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    Upcoming Events

    James "Al" Johnson Forensic Invitational

    October 18-20, 2019

    Thursday, Oct. 18th Registration on CC Campus



    7:00-8:30 PM

    Worner Campus Center

    Friday, Oct. 18th IPDA



    8:00 AM

    Topic Announce: Round One

    8:30-9:45 AM

    Round One: IPDA Debate

    9:45 AM

    Topic Announce: Round Two

    10:15-11:30 AM

    Round Two: IPDA Debate

    11:30 AM

    Topic Announce: Round Three

    12:00 PM-1:15 PM

    Round Three: IPDA Debate

    12:30-2:00 PM

    LUNCH BREAK – Provided

    2:00 PM

    Topic Announce: Round Four

    2:30-3:15 PM

    Round Four: IPDA Debate

    3:30 PM

    Elim 1: Topic Announce

    4:00-5:15 PM


    5:15 PM

    Elim 2 Topic Announce

    5:15-6:30 PM

    Elim 2: SEMIFINAL

    6:30 PM

    Elim 3 Topic Announce

    6:30-7:45 PM

    Elim 3: FINAL

    Saturday, Oct. 20th DAY 1 IE’S



    8:00-8:30 AM

    IE Registration

    8:30 AM

    Extemp Draw

    8:45-10:00 AM

    Pattern A, Round 1 (EXT, INF, ADS, PRO, POE)


    10:15AM-11:45 AM

    Pattern B, Round 1 (IMP, PER, CA, DRA, POI, DUO)


    11:45-12:45/1:00 PM



    12:45 PM

    Extemp Draw


    1:00-2:15 PM

    Pattern A, Round 2

    2:30-3:45 PM

    Pattern B, Round 2


    4:00 PM

    Extemp Draw--Finals


    4:00-5:15 PM

    Pattern A, Finals

    5:30-6:45 PM

    Pattern B Finals


    7:45 PM or ASAP


    Sunday, Oct. 21st DAY 2 IE’S



    8:00 AM

    Extemp Draw

    8:30-9:45 AM

    Pattern A, Round 1(EXT, INF, ADS, PRO, POE)


    9:45-11:15 AM

    Pattern B, Round 1(IMP, PER, CA, DRA, POI, DUO)

    11:15 AM-12:30 PM

    Pattern B, Round 2

    12:30-1:30/1:45 PM


    1:30 PM

    Extemp Draw

    1:45-3:15 PM

    Pattern A, Round 2

    3:15-4:45 PM

    Pattern B Finals

    4:45 PM

    Extemp Draw

    5:15-6:30 PM

    Pattern A Finals

    7:30 or ASAP


    Eligibility & Entries:

    Any regularly enrolled undergraduate in a two year or four year college is eligible to participate. Eligibility standards for AFA and IPDA will be enforced, and the tournament director reserves the right to ask a coach to prove that a student is eligible. A contestant may enter up to three individual events per conflict pattern.

    FORENSICSTOURNAMENT.NET IS THE PREFERRED METHOD OF REGISTRATION. Please email your entries so that it arrives no later than TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15TH by 5:00 p.m. MDT. If you need to fax or phone in your entry, please contact us beforehand and verify that your entry will be received.

    Double Entry:

    IE/IPDA –STUDENTS MAY PARTICIPATE IN IPDA AND THE SWING IE TOURNAMENT. Students may enter up to three events per pattern.

    IPDA Debate:

    Divisions: We plan to offer a single, open division.

    This “real world: form of debate emphasizes short speaking times, no plan text required, and includes the use of randomly assigned “lay judges”. We ask that competitors and critics defer to this link for additional rules and regulations:

    Strikes are on the clock—meaning, it will be running during strikes. Following the return of the ballot, critics may disclose as much or as little information as they see fit so long as it does not interfere with the tournament schedule. Delays caused by coaches/judges may, at the tournament director’s discretion, result in penalties to that school’s teams including removal from the tournament.

    NOTE TO JUDGES: All rounds must have one winner and one loser. Topic Draw and Prep Topic draw will be conducted at a central location and will begin once all debaters are present. Debaters who are not present at the scheduled draw time may forfeit their ability to participate in topic strikes. Debaters assigned to the negative will be given first strike. Each debater will have 30 minutes of prep time. There will not be pre-assigned prep rooms; debaters and coaches are asked to respect the space and ‘leave no trace’ upon the completion of the tournament.

    Elimination Rounds:

    The number of elimination rounds will be determined by the size of the field. Advancement to and seeding in elimination rounds will be first based upon wins, followed by total speaker points, followed by opposition record, then adjusted speaker points, and finally by ZScore. In elimination rounds, brackets will NOT be broken.

    Individual Events - General:

    The individual events offered are subject to the rules of the AFA National Individual Events Tournament. Students who double-enter in EXT incur any prep time loss that may result.

    Complete event descriptions are available on request. Two conflict patterns A & B will be offered in open division. Semi-finals where entries warrant, and finals will follow two preliminary rounds with the top twelve being advanced semifinals and the top six to finals. If fewer than 42 students enter a division of an event, that event will go directly to finals. In the occurrence of a very small number of participants in an event, that event may go to three rounds and no finals.

    Please watch for announcements concerning when finals for various events will take place as these will be adapted by the IE tab room for judge and room availability during the time allotted in the schedule for semifinals and finals. No speaker will be ranked lower than 4th in the preliminary rounds, but speakers will be ranked 1st through last in elimination rounds.


    Awards will be given for finalists and higher in individual events, Semifinalists and higher in IPDA debate. The top three speakers will be awarded in IPDA debate.

    Overall sweepstakes awards will be offered to the top two schools at each tournament. The top two schools competing in the IE’s and IPDA will receive sweepstakes trophies.

    Points are determined in individual events by 1st Place - 20 points, 2nd Place - 15 points, 3rd Place - 10 points, all other finalists - 5 points, and semifinalists failing to advance -2 points.

    Ties will be broken by the most number of first places in individual events, secondly by the school qualifying the most number of persons to elimination rounds of IEs or Debate, and finally by the flip of the coin. The top three teams in each division of debate per school or the top three persons in each individual event per school will count toward team sweepstakes.


    Individual Events: $10 (one judge covers 6 slots)

    Judging Fee Per Uncovered Individual Events: $25

    IPDA: $20 (one judge covers four debaters)

    Judging Fee Per Uncovered IPDA: $25

    Drops at Registration: fee + $25 Dropped judges: $100 each.

     Fees are: $10 for each individual event ($20 for Duo). Schools cannot be guaranteed that they will be able to enter students in excess of the judges they provide, but to the extent that judges can be hired, a fee of $25 for uncovered IPDA Teams, and $25 will be charged for each uncovered event in individual events per tournament. One judge covers 6 IE Entries. Please note that IE judging commitments are determined as a whole and not per conflict pattern.


    Lunch will be provided every day by Rastall Dining Hall and local vendors with the cost of $12 per student/judge/coach, which will be added to the total cost of each school’s attendance. Coffee and light breakfast fare will be available each morning along with snacks and refreshments during the day for all participants at no cost.

    Fees will be assessed as of 5 pm, Wednesday, October 16th, and schools will be expected to pay fees as indicated by their entry at that time regardless of subsequent deletions.

    Drops after Wednesday will result in a $20 fee.

    Judging Obligations:

    Judges should expect to judge at least up to their commitment and may be asked to judge one round beyond their commitment in order to ensure the best possible critics. All judges are expected to be available for the first elimination round of debate and one round beyond that in which their team is eliminated. Judges in individual events should expect to judge in both conflict patterns even if they have students entered in only one conflict pattern.

    If your team can provide judges in excess of your commitment, we WOULD REALLY LIKE to either hire them for additional rounds or give a discount to the registration fees of the team. Consult Sarah if you are interested in this option.

    Tournament Facilitation:

    The tournament director reserves the right to make any decisions necessary to facilitate the timely and accurate completion of the tournament.


    Tournament Hotel: There is not a designated tournament hotel. The following are options that you might want to consider for your team.

    Holiday Inn Express Central                       

    105 N. Spruce St                                        

    Colorado Springs, CO 80905                        

    (719) 424-4300                                              

    Best Western Plus Executive Residency

    3150 N Chestnut St.

    Colorado Springs, CO 80907

    (719) 471-4331