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.
Chandler Preparatory Academy
Speech and Debate
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!