Jack Howe Memorial Tournament

2017 — Long Beach, CA/US


Entry Caps/Waitlist: We will place entry caps on all events based on the rooms that we’re given and our previous years’ entry sizes. We will work to ensure that all schools are allotted one entry before any school is allotted a second slot, that all schools are allotted two entries before any team receives three, etc.


Policy Debate: Debaters will Debate the current policy debate topic. Time limits will be 8-3-5 with 5 minutes of prep (per NFL guidelines). Each team will be guaranteed three affirmative and three negative rounds. Teams are not guaranteed that they will alternate between affirmative and negative. Due to scheduling conflicts, students in Policy Debate may not enter LD Debate or Student Congress, students in LD Debate may not enter Policy or Student Congress, and students in Parli Debate may not enter IEs. Much like last year, the Policy division will operate on its own schedule; as such, NO DOUBLE ENTRY IN POLICY.


Lincoln-Douglas Debate: Debaters will Debate the September-October NFL resolution. Please note that we will not use the novice LD topic at the Jack Howe. Time limits will be 6-3-7-3-4-6-3 with 3 minutes of prep time per Debater.


Parli Debate: We will offer six rounds of Parliamentary Debate. Topics will be announced in the Psychology Building center court area. Because it is not an NFL event,” rules will follow the CHSAA guidelines and times will be 7-7-7-7-5-5. Given our space limitations, there will only be open division in Parliamentary Debate and the number of Parli entries is capped at 64. We will guarantee an equal number of teams per school up to the limit of 64 teams. ALL PARLI DEBATE ROUNDS WILL BE HELD OUTSIDE ON THE “GRASSY KNOLL” AT THE REDUCED RATE OF $30/ENTRY.


Public Forum Debate: Debaters will Debate the September NFL resolution. Time limits will be 4-4-3-4-4-3-2-2-4-3-2-2.


Divisions: We will offer three divisions (Novice, Junior, and Senior) of Policy and Lincoln-Douglas Debate. We will only offer Novice and Open in Public Forum. As mentioned above, we will only offer an open division in Parli.