Lincoln Southeast Winter Joust

2016 — NE/US

Lincoln Southeast Winter Joust February 13, 2016

Welcome! We will offer competition in Novice & Varsity Policy, Novice & Varsity Lincoln Douglas, Novice & Varsity Congressional Debate and Novice & Varsity Public Forum.

This tournament will follow all NSAA bylaws. This is a high school-only tournament. Students must be eligible according to NSAA and may only compete for the school in which they are currently enrolled. The NSAA bylaws can be viewed at

Online Entry -- Entries will only be accepted online via Deadline for entries is Wednesday February 10, 2015 at 5 PM. Fees and judge requirements will be applied after that time. Changes or drops after that date can be emailed to me at

Special Note Regarding Congress: We will be using the TFA Docket which is available on GoogleDocs and the Tabroom Website. Only the first 15 pieces of legislation will be used. Each school can claim one piece of legislation for sponsorship. Please e-mail me your team’s choice ASAP.

Schedule –





Public Forum/LD


7:30 Registration

7:30 Registration

7:30 Registration

8:00 Round 1

8:15 Session 1

8:15 Round 1

10:00 Round 2

9:45 Break


9:15 Round 2

12:00 Lunch


10:00 Session 2

10:30 Round 3 (power-matched)

1:00 Round 3 (power-matched)

12:00 Lunch


12:00 Lunch


3:00 Round 4

12:45 Session 3

1:00 Round 4

6:00 Awards


2:00 Break


2:15 Round 5

ASAP Semifinal

2:15 Session 4

3:30 Octafinals (if necessary)

ASAP Final


4:30 Adjournment


4:30 Quarters
6:00 Awards






ASAP Semifinal



6:00 Awards


ASAP Final



Awards –

 Policy – Six speaker awards in each division, along with team awards for semifinal and

final participants.

 Congress – A gavel to the presiding officer as well as medals to the top six speakers and a

trophy to the champion in each house.

 Lincoln-Douglas – Six speaker awards in each division along with awards for

quarterfinalists and above.

 Public Forum – Six speaker awards in each division along with awards for quarterfinalists

and above. We will also be giving special awards for the TOC bid teams.

 Sweepstakes – Trophies will be awarded to the top three teams. Teams must compete in

three of four events to be considered for a sweepstakes award.


We also have the honor of giving out the annual Ethos, Pathos, Logos Award to the debater who has demonstrated the strongest and ideal characteristics of a competitor throughout the season.


Fees –

Policy -- $25

Lincoln-Douglas Debate -- $25

Public Forum -- $25

Varsity Student Congress -- $15

Novice Student Congress $15

Judge Coverage (judges are obligated to one round beyond their team’s elimination)

Policy -- One judge per two teams. May be hired for $100. (We really need your judges.)

Lincoln-Douglas – One judge per two debaters. May be hired for $100

Public Forum – One judge per two teams. May be hired for $100


Congressional Debate – One judge per six debaters or part thereof. May be hired for $10

per debater.


Policy Debate –

Varsity and Novice divisions will have four prelims (powered after two) breaking to semis.


Lincoln-Douglas Debate –

We will be using the January/February topic. Will follow the 6-3-7-3-4-6-3 format with 4

minutes prep time. Varsity and novice divisions will have five prelims (powered after two)

breaking to quarters.


Public Forum Debate –

We will use the February topic. Varsity and Novice divisions will have five prelims (powered after two) breaking to octos if necessary, otherwise quarters. Note – we will use the February topic for both novice and varsity competition.

Congress –

 We will utilize NFL style of congress at this tournament. Each school will be assessed a

judging fee for each six students. This fee will be $60. You can alleviate this fee by

bringing a judge for each six entries. This fee will be prorated. So, if you bring three

students you can pay $30 or bring a judge. Your judges may only be used for ½ a day in

congress, so please let me know which other event they would be willing to judge. These

judges will all be finished before awards. We will usually run awards after quarterfinals.

Note – these judges will only point record. There will be three point recorders in each

session. These point recorders will switch at noon. There will be no student vote. The

point recorders will rank each student in the session. The parliamentarian’s vote will be

used as a tiebreaker.

No computers will be allowed in congress. 

A Note on Novice Competition – I believe that it is important for a student in novice competition to only compete with students who are in their first year of competition in that division. For example, a student who competed in LD at any tournament last year will need to be varsity in LD.


Judges’ Lounge Food:

We are planning a variety of tasty treats for you and your team. Breakfast foods including yogurt, coffee, juices, fruit, donuts, muffins, and bagels will be available in the morning.

Olive Garden will be catering the lunch. Bring your hunger. 

Other delicious food items will be available in the commons for competitors.

Contact Info --

You may reach me at school at 402/436-1304 or via cell phone 402-480-0015.

Email –

Please contact me with questions or concerns.