Jack Howe Memorial Tournament

2017 — Long Beach, CA/US

You are invited...



Friends and Colleagues,


The faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the California State University, Long Beach cordially invite you to attend the 20th Jack Howe Memorial, hosted by the CSU, Long “Beach Forensics” Program on Saturday September 30– Sunday October 1, 2017. As in past years, we will offer Parliamentary, Policy, Public Forum, congressional, and L-D Debate in addition to the eleven CHSSA Individual Events. We are also pleased to announce that we are offer qualifying final-round bids to the Tournament of Champions in both Policy and Public Forum debate!



1. NO Personal Checks! Only Cash, Cashier's check, Money Order, or electronic payment will be available 

2. If there were returned checks from last year it will be added to your registration.

3. ALL people who intend on judging MUST have a TABROOM.COM account 


We will be bringing back the following features of the Jack Howe:


We will not allow double entry in Extemporaneous Speaking and other individual events. While we have allowed this in past years, it created too many schedule problems and too many speakers were forced to choose between extemp and other speech events.

Sweepstakes calculation has changed. We will use a percentile system to calculate the top debate program and the top IE program; we will use a "equalization" system to determine the top overall school. This new sweepstakes calculation system is a result of persistent errors in calculation that have resulted from the system we have used to calculate sweepstakes in the past.

over $10,000 in scholarships to students who win first place in a senior division event. Each top-place finisher will receive a $500 scholarship to attend CSULB and compete on our nationally ranked forensics team.

the use of TABROOM.COM for all registration 

offering parent judge training each morning at 7:30AM. Please note, we ONLY offer parent judge training at 7:30 AM. If your parents cannot make the 7:30AM training, it is your responsibility to ensure they are trained to judge at the tournament.

For general tournament inquiries, please email Deven Cooper DevenC325@gmail.com); for tournament registration, fees, and administration, please email longbeachforensics@gmail.com.


All our best,


Deven Cooper




Tournament Information

Rules: NFL rules and regulations will be in effect, with three exceptions. First, we will use CHSSA event rules for events not sanctioned as NFL events (e.g., Parliamentary Debate, EXT, OA, OPP, OI, and TI).Second, due to the early timing of this tournament, memorization is not required; in senior division, memorization is encouraged but not required (i.e., judges can give students who are memorized preference over those who are not). Third, laptop computers and internet may be used in all events. Internet access will be provided on an as-is basis (meaning it is not supported by the school or our program). No hybrid entries will be accepted in any team events and no “maverick” entries will be allowed in team Debate events.


Entry Procedure and Deadline: The Jack Howe will be using www.joyoftournaments.com exclusively for entries. Entries must be completed by 5:00 PM PST on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Fees will be assessed and no new entries will be accepted after that time. Tournament Registration will be live by September 1, 2016.


Competitor Eligibility: Any student who is currently enrolled and in “good standing” (as determined by their school’s administration) is eligible to compete. No person who has competed for more than 8 semesters or has competed in four years of national high-school speech or Debate competition may compete. Students who have earned a high-school diploma (or equivalent) forfeit their remaining eligibility for the tournament and may not compete at the Jack Howe.


Divisions: Novice division is limited to students in their first year of forensic competition. Junior division (Debate only) is limited to students in their first or second year of forensic competition or Debate. Senior division is open to any student. In team events, if any partner is in their second or third year of competition, the team must be entered in the higher division. In other words, you always enter Debate/duo teams in the division that the most experienced competitor fits.


Double Entry: There are two rules at the Jack Howe regarding double entry. Both will be enforced without exception:


DOUBLE ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK. In order to keep a tight schedule running effectively, IE and Debate rounds MUST start at their scheduled time. If you are late for a round or miss a round and do not speak, you will be forfeited from the round and/or marked as a “no show.”

NO DOUBLE ENTRY IN POLICY DEBATE. Students MAY NOT enter in other events if they are entered in Policy Debate. This applies to both PARLI and IEs

NO DOUBLE ENTRY IN EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING. Students MAY NOT enter in other events if they are entered in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Conflict Patterns: The following conflict patterns will affect both student entries and judge commitments. Judges cannot cover multiple events in the same pattern, or you will be assessed judging fees.


Policy: students entered in Policy Debate may not double enter.

Parli/PF/LD: students in these events may double enter in Debate and IEs but may not enter more than one genre of Debate.

IEs: Students and judges cannot participate in Policy Debate and IEs at the same time. All IE events will be held during the same “conflict pattern.” No double entry in extemp and other individual/speech events.

Registration: Registration for the Jack Howe Memorial will take place in The Nugget (inside the Food Court). Registration will occur from 7:00-7:45 AM on Saturday. At that time, you will receive a packet with your school code, judging instructions, and additional maps. At 9:00 AM on Saturday we will collect fees.Please make checks payable to CSULB Forensics.


Competitor Call Time: On both days of the tournament, competitor call time is at 7:45AM, meaning all competitors must arrive to campus no later than 7:45AM. Any student who misses a round because they are not on campus at that time will be marked as a forfeit or no-show. We will not make exceptions (e.g., creating additional rounds, re-running rounds, allowing students to speak late) for students who are not in their round by the assigned start time. You are certainly welcome to make your own determination in terms of when you will bring your competitors to campus, but if they miss a round because of that, we assume no responsibility.


Harassment and Discrimination: The California State University, Long Beach prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender (including sexual harassment), marital status, sexual orientation (actual or perceived), age, medical condition, pregnancy, military service, religion, and physical disability. We will use CSULB’s Discrimination, Including Sexual Harassment, Policy and Complaint Resolution procedures to arbitrate instances of harassment and discrimination. For details, see http://www.csulb.edu/divisions/aa/grad_undergrad/senate/documents/Policy/1998/09/.


Food: We have arranged with University Dining Services to have food vendors open on campus, including Starbucks, Panda Express, Surf City, Quiznos, Pete’s Fresco Grill, and the Nugget Grill and Pub. These restaurants are willing to stay open through an agreement we have with University Dining Services. To make sure these vendors are willing to stay open, we ask a few things of you:


1. Please buy food from the campus vendors! Their willingness to stay open is based on the opportunity it creates for their businesses. As a courtesy to the union staff, we kindly ask that you please do not bring outside food to the tournament.


2. Please DO NOT bring your own kitchen to the tournament! We have been explicitly asked to make sure that no one brings kitchen appliances (or other electronics) to the tournament. This includes, but is not limited to, toaster ovens, mini-fridges, rice cookers, deep fryers, coffee makers, etc. If it plugs into a wall and it’s not a laptop, please leave it at home.




For more information on University Dining Services, including information about on-campus restaurants, please visit their website at http://www.csulb.edu/aux/49ershops/wp/dining/area_3/?page_id=33.