The Grand Finals docket has been updated to clarify that items 1-9 are preliminary session items and 10-15 are Super Congress items. No changes have been made to legislation.
The Student Congress docket for FGCCFL Grand Finals has been posted to Tabroom and is available here.
The docket consists of nine preliminary session items and six Super Congress items. All legislation appears in calendar order, and debate time limits are listed.
Contestants should be ready to debate EVERY ITEM on the docket but should keep in mind that the last items may not be reached without effective use of procedure.
The FGCCFL Student Congress Manual has been updated to Revision 21.01/Online. This revision includes session and tabulation procedures for Grand Finals.
A significant change from Revision 20.12 is that priority will accrue over all four sessions. The League will provide an online tool (see demo) for Parliamentarians and Presiding Officers to facilitate tracking speaker priority over all four sessions.
The tournament schedule, chamber assignments, and legislative calendars for the 2020-2021 NSDA Florida Sunshine District Congressional Debate Tournament, to be held online on January 23, has been posted to Tabroom and is available below. This packet includes information for the Senate, House Chambers 1 & 2, House Final & Consolation Chambers, and Non-Qualifying Chambers 1 & 2.
Legislation for the 2020-2021 NSDA Florida Sunshine District Congressional Debate Tournament, to be held on NSDA Campus on January 23, has been posted to Tabroom and is available below:
The docket contains separate sections for Senate, House, and Non-Qualifying chambers. Legislative calendars, chamber assignments, and detailed schedule information will be published here and on Tabroom after the close of registration.
Beginning with the December 12 tournament, Student Congress will operate under new rules that we believe will result in a better experience for contestants and judges. These are the key changes:
- There will be four sessions, 90 minutes each. Shorter sessions will reduce the need for recesses, improve judge comfort, and reduce the influence of an individual Presiding Officer. Recency will still reset with each new session.
- The calendar will be preset. When the docket is released, the legislation will be published in calendar order (set by random draw with adjustment for rotation of sponsoring schools). The docket may additionally contain 1-2 supplemental items, which will always be scheduled last and will not be guaranteed debate time.
- Debate times are increased to 40 minutes. This will allow for 2-3 additional speeches per item while still accommodating a brief recess in each session and allowing the entire docket to be debated. Debate time is “use it or lose it”; unused time on one B/R may not be applied to another.
- Chamber assignments will be announced on Tournament Day. This will allow the tab staff to balance chambers even if there are substantial drops.
- There will be one Scorer per session. Each chamber will still have a Parliamentarian for the full day.
- There will be a Best Presiding Officer election at the end of the day. Preferential ballots will be made available on Tabroom at the end of Session 4. All POs will receive medals, and the Best PO in each chamber will receive a gavel. Best Legislator awards will still be determined by Scorers’ ranks.
The Congress Manual and tournament schedule have been updated accordingly and may be downloaded here.
Student Congress chamber assignments for the November tournament have been posted to Tabroom.