Updates and a Free Workshop!

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 All!

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 mmhowell@mpsaz.org.

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 berlat@phoenixunion.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.

Winter Trophy!

Our FLA Winter Trophy tournament is upon us.  Please make sure that you are signed up through www.joyoftournaments.com/az and that you have fulfilled your judging requirements.  Feel free to bring more judges than you need, particularly if they are unaffiliated.  Good luck to everyone, and I hope you have fun this weekend, wherever you may be competing.

Updates and Reminders

What a semester so far! There are a few important things coming up. If you haven’t checked out the ASU Southwest Championship invitation, do so. They have a discount on school base fees if you get your payment (or purchase order) in by December first. In addition, the FLA Winter Trophy tournaments are coming up fast. Make sure you have paid your FLA dues. All tournament information can be found on the Joy of Tournaments site.

Monday Morning Updates!

The Mountain View Toro Country Classic invitation is up and ready for registration.  The Classic is on November 4-5 and will feature NIETOC bids, as well as a Congressional Debate Supersession. 

The Glendale Community College tournament is this weekend.  Make sure to read the invitation if you are planning on going.  This tournament is a bit different from what we are used to.

The DV Desert Sun Invitational is in a few weeks, and will feature debate TOC bids. 

Results have been posted for the Southwest Speech and Debate Institute Tournament.  Make sure to get those points entered into NFL to get your team started on the right foot this year.


Calendar Updates!

The Glendale Community College tournament registration is open and ready to go.  You can find it at: http://www.joyoftournaments.com/az/gcc/info.asp.  Also, the first AIA State Speech and Debate Advisory Committee meeting of the year is on September 28th.  Send any potential agenda items to Kevin Berlat.  Don’t forget about the SWSDI Tournament this weekend.  If you haven’t registered yet, you can do so at: http://www.joyoftournaments.com/az/brophy/info.asp.  The season is here!