Welcome to the home page for the 2020 SCJFL 1st Quarter Elementary Speech & Debate Tournament (ONLINE) tournament hosted by SCJFL on Oct 24, 2020 for Elementary School students.

Status: Tournament Completed

2020 SCJFL1st Quarter Elementary Speech & Debate Tournament


Greetings to all elementary school speech and debate clubs and schools! On Saturday, October 24th, 2020, we will be hosting the first elementary speech tournament of the 2020-2021 school year virtually. We hope your school or organization will join us!



You may register competitors at:



We will close entries on Tues. October 20th at noon, PST.  All fees will be set at that time.


Online Tournament Guidelines: 

-All competitors are required to have a guardian on-screen during rounds unless they have turned in a waiver form. Judges will be instructed to require an adult guardian to be present for all competitors who haven’t agreed to a waiver. These students will not be allowed to stay in the room without the guardian (meaning, they must be present the entire time of the round).

-All participants (judges and competitors) are required to read the SCJFL Online Tournament Participation Best Practice document that is posted on the registration site.


Pattern A Events:

●  Open SPAR and Novice SPAR (Format: 2 prep, 2-2-4-2-2)

●  Congress (Bills are due 10/02/2020 and will be posted on 10/03/2020)

●  Public Forum: (Resolved: The United States should switch to a single-payer healthcare system.)


Public Forum Times for Elementary

First Speaker – Team A 2 minutes

First Speaker – Team B 2 minutes

Crossfire 1.5 minutes

Second Speaker – Team A 2 minutes

Second Speaker – Team B 2 minutes

Crossfire 1.5 minutes

Summary – First Speaker – Team A 1 minute

Summary – First Speaker – Team B 1 minute

Grand Crossfire 1.5 minutes

Final Focus – Second Speaker – Team A 1 minute

Final Focus – Second Speaker – Team B 1 minute

Prep Time 1 minute per team


Pattern B Events:

● Storytelling (5 mins.)

● Poetry (5 mins. - manuscript required)

● Informative (5 mins. – Audio-visual aids are optional)

● Impromptu (7 minute bank)

Round 1 - Quotations

Round 2 - Abstract Nouns 

Round 3 - Concrete Nouns 

Final Round - Proverbs

● Declamation (5 mins.)

● Original Oratory/Persuasive (5 mins.)

● DUO (6 mins.)


In the event that there are not enough entries to Novice SPAR, the event will be collapsed into one division.


Qualifications for Novice:

Per the bylaws, all students who have received a trophy in any event (regardless of what novice event they are applying to enter), are no longer eligible for a novice division.  Additionally, any students who have participated in more than four tournaments are no longer eligible for the novice division.



8:30 am Judge Check-In & Training at 8x8.vc/SCJFLelemhelp

Pattern A Debate (SPAR & Public Forum)

9:00 am Round 1 (SPAR, Public Forum, Congress)

10:30 am Round 2 (SPAR, Public Forum, Congress)

12:00 pm Round 3 for SPAR, Public Forum / Finals for Congress Only

1:00 pm Finals for SPAR, Public Forum Only

Pattern B Speech (Storytelling, Poetry, Informative, Impromptu, Declamation, Original Oratory, Storytelling, DUO)

1:00 pm Judge Check-In & Training at 8x8.vc/SCJFLelemhelp

2:00 pm Speech Round 1

3:30 pm Speech Round 2

4:30 pm Speech Round 3 

5:30 pm Finals

6:45 pm Awards


Judging Requirements & Uncovered Judge Fees:

For Speech/SPAR/Congress, each participating school or organization must supply 1 judge per 5 entries.  For Public Forum, each participating school or organization must supply 1 judge per 2 entries.  If you need to register judges but don’t know their names yet, please use your school name with a number to indicate the judges you will be providing (i.e. Wilshire judge 1; Wilshire judge 2; etc.) If your team is using place holders please be sure to update them to the actual name of the judge prior to the sign-up deadline. IMPORTANT: All Judges must indicate whether they are available for the debate pattern, the speech pattern, or both. 


As per the new by-laws, all judge training is the responsibility of the school submitting their judges. We can still offer a brief refresher course but all judges should be expected to already know what they’re in for.  Teams who supply grossly unprepared judges will be charged a nuisance fee of $50.


The fee for an uncovered judge is $20 and the fee for a judge being absent the day of the tournament is $100.



Fees & Payment Information:

$10 per individual entry (Duo and Public Forum is $20).

Please note that payment for this tournament must be made through the TOURNAMENT FEES tab on the left side of the registration page.The tournament will not accept checks or payments through Venmo or Zelle.

Changes or drops after Tues. October 20th, 2020 at 12pm PST will be charged a $10 nuisance fee.


League Fees:

Teams will need to pay league fees, give proof of insurance, and signed up a tab staff volunteer for future tournaments or they will not be eligible for this tournament.  Please contact league treasurer Stella Gu to bring your account current: sguus68@gmail.com.


Postings will be 100% online


Rules: All rules can be found in the SCJFL by-laws at SCJFL.org 


Online Tournament Help and Judges Room: 

During the tournament judges and coaches can sign into our online room for help/assistance at 8x8.vc/SCJFLelemhelp


Tournament host: Nova 42 Academy
Tournament director: Hafize Ebru Dogan – Nova 42 Academy

  • Tue 10/20/20 12:00 pm Pacific
    Close registration (schools can not edit their registration)