/forfeit procedure:

1. Take attendance at the start of the round.

2. Note any missing individuals who are not double entered and alert/Slack Tab and Mr. Langerman. We will attempt to contact missing individuals and compel them to show up to the round.

- If something doesn't work or if the student still has not shown up by the listed start time, please start the round anyways! We can deal with the issue later.

- If the student has not shown up 10 minutes after all speakers have finished in speech, mark the student as a "No Show" on the ballot and Slack Tab and Mr. Langerman. Please ALWAYS let Tab or Mr. Langerman know prior to submitting your ballot with the "No Show" box checked.

4. Students' Instructions for Tabroom Accounts

You will need to use your Tabroom account to access judge RFDs and comments. If you already have a Tabroom account and have already linked your account to yourself, awesome! There's no need for you to read the rest of this. 


1. On the main page of, find the "Sign Up" button on the upper right corner of your screen. Click on that. (Ignore the first question which asks you whether you're an NSDA Coach or PKD Member. You are a student and are neither.) Keep scrolling down, which leads you to a page where you type in your email, first name, last name, phone number, password, etc... While you are only required to input information regarding your email, first and last name, and password, we also highly recommend that you provide your cellphone number and service provider because you can get live text updates of postings and tournament updates!

2. After you input all your information, click "Create login." This will lead you to a blank page that serves as your Tabroom account. If you see the words "Judging," "Competing," and "Your Account" on the right hand side of the web page, you are in the right place!


1. After you log in, click on your email in the top right corner. On the right hand side, scroll down to "Your Account" and click on "Link your person to a student."

2. That will bring you to a page that prompts you to search for yourself. Type your first and last name in the empty boxes and click "Search."

3. Please pick the correct person and link yourself to that student. Look for your name and "competes for: Bellarmine College Prep" and click to link yourself to that person!

4. Tab may also ask you to confirm that you want to link. Please make sure all information is correct and confirm the link. Please DO NOT link your account to anyone OTHER THAN YOURSELF.