2023-2024 SCJFL Elementary Speech & Debate Tournaments
*** NEW SCHEDULE ***
Greetings! For the 2023-2024 season, the SCJFL is happy to announce four in-person tournaments. This document shall serve as the invitation for all six of those tournaments. All times are Pacific.
October 14, 2023 at Roosevelt Elementary
December 9, 2023 at Roosevelt Elementary
February 10, 2024 at Roosevelt Elementary
April 13, 2024 at Roosevelt Elementary
Roosevelt Elementary address: 401 Walnut Grove Ave, San Gabriel, CA 91776
*** NEW SCHEDULE ***
10:00 AM – Round 1
11:15 AM – Round 2
12:15 PM – Round 3
1:30 PM – Finals
3:00 – Awards
—Public Forum (resolved: The United States should privatize the US Postal Service.)
—Storytelling (5 min.)
—Informative (5 min., visual aids are permitted)
—Duo (5 min.)
—Poetry (5 min.; uses a binder)
—Prose (5 min.; uses a binder)
—Declamation (5 min.)
—Persuasive (5 min.)
—Impromptu (7 min. bank)
Students may enter up to two events. For a complete list of rules, please visit the SCJFL.org website and click on RULES & BY-LAWS.
You may register competitors at: ForensicsTournament.net
We will close entries at 6:00 PM on the Tuesday before the tournament. All fees will be frozen at that time.
$20 per individual event entry (Includes SPAR)
$30 per Duo and Congress entry
$40 per Public Forum entry
$50 per Worlds entry
$30 per uncovered IE/Congress/SPAR event-entry
$125 per uncovered debate event-entry
One judge covers 2 debate event-entries or fraction thereof
One judge covers 5 Individual Event (including SPAR) event-entries or fraction thereof
One judge covers 10 Congress event-entries or fraction thereof
Judges who do not accept their assigned ballot will be charged a $25 no-show fee for the first offense. The second offense will be $50. Each subsequent no-show from the judge will warrant a $50 charge. Judges can avoid this fee by coming to the judge table/standby room for their ballot assignment and notifying tournament staff; sometimes e-mails delay delivery for any number of reasons that are outside the control of the tournament staff. By notifying the tournament staff, judges can be messaged their ballot directly so that they aren’t marked as having missed the round.
Registration closes at 6:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before the tournament. All changes or drops after that time will be charged a $25 nuisance fee for each change. Students who drop from the tournament will be charged a $25 no show fee for each student if the coach notifies the tournament before the first dropped round. Students who drop without notifying the tournament will be charged a $35 no show fee.
Judge changes after the close of registration will be charged a $50 judge nuisance fee. Judge drops after 12:01 a.m. on the Friday before the tournament will be charged a $150 judge no-show fee in addition to any fees generated from having uncovered event-entries.
All fees should be paid through the ForensicsTournament.net website. Click the TOURNAMENT FEES tab on the left side of the tournament home page.
Judges who submit incomplete eBallots (with little to no substantive feedback) may be charged a judge no-show fee for failing to complete their judge assignment which includes both ranking the speakers along with giving sufficient comments. Unsatisfactory ballots will be determined by the tabulation staff.
Delay of tournament fees may be assessed from $20-$100 based on the severity of the delay.
The tournament reserves the right to deny schools who do not supply at least half of their required judges. We will do our best to ensure that no schools are denied because of this reason.
All judges must submit their ballots electronically. Thus, each judge should bring a laptop or tablet to complete the ballot.
Please remember that judge training is the responsibility of the school entering that judge. Teams whose judges who turn in blank or insufficient ballots are subject to fines. Ballot insufficiency shall be determined by the tournament director and/ombudsman.
Rules: All rules can be found in the SCJFL by-laws at SCJFL.org
Tournament director: Robert Cannon - Wilshire Academy