Here is the calendar, as approved by the AIA State Speech and Debate Advisory Committee last week:
August 19th– New Coaches Workshop
September 9th– Convention/ Novice workshops
September 23– SWSDI Practice tournament @ Hamilton
September 30– Congress @ Chandler Prep Academy
October 20-21– Red Mountain Lost Dutchman
October 27-28– Jim Fountain Classic @ McClintock HS
November 10-11– Toro Country Classic @ Mountain View HS
November 17-18– Water Tower Invitational @ Mesquite HS
December 1-2– Winter Trophy
January 5-7– ASU Hugh Downs School of Human Communication Tournament
January 12-13– Chandler Prep
January 26-27– Bobcat Bonanza @ Central HS
February 10– NSDA Congress Qualifier
March 2-3– SWSDI Tournament
March 9-10– State Tournaments
March 22-24– NSDA District Qualifier Tournament
Arizona Interscholastic Association
State Speech and Debate Advisory Committee
2016-2017 Sanctioned Events Calendar
August 13 – AZ Thespians Convention
August 20 – Arizona Speech and Debate Coaches Association Coaches Convention – Brophy College Prep
August 27 – New Coaches Workshop – TBD
September 7 – AIASSDAC Meeting – AIA Office
September 17 – Southwest Speech and Debate Institute Practice Tournament – Horizon HS
September 24 – Prep School Congress – Scottsdale Prep Academy
October 7-8 – Lost Dutchman – Red Mountain HS
October 21-22 – Jim Fountain Classic – McClintock HS
November 11-12 – Toro Country Classic – Mountain View HS
November 18-19 – Dobson Invitational – Dobson HS
November 18-19 – Arizona Thespians State Festival – Phoenix Convention Center
December 2-3 – ASDCA Winter Trophy – Division 1 –
Division 2 – Greenway
January 5-7 – ASU Southwest Championships – Arizona State University
January 13-14 – Prep School Tournament – Chandler Prep Academy
January 18 – AIASSDAC Meeting – AIA Office
January 21 – Grand Canyon University Speech Tournament – GCU
January 21 – Southern Arizona Acting Festival – University of Arizona
January 28 – Northern Arizona Acting Festival – TBD
January 28 – Central Arizona Acting Festival – TBA
February 10-11 – Bobcat Bonanza – Central HS
February 18 – State One-Act Play Festival – TBD
February 25 – National Speech and Debate Association Congress Qualifier Tournament – GCU
March 3-4 – SWSDI Tournament – Hamilton HS
March 17-18 – AIA State Tournament – Division 1 – ASU
Division 2 – Paradise Valley HS
March 24-25 – NSDA National Qualifier – Phoenix Country Day School
April 19 – AIASSDAC Meeting – AIA Office
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!
The ASU Southwest Championships tournament invitation is posted at the joyof tournaments website. You can begin resigtration now for the January 11-13, 2013 tournament. If you get payment or a PO to Adam Symonds before December 1, then the school fee will be waived for you.
First, Congratulations to the AZ students who competed at the Debate Tournament Of Champions last weekend in Kentucky. Bill McDonald from Brophy finished 2nd in the Extemp Round-Robin, Noah Wuerfel from Chandler Prep finished 7th in Congressional Debate, Carlos Ochoa from Brophy reached the Semifinals of Congressional Debate, and Andy McCoy from Brophy was the 15th place speaker in Policy Debate. Coming up will be the NIETOC and the Extemp TOC heading into NFL Nationals in June.
This summer, there will be many opportunities to improve and prepare for next year. Applications for the Southwest Speech and Debate Institute are due by May 31. You can find more information at www.southwestdebateinstitute.org. In addition, the ASU Debate team will host a 3 day policy debate workshop in June. Details can be found here.
Finally, we have some updates to the sanctioned calendar. It is available on the calendar of this website.
After the AIA State Speech and Debate Advisory Committee meeting yesterday, the first version of the 2012-2013 calendar is out. The largest change from previous years is the separation of the NFL District Congress Qualifier from the rest of the tournament. With the new constraints on Congressional Debate judging, as well as rules about the length of sessions, it was decided that holding the Congress separately would provide for a better Congressional Debate tournament, as well as allow for more flexibility in the rest of the Qualifying events.
The calendar can be found here: 12-13 Tournament Calendar v1.
If there are any questions, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After a wild February, we are in the home stretch.
Please carefully read the invitations for the appropriate State Tournament. Many of them have deadlines for legislation that are either past due, or rapidly approaching. Also, if your team needs to appeal to register for the state tournament, that time is coming soon.
The National Forensic League Qualifier tournament is coming soon. It is critical that you carefully read the invitation. There are procedures that we have to follow, and deadlines that are different from any other tournament. If you don’t follow them, your students might not get to compete for the right to go to the National Tournament. The deadline to submit Congressional Debate Legislation is next week.
Once we are past the State Tournaments, it will be time to start thinking about next year. We will need sanctioning forms for the 2012-2013 season to be turned in by April 1 so that we can craft a calendar at the last AIA meeting of the year. More details to come.
After a great ASU tournament, it is time to gear up for the rest of the Spring semester. All of our tournament invitations are available on www.joyoftournaments.com/az.
In addition, the Southwest Speech and Debate Institute will host a day of free workshops on February 11, at the ASU Barrett Honors College. These workshops are intended for people attending the Harvard and Berkeley tournaments, as well as to prepare people for the State and NFL Qualifier later in the semester. The invitation and the registration instructions are available on Joy of Tournaments. Come one, come all. This is a great opportunity to get prepared for the rest of the season, and you can’t beat the price.
Adam Symonds at ASU gave me an update for the Southwest Championships on January 19-21. He is extending the registration deadline to Tuesday, January 17. If you haven’t registered yet, you can still go to http://www.joyoftournaments.com/az/asu and get signed up.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s FLA Winter Trophy Tournaments so successful. Results should be up on Joy of Tournaments shortly. Now, please make sure that all of your invoices are submitted so that the FLA can be paid.
Coming up, we have a full semester of competition ahead of us. Check the schedule here, and make sure to read all of the tournament invitations at www.joyoftournaments.com/az. Each tournament has specific deadlines. The ASU tournament in particular has some specific deadlines coming up in the next few weeks.
The National Forensic League Qualifier tournament, currently scheduled for 3/29-31/2012, needs a home. If you believe that your school or site could host this important event, contact Meg Howell at email@example.com.
Finally, it is time to choose the next Policy Debate topic. The National Federation of High Schools has put out the final ballot and Arizona gets a vote. Please e-mail your choice to me at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, December 9. One vote per school. The topic choices are:
Infrastructure Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its transportation infrastructure investment in the United States.
Immigration Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its legal protection of economic migrants in the United States.