As we are gearing up for the season, a couple of events have changed their scheduled dates. The Desert Vista Tournament will now be on October 14-15, and Red Mountian will hold their tournament on January 6-7, 2012.
The list of Debate Tournament of Champions bid tournaments has been released. There are several opportunities for students to earn bids inside the state of Arizona. The following bids are available for the different debate events:
Congressional Debate: ASU (top 6)
Policy Debate: ASU (Finals)
Lincoln-Douglas: Desert Vista (Finals)
Public Forum: ASU AND Desert Vista (Quarterfinals)
The National Individual Events Tournament of Champions (NIETOC) has published their list of bid tournaments for the 2011-2012 school year. There will be 4 bid tournaments in Arizona:
October 7-8 – The Desert Sun Invitational at Desert Vista High School
November 4-5 – The Toro Country Classic at Mountain View High School
January 19-21 – The Southwest Championship at Arizona State University
February 3-4 – The Bobcat Bonanza at Central High School
More information about the NIETOC can be found at www.nietoc.com.
After three extremely busy weeks, Arizona has our slate of National Qualifiers and our 2011 State Champions! Lists of Qualifiers and Champions will be posted here shortly. In the meantime, begin thinking about the 2011-2012 calendar. If you wish to host a tournament next season, make sure that you have filled out the appropriate sanctioning form, located here. Return it to Kevin Berlat by April 1 so that the AIASSDAC can compile the calendar during the meeting on April 13th.
Arizona’s very own Elizabeth Clarke has been named the 2011 National Federation of High Schools Section Seven Speech, Debate, and Theater Educator of the Year. Beth is the coach of Brophy and serves as the FLA Vice President. She was nomonated by John Wolnisty at the FLA Convention last September. Section 7 covers Arizona, Utah, Hawaii, Nevada, and California. Congratulations Beth!
The minutes for the last AIA State Speech and Debate Advisory Committee are posted on the “Meetings” page. Please note that these minutes are not yet approved by the SSDAC and are subject to amendment at our next meeting.
This site is intended to be the clearinghouse for all things Speech and Debate in Arizona. As it grows, we will host important documents, schedule changes, and breaking news. This will also allow communication with the state executive board. Watch out for more information coming soon.