Stratford Novice Fall Invitational

2019 — Milpitas, CA, CA/US

Events

DEBATE

For Debate, Stratford will host both Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum. While this is a Novice tournament, we will not use the Novice topics for either event.

Lincoln-Douglas

Lincoln-Douglas will use the Sept/Oct Topic: "Resolved: In the United States, colleges and universities ought not consider standardized tests in undergraduate admissions decisions." Students will be permitted to use laptops in round, but they are not to use wifi during the round. Students using digital equipment must have some way to present their cards to their opponents if asked in cross, so either bring a paper copy or another reading device to present cards upon request. Failure to be able to present requested information will have repercussions.

Public Forum

Public Forum will also use the Sept/Oct topic: "Resolved: The European Union should join the Belt and Road Initiative." Again, students will be permitted to use laptops in round, but they are not to use wifi during the round; no researching during round. Students using digital equipment must have some way to present their cards to their opponents if asked in cross, so either bring a paper copy or another reading device to present cards upon request. Failure to be able to present requested information will have repercussions.

 

SPEECH

We will have six events in Speech at this tournament: Original OratoryOratorical InterpDramatic InterpHumorous InterpImpromptuExpository, and Duo Interp. Speeches for Original OratoryDramatic InterpHumorous InterpExpository, and Duo Interp must be between 6 and 10 minutes in length. Oratorical Interp speeches are maximum 10 minutes, but can be shorter than that. The longer your speech, the more opportunities you have to shine, but also the more opportunities to make mistakes. We encourage entrants to scale their speech lengths to fit their ability in this novice-focused tournament. For Impromptu, speeches will be 5 minutes with a 2-minute prep time.