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.

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.

Riverview Congress Points

Note to Coaches: Student Congress at the January 28 Riverview tournament was NOT autopointed to NSDA. Coaches will need to manually record these NSDA merit points from the paper ballots. (The usual procedure is to average the two scorers’ points for each speech and round up. A missing speech score is treated as a 6; a missing PO score is treated as a 12.)