Welcome to the Concordia Challenge 2014!

February 24 - February 26, 2014

Hosted by the Concordia University Forensics Program and Mr. Konrad Hack

Held at the lovely Concordia University campus, located at 1530 Concordia West, in Irvine, Orange County, California.

Registration for the Concordia Challenge will open at 8:00AM on Wednesday, February 5, and close at 11:59PM on Saturday, February 8. Student registration will only be open for a few days, so act quickly! Judge registration will open at noon on January 22.

We highly recommend that you read all the information on this homepage. And check out the "Breakout - Impromptu" tab for details on how to stretch out your chances of competing!

Competitor Eligibility and Dress Code:
Participants should view general Stoa rules prior to attending the tournament. They can be found at: http://www.stoausa.org
Eligibility information is on https://stoa2013-2014.homeschooldebate.net/eligibility
Dress code details are at http://www.stoausa.org/tournament-calendar/dress-code
The dress code will be enforced.

Stoa Membership

Because of insurance requirements for the facility, students are required to be Stoa members to register for this tournament. Why not take this opportunity right now! Use this link to get to the Stoa 2013-2014 registration page.

Entry Procedure

Please click on the "Student Registration" tab above and complete all necessary steps. To add students to a family registration, just click ADD STUDENT. IF MORE THAN ONE FAMILY registers on the same computer, make sure the previous family has been logged off.

Payment

Registration is not complete until your fees have been paid. That being said, we will have the PayPal option turned off during the first two hours of registration to expedite the often bogged down and slow registration process. Please come back later in the day to pay with PayPal and complete your registration. (FYI - We are picking up the PayPal charges for you!) If you prefer not to pay electronically, you may send a check payable to 'AEA Speech and Debate' to the following address:

Concordia Challenge
c/o Susan Hasegawa
12622 Palomar St.
Garden Grove, CA 92845

Checks must be received by February 16. Paypal will be the only payment method available after February 16.

Questions can be directed to the registrar at ConcordiaChallenge@gmail.com

Entry Deadline

Entries received after 11:59 PM on February 8, 2014, will not be accepted. After your entry is completed, you will be able to print a confirmation page from the registration site. This tournament may fill very quickly, so early registration is encouraged to guarantee a spot. Team Policy and Duo participants should check with their partners to ensure that they are also registered. A team is not registered until both partners are registered. Send an email to ConcordiaChallenge@gmail.com if there are any corrections or questions.

Check-In

Check-In/Script Submission opens Monday morning at 7:15 AM and is open until 10:15 AM at the Student Union Center patio on the Concordia Campus. Check-In/Script submission then re-opens from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM. All LDers should check-in prior to 7:40 AM so we know you are here and your first round will start on time. All TPers should be finished checking in by 8:30 AM for the same reasons. If you are in Extemp, please check out Extemp orientation information on the Extemp tab.

Electronic Script Submission/Debate Self-Timing

We love Electronic Script Submission! And so will you - it's been made even easier and will get you off to great start before you even set foot on the campus. Be sure to open the tab labeled Script Submission Forms for amazingly helpful links to script submission information, including details for electronic script submission.

We are aiming to have a timer in every debate room that has a team with anyone who is a first-year debate competitor. (Please indicate that you are a First Year Debater by checking the box in registration.) All seasoned debaters need to be prepared to self-time their rounds. Please see the Debate Self-Timing Information tab for details. NOTE: Many first-year debaters have been learning to time themselves during the 2013-2014 season because of a continued shortage of timers. We suggest you come prepared to do-it-yourself.

Financial Responsibility

For 2014 we are going retro and using the fees from 2012!

Entry Fees
Team Policy Debate: $35 per person
Lincoln Douglas Debate: $35 per person
Speech Individual Events: $25 for your first event; $20 per event for the rest
Breakout - Impromptu: Non-refundable $5 per person (Please see "Breakout - Impromptu" tab on the left)

You may not register for more than three events in each speech pattern.

If you decide to drop an event prior to 11:59PM on February 16th, we can offer you a refund. After February 16th, we will have made all plans based on the numbers we have registered and there can be no refunds in the event of a cancellation.

Events dropped after 11:59PM on February 19th will be subject to a $10 fee PER EVENT payable at registration. There will be a $15 fee for any event that is dropped at on-site registration on February 24. A $20 fee will be charged for every returned check.

Judging and Timing Responsibility

Judging

There will be a judge orientation prior to each round. Parents, it is important to go through an orientation if you haven't been to one at a tournament this year. With two Wild Card events, it is highly recommended that all parents go through an orientation. Please try to attend one early on, especially if this is your students' first year of competition. If you have never attended the separate Apologetics orientation please see one of our friendly orientors prior to judging an Apologetics round.

Teams/Clubs will be responsible for a minimum of two rounds of Team Policy debate and three rounds of Lincoln/Douglas debate for each student registered on their team.

Additionally, each Team/Club will be responsible for a minimum of one round of Individual Events per event for each registered IE student.

We will notify all of the teams/clubs after the close of registration and prior to the start of the tournament, of the number of judging spots for which their team/club will be held responsible. We will be tracking the rounds judged by clubs and will notify coaches if obligations are lagging.

Commitment: We are attempting to find as many community judges as we can from the Orange County area to adjudicate for the tournament. However, in order to allow the maximum number of entrants to participate, we are asking competitors to help provide judges for a minimal amount of rounds. Judges are considered non-participants who are 18 years or older and have graduated from high school. This usually includes parents, parents of other club members, former debaters and speakers who have moved on to college, or friends in the area.
ALUMNI: Thank you for your commitment to helping judge. Please do not judge anyone that debated against you through your time as a debater. We are confident that there will be plenty of people you did not debate that will need judges. Please see Alumni Judges tab on the left for more details.

Please stop by the ballot push table, located in the Student Union Center patio, early to pick up a ballot. We recommend being there one hour prior to a round.

Timekeeper Volunteers

Commitment: Entrants are asked to provide a volunteer to act as a timekeeper. Please have them bring a timepiece that they can keep with them the entire tournament. Family members and friends who are attending the tournament can be used as timers. As parents, our commitment to the tournament is to judge. We want the youngsters timing and need the parents judging. The timing of rounds by parents does not fulfill any judging commitment to the tournament. Of course, if all the ballots have been assigned, we will welcome grown-up timers, as we have been short of the shorties this season! Please register any timekeeper volunteers that are coming with you under the Timer Registration tab at the top of this page. Any first-time timers need to receive an orientation at the Timer Table in the Student Union Center patio.

Contacts

If you have any non-registration questions regarding the Concordia Challenge, please send them to Craig and Julie Smith at ConcordiaDirector@gmail.com. We are here to serve you at this tournament!