TCFL Spring Open Debate

2024 — Newhall, CA/US

Tri-County Forensic League

Spring Open Debate Tournament

January 13th, 2024

Hart High School

24825 Newhall Ave. Newhall, CA 91321

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)

Awards to follow immediately after last round!

Fees: $20 per LD, $40 per Team & TCFL Dues if this is your first TCFL Tournament of the season. For non-TCFL schools competing in WSD, the entry fee for WSD is $50. Please make checks payable to "Tri-County Forensic League".

Debate Topics:

Policy Debate:
"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."

Lincoln-Douglas Debate:
January/February: "Resolved: The United States ought to substantially reduce its military presence in the West Asia-North Africa region."

Public Forum Debate:
January: "Resolved: The United States federal government should repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act."

World Schools Debate:
Rounds 1 & 2 Prepared Motion: This House prefers investment in public transportation infrastructure over investment in automobile infrastructure. (teams debate both sides), Round 3 Impromptu Motion

Parliamentary Debate topics will be published 20 minutes before round.

Judges: Each school is obligated to provide one qualified judge per every 2 Policy, Parli, PF, and WSD teams,* and one qualified judge per every 4 LD entries.* If your judging quota is not met, your entries will be dropped until your entry numbers match the amount of judge coverage you have provided. Judges should have laptops/an electronic device to complete their ballot.

* or fraction thereof

Entry Deadline: Tuesday, January 9th, 2024, 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.