Borah Novice 2022

2022 — Boise, ID/US

Policy, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum, and Congress. In order to have all four events it will be necessary to have 20 or more entries from 5 different schools.  Events will be limited based on the rooms available and may be closed when capacity is reached. See information below for the bills and resolutions used for the Congress docket.

Policy teams will debate the current resolution and must adhere to the novice evidence packet.


Lincoln-Douglas will debate the November/December Topic: 

Resolved: The People’s Republic of China ought to prioritize environmental protection over economic growth.



Public Forum will debate the November/December Topic

Resolved: The United States’ strategy of Great Power Competition produces more benefits than harms.

The Congress session will use the D3 Congressional Legislation Packet.   Students will be required to bring their own dockets as none will be provided at the tournament.  The agenda will be created in session. 

Only novice debaters are eligible to compete.  A novice debater is one who had not debated in a tournament or attended a debate camp prior to Oct. 21.  Congress: Novice competing in Congress will not have prior tournament experience in Speech OR Debate. 

For the sake of this running as smoothly as possible I will ask that either you or an assistant coach be available to the tab room at all times. If this is not the case, your registration may be dropped. 

$10 per policy team; $10 per public forum team , $5 per LD competitor and $5 per Congress competitor.  Uncovered entries may result in additional fees.  Please make checks payable to Borah High School Debate.  An invoice will be available at check in for those who need documentation for their financial department. 

JV/V debaters will  be used as judges.  You will need to provide one judge for every two policy teams and one judge for every four PF teams or L-D competitors.  Please indicate which judges are qualified for policy, L-D, or PF; however, preferences might not be met due to needs.   An instruction page will be provided at the tournament and there will be 
NO CRITIQUES OR DISCLOSURE! Remind your judges to check in early.  We will be using online ballots so please have your judges bring devices (laptops work best)

CX, PF, and LD rounds, as well as the chamber for Student Congress, will use digital postings (on for all rounds.  Tabroom will have copies of physical postings. Students should get used to the digital postings..   LD and PF rounds will be double-flighted.  Pay close attention because we will have many rounds and limited space; some bigger arenas may be used for multiple rounds.  

Rounds one will be random-matched.  Rounds 2-4 will be “power-matched” to the extent possible.  



Teams and LD debaters with 4-0 records and the top 6 competiors in Student Congress will receive awards. 
We will also have a joint Sweepstakes award with the City of Trees Tournament. (There will be no standalone sweeps for B-Nov)   For the joint sweepstakes the top 3 novices from each team and each event (maximum 12 entries) will be included for sweepstakes points.  In LD/PF/CX a win will earn 2 points, a loss will earn 1 point.  In Congress an overall session rating in the top 3 will earn 4 points, a overall rating of 4-8 will earn 3 points, 9+ will earn 2 points.  

Please e-mail me as soon as you know that you need to drop or add a student competitor.  There will be NO ADDS AFTER Wednesday, OCTOBER 19.  Any drops which occur after the drop deadline (October 19) may result in a drop fee.  Substitutions are allowed as long as the competitors fit the criteria for a novice debater according to the hosting tournament.  Please email with any questions.

1.    There will be some food and concessions available for purchase, however there is no lunch break so there will be precious little time to eat anything for Policy debaters. Drinks capable of producing stains will not be allowed in the classroom, nor will food. Water is fine.  Concessions will be cash only and Borah High. 

2.    Please tell students to clean up after themselves and to respect all property at Borah High. 

3.    Debaters must not enter a room without a judge.