James 'Al' Johnson Memorial Tournament, Oct. 25-27


Hoping to see everyone out in Colorado Springs this Fall! We’ve made one change this year to the tournament by replacing one IE tournament with a NFA-LD tournament, which I hope you all enjoy.

JUDGING: I am looking to hire as many judges as possible to bolster the judging pool, which has been limited in year’s past. While I cannot pay for airfare, train fare, or bus fare, I will pay for room and board for the duration of the tournament and pay $15 per round for qualified judges.

WARNING: There is a duplicate tournament on forensics tournament.net, you cannot use it and I’m sure Danny will be removing it shortly. Just wanted to prevent any frustrations.


James ?Al? Johnson Memorial Speech and Debate Tournament
October 25-27th 2013
Dear Colleague:

The Colorado College cordially invites you to attend the James
"Al" Johnson Forensic Invitational to take place at the CC campus October 26th-28th, 2012. An eight prelim round tournament with Open and Inexperienced divisions of NPDA debate, numbers permitting Open and Inexperienced NFA L/D debate, and an IE tournament of open and inexperienced divisions of eleven AFA individual events will be offered this year.

The attached invitation contains complete information about the tournament. If there is a question you don’t find answered, please do not hesitate to contact me. I expect this year’s tournament to draw outstanding competition that will be complemented by an excellent tab room staff. I hope that you will join us in the shadow of beautiful Pike’s Peak for a superb fall tournament.

Warm personal regards,

Julian Plaza
Tournament Director
(719) 389-6339
(970) 215-2423
James “Al” Johnson Memorial Speech and Debate Tournament

Thursday, Oct. 24th Registration @ Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
7-8:30PM in Lobby

Friday, Oct. 25th
8:00 Topic Announce: Round One
8:20-9:05 Round One: NPDA Debate
9:30 Topic Announce: Round Two
9:50-10:35 Round Two: NPDA Debate
11:00 Topic Announce: Round Three
11:20-12:05 Round Three: NPDA Debate
12:00-1:00 LUNCH BREAK ?provided
12:30 Extemp Prep
12:45-2:00 Round One: Pattern A (EXT, INF, ADS, PRO, POE)
Round One: NFA L/D Debate
2:20 Topic Announce: Round Four
2:40-3:25 Round Four: NPDA Debate
3:30 Extemp Prep
3:45-5:00 Round Two: Pattern A (EXT, INF, ADS, PRO, POE)
Round Two: NFA L/D Debate
5:00-6:00 Dinner Provided
6:00 Topic Announce: Round Five
6:20-7:05 Round Five: NPDA Debate
7:15-8:30 Round One: Pattern B (IMP, PER, CA, DRA, POI, DUO)
Round Three: NFA L/D Debate
8:45 Topic Announce: Round Six
9:05-10:00 Round Six: NPDA Debate

Saturday, Oct. 26th
8:00 Topic Announce: Round Seven
8:20-9:05 Round 7: NPDA Debate
9:15-10:30 Round Two: Pattern B (IMP, PER, CA, DRA, POI, DUO)
Round Four: NFA L/D Debate
10:40 Topic Announce: Round Eight
11:00-11:45 Round Eight: NPDA Debate
11:30-1:00 Lunch provided
1:00 Extemp Prep
1:15-2:30 Finals: Pattern A and ALL IE Semifinals; Semifinals: NFA L/D Debate
2:40 Topic Announce: Elim 1
3:00-3:45 Elim 1: NPDA Debate
3:55 Extemp Prep
4:15-5:00 Finals: Pattern B and remaining A Finals
Finals: NFA L/D Debate
5:100 Topic Announce: Elim 2
5:30-6:15 Elim 2: NPDA Debate
6:30-10:00 NFA L/D and IE Awards
Sunday, Oct. 27th
9:00 Topic Announce: Elim 3
9:20-10:40 Elim 3: NPDA Debate
11:00 Topic Announce: Elim 4
11:20 Elim 4: NPDA Debate
ASAP Sweepstakes and NPDA Awards


Any regularly enrolled undergraduate in a two year or four year college is eligible to participate. Eligibility standards for AFA and NPDA nationals will be enforced, and the tournament director reserves the right to ask a coach to prove that a student is eligible. A contestant may enter up to three individual events per conflict pattern.
FORENSICSTOURNAMENT.NET IS THE PREFERRED METHOD OF REGISTRATION. Please E-Mail your entries so that it arrives no later than TUESDAY OCTOBER 22nd, by 5:00 p.m. MDT. If you need to fax or phone in your entry, please contact us beforehand and verify that your entry will be received.

Parliamentary Debate (NPDA):

An Open and Inexperienced division of Parliamentary Debate will be offered. Any eligible student may enter Open division. The Inexperienced division is reserved only for those within their 1st year of debate on the college level. NPDA sweepstakes points will be given to the top three teams from a school regardless of division. Eight preliminary rounds of NPDA will be followed by an appropriate number of elimination rounds as indicated by the NPDA by-laws. Students may conditionally enter the second half of the IE swing and participate if eliminated from the parli tournament before the 2nd break round.

We will administer the NPDA debate competition in accordance with procedures at the NPDA national tournament, with exception of breaking brackets in the event that it is necessary for tournament function. The topic for each NPDA round will be announced at the time of the scheduled start for each NPDA round. Teams should be in their scheduled room and ready to compete exactly fifteen minutes after the topic has been announced. We will determine the appropriate amount of “walking time” to add onto the preparation time before round one so we can adjust it for weather conditions and tournament
size. Teams who are not ready to debate at the end of the allotted prep time will be subject to forfeiture. TIME LIMITS ARE: PM - 7 min, all other constructive speeches - 8 min, Opposition Rebuttal - 4 min, and Government rebuttal - 5 min.

Decision disclosure at the end of the round is at the discretion of the judge, but we request oral critiques are abbreviated until such time as the ballot is returned to the judge’s table. We will be offering a “warm room” where we will post results of each debate round as they become available from the tab room. We typically offer judge strikes, and will adjust the number of strikes to be appropriate for the judging pool and entry size. If you require more information about strikes, please contact Julian.

NFA Lincoln-Douglas Debate:
Numbers permitting there will be an Open and Inexperienced division of NFA L/D debate. Competitors may not enter in L/D and Individual Events. There will be four preliminary rounds before break-rounds. SPEECH TIMES are 6-3-7-3-6-6-3 with 4 minutes of in-round preparation. The 2013-14 topic is: Be it Resolved: The US Federal Government should substantially reform elementary and/or secondary education in the United States.

Elimination Rounds:
At the end of the eight preliminary rounds, the top teams in each division of NPDA debate will proceed to elimination rounds. Teams advance first on their win loss record, next on adjusted speaker points, and finally on judge variance. Pairings in the elimination rounds will be on the basis of strength versus weakness. BRACKETS WILL BE BROKEN in elimination rounds, and two teams from the same school will not be scheduled to meet if the bracket dictates.

Individual Events - General:

The individual events offered are subject to the rules of the AFA National Individual Events Tournament. Competitors may not enter in Individual Events and NFA L/D.
Complete event descriptions are available on request. Two conflict patterns A & B will be offered in open division. Semi-finals where entries warrant, and finals will follow two preliminary rounds with the top twelve being advanced semifinals and the top six to finals. If fewer than 25 students enter a division of an event, that event will go directly to finals. In the occurrence of a very small number of participants in an event, that event may go to three rounds and no finals.
Please watch for announcements concerning when finals for various events will take place as these will be adapted by the IE tab room for judge and room availability during the time allotted in the schedule for semifinals and finals. No speaker will be ranked lower than 4th in the preliminary rounds, but speakers will be ranked 1st through last in elimination rounds. BRACKETS WILL NOT BE BROKEN IN THE SEMI-FINAL ROUNDS.
Awards will be given for finalists and higher in individual events, octofinalists and higher in NPDA debate. Additional debate awards NPDA may be awarded if entries are sufficient. The top three speakers will be awarded in each division of NPDA debate.
General, Individual Events sweepstakes awards, and NPDA sweepstakes awards will be given.
Points are determined in individual events by 1st Place - 20 points, 2nd Place - 10 points, 3rd Place - 5 points, all other finalists - 2 points, and semifinalists failing to advance - 1 point. Five points for each preliminary round won in NPDA.
Ties will be broken by the most number of first places in individual events, secondly by the school qualifying the most number of persons to elimination rounds of IEs or Debate, and finally by the flip of the coin. The top three teams in each division of debate per school or the top three persons in each individual event per school will count toward team sweepstakes.
Fees are: $60 for each NPDA debate team; $10 for each individual event and L/D debate. Schools cannot be guaranteed that they will be able to enter students in excess of the judges they provide, but to the extent that judges can be hired, a fee of $100 will be will be charged for each uncovered NPDA debate team; $10 will be charged for each uncovered event in individual events per tournament; and, $40 for each uncovered L/D Debater. One judge covers 2 NPDA Debate Teams, 6 IE Entries, and 2 NFA L/D Debaters. Please note that IE judging commitments are determined as a whole and not per conflict pattern.
Lunch and Dinner will be provided everyday by Rastall?s Dining Hall and local vendors with the cost of $9 per student/judge/coach, which will be added to the total cost of each school?s attendance. Coffee and lite breakfast fare will be available each morning along with snacks and refreshments during the day for all participants at no cost.
Fees will be assessed as of Noon, Wednesday, October 23rd, and schools will be expected to pay fees as indicated by their entry at that time regardless of subsequent deletions.

Drops after Wednesday will result in a $50 fee.
Judging Obligations:
Judges should expect to judge at least up to their commitment in
NPDA and may be asked to judge one round beyond their commitment in order to ensure the best possible critics. All judges are expected to be available for the first elimination round of debate and one round beyond that in which their team is eliminated. Judges in individual events should expect to judge in both conflict patterns even if they have students entered in only one conflict pattern.
If your team can provide judges in excess of your commitment, we WOULD REALLY LIKE to either hire them for additional rounds or give a discount to the registration fees of the team. Consult Julian if you are interested in this option.
Tournament Facilitation:
The tournament director reserves the right to make any decisions necessary to facilitate the timely and accurate completion of the tournament.
For convenience and proximity I have changed the tournament hotel to the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center 314 W Bijou Street Colorado Springs, CO 80905. Rooms will be available at a discounted rate of $65.00 per night and includes hot breakfast every morning. The rate will be available until October 8th by simply referencing that you?re booking with the James ?Al? Johnson Memorial Speech and Debate Tournament.