FGCCFL Novice Championship

2023 — Seminole, FL/US

FGCCFL Tournament Invitation

FGCCFL Novice Championship
Osceola Fundamental High School
9751 98th St. N Seminole, FL 33777

Saturday, 25 March 2023
Registration 7:15-7:45 AM

Host Coach: Brian Yarbrough

Events: All NCFL Events plus Informative Speaking and Program Oral Interpretation (to compete concurrently with Oral Interpretation of Literature). No double entries. No more than SIX (6) entries per event or TWELVE (12) in Student Congress.

Cost: $25.00 per competitor including host/lunch fee PLUS an additional $10.00 lunch fee for each judge. Fees can be paid via PayPal on the league website, checks (made out to FGCCFL) for the full amount, or cash. All fees must be paid in full by the fourth round of the tournament. Late payments are no longer accepted.

Food: Closed campus (FGCCFL rule). No one may leave campus for lunch, and no one may have lunch delivered during tournaments. Lunches are automatically ordered for students and judges as part of registration; ONE complimentary lunch will be provided to each school for the head coach. Coaches must order all vegetarian lunches on Tabroom. Lunch Information to follow later.

Judging requirements: One (1) judge for every five IE and Congress entries combined; schools with Congress entries must designate at least one “Congress Preferred” judge. One (1) judge for every two LD entries. One (1) judge for every two PFD team entries. LD and PFD judges will be placed in one debate pool and must be cross trained. One (1) judge for each TD team entry. Graduating seniors with at least 250 NSDA merit points on record may judge. Their points will be verified by the Executive Board.

COACHES: Do not count yourself in your judge quota as we must be able to use you where needed! All coaches should be prepared to serve as Parliamentarian, supervise Extemp Prep, or judge fourth round if needed. Judges should be cross trained. Remember to list conflicts (by STUDENT’S FULL NAME) in the “Judge Notes” space on Tabroom.

Balloting: All events at this tournament will use paper ballots. Specimen ballots are available for review at <https://fgccfl.net/home/events-rules/>. Judges should bring pens (preferably black or dark blue). Judges may use their electronic devices to take notes, but all decisions are to be submitted on paper within the usual time frame (15 minutes after the final speech of the round).

Registration for the tournament

Go to <http://fgccflnovice.tabroom.com/>. Be sure to register for the correct tournament. Registration must be submitted online by the school’s coach only. Registration will not be accepted once registration is closed or by any other means other than Tabroom unless directed to do so. Pay attention to your school registration for students, judges in correct pools, and total lunch orders. Tabroom registration will close at 9 PM on the Thursday prior to the tournament week. Please have registration confirmed before registering the team on Tabroom. Registration deadline for this tournament is 16 March. For many counties this does fall during spring break.

Coaches must have set up team and judge rosters on Tabroom prior to attempting to register. All students and judges must set up their own individual Tabroom accounts.

TITLE REQUIREMENT FOR IE: Selection titles, authors, and publication information (where applicable) must be specified for all entries in OO, Dec, DP, OI/POI, and Duo. For OI/POI, please list the program title(s) in the Title field (for OI, prose and poetry separated by a slash), then list all included works in the Bibliography field.

Please note: The Executive Committee will levy additional tournament fees of $25.00 for any dropped entry on the tournament day including drops after start of first round, and for each registered but missing judge. All changes made after the close of registration but before tournament day must be reported to Jym Froelich at James.Froelich@sarasotacountyschools.net and Josh Schneider at joshschneider@me.com. Schools will forfeit registration fees for all drops made after the close of online registration on the Thursday before tournament week.

Tournament Day Registration:
7:15 – 7:45.

Only the team Head Coach or Assistant Coach should proceed through the registration line. Coaches should have invoice and registration forms printed from Tabroom and correct fees in check/large bills or paid online via the website.

Head Coaches or Assistant Coaches should register in the Media Center. Students will report to the Cafeteria. Judges will report to the Media Center. Please bring a copy of registration from Tabroom, check made out to FGCCFL or cash, or Pay Pal receipt from the league website.

Schools MUST be registered no later than 7:45 AM. Announcements for students and judges will begin at 8:00 AM. Rounds should begin by 8:30 AM.


Every school entering Student Congress MUST provide at least one (1) piece of legislation. Schools may submit up to six (6) items, but no student may sponsor more than one (1) item. Contestants will be waitlisted until an item of legislation is submitted and reviewed.

All legislation must be written using the templates on the FGCCFL website and uploaded to Tabroom by the registration deadline (9:00 PM on the Thursday prior to tournament week). Late, frivolous, stale, or unsatisfactory legislation will not be considered. The legislative docket and chamber assignments will be published on Friday evening.

Coaches may email legislation to Josh Schneider <joshschneider@me.com> for review; allow 48 hours for a response. This is NOT a substitute for uploading the legislation to Tabroom.


From the North via I-75:

· Take ramp onto I-4 W. Take the left exit toward Tampa Int'l Airport/St Petersburg onto I-275 S (SR-400). Go for 14.5 mi.

· Take exit 30 toward 118th Ave N onto CR-296 W. Go for 1.2 mi.

· Take ramp toward 118th Ave North. Go for 0.2 mi.

· Turn left onto 118th Ave N (CR-296). Go for 6.6 mi.

· Turn left onto 98th St N. Go for 0.3 mi. Osceola will be on the left.

From the South via I-75:

· Take exit 274 toward Airport/Tampa/St Petersburg onto I-275 S (SR-93). Go for 30.4 mi.

· Take exit 30 toward 118th Ave N onto CR-296 W. Go for 1.2 mi

· Take ramp toward 118th Ave North. Go for 0.2 mi.

· Turn left onto 118th Ave N (CR-296). Go for 6.6 mi.

· Turn left onto 98th St N. Go for 0.3 mi. Osceola is on the left.