TCFL Novice Debate

2023 — Westlake Village, CA/US



OCTOBER 21, 2023

Oaks Christian School

31749 La Tienda Rd.

Westlake Village, CA 91362

Novice Debater: A student who is debating for the first year in high school. If it is a team event, both students must be novices. If a student has competed in either Parli, Public Forum, Policy, or LD in previous years while in high school, they are no longer a novice in debate.

World Schools Debate: For the first time ever, TCFL will be offering World Schools Debate at our Novice Debate tournament. In addition, registration for WSD (and ONLY WSD) will be open to non-TCFL member schools. No hybrid teams will be allowed. For TCFL members, the entry fee for WSD will be $40 (the same for all team entries), and for non-TCFL members, the entry fee for WSD will be $50.

Fees: $20 per LD, $40 per team. (Pay TCFL Dues with first entry) Make checks payable to Tri-County Forensic League. $40 per WSD for TCFL member schools, $50 per WSD entry for non-TCFL members.

Tentative Schedule

8:00 - 8:30 Registration (Coaches & Judges)

8:30 - 9:30 Judge Orientation

9:30 - 11:30 Rd I

11:30 - 1:30 Rd II

1:30 - 2:00 Lunch Break

2:00 - 4:00 Rd III (Hi-Low Power Match within brackets)

Awards to follow immediately after last round in Assembly Room!

Debate Topics:

Policy 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."

Sept./Oct. LD topic: "Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee the right to housing."

Sept./Oct. Public Forum Debate Topic: "Resolved: The United States should substantially increase its military presence in the Arctic."

Parli topics announced 20 minutes before round.

World Schools Debate: Round 1 & 2 Prepared Motion: "This House supports establishing term limits for all elected officials." (teams debate both sides), Round 3 Impromptu Motion

Judges: Each school is obligated to provide one qualified judge per every 2 Policy, Parli, Pofo, and WSD teams,* and one qualified judge per every 4 LD entries.* Varsity students can judge. If your judging quota is not met, your entries may be dropped. Judges should have pens, flow pads, and laptops.

* or fraction thereof

Entry Deadline: Tuesday, October 17, 2023, by 11:55pm. Register at E-mail Brandon Batham at for any questions. Entries will only be accepted by coaches on contact sheet. PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU DON'T SEE YOUR SCHOOL LISTED ON THE ENTRIES PAGE, YOU'RE NOT ENTERED.

Because of the differences that exist in human perception, a subjective quality is present in the scoring of Speech and Debate rounds. Even with rules and evaluation criteria for guidance, judges will not evaluate the same performance in an identical manner. While we do everything possible to maintain consistency in scoring, winning results are not guaranteed.

Upon entering, you agree to the following:
In consideration for my participation in events sponsored or run by TCFL, I hereby expressly and irrevocably grant TCFL and its assigns, successors, licensees, affiliates, and designees (collectively the “Association”) the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right, license, and permission to use my name, image, likeness, voice, appearance, biographical information, statements, performance, and/or testimonials (collectively, the “Appearance”) in all forms and media including composite or modified representations for all purposes, including advertising, promotion, trade, or any commercial or non-commercial purpose throughout the world in perpetuity. The foregoing right and license extends to my Appearance in any video or audio recordings, photos, and any other media, how known or later developed, that are created in connection with any Association events and/or activities in which I participate, whether in person or virtually. I waive the right to inspect or approve versions of my Appearance used for publication or the written copy that may be used in connection with the Appearance or such publication.