Westlake Thunderdome 2023
2023 — Saratoga Springs, UT/US
Welcome to the 2023 Westlake Thunderdome Speech and Debate Invitational
Dates: October 13-14, 2023
Location: Westlake High School
99 S 200 W Saratoga Springs, Ut 84045
Tournament Host/Director: Kimber Rodeback, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: $25/day ($50 both days)
$4/person per event
Judges: Speech 1:6, CX 1:2, Debates 1:4, Congress 1:6
(Judges can judge both speech and debate events)
Students may double enter in Speech Events (except for extemp)--at their own risk. Tournament will not be held up for double entries. They may only participate in one Debate event.
A variety of concessions are available with debit/credit cards or Apple Pay only! No cash accepted.
Speech and Debate shirts, hats, and stickers will be sold on-site! (Samples will be linked soon!)
Friday: Novice and Varsity Speech Events
Interps (HI/DI/DUO/POI--Depending on number of entries will determine if they are combined or held separately.)
Saturday: Debate Events
PF - Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its military presence in the Arctic."
CX - Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase fiscal redistribution in the United States by adopting a federal jobs guarantee, expanding Social Security, and/or providing a basic income.
LD - (using the open topic for both novice and varsity) Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee the right to housing."
BQ - Resolved: Belief in the supernatural is incompatible with belief in science.
Congress - (First session will be a learning session as needed for novice.) Click HERE to see the Congress Legislation for this tournament.
2:30-3pm Online Check-in
3pm Judge Instructions in Judge/Coach Lounge
Extemp Prep to Start at 3:15pm and 15 min before the start of each round.
3:30pm Round 1
5:30 pm Round 2
6:30 - 7:30 Dinner (7:15 extemp prep start)
7:30 pm Round 3
(We will run rounds faster if possible)
8:30am Judge Instructions in Judges/Coaches Lounge
Debate (Double flighted PF/LD/BQ) Congress
Round 1 9-11am Session 1 9-11:30
Round 2 11-1pm
Round 3 1-3pm Session 2 12-2:30
Lunch will be served from 11:30 - 1pm during off-flight times
Awards on Saturday at 4:30 pm
Awards for the Top 3 in each event!
*School Size will be determined by number of students entered per school for the Large School Sweepstakes Award and Small School Sweepstakes Award.
*Sweepstakes will be done using NSDA points
Speech: Points by placement per round
Debate: Points by win/loss per round
Congress: Points by placement overall