This tournament affirms the importance of all tournament participants' cooperation in creating an educational and competitive environment that is fair, humane and responsible while, at the same time, encouraging debates that are devoted to full and robust argument about a diverse range of ideas. Specifically, this tournament affirms that:
If serious and/or repeated demeaning speech materially or substantially disrupts the opportunity for debaters to compete fairly or the judge to evaluate fairly, judges are encouraged to dock speaker points.
Schools are limited to three Senators, and three representatives in each House One and House Two, for a total of nine competitors. Each school may also nominate up to three students (one per house) to serve as presiding officers.
Student Congress will have three, two-hour sessions. Each participant is limited to five speeches (unless all other competitors have also made five speeches), which are three minutes in length. Award nominations will be based on speaker points and rankings awarded in each session by the Official Scorer. Presiding Officer Awards will be decided by a popular vote in each House of Congress. This tournament will follow the WIAA guidelines regarding the use of Parliamentary Procedure, and will use Robert’s Rules of Order as a secondary source.
Each school may submit a total of five prioritized bills, not to exceed their total number of Congress entrants. The deadline for bill submission is Monday, January 5 at 5 p.m. Bills will be posted to www.wiaa.com/finearts/forensics. We will not copy bills for distributions.