Midtown HS Carter King Speech and Debate Tournament

2021 — NSDA Campus, GA/US



Midtown HS

Carter/King Tournament


NIETOC Qualifier                          IE-TOC Qualifier


Dear Speech and Debate Coaches,


The Jesters Speech and Debate Team at Midtown High School is pleased to invite you to the 12th annual Speech and Debate Tournament “in” Atlanta, Ga. The tournament will be held on the NSDA Campus platform in a virtual setting.


We are pleased to be a qualifying tournament for the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions as well as the individual Events Tournament of Champions (KY).


The tournament will start on Friday, December 3 and end on Saturday, December 4, 2021


In Speech, Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Informative Speaking, Original Oratory, POI, Dramatic Interp, Humorous Interp and Duo Interp will be offered. There is one division of “Open” in Speech events


In Debate, Policy, Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum. We offer Novice, JV and Varsity divisions in all flavors of debate, and offer a Rookie division in Policy Debate.



Debate Topics


Policy Debate:

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


Public Forum Debate:

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


Lincoln-Douglas Debate:

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



Divisions explained


The Rookie division is for policy debaters competing in their first four tournaments ever. This includes MS tournaments, camp tournaments, etc. We will follow the GFCA rules for rookies. Packet information: http://www.gaspeechanddebate.org/novice.  


The Novice division is for students competing in their first year of high school speech and debate activities. We will follow the GFCA rules for the novice policy division, meaning debaters must utilize and are limited by the approved state GFCA Packet information: http://www.gaspeechanddebate.org/novice.


The JV division is for students in their first or second year of high school competition. If a student is competing in their third high school season or beyond, they are not eligible for this division.


Entry Caps


Schools are limited to 4 entries per debate division and 6 entries in each speech division. Entries will be waitlisted beyond the cap. We will release entries off the waitlist on Monday, November 29. The cap exists to assure as many schools as possible who would like to enter may do so. While the tournament is virtual, a virtual setting creates its own… reality. We will keep the tournament entry numbers at a level where we feel we can run an efficient and competitive tournament.


Cross Entries


Debate: one flavor of debate ONLY, no cross-entry. Speech: Triple-entry EXCEPT for Extemp. For students entering Extemp may only double-enter.


Independent Entries


Independent entries are not allowed at the Carter/King Tournament. Should an entry manage to be accepted by mistake, the entry will be disqualified upon discovery and the entry forfeits its entry fees. A school authorized adult must be in attendance at all times at the Carter/King Tournament.



Judging Requirements


Speech: 1 judge for every 6 entries or portion thereof

Debate: 1 judge for 2 entries or portion thereof


We prefer you to bring judges!! Please do all you can to fulfill all judge obligation.  If you are unable to, we have a limited number of judges for hire. The cost for judges not provided is as follows:


Speech- $75

Public Forum- $100

Lincoln-Douglas- $125

Policy- $150


If you have questions or concerns, please reach out! We know that so many expected to be back in person by now, but we will get there eventually. I hope our tournament can assist your program by providing a competitive and fun experience.