2024 Blacksnake NIETOC

2024 — Pocatello, ID/US

2024 Blacksnake NIETOC Tournament

January 5-6 at Idaho State University

In loving memory of Peggy Oliver and Leora Hansen

Friends, thank you for attending the 67th Annual Blacksnake Tournament at Idaho State University! As always, we strive to run an efficient tournament. Technology has permitted us to pool judges and competitors to reduce walking across campus in the lovely Idaho winter weather. Please note the following:

The LD topic for Novice, JV and Varsity will be the NSDA January/February topic: Resolved: The United States ought to substantially reduce its military presence in the West Asia-North Africa region.

The PF topic for Novice, JV and Varsity will be the NSDA January topic: Resolved: The United States federal government should repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Policy will use the NSDA/NFHS topic: 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.

Novice Policy will be able to use materials from the NSDA and Idaho Novice Resources Found HERE

Congress submissions are due DECEMBER 10 and the legislative packet sent on December 12. The docket for this tournament will be set in Session 1 through submission of proposed docket order, not by individual bill.

Speech will follow IHSAA rules concerning timing and content, but judges will be given direct instruction to disregard the rule in EXTEMP prohibiting notecards and will allow one side of one 3x5 notecard. Judges will be instructed to take into consideration if scripts detracted from the quality of a speech, but they will not be instructed to prevent a scripted student from taking first in a round.

This year, we opened sponsorship opportunities to allow alumni and community members to support specific events in an attempt to offset the cost to participants. Please see our sponsor page to learn a little more about the generous people who helped cover tournament costs.


Peggy Oliver Novice Policy

Peggy Oliver Varsity Policy

Brookelyn Jorgensen Retold Story

Ivy League Challenge (Prep Academy Podcast) Open Congressional Debate

Ivy League Challenge (Prep Academy Podcast) Duo Interpretation

Earl Blower Varsity Lincoln Douglas

Idaho State Debate Team Extemporaneous Speaking

Idaho State Debate Team Varsity Public Forum

Luke Smith Impromptu

Buchanan Program Oral Interpretation

Hannah Kampfen Sad-face Dramatic Interpretation

Kampfen Informative Speaking

Tournament Sponsors

SILVER SPONSOR Jared Cooke Boise Gem Realty


9:00 Registration

9:25 Opening Meetings

9:45-11:45 Speech Round 1

11:45-1:30 Speech Round 2

1:30-3:15 Speech Round 3

3:15-6:45 Congress Session 1

3:15-5:15 Debate Round 1

5:15-7:15 Debate Round 2

7:15-9:00 Semi-Finals Speech


8:00 Registration

8:30-10:45 Debate Round 3

8:45-12:15 Congress Session 2

10:45-12:45 Debate Round 4

12:45-2:30 Speech Finals

2:30-5:45 Congress Supers (15 minutes for PO election + docket setting, 3 hours for debate)

2:30-4:00 Quarters PF/LD

2:30-4:30 Semis Policy

4:15-5:45 Semis LD/PF

6:00 Awards

7:00 Finals