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Invitation: Bangor Fall Classic 2016

Debate and Speech

The Bangor High School Speech and Debate Team is pleased to invite you to the Bangor Fall Class (all events) on October 29, 2016.

Registration deadline: 11:55 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, 2016 via Tabroom.com.

Any questions, please contact Joe Pelletier (m: 207-702-1734 or h: 207-945-0884) or Amy Trask, Tournament Directors: by email or phone.


Registration must be completed through Tabroom.com by 11:55 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

Entry Fees

  • $7.00 per entry (New schools $3.50)
  • Teams (Duo and PF) are two entries ($14)

Entry fees will be capped per MFA guidelines.


Drops and changes will be accepted until Friday, October 28 at 6:00 p.m. Invoices will be prepared at that time. No late adds will be accepted. Saturday drops at registration will be assessed an additional charge of $10 per entry.

Call or text the MFA hotline (207-370-4632) Saturday morning once you are en route to the tournament to confirm your team and judge attendance. Drops communicated prior to arrival will be waived the $10 penalty.


  • LD: 3 levels, if numbers allow
  • PF: 2 levels, if numbers allow
  • Congressional Debate: Senate and House, as needed
  • Speech: All State Tournament categories

Novice level is for students competing in their first year of high school forensics (i.e. first year competitors).

JV level is primarily for second-year competitors, but also first year competitors who have enjoyed success.

Varsity level is for competitors with more than one year of experience who wish to try a higher level of competition.

Debate Topics

LD Sept/Oct resolution

Resolved: Countries ought to prohibit the production of nuclear power.

PF Sept/Oct resolution

Resolved: In United States public K-12 schools, the probable cause standard ought to apply to searches of students.


The docket will be posted no later than one week prior to the tournament.

Judge Requirements

Help the meet run smoothly and fairly by supplying your required, trained judges, including unaffiliated, in accordance with MFA rules.

Note judge conflicts or shadow needs in your judge registration on Tabroom.com. Email the tournament host for any complex judge situations. Remember a parent cannot judge the category in which their child is competing.

Fractional entries round up (i.e. three LD entries = 2 judges). Third, fifth, and seventh judge must be neutral for Speech, LD, PF.

  • LD: one judge for every 2 LD entries
  • PF: one judge for every 2 teams
  • Speech or Congressional Debate: one judge for every 5 entries

Judges are expected to be available for ALL rounds of competition. Fines will be assessed for judges departing early unless cleared through Tabulation.

Hiring Judges

There will be a limited number of extra judges available for hire. Fees for purchasing judges will be $60 per judge.

Submit requests to hire judges via Tabroom.com by Wednesday, October 26.

If you have extra judges, contact the Tournament Director so the judge can be added to the judge hire pool. The host will release any unhired judges by 8:00 p.m., Friday, [date].


Please try to have judges bring some sort of timer/stopwatch. There are very few timers available for those who need them.


Breakfast items, lunch and snacks will be on sale for students in the cafeteria. If students do not want to purchase food, they should bring lunch and snacks. Students should not leave the school.

Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided for coaches and judges.


Sweeps: Top three places

Individual awards for first through fifth in each category, and honorable mention as determined by Tab.

Note that ties in record will be broken first by MFA guidelines.

Tabulation of awards follows standards adopted by MFA.


8:15-8:30 Registration (arrive early, please)
8:40 Judges meeting in Judges’ Lounge
8:45 Student meeting in Cafeteria
9:00 Rounds begin following briefings
4:30 Awards (sooner if possible)


885 Broadway, Bangor, Maine

Use Exit 185 off I-95. Turn right off the off-ramp. Proceed through six sets of lights, turning right onto Grandview Avenue when the right lange ends at the sixth light. Proceed approximately 200 yards and turn left onto Hobart Street. School is visible up the hill.

Enter the school building by the round part of the building (Peakes Auditorium).

We look forward to having you all at our school.