Kamiak Novice Tournament

2022 — Mukilteo, WA/US

Dear   Debate Coaches and Forensic Educators,

     On Saturday, October 15th, 2022 Kamiak High School will hold its annual practice tournament for debate at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo.  As in the past, this offers a non-threatening place for novice teams to begin as well as an opportunity for second year debaters and above to judge.  Mark your Calendar! Plan to attend!  Register on Tabroom no later than Thursday October 13th. Sincerely,

Steven Helman

Kamiak High School Debate Coach

Host Novice Tournament

P.S.  All speech events are in one pattern; competitors may enter two speech events.



8:00am… Registration in Library (3rd floor)

8:30am… Round 1 Debate & Congress (School SRO's Bill)

10:30am… Round 1 Speech

12:00pm… Round 2 Debate & Congress (Mandatory Foreign Language Bill)

1:30pm… Round 2 Speech

3:00pm… Round 3 Debate & Congress (Free School Meals Bill)

ASAP… Awards



State rules as usual, apply to everything.  Please refer to the WIAA rule book.

Who is a novice debater?  All first year debaters are novice.  Second year debaters who have competed in less than six rounds of competition in district, league or invitational tournaments shall be considered novice. 

Who can judge?  Second year debaters can judge at this tournament. This is usually considered a fun opportunity for these students.  We will accept  any second year student, for IE’s if you feel they are capable of rendering qualified, thoughtful, kind, and intelligent ballots.  For Debate, sign up students to judge who have competed in that particular form of debate (CX, LD, PF) and can produce constructive ballots for competitors.


Congress: One bill will be debated per session.  Session 1 will be School SRO's. Session 2 will be Mandatory Foreign Language.  Session 3 will be Free School Meals.  Please see toolbar to right to download bills.

Policy/Cross Examination Debate.  Times 8-3-5.  6 Minutes down time per team.

Note:  We will be using the Novice Case Areas that were voted on at the coaches meeting this fall. 

Lincoln Douglas Debate.  Time 6-3-7-3-4-6-3.  4 minutes down time per side.   Note:   We will use the November/December L.D. topic.

PF:  We will use the NSDA rules and ballots for this event.  Note:  We will use the November PF topic.

Oratory: …is an ten  minute memorized speech in which you try to persuade the audience to accept your point of view.

Informative: …is a presentation in which you demonstrate a skill or explain an idea, or inform the audience of a subject.  Visual aids are encouraged.  Notecards can be used.  Time length is a maximum of eight minutes.

Program of Oral Interpretation: …is a ten minute reading of a combination of prose and poetry all connected by a theme.  

Dramatic Interpretation: …is a memorized and dramatic performance, cut from a play with a length of no more than ten minutes.

Humorous Interpretation: …is a memorized  and humorous performance, cut from a play, with a length of no more than ten minutes.

Extemporaneous Speaking: …is a seven minute speech on one of three topics you were given 30 minutes earlier.  Current events are the main subject.  One note card can be used during your presentation.

Impromptu Speaking: …choosing from a list of 3 topics students have a total of 6 minutes to think and then speak on their topic.

Editorial Commentary: …students  perform a written speech on a topic of general concern.  The length of this speech is 1:45 to 2:00 in length.  

Dual Interpretation: …this is a memorized performance of a play by two people.  Maximum length for this event is 10 minutes.

At the novice tournament only,  memorized events can be performed with a script. Judges will give preference, however, to debaters who memorize their pieces.


Timing:  All timing should be done with a stop watch.

Tab Room:  The tab room will be in the 3rd floor library and will be open to coaches.

Student Accommodations:  Students can leave their materials in the commons.

Judges:  Please bring a phone or computer.  All ballots will be online.

Meal arrangements:  We will be selling pizza by the slice at noon.  Otherwise there are many fast food establishments less than a mile from the school.

Parking:  you can park in any of the school parking lots.

Registration will be in the library on the 3rd floor of the main building at Kamiak.

Registration Fees: Please make check payable to Kamiak Debate

Tournament Registration Fee per school… $25

Debate… $7 

Speech… $5 

Register your team on Tabroom by Thursday October 12th.  

If you have any questions feel free to contact Steven Helman at Helmansm@mukilteo.wednet.edu.