Welcome to the home page for the 2024 SCJFL So-Cal Champs tournament hosted by East Los Angeles College on May 4-5, 2024 for Middle School students.

Status: Accepting Entries

 

 

The 2024 SCJFL Middle School 

Southern California Championship Tournament

at East Los Angeles College

May 4-5, 2024

(Invitation Version 2.0)

***Change in schedule.  Tournament is currently listed as a two-day tournament.  We will condense to one day if possible, but we need to see the entry numbers, first.***

 

SCJFL is proud to announce The 2024 SCJFL Middle School Southern California Championship Tournament.  This tournament is meant to encourage a healthy competition and provide an opportunity to sharpen competitive speeches before the national tournament.  

The tournament will be held on Saturday, May 4th - Sunday, May 5th, 2024. 

The tournament will be held at East Los Angeles College

Address:

1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez

Monterey Park, CA 91754

 

Eligibility:

 

All competitors who advanced into an open division final round or received a placement award (speaker awards for debate are not eligible) at an SCJFL middle school tournament are eligible.  The tournament will accept as many wishlist requests until the slots for an event are full.

 

Available slots:

Each event will have a specific number of slots offered for the tournament.  If a competitor has qualified (received an award by either advancing to an elimination round or by placing in the top half of an event that did not have a final round), then the competitor is guaranteed a slot, even if the offered amount of slots has been met.

For example, if a student received a 5th place trophy in Poetry at the Q3 speech tournament, then he qualifies to compete in SoCal Champs, regardless of how many other people would like to attend.  The tournament will offer six slots for Poetry (see below).  So, the student would be allowed to compete in Poetry, even if more than six other qualified students also signed up.  The tournament will admit all competitors who qualify.

However, since Champs only offers six slots, if only four qualified students sign up for the event, then the tournament would accept two more students who are non-qualified.  These students would need to sign up on a ‘wishlist.’  The tournament staff will select wishlist students based on how well they placed in the event at a previous tournament.  When signing up a student on the wishlist, it is important to note which tournament the student score best.  Only one tournament will be considered per wishlist event, so please double-check to ensure that you are selecting the best tournament for the student.

If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to contact the tournament director through the registration page.

 

Middle School Event Slots Offered:

Impromptu, SPAR, Storytelling, Informative, Duo, = 18 slots offered

Public Forum, LD, Policy, Big Questions, Worlds = 12 slots offered

Declamation, Extemp, Prose, Poetry, Persuasive, Speech to Entertain,  Humorous Interp, Dramatic Interp = 9 slots offered for each event.  

Congress = 15 slots offered.

 

 

Elementary School Event Slots Offered:

Impromptu, SPAR, Storytelling, Informative, Duo, Declamation, Prose, Poetry, Persuasive, Congress = 18 slots offered.

 

Entries:

Qualification: Upon registration, coaches should indicate which tournament qualified the competitor.  This is available under the REGISTER -> COMPETITOR REQUESTS tab on the tournament registration page (next to the COMPETITOR WAIVER tab).  Coaches should write the event(s) and the  respective qualifying tournament in the space next to the student’s name (e.g. Michelle Smith - Extemp - Q4; Storytelling - Q2).  Students who are entered without qualifications will be dropped and not granted entry from the wishlist

Wilshlist: Students who did not qualify, but who wish to be waitlisted for an event can sign up on the following Google Form.  The tournament staff will admit the highest ranked waitlisted students until all of the slots are filled for that event.

 

Link to sign up students for the wishlist (each student will require a new submission to the form): 

https://forms.gle/jBPCqHQmrjZSvJodA

 

 

NOTE: Students who are entered as qualified students but have not qualified will be dropped from the tournament and not considered on the waitlist.  Please double-check the results of previous tournaments to ensure that your students are entered correctly.

 

 

Middle School Events:

Pattern A:

(may not enter in pattern D)(may enter only one from the following):

Lincoln-Douglas Debate:  (Resolved: The primary objective of the United States criminal justice system ought to be rehabilitation.)

Public Forum Debate: (Resolved: The United Nations should abolish permanent membership on its Security Council.)

 

Pattern B:

(may enter no more than two from the following):

Prose (manuscript required, 7 min. maximum)

Humorous Interpretation (10 min. maximum)

Persuasive (10 min. maximum)

Duo Interpretation (10 min. maximum)

Speech to Entertain (5 min. maximum)

SPAR

Impromptu (7 min. bank)

 

 

Pattern C:

(may enter no more than two from the following):

Dramatic Interpretation (10 min. maximum)

Declamation (10 min. maximum)

Poetry (manuscript required, 7 min. maximum)

Storytelling (5 min. maximum)

Informative (10 min. maximum)

 

(may enter only one from the following):

Extemporaneous Speaking

 

Pattern D (may not enter in pattern A):

Congressional Debate 

World Schools Debate

 

Elementary School Events:

Pattern F:

(may enter only one from the following):

Congress

SPAR

 

Pattern G:
(may enter no more than two from the following):

Persuasive (5 min. maximum)

Duo Interpretation (6 min. maximum)

Declamation (5 min. maximum)

Poetry (manuscript required, 5 min. maximum)

Prose (manuscript required, 5 min. maximum)

Storytelling (5 min. maximum)

Informative (5 min. maximum)

Impromptu (7 min. bank)

 

Tentative schedule (***may change depending on entry numbers***):

 

Saturday:

9:00 a.m. Round 1 Pattern B (Pro, HI, Pers, Duo, STE, Imp, SPAR)

10:30 a.m. Round 2 Pattern B (Pro, HI, Pers, Duo, STE, Imp, SPAR)

12:00 p.m. Round 1 Pattern A (PF, BQ, LD) / Pattern D (Cong)

11:30 p.m. IE Lunch break

1:00 p.m. Debate/Congress lunch break

1:30 p.m. Round 3 Pattern B (Pro, HI, Pers, Duo, STE, Imp, SPAR)

3:00 p.m. Round 2 Pattern A (PF, BQ, LD) / Pattern D (Cong)

4:30 p.m. Finals Pattern B

6:00 p.m. Round 3 Pattern A (PF, BQ, LD) / Pattern D (Cong)

 

Sunday:

8:00 a.m. Round 4 Pattern A (PF, BQ, LD)

9:30 a.m. Round 1 Pattern C (DI, Dec, Poe, Sty, Info, Ext)

10:45 a.m. Round 5 Pattern A (PF, BQ, LD)

12:15 p.m. Round 2 Pattern C (DI, Dec, Poe, Sty, Info, Ext) 

12:15 p.m. Debate lunch break

1:30 p.m. Semifinals Pattern A (PF, BQ, LD) / Finals Pattern D (Cong)

1:30 p.m IE Lunch break

3:00 p.m. Round 3 Pattern C (DI, Dec, Poe, Sty, Info, Ext)

4:30 p.m. Finals Pattern A (PF, BQ, LD) / Finals Pattern C 

7:00 p.m. Awards

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Elementary School Schedule*:

Saturday: 

8:30 a.m. Round 1 Pattern F (Congress/SPAR)

10:00 a.m. Round 2 Pattern F (Congress/SPAR)

12:00 p.m. Round 1 Pattern G (Sty, Per, Info, Poe, Duo, Imp, Dec)

11:30 p.m. Congress/SPAR Lunch break

1:00 p.m. IE lunch break

1:30 p.m. Round 3 Pattern F (Congress/SPAR)

3:00 p.m. Round 2 Pattern G (Sty, Per, Info, Poe, Duo, Imp, Dec)

4:30 p.m. Finals Pattern F (Congress/SPAR)

Round 3 Pattern G (Sty, Per, Info, Poe, Duo, Imp, Dec)

6:00 p.m. Finals Pattern G (Sty, Per, Info, Poe, Duo, Imp, Dec)

ASAP - Awards

 

Judges:

We have tried to schedule the tournament such that middle school students (7th grade and older) can judge the elementary events, if they wish.  Middle school students who wish to both compete and judge should be careful not to register as a judge for a time in which they have a competition round.  Schools which register such students will be subject to a judge no-show fee and potentially a delay of tournament fee.  These students should also be careful not to exhaust themselves by not taking a break between rounds.

 

Ballots will be issued to judges a few minutes before the start time of the round. 

 

Judges are encouraged to submit the decisions (ranks) of the round and then add any additional feedback for the students after the decision has been recorded. This helps the tournament stay on time; we frequently are waiting on one single ballot before we can calculate the next round, so submitting a decision quickly moves the tournament along.

 

Deadlines:

Entry deadline for qualified students is Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. noon Pacific.  The tournament staff will then assess the number of qualified entries and determine the number of additional wishlist requests that can be accepted.  

The tournament staff will add wishlist students to the tournament and then notify the coaches to check the updated registration summary to verify that the entries look correct.

 

Fees:

Fees will be assessed on Tuesday April 30th at 12:00 p.m. PST.  Any changes after this date will be subject to the following penalties. 

 

Fees will be assessed on Monday May 13th, 2024 at 8:00 p.m. PST.  Any changes after this date will be subject to the following penalties. 

Late changes - $25

Competitor no-show - $35 (event fees will not be refunded after deadline).

Judge adds will no longer be permitted after registration close; all judges must have names and contact information in the school’s roster. 

 

Please pay all fees to an account below by Wednesday, May 15th, 2024 at noon Pacific. Fees must be paid through the registration page by clicking on the ‘Tournament Fees’ tab on the left side of the page.  All fees will be frozen at the time of registration close.

 

$50 school fee

$20 per IE/Congress/Spar event-entry ($40 per Duo team)

$40 per one-person debate entry

$50 per two-person debate entry

$60 per World Schools entry

$40 judging fee per uncovered IE event-entry (One judge covers 5 IE event-entries)

$100 per uncovered debate event-entry (One judge covers 2 LD/PD/PFD event-entries)

$200 dropped judge fee (per day) after May 17th, 2024 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific.

$25 No-show judge fee (first offense); $50 No-show judge fee (second and subsequent offenses)

Judges who do not write sufficient feedback to the competitors will be fined $10 per round.  Unsatisfactory ballots will be determined by the tabulation staff.

 

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.

 

Tournament Staff:

Tournament director: Robert Cannon

 




Timetable
  • Sun 04/28/24 12:00 pm
    Close registration (schools can not edit their registration)

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