210days since
Debate 1 Sept 21 Mission Vista

189days since
IE/Congress 1 Oct 12 Carlsbad


See Mrs. Samuels or someone else on the team to get the code to join the edmodo link for speech and debate--great place to organize carpools, strategize with friends, try out ideas, get answers to questions.

SDIVSL Speech & Debate Tournament Schedule 2013-2014

Some dates or locations may be changed (IE stands for Individual Events). Fee per entry: $8

September   21    Debate 1 Tournament             Mission Vista HS     
October   12    IE/Congress 1                             Carlsbad HS           

November        9    Debate 2 Tournament           Helix HS
November    16    IE/Congress 2 Tournament     Bonita Vista HS?     

January        18    Debate 3                                 Torrey Pines HS?
February        1    IE/Congress 3                         ?       

February 21-22    State Quals – Congress/Parli/PF    Helix HS?   
February 28-March  1    State Quals – LD/Policy        LCC?
March 14-15        State Quals - IE                             Carlsbad HS

April 25-27    State Championships                    James Enochs HS (Modesto)

Tournament information can be found at http://forensicstournament.net/home

The website for the National Forensics League is filled with information.

For information on Public Forum debate, view or download this pdf: http://debate.uvm.edu/dcpdf/PFNFL.pdf


Public Forum Debate

September 2013 Topic

Resolved: Unilateral military force by the United States is justified to prevent nuclear proliferation.


October 2013 Resolutions

Kinds of Speakers:

A Novice competitor must have never competed in any high school speech or debate tournament in previous school years. The intent of the Novice division is for students who have not yet competed, or who have not shown any improvement over the season to date.

There is no rule as to when competitors must move to Varsity during the current year; it is at the discretion of the coach. However, most students who have already competed this season are likely ready to compete at the Varsity level.

Recommendation: Try novice the for your first tournament, then dive into varsity after that.

To letter in speech and debate for LCHS you must compete as varsity in 3 separate tournaments.

Lunch Meetings on WEDNESDAYS in Mrs. Samuels' room R2. Bring your lunch.

August 28: Sign-ups and info at table in quad

September 4: Partners, research assignments, details

September 11: Watch a debate

Monday, September 16: Final decision to enter by noon. We must have our judging quota met.

September 18: All debate. Last chance to cancel without penalty.

DEBATE 1 TOURNAMENT SAT 9/21 from 8am to 9pm??? Earlier if we are lucky, later if unlucky.

September 25: speech/congress information and practice

October 2 speech/congress practice

Monday October 7: Final decision to enter by noon. We must have our judging quota met.

October 9: Final practice for speeches and congress. Last chance to cancel without penalty.

SPEECH/CONGRESS 1 TOURNAMENT SAT 10/12 8am to 10:30pm??? Earlier if we are lucky. Boo hiss if it is later!

October 16: Partners, research assignments, details

October 23: Watch a debate

Monday, November 4: Final decision to enter by noon. We must have our judging quota met.

November 6: All debate. Last chance to cancel without penalty.

DEBATE 2 TOURNAMENT SAT 11/9 from 8am to 9pm??? Earlier if we are lucky, later if unlucky.

Competitive speaking:

  • promotes self-worth and self-esteem
  • promotes assertiveness and participation
  • builds positive societal interaction
  • develops oral presentation skills
  • develops listening skills
  • develops ethical responsibility

About the California High School Speech Association (http://cahssa.org/)

  • This statewide organization establishes rules and chooses debate topics and events for all high school participating in competitive speech in California.
  • The state is divided into leagues. Our league is the San Diego Imperial Valley Speech League.
  • Each year, on the last weekend of April or the first weekend of May, the State Tournament is held in California.


1.  Enter rounds on time.

2.  Before entering a room, be sure no one is speaking.

3.  Stay in the round until its conclusion.

4.  Listen courteously to all speakers.