CFL Speech CHSSA State Quals

2024 — Palo Alto, CA/US

CFL Speech State Qualifier

Palo Alto High School

March 3, 2024

Round 3 has begun. The Fourth and Final Round will hopefully start at 5:00pm.

Help Desk:
Extemp Live Doc
Extemp Prep: Library
Tabroom: 800
Judge's Lounge: Student Center Building
Student Lounge: Media Arts Center (MAC) Building


Events offered: Dec, DI, Duo, HI, Imp, Info, IX, NX, OA, OO, OPP, POI

Every school is allotted 22 guaranteed entry spots to the state qualifying tournament with no more than 5 in each event. These spots do not include your wildcards. Please indicate these entries during registration by checking the "At-Large" box when inputting the competitor information.

Outside of these 22 spots, only students who have won wildcards during the three previous league tournaments may register for this tournament. Wildcards must be used for the event they were won. In Duo, wildcards are won as a team, partners may not be switched or changed. Please indicate wildcards during registration by adding the tournament and place received while inputting the competitor information.

Registration closes on Friday March 1st at 8:00pm.
All entries must have a linked tabroom account.

Double Entries and Double Qualifiers

This year at the state tournament CHSSA will not allow double entry across any events. This includes debate and speech. If a student qualifies for multiple events, they will compete in only the event they rank highest on this form at the State Championship Tournament. (This form as been emailed to all coaches.) This form is also listed here:

This form is due at 11:59 PM the night prior to the start of a student's second competition.
CFL State Qualifier Series:
March 1st - 2nd: Debate
March 3rd: Speech
March 10th: Congress and PO

Due Dates:
Competing in Debate and Speech:Due March 2nd at 11:59 PM
Competing in two Speech events: Due March 2nd at 11:59 PM
Competing in Speech and Congress/PO: Due March 9th at 11:59 PM
Competing in Debate and Congress/PO:Due March 9th at 11:59 PM


Each school must provide 1 judge for every 2 entries, due to increased judging requirements. An unaffiliated judge will cover only 4 entries. Please email with a list of your unaffiliated judges and their conflicts.

Each preliminary round will have 3 judges and each final round will have 5 judges.
All judges must have a linked tabroom account.

Tentative Schedule for March 3rd:
AM Judge Shift 8:00am - 12:30pm
PM Judge Shift 12:30pm - 6:00pm


7:30am – 8:00a.m. Coaches must check in at the tabroom to confirm entries / provide contact information to ensure they’re available all day

Extemp should report to the Extemp Prep room for instructions by 7:45am.

All other students should be checking / looking for email updates.

Round 1

Extemp prep begins at 9:15am

Round 2

Extemp prep begins at 11:00am

12:30pm - 1:30pm

PM Shift Judges should report to the Judges' Lounge (Student Center) by 12:30pm for instructions.

Round 3
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Extemp prep begins at 1:00pm

Breaks / Round 4
~ 5:00pm

Round 4 will begin as soon as ballots allow.

Live Awards

Awards will begin as soon as round 4 ballots allow in the Media Arts Center (MAC).

Extemp Topics

Round 1: Econ
Round 2: Politics
Round 3: Sci-Tech
Final Round: Foreign Policy

Round 1: Asia
Round 2: Africa
Round 3: Europe
Final Round: Americas

*Final rounds of Extemp will include Cross Ex.*

Health & Wellness

If you’re feeling sick, CFL strongly prefers that you not attend the tournament to protect other participants, including people who are immunocompromised and/or live with others who are immunocompromised. Although proof of vaccination and/or masking are not required by CFL, masks will be provided at the tournament for those who wish to wear them. No participant will be penalized for wearing/not wearing a mask; and all participants should respect each other’s health & wellness preferences, including (but not limited to) masking and social distancing.


Number of Qualifiers per Event:
Dec: 8
DI: 8
Duo: 9
HI: 8
Info: 9
Imp: 9
IX: 9
NX: 9
OA: 10
OO: 8
OPP: 8
POI: 8