Novice Topics & Timetable

Debate at the 2023 Novice Championship will use the following topics:

LD (March/April 2023) — Resolved: The justices of the Supreme Court of the United States ought to be term-limited.

PFD (March 2023) — Resolved: The Republic of India should sign the Artemis Accords.

Policy (2022-2023) — Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its security cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in one or more of the following areas: artificial intelligence, biotechnology, cybersecurity.

Extemporaneous Speaking will use the following topic areas:

  • Round 1: US Politics & Policy
  • Round 2: Foreign Affairs
  • Round 3: Economic & Social Issues
  • Round 4: Political Cartoons (contestants will be instructed to compose their own question based on the cartoon, then answer it)

The tournament timetable has been updated to provide uniform judge call times and to better accommodate paper ballots.

2023 Novice Invitation

The invitation for the 2023 FGCCFL Novice Championship, to be held March 25 at Osceola Fundamental High School in Pinellas County, has been posted on Tabroom and below.

This tournament will feature all NCFL events, plus Informative Speaking (as a separate event) and Program Oral Interpretation (POI programs will be allowed in OI in place of separate prose and poetry). Graduating seniors with at least 250 NSDA merit points on record may judge.

Registration for the tournament is now open. We hope to see you there!

Grand Finals Congress Materials

Student Congress legislation (including Super Congress), chamber assignments, and seating charts for FGCCFL Grand Finals, to be held at St. Petersburg High School on February 25, are now available on Tabroom and below.

Paper Ballots at Grand Finals

The Executive Committee has decided to use paper ballots for all events at FGCCFL Grand Finals. Judges may use electronic devices to time and flow, but all critiques, rankings, and decisions will be submitted in ink on paper. (Coaches and judges: Bring pens!)

An updated invitation has been posted and is also available below, along with other updated documents. Specimen ballots are available below and on the Events, Rules & Ballots page.

NSDA District Congress Materials

Legislation, seating charts, and legislative calendars are now available for the Florida Sunshine District Tournament, to be held at Wharton High School on February 11. All materials are available on Tabroom and below.


  1. All legislation is combined into a single document. The B/R numbers indicate whether an item of legislation is initially intended for the House (H.R.) or Senate (S. or S. Res.).
  2. Legislative calendars are preset, with guidance in the event that a chamber exhausts any portion of its calendar. Items scheduled for OR taken up during Session 1 may not be debated in Session 2.
  3. The debate time limit is 60 minutes per B/R. This is a maximum only.
  4. Seating charts are different for Session 1 and Session 2 (NSDA rule).
  5. Recency resets between sessions. Initial recency is generated by Tabroom and will be printed on the Parliamentarian’s and PO’s seating charts.
  6. NSDA now requires direct questioning at Districts. See the “Nutshell” handout above for particulars.

Rules for Electronic Devices Updated

The rules governing use of electronic devices at FGCCFL tournaments have been updated.

Phones may no longer be used as timers for students in any events. Students in events allowing laptops/tablets may use a stopwatch or timer app or an actual stopwatch/timer. This includes Presiding Officers in Student Congress.