Idaho Gem of the Mountain District Tournament

2020 — US

Idaho Gem of the Mountain District Qualifier

for the 2020 National Tournament
Renaissance High School
Thu 2/13 Thu 2/13 HOU SEN
Centennial High School

Tournament Format


·         The D3 Spring Docket shall be used. Schools from outside of D3 (Wood River) may submit up two pieces of prelim legislation and one piece of finals legislation.

·         Students may be seated in the Senate or House for Congress.  The senate shall qualify the top 2 competitors.  

o   Students placed in the House shall be randomly placed into chambers by

·         Each round must include at least ten minutes per student in a chamber. For example, a round with 20 students in each chamber must be at least 200 minutes long. However, if there are 25 or more students in a chamber, the district may choose to hold four hour rounds instead. Each round includes: a. Election of a presiding officer; nominated from the floor with the parliamentarian or tournament official conducting the election. b. New seating chart (necessary accommodations for students with special needs may be made) c. Resetting of precedence/recency d. New legislation that has not been debated in a previous round at that tournament

·         Laptop use must comply with the “Guidelines for Laptop Use in Debate Events.”

·         Time for debate per legislation item should last no more than one-third of a session’s floor time.



Speech events will hold three preliminary rounds followed by elimination rounds which meet the following guidelines

·         If there are less than eight entries, no elimination rounds are required.

·         Any event with eight or more entries must break to elimination rounds.

·         A minimum of 25% of an event’s entry total (rounded up to the nearest whole number) OR four entries, whichever is smaller, must advance in each event.

·         All entries whose rank totals are tied with an advancing entry also advance.

Qualifiers will be determined according to the following:

·         If elimination rounds were held: Qualifiers are determined by the cumulative scores of finalists based on the factors below. After finals, the order of placement overall is determined by, in order: 1. The last round competed in. 2. Lowest total overall ranks score, dropping the worst prelim rank and multiplying elimination and final round ranks by 2.  3. Highest total reciprocal of all ranks, dropping the worst prelim rank, and multiplying elimination and final reciprocals by 2. 4. Lowest total ranks in the final round 5. Judge’s preference (head to head) in the final round 6. Highest total reciprocal of ranks in the final round 7. Judge’s preference (head to head) in elimination round(s) 8. Judge’s preference (head to head) in prelim round(s)

·         If no elimination rounds were held: The order of placement overall is determined by, in order: 1. Lowest total overall ranks score 2. Highest total reciprocal of all ranks 3. Judge’s preference (head to head) in prelim rounds If ties still exist for a spot to Nationals, hold a run-off round with three judges. The winner of the run-off, on ranks, judges’ preference, then reciprocals, wins the tie.


Debate will hold 4 preliminary rounds.  Rounds 1 and 2 will be paired randomly.  Rounds 3 and 4 will be power matched off the previous rounds. Entries with winning records will advance to a single elimination bracket.  Depending on the number of entries this may be a partial bracket with higher seeded entries earning byes. The order of finishers will be by the following tie-breakers in order: 1) Winner of the final round 2) The last round competed in, e.g., a student in finals places better than a student that does not advance from semifinals 3) Preliminary round seeding as determined by the tie-breakers used to break