CFL Congress 3

2023 — San Jose, CA/US

CFL Congress 3 Tournament

Saturday, January 28, 2023
Hosted by Palo Alto High School

800s Building - 1st Floor
50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301




Registration/Check in: 9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Round 1: 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Lunch: 12:20 PM - 1:00 PM

Round 2: 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Awards: 3:45 PM or ASAP after all ballots are submitted


Registration and all entries are due on January 25th at 5 PM on Tabroom. All competitors will be placed on a waitlist and will be removed from the waitlist after judges have been entered to fulfill your school's obligation. Drops and adds after January 26th at 5 PM will be assessed a late fee.

Each school may enter unlimited entries in the House, but are limited to no more than THREE (3) entries in the Senate. Schools should place their most experienced debaters for Senate competition.


Please provide 1 judge for every 6 entries or part thereof. Schools should provide school affiliated judges to cover their judging obligation. Please note which child the judge is affiliated with in the Judge notes. Please enter your school affiliated judges no later than January 25th at 5 PM. We will not be offering hired judging at this Tournament, so please ensure that you have school affiliated judges for this Tournament.

All judges should complete the NSDA Cultural Competency Training found on the Tabroom website and must have a linked Tabroom account.

We encourage all first-year judges to watch the National Speech & Debate Association's Congressional Debate Judge Training Webinar prior to Saturday, January 28. In addition to providing higher-quality feedback to student competitors, well-trained judges help our tournaments to run smoothly and on-time (and once in a blue moon, even ahead of schedule!).

Congress Rules and Procedures

CHSSA Rules will govern all events. In addition, Bills and Resolutions may NOT be laid on the table and all business before the Chamber MUST be completed (voted on) before the end of a session. Debaters are not permitted to suspend the rules.

Electronic retrieval devices will be allowed in round, but internet prep is NOT allowed. Electronic retrieval devices include laptops, tablets, netbooks, etc. Secondary electronic retrieval devices such as flash drives and hard drives are also allowed. Cellphones and smartphones may only be used as timers in the round. Any electronic retrieval device MUST be battery operated and NO power plugs or outlets may be used in round. All devices should be DISCONNECTED from the WiFi during round or placed in Airplane Mode.

House Chambers will have 14-20 competitors and the Senate Chamber shall have 8-20 competitors. The Senate MUST have at least 8 entries to be held. Each Chamber will set their own docket and all students should be prepared to debate both sides of the legislation.

COVID-19 Safety Forms

As of 1/1/2023, the Coast Forensic League (CFL) no longer requires participants to submit proof of full vaccination or a negative PCR Test to compete at the Tournament.

Students, Judges, and Coaches are still required to wear masks while judging or competing, so please bring a mask!

If you are feeling unwell prior to the Tournament, please do NOT attend. Instead, email your coach and we will drop you from the Tournament or excuse you from judging. As always, please complete the Wellness Check here: prior to arriving on Campus.


The Top Congressional Debater in each House Chamber shall receive a wildcard to the State Qualifying Tournament. If a Senate Chamber is held with 8-10 entries, the Top Congressional Debater will receive a wildcard to the State Qualifying Tournament. If a Senate Chamber is held with 11 or more entries, the Top Two Congressional Debaters will receive a wildcard to the State Qualifying Tournament. Outstanding Presiding Officers will also be recognized at the Awards Ceremony. Presiding Officers are also eligible to earn a wildcard should they win their Chamber in the House or place in the Top 1 or 2 in the Senate, entries permitting.

WiFi Access

Visitors to our campus may use the Palo Alto High School Guest WiFi network. There is no password.


Boys' and girls' designated bathrooms are located in the 700s building; the 800s bathrooms are under construction and inaccessible. Two all-gender, single-stall, handicap-accessible bathrooms are located in the interior of the 800s building in the center of the first floor hallway.


For your convenience, lunch will be provided free-of-charge to all tournament participants (students, coaches, judges, and observers). If you or someone on your team has severe dietary restrictions, please email prior to January 21. We plan to provide dairy-free, nut-free, and vegetarian options.