NSDA Congressional Debate Qualifier Deadlines

If your team wants to submit legislation for the NSDA Congressional Debate Qualifier tournament, please send it to both Kevin Berlat at berlat@phoenixunion.org AND Meg Howell at mmhowell@mpsaz.org.  The deadline for legislation is February 1st.  Make sure that it is formatted according to NSDA standards and that it is debateable, falls under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government, and is of a serious nature.  We hate to reject legislation, but we have in the past when it fails one of those requirements.

Remember that the legislation which Arizona sends to Nationals will come from this docket, so write the best legislation you can!  See you at the qualifier.

Revised ASU Congressional Debate Dockets

The preliminary docket for the ASU Southwest Championship has been revised with some new legislation.  In addition, the semifinal and final round information is out as well.  You can find it at asu.tabroom.com as well as here:

ASU Congress Docket 2015 Supersessions

ASU Congress Docket 2015 Revised

Good luck, and we hope to see you there!

ASU Docket 2015

The ASU Southwest Championship Congressional Debate Docket is available here:  ASU Congress Docket 2015.  The final and possible semifinal legislation will be posted here and at http://www.tabroom.com as soon as they are available.

AZ Novice Policy Debate Evidence Packets

Thank you to Joel Sannes for the following message:

Speech and Debate Coaches:

As many of you know by now, the teams that regularly have policy debate at their schools have agreed to limit novice policy debate to only arguing from evidence in a policy debate packet.  This will enable the students to learn policy debate without the bewildering array of arguments that face them if the topic is wide open for novices.

There are two ways to access the packet.  The first is by downloading the evidence from the Wikispace page for the Novice Evidence Policy Packet .  This page has the rules for debating from the evidence packet.  For access to the packet without the rule page, please use this Dropbox Link.

With this packet, we also believe many of your students who would have been reluctant to do policy debate might reconsider.  All the work they need to do to compete at a novice tournament is here for them. They can rewrite and reorganize the evidence in the packet if they want to customize their cases, so there is also room to improve the arguments, and through the year we will add additional evidence and arguments.

The SWSDIT tournament this weekend will debate the packet.  It is short notice, we know, but it was also a chore to put this together.

I’m just the messenger here.  Thanks to Rohit Rajan, Kailyn Revenew and Jennifer Zhang for their work putting this together, and to ASU Director of Forensics Adam Symonds for giving his encouragement.

Joel Sannes

Chandler Preparatory Academy

Speech and Debate

(602) 432-9198

ASDCA Coaches Convention

Thank you to all of the coaches, trainers, students, and judges who attended yesterday’s convention.  The big news is that we are now official.  The Forensic League of Arizona has been retired, and we are now officially the Arizona Speech and Debate Coaches Association has taken its place.  I appreciate all of the support and understanding that the coaches showed as we maneuvered through this transition.  Our first AIA meeting of the year will take place on September 24.  More information and an updated officer list to come.

Our first tournament will be the SWSDI Practice Tournament at Brophy College Prep on September 20th.  The invitation is available on www.joyoftournaments.com/az. Check it out!

Arizona’s Rotating Event: Declamation!

Our new event this year is Declamation, also called Oratorical Interpretation.


 Freshman and Sophomore competitors only.

8 minutes maximum, with a 30 second grace period, including an introduction, just like an interp performance.

Competitors take a publically presented speech, or a published essay, and present it as if they were the speaker.  The cliche example is a student performing “I Have A Dream” as if they were Martin Luther King Jr.  The material must come from printed published sources (such as editorials, essays, speeches), it should be persuasive or inspirational in nature and it should have literary merit.

The year is starting…

It is time to get started.  Time for a new beginning to our organization and for a new competitive year.  Over the past year, we have worked to reorganize, become an official non-profit, and modernize the organization.  At the convention on September 6, we will vote to (hopefully) formally approve our new articles of organization and become the Arizona Speech and Debate Coaches Association.  Our board has already agreed on this change, and we ask for your support.  The convention website is open and is at http://www.joyoftournaments.com/az/convention/.

The payment information has changed, so make sure you read the invitation carefully.  If you have any questions, then email me at berlat@phoenixunion.org.

See you there!  


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