Welcome to the home page for the 2023 Shadwell/Dittus Speech and Debate Tournament tournament hosted by Elgin Community College on Dec 1-2, 2023 for College students.

Status: Tournament Completed


Tab Room- F123

Judges Lounge - F114

Student Lounge - F115

Extemp Prep (Friday and Saturday) - D232

IPDA (Saturday) - D234


Hired Judge Form: Hired Judge Form

Saturday Lunch: Order window has closed.

Full Invitation Link: Shadwell/Dittus Invitation




The Elgin Community College Forensics Team and the department of Communication Studies are excited to invite you to the “Shadwell-Dittus Speech and Debate Tournament” to be held on Friday December1 and 2, 2023! This will be a fully in-person tournament on ECC’s main campus.


For those that aren’t aware, Gail Shadwell was a Speech faculty member at Elgin Community College for almost fifty years, and was instrumental in creating many student centered activities, including ECC’s Speech Team. Jim Dittus recently retired and was a fixture in Illinois forensics and has always been an advocate for the activity and its students.


We will be operating under a “traditional” 2-day/3-round IE format (novice only for IE). There will also be open IPDA on Saturday December 2. See schedule below.


For debate: competitors in debate must be undergraduate students at the entering college or university who have met the necessary requirements for competition as imposed by that institution. NOTE: This includes students in their third or fourth year of competition which is true only for debate.


For IE: the tournament will be a novice tournament. “Novice” will be defined as any 4-year student within their first 4 semesters of competition, and any community college 

student (to align with Phi Rho Pi policies). 


Our IE tournament will have three rounds of preliminary competition, and finals in all events (providing that size of the event allows for such).  Please also note the special approaches that we will be utilizing for prelim rounds of CA and Extemp. Enclosed in this packet you will find information regarding logistics (registration, parking, etc.) and tournament fees for all events.


ECC students may be entered into events, and may place in final rounds, but will not be eligible for individual or team sweepstakes.


We are working with our facilities office to provide a catered lunch for all attendees. There will be a marginal fee (under $10 per person) added to each school’s fee sheet. This catered lunch will help keep things running on time, and also eliminate the need to leave campus (in the event of inclement weather). At a future time, I will reach out to obtain information regarding the catering requests.

Should any question arise, feel free to contact me.


We hope to see you on December 1 and 2, 2023.  




Tim Anderson on behalf of the ECC Speech Team and  ECC Communication Studies Department

Email: tanderson@elgin.edu

Office: 847-214-7275


Mobile: 217-549-1970


  • Mon 10/16/23 12:00 pm Central
    Start registration (schools can begin registering competitors and judges)

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