Chamber assignments, calendars, and seating charts for the November 17 tournament at Riverview are now available on Tabroom.
Use the dropdown on the right to select a chamber, then click on “Session 1” to see the assignments for that chamber. The other materials can be downloaded by clicking the links on the right.
Legislation for the November 17 FGCCFL All Events at Riverview has been posted to Tabroom and is also available here.
NOTE: I approved eight items for this tournament—and rejected six. Four of those six items were rejected because of serious drafting problems that would have required a total rewrite but also would have been correctable had they been submitted for review.
A lack of speakers (one one side or both) is A Thing That Happens at every tournament. There is well-established procedure for this situation, but for some reason, people don’t seem to know it. So let’s review.
Before you continue, you should open or download the current Congress Manual (18.10.1) and review §§ 5(b), 6(d), 8(a), and 9(e)(5).
There are only two situations involving a lack of speakers. The first is when there a B/R with no author that nobody wants to sponsor. The second is literally every other speech that no one wants to give.
Continue reading “When Nobody Wants to Speak”
It’s been a very rough couple of weeks for this country and for the world. For that reason, I ask the following:
STUDENTS: As you prepare your legislation for the November tournament, please think VERY CAREFULLY before drafting legislation addressing potentially inflammatory topics. Do more research than usual and consider both sides. (BTW, if most or all of the arguments on one side of a B/R are objectively deplorable, I’m likely to reject the B/R as frivolous.)
COACHES: PLEASE READ your students’ legislation to ensure it is suitable for debate. If it isn’t, don’t submit it. Do not make the Congress Coordinator play the heavy.
Chamber assignments, calendars, and seating charts for the October 13 tournament at Dixie Hollins have been posted on Tabroom. They can also be downloaded in a single packet here.
I approved 12 items for the October tournament and rejected 7. The most common problem was failure to use the template as directed.
If you turn in legislation made with some other league’s template, you’re doing it wrong.
If you turn in legislation written with an outdated FGCCFL template, you’re doing it wrong.
If you turn in legislation that resembles the template but didn’t start with the approved template document, you’re doing it wrong.Josh Schneider, Sept. 14, 2018
The docket for the October 13 All Events tournament at Dixie Hollins has been posted to Tabroom and is available for download here.
This docket consists of 12 Primary Agenda items and 6 supplemental items (special thanks to the students of Newsome High School for their contributions).
Schools that did not submit legislation, or that had all their legislation rejected, will be assigned supplemental legislation for optional sponsorship. These assignments will be posted with the calendar.
I’ll be brief: When you write the effective date in your bills, please write January 1, 2020, NOT January 1st, 2020. Dates in standard American English are written with cardinal numbers. For more information, consult this Grammar Girl post or your favorite style manual.
Chamber assignments, seating charts, and the combined legislative calendar for the September 22 FGCCFL All Events tournament at Dixie Hollins are now available.
Each chamber has six items on its Primary Agenda, so plan to continue into the next chamber’s legislation. Good luck!