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Invitation: Nutcracker Sweeps All Events @ Poland Regional High School

Debate and Speech

Dec. 5, 2015
1457 Maine St., Poland, Maine 04274

The Poland Regional High School Speech and Debate Team is pleased to invite you to an ALL Events Tournament – Speech, Debate and Congressional Debate). This is going to be a truly ALL EVENTS TOURNAMENT! Make sure that you read the information about Sweepstakes since we will be awarding sweeps in a different format.

Register at www.tabroom.com
Registration deadline: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, 6:00P.M.

Any questions, please contact D’Arcy F. Robinson, Tournament Director:


Registration must be made by 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015.

Please note judge conflicts, restrictions and experience when registering on Tabroom.


Drops will be accepted until Friday, Dec.4, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. Invoices will be prepared at that time.

Saturday drops will be assessed an additional charge of $10.00 per entry. If you have a drop on Saturday morning, please email or call the MFA Tabulation number 207-370-4MFA. It will help keep the tournament on schedule.

Registration Fees

  • $7.00 per entry (New schools $3.50).
  • Teams (Duo, PF) are two entries ($14); Ensemble is $21 (max).

This year, in keeping with the nutcracker theme, we will be accepting donations to Toys for Tots. If the team brings two toy gifts (one for a boy, one for a girl), we will take five dollars off the registration fee.

Judge Requirements

Fractional entries round up (i.e., three LD entries = 2 judges)

  • 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.

Please help the meet run smoothly and fairly by supplying your required judges and by providing them with training in the category they are committed to. Make sure that you have some unaffiliated judges if you have more than one judge.

Fees for purchasing judges will be $60 per judge. There will be a limited number of extra judges available and you must clear your request for one with the tournament director by Monday, Dec. 1, 2015. Remember if I’ve committed a judge to you, and committed to pay that judge, then you will be billed for the judge.

Remember a parent cannot judge the category in which their child is competing.

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

There is the possibility that we will be implementing a new system for buying judges at this tournament. Kris and Lyndsy are looking at a new format for buying judges through Tabroom.com and if they can get it up and running, we will use it at Poland. Look for more information coming your way soon.


Please try to have judges bring some sort of timer/stopwatch. cell phones work well and are acceptable. Just make sure the ringer is off.


  • Lincoln-Douglas (LD): 3 levels (novice, JV, varsity), if numbers allow
  • Public Forum (PF): 2 levels (novice and varsity), if numbers allow
  • Congressional Debate: Senate and House, as needed
  • Speech: All 13 Maine categories

Debate Topics

LD November/December resolution

Resolved: In the United States criminal justice system, jury nullification ought to be used in the face of perceived injustice.

PF December resolution

Resolved: On balance, standardized testing is beneficial to K-12 education in the United States.


The Nutcracker Speech and Debate Sweepstakes Award

Sweeps will be for Top Three Placements in each School Division. This is a combined award—speech, debate, and speech sweeps points will be combined to generate a total score for each school. School divisions will determined by the size of the program (number of students) as well as by the size of the school. This generally follows MPA guidelines. For example, Bangor is an “A” school, but due to size of program Lewiston would be a “B” school. Cheverus is an “A” school in football but probably is a “C” school in debate. I have included a potential break down of schools and their potential division placement but I will probably finalize where a school I placed after I get in the registration. Speech will go three deep, debate and Congress five. I think that is the fairest way to even out the points.

I realize that this is a new system, but I thought it might be interesting to try. I would unify the activity and might spread the sweepstakes awards around to more schools and recognize their achievements.

DRAFT School Divisions

School divisions are subject to change at the discretion of the tournament host.

A Schools

  • Bangor
  • Cape Elizabeth
  • Falmouth
  • Lewiston
  • Skowhegan

B Schools

  • Brunswick
  • Edward Little
  • Erskine Academy
  • Lincoln Academy
  • Orono
  • Maranacook
  • Thornton

C Schools

  • Chevrus
  • Deering
  • Greely
  • Morse
  • Poland
  • Scarborough
  • York
  • South Portland
  • York

Individual awards

Individual awards will be awarded for first through third place in each category, and Honorable Mentions for those in final round.

Ties in debate will be broken first by head to head, then strength of competition, and finally by speaker points. Speak ties are broken by the greatest number of highest rankings.

Tentative Schedule

Please be aware that we may have to flight debate rounds

8:00-8:30 Registration check-in (get here early, please)
8:45 Judges meeting in Judges’ Lounge
8:45 Student meeting in Cafeteria
Rounds will begin at 9:00 and will continue to run as quickly as possible
Awards at 4:30


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.

Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided for coaches and judges. Students should not leave the school.

Poland is a nut free school and students are requested to not eat nut products in the school. Only water is allowed in classrooms.


Students: Cafeteria. Students are asked to remain in the cafeteria when not in rounds.

Judges Lounge: Living Center Room.

Tabulation Room: Library


Google Maps: 1457 Maine Street, Poland, ME 04274.

Traveling North or South on I-95:

Take Exit 63 toward Gray-New Gloucester. Bear to the right. Take 26 North through Gray. Follow the signs for 26 north to Poland and Norway. The high school is about eight miles down on your left. We are located approximately 45 minutes from Portland or 1/2 hour from Lewiston or 2 hours from Bangor. Please plan accordingly to arrive on time.

We look forward to having you all at our school.

D’Arcy F. Robinson, Coach