Saturday, October 7, 2017
8:00 am – 11:00 am Session I
11:00 am – 12:00pm Lunch Break
12:00 pm – 2:30 pm Session II
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm Session III
Sunday, October 8, 2017
8:30 am - 9:00 am Meet, Greet, Photos with Honored Guest
9:00 am - 10:00 am Final Round Briefing -Full Scenario Released as well as Final Round Legislation
10:00 am - 11:00 am Break/Final Round Preparation Time
11:00 am - 1:30 pm Final Round Debate
2:30 pm Awards
(These times may change based on number in final round)
Public Speaking Competition Rules
Middle School -- 4 Minute Speech
High School -- 6 Minute Speech
Competitors can choose to submit a speech in one of the following categories -- Informative or Argumentative/Persuasive
Speeches will be judged based on the following criteria --
(a) Eye Contact /5
(b) Confidence /5
(c) General organization /10
(d) Central idea/theme /5
(e) Supporting evidence /15
(f) Quality of idea/information /10
(g) Adaptation of speech to online environment /10
(h) Ability to keep audience interested /10
(i) Quality of video recording /10
(j) Poise/posture /10
(K) Voice projection/fluency/control /10
(l) Language choice /10
Each speech will be graded by 3 judges, with the top 32 advancing to elimination rounds.
*Online Debate Tournament
September/October PF Topic
All students will debate in the first three rounds – Up to 128 students -- This is a one on one competition.
The debates will start September 15th
Round 2 – top 32 based on W-L record and speaker points (32)
Round 3 – winners of 2nd round (16)
Round 4—winners of third round (8)
Round 5—winners of fourth round (4)
Round 6 (Championship) – winners of 2nd round (2)
*When students sign-up, they will be asked to choose a preferred side and will be matched against a student who prefers the opposite side
*Students may need to be prepared to debate both sides in future rounds.
*Once students sign-up, they will be sent a link to a debate that has them debating another student and a time to have the debate. The debate will occur live at that time, and a permanent record of the debate will be created.
*The live debate and the recording of the debate will be public. Students can choose to make the debate private only to the participants (judge and two debaters), but that is not required
*Debates will be judged and winning students will advance to the subsequent rounds of competition
*Students will receive payment once they complete the last round of competition they are eligible to participate in.
*Each student will receive either a win or a loss and speaker points. The top 32 (or 64 if there are more than 100 entries) will advance to elimination rounds.
Any in grades 9-12 (HS) or 6-8 (MS)
Entry is first come-first served. Entry is limited to 128 students.
Aff Constructive (4 minutes)
Neg Constructive (4 minutes)
Aff Rebuttal (4 minutes)
Neg Rebuttal (4 Minutes)
Aff Final Close (4 minutes)
Neg Final Close (4 minutes)
We will once again use the Holiday Inn as our tournament hotel.
The rate: $149 + 13.25% tax
This is an excellent rate for a holiday weekend in Washington, DC.
While here you can enjoy complimentary garage parking for automobiles on a first come, first serve basis (6’ clearance), complimentary wireless Internet, 2 onsite restaurants, an indoor pool, and fitness center.
You can call into the hotel to reserve a room under your block with the code GD7. If the code is not specified, you may be transferred to Central Reservations which is a Holiday Inn call center, tand hey cannot make group reservations. You can direct your guests to call 703-807-2000 or 800-368-3408 to speak with our in house Reservations Manager, Cynthia.
The hotel phone number is 703-807-2000.