Crimson Wave Holiday Speech Debate Tournament

2023 — Petersburg, VA/US

***Round 2 will be posted at 11 am***

The Inaugural Crimson Wave Holiday Speech and Debate Tournament

WHEN: Saturday, December 9, 2023

WHERE: Petersburg High School

3101 Johnson Road

Petersburg, VA 23805

EVENTS: This Speech and Debate tournament will follow VHSL rules to prepare students for upcoming conference, regional and state tournaments, although private schools are encouraged to compete as well. We hope to provide a great local tournament option for Central Virginia schools especially! Middle school students are also encouraged to compete in the novice category.

1. Lincoln-Douglas: Novice* and Open 4 rounds.

TOPIC: Resolved: The United States ought to prohibit the extraction of fossil fuels from federal public lands and waters.

2. Public Forum: Novice* and Open 4 rounds.

TOPIC: Resolved: The United States federal government should forgive all federal student loan debt.

3. Student Congress: Open division. Each student should submit a bill and teams should coordinate to divide bills up among the following 4 categories (Domestic, International, Virginia, Economic). 2 sessions of Congress, 2 hours each. Congress topics are:


1) Social Media

2) Congressional Reform


1) Middle/Near East

2) WHO


1) Labor Unions

2) Entitlements


1) Car Emissions Standards

2) College Admissions Criteria

Congress legislation and registration deadlines are both 11/30/23. Each Congress participant must submit legislation to be eligible for competition. Coaches, please submit all legislation together (in one attached Google Doc) to

4. Policy Debate: Novice* and Open. 3 rounds.

TOPIC: 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 debaters must be in their first year of competitive debate. If there are not enough numbers to operate a separate novice bracket, they will be combined into the open division but top novice awards will still be given. Please indicate on tabroom if a competitor is in his/her first year of competition.

5. Speech Categories: The following open speech categories will be offered (3 rounds each): Extemp*, Impromptu, Original Oratory, Prose, Poetry, DI*, HI*, Duo, Storytelling, AND the exciting DUO IMPROV and ORIGINAL SPOKEN WORD*! Students MAY double-enter in all speech categories EXCEPT Extemp.

*Extemp Topics:

1. Energy Policy

2. Virginia

3. 2024 Primary

· *DI/HI may be combined based on numbers entered.

*Original Spoken Word is a poetry piece/ selection that is written by the student, and is delivered in the style of spoken-word or slam poetry. This event requires a manuscript, and copies to be turned-in for each round. Other rules for this event will follow those prescribed by the VHSL for competitors in Poetry. Questions regarding this event should be directed toward

6. Coaches Corner: coaches are asked to prepare a piece of their speech category choice of no more than 5 minutes for a 1 round special competition between coaches. Coaches Corner will be judged with the winning coach earning a trophy.


Each school is responsible for providing their own judges with the following quotas:

1 judge for:

…every 2 Lincoln-Douglas Debate entries or fraction thereof,

…every 2 Public Forum Debate entries or fraction thereof,

…every 2 Policy Debate entries or fraction thereof,

…every 5 Student Congress entries or fraction thereof, and

…every 5 Individual Events entries or fraction thereof*

*Student Congress and IE event judges may be combined.


Any school that is not part of the Richmond Forum Speech and Debate Initiative will be assessed $5 entry fee per competitor. This offsets the cost of lunch.

**Above cost includes lunch for all competitors**

Tabroom will create an invoice for you that you can print out. Receipts will be given at the tournament.


Drops (for any reason) are permitted up to 48 hours before the tournament with no penalty. Drops within 48 hours require schools to honor the entry fees AND still require the original judging quota. If the original judging quota is not met upon registration, students may not be able to compete and there will be a $50 dropped judge fee.


Registration: 8:00 - 8:30 am

Judges Meeting: 8:45 am

Extemp Draw: 8:45 am

Round 1 (all events): 9:15 am

Round 2 LD/PF: 10:00 am

Extemp Draw: 10:15 am

Round 2 Speech: 10:30 am

Round 3 LD/PF: 11:00 am

**Lunch in between rounds (beginning at 11:00 am)

Round 2 Congress: 12:00 pm

Extemp Draw: 12:45 pm

Round 3 Speech: 1:00 pm

Round 4 LD/PF: 1:00 pm

Coaches Corner 2:30 pm (more info to come)

Awards Assembly: 4:00 pm


Concessions will be made available throughout the day. Lunches for competitors, coaches, and judges are included in the price of admission. Observers may purchase lunch from the concession stand.


Trophies/Medals will be given to the top 3 finishers in each category. Sweepstakes and runner up sweepstakes trophies will be given to the schools with the most points in each division (speech and debate).


Please go to

You will need to create a tabroom account with an email and password (free). Add your entries and judges. On the main page, you will be able to print an invoice to know the amount due. Direct any tabroom questions to

All registrations will be due by Tuesday, December 5, 2023 by 12:00 noon

Please bring checks payable to Petersburg High School. Thank you for supporting our Speech and Debate Program!

Wishing you Peace & Blessings,

Tournament Host:

Terri T. Smith William Lawson, III

Petersburg Speech Coach Petersburg Athletic Director


Tournament Director:

Lucretia Anderson

Speech & Debate Initiative Manager

The Richmond Forum

This tournament is sponsored by: