Welcome to the home page for the 2020 The 2020 Speaker's Bowl tournament hosted by ISDA - International Speech and Debate Association on Aug 28-29, 2020 for Various students.

Status: Tournament Completed

 AWARDS.      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqmLKT134Jg

The International Speech and Debate Association

Invites you and your team to attend the First Annual SPEAKER'S BOWL competition held online!

This will be an all-grade tournament for ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE SCHOOL and HIGH SCHOOL students (Plus our Coaches Cup Challenge)

Registration is now open.  The first two rounds of Debate will be on Friday afternoon starting at 4:30pm.  This is a perfect tournament to learn more about online tournaments! We are an experienced staff of online tournament runners and we have run several online tournaments, starting back in March of 2020. Please see our best practices for more information on how to prepare for the tournament or contact us directly through email for more info.

The host of this international tournament is Nova 42 Academy and the ISDA.  The tournament allows for all public, private, and home schooled students to compete. This tournament is meant to encourage a healthy competition at all levels.  We would like schools to be aware of the following:

1.  The tournament will be held entirely online.  Please see the Best Practices Guide on this tournament page for additional information regarding the preparation for Internet tournaments.  This guide will have suggestions and policies regarding specific events. 

2.  Throughout the entire tournament, we will have a live help room for anyone having trouble.  The URL will be 8x8.vc/SBhelp.  If anyone from your team has problems, this virtual room will be the first place to go.

3.  All Elementary competitors will be required to have a parental guardian onscreen for the duration of the round.  

4.  This invitation is subject to change.  If we need to adjust the schedule or some another aspect to this invitation, we will add a version number at the top and then post the new version on the tournament homepage here.

Tab Staff:

Tournament director: Mike Kyle (Nova 42 Academy)

Debate events tabulation: Mike Murray (Nova 42 Academy)
IE events tabulation: Mike Kyle (Nova 42 Academy)

Judges: Ted Kim (Nova 42 Academy)

Ombudsman: Mike Murray (Nova 42 Academy)

Elementary events tabulation: Ebru Dogan (Nova 42 Academy)

Rules/Event Descriptions:

All events will follow the attached rules unless otherwise noted in this invitation.  For full list of event descriptions, tournament procedures, and round design, please see our attached RULES & BY-LAWS.  If you have any questions about rules or procedures, please feel free to reach out through the e-mail below. Speaker's Bowl trophies will go to the top speaker in each division by calculating points from their top two or three entered events. All students entered in more than one event will have up to their top three events considered for the award. The consideration is free.See below for the Coaches Cup!


This tournament is open to the World, including all schools, clubs, after-schools, and home schoolers

Students from Kindergarten - 5th grade are permitted to compete in the elementary division, 6th - 8th grade are permitted to compete in the middle school division and 9th - 12th grade are permitted to compete in the high school division at this tournament. See below for Coaches Cup eligibility.


Postings will be sent to each student before the round begins.  Coaches should update their student rosters on ForensicsTournament.net to include the cell numbers or the e-mail addresses for each student.  Once the posting preference is selected, coaches can test that the cell/e-mail is getting through to the student(s).  Students and judges do not need to create their own accounts on ForensicsTournament.net.  Please take time to update your school’s roster (both competitors and judges).  Here is an article which explains how to do that.


Each school must supply at least one judge.  One of our biggest concerns is that we do not run late.  Judges must be existing 10th grade or higher for middle school judging and 7th grade or higher for elementary judging. If it is a high school age judge, we require they have a minimum of 2 competitions worth of experience. We require each judge to have a reliable Internet connection and use a laptop or desktop computer to evaluate the round.  While tablets and mobile devices are possible, we do not encourage the usage for judges since they will be managing the eBallot and the video screen at the same time.  We recommend that judges open the eBallot on one tab and the video on another.  Judges should be able to toggle between the two easily.  Alternatively, judges can take notes on paper while viewing the round, and then transcribe the notes to the eBallot after the round has concluded.

It should be noted that the Internet is the responsibility of the person using it.  While the tournament will attempt to accommodate those with Internet problems, it cannot do so at the expense of fairness or delay of the tournament.  Please read the best practices guide thoroughly.

Special Rules:

In keeping with the rules and by-laws, we would like to call your attention to a few items that may be different from other tournaments.

- No publication requirements for interpretation events.  Students may not write pieces themselves unless the event requires it, but we allow students to use literature from any source, published or non-published.

- Internet access is permitted for Extemp and all debate events.  Students should not use this access to confer with coaches or other direct outside sources, but may use the Internet to access articles and case files.

- SPAR times are the following: (2 prep) Pro 2; Con 2; Cross 4; Pro 2; Con 2.

- Performative plagiarism, as outlined on in the Rules & By-laws, prevents the “copying the performance of other performers.”  Please review this section of the rules for all students entered in interpretation events. 

- This tournament will not break brackets for debate out rounds.

- Trophies and Plaques will be available for pick-up or small shipping charges. Speaker's Bowls will be shipped for free.

Events will include:


    Public Forum Debate (Sept/Oct NSDA topic) - Mid/High

    Lincoln Douglas Debate (Sept/Oct NSDA topic) - Mid/High

    Student Congress - All Grades

    SPAR - All Grades

            Congress bills will be released on Wednesday, August 12th 12:00 noon.


        Storytelling - All Grades

        Impromptu - All Grades

        Informative (w/VAs) - All Grades

        Poetry - All Grades

        Humorous Interpretation - Mid/High

        Dramatic Interpretation - Mid/High

        Declamation - Mid/High

        Original Oratory - Mid/High

        Original Prose and Poetry - Mid/High

        Extemporaneous Speaking (Single Entry Only)

                Prompts:  Round One - Elections   Round Two - Education    Round Three - South America    Finals (If Necessary) - Government

    * Students may enter up to two different IE events in each pattern, with the exception of Extemp. There is no double entry in any of the debate patterns.


    Elementary Division - Fall 2020 2nd Grade through 5th Grade students

    Middle School Division - Fall 2020 6th Grade through 8th Grade students

    High School - Fall 2020 9th Grade through 12th Grade students

    Coaches - Active team coaches (having graduated High School) attending tournament


    $25 per student / per event         Student for Speakers Bowl  will be considered for Free (Overall Speaker competition in each student division)     $10 for Coaches Cup entry

    Please contact Nova 42 Academy to make payments at 626-765-6609 after 2:00pm PST


    Each team must bring one judge for every 5 IE (SPAR is an IE) competitors per division and every 2 debate team/competitors per division.

Judge fees for missing judges are as follows:

        Insufficient judges $50.00 per judge. Missing judge from Round $20.00 first offense and $50.00 thereafter.


    4:00pm - Registration, Judge Check-in and Training

    4:30pm - Pattern A Debate Round 1 - (PF, LD and MS/HS CONG)

    6:30pm - Pattern A Debate Round 2 - (PF, LD and MS/HS CONG)


     7:30am - Registration, Judge Check-in and Training

    8:00am - Pattern B IE Round 1 - MS/HS (HS SPAR, EXT, HI, INF, OO, POE)

    8:30am - Pattern D ELEM Debate Round 1 - (ELEM SPAR)

    9:30am - Pattern C IE Round 1 - MS/HS (IMP, MS SPAR, STRY)

    10:00am - Pattern D ELEM Debate Round 2 - (ELEM SPAR)

    10:30am - Pattern A Debate - Round 3 - (PF, LD and MS/HS CONG)

    11:30am - Pattern D ELEM Debate Round 3 - (ELEM SPAR)

    12:00 noon - Pattern B IE Round 2 - MS/HS (HS SPAR, EXT, HI, INF, OO, POE)

    1:00pm - Pattern E ELEM IE Round 1 - (STRY, IMP)

    2:00pm - Pattern C IE Round 2 - MS/HS (IMP, MS SPAR, STRY)

    3:00pm - Pattern E ELEM IE Round 2 - (STRY, IMP)

    3:00pm - Pattern A Debate - Round #4 - (PF & LD)

    4:00pm - Pattern E ELEM IE Round 3 - (STRY, IMP)

    4:30pm - Pattern B IE Round 3 - MS/HS (HS SPAR, EXT, HI, INF, OO, POE)

    5:00pm - Pattern D ELEM Debate FINALS - (ELEM SPAR)

    6:00pm - Pattern C IE Round 3 - MS/HS (IMP, MS SPAR, STRY)

    6:30pm - Pattern E ELEM IE FINALS - IMP

    5:30pm - Pattern A Debate - NO FINALS - (PF & LD)

    7:00pm - Pattern B IE FINALS - HS SPAR, MS INF

    8:00pm - Pattern C IE FINALS - MS IMP, MS SPAR, MS STRY, HS IMP

    8:00pm - Coaches Cup (Cancelled)

    9:00pm  AWARDS (Elem first)

Speaker's Bowl - Up to the top 3 events considered for individual SB award. No crossover into other divisions allowed.

Students can enter up to two events per pattern except in Debate, Congress and Extemp.

For more information please contact mike@nova42.com
ISDA  255 N. San Gabriel Blvd  • Pasadena, California, 91107

  • Wed 07/29/20 12:00 pm Pacific
    Accepting Entries
  • Tue 08/25/20 5:00 pm Pacific
    Reg System Shutdown