Welcome to the Concordia Challenge 2016!
March 2 - March 5, 2016
March 2 - Parli, Extemp and Impromptu Prelims Only
March 3-5 LD, TP and all other NITOC Individual Events
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.
Opens: 8:00AM on Monday, February 1
Closes: 11:59PM on Sunday, February 7
- Students are required to be Stoa members to register for this tournament. Use this link to register.
- Participants should view general Stoa rules prior to attending the tournament. They can be found at: http://www.stoausa.org
- The Stoa NITOC Dress code will be enforced at the tournament. Dress code details can be found here.
- If more than one family registers on the same computer, make sure the previous family has been logged off.
- When registering for the tournament, you must use exactly the same information you used when signing up for your Stoa membership.
- Please click on the "Student Registration" tab above and complete all necessary steps. To add students to a family registration, click ADD STUDENT.
- All families registering for the tournament are responsible for reading through all pages of the website. It is assumed that everyone registering for the tournament has read through and understands all of the information presented.
- Registration Questions can be directed to the registrar at ConcordiaChallenge@gmail.com
LD Debaters will be debating the second LD resolution - Resolved: Developing countries ought to prioritize economic growth over environmental protection. This resolution will be used for all prelim rounds and outrounds.
Check-In/Script Submission opens Wednesday morning at 7:30 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 on Thursday from 7:15 AM to 10:15 AM.
All LDers should check-in prior to 7:40 AM on Thursday 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 read the Extemp 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 a great start before you even set foot on the campus. Be sure to open the tab labeled Script Submission for amazingly helpful links to script submission information, including details for electronic script submission.
We are aiming to provide a timer in every room of debate where there is a first-year debate competitor. (Please indicate that you are a First Year Debater by checking the box in registration.) All debaters need to be prepared to self-time their rounds. Please see the Debate Self-Timing Information tab for details.
There will be a judge orientation prior to each competition round. Parents, it is important to go through an orientation if you haven't attended one 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 judging a minimum of two rounds of Team Policy debate, two rounds for Parli 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.
After the close of registration and prior to the start of the tournament, we will post the number of rounds that each Team/Club will be held responsible. This will be found on the Judging Requirements by Club/Family tab. During the tournament, we will be tracking the rounds judged by clubs and will notify coaches if obligations are lagging.
Our 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 requesting that competitors 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 - See "Alumni" tab on the left for more info.
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.
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 participate 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.
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!