Veterans Day Invitational

2023 — Richmond, VA/US

Veterans’ Day Invitational

Questions? email Sandy Wheeler at!


Tabroom - Conference Room #1 - past the office at the beginning of the 1100 hall.

Judges Lounge - Rooms A8/A9

Quiet Room - Conference Room #2 - at the beginning of the 1200 hall

Belonging & Inclusion Room - 1113R - next to Tabroom and 1112

Extemp Prep: Library


Registration:8:00 - 8:30 am

Judges Meeting:8:45 am

Extemp Draw:8:45 am

Round 1 (all events):9:15 am

Round 2 LD/PF:10:20 am

Extemp Draw:10:00 am

Round 2 Speech:10:30 am

Round 3 LD/PF:11:30 am

**Lunch in between rounds (beginning at 11:00 am)

Round 2 Congress:12:00 pm

Extemp Draw:12:30 pm

Round 3 Speech:1:00 pm

Round 4 LD/PF:1:00 pm

Coach Review: 3:00 - 3:30

Awards Assembly:4:00 pm

WHEN: Saturday, November 11th, 2023

WHERE: 2910 N. Parham Road, Henrico, VA

EVENTS: This Speech and Debate tournament will follow VHSL rules to prepare students for upcoming conference, regional and state tournaments, although private schools are encouraged to compete as well. We hope to provide a great local tournament option for Central Virginia schools especially! Middle school students are also encouraged to compete in the novice category.

1. Lincoln-Douglas: Novice* and Open 4 rounds.

TOPIC: Resolved- The United States ought to prohibit the extraction of fossil fuels from federal public lands and water.

2. Public Forum: Novice* and Open 4 rounds.

TOPIC: Resolved- The United States federal government should forgive all federal student loan debt.

3. Student Congress: Open division. Each student should submit a bill and teams should coordinate to divide bills up among the following 4 categories (Domestic, International, Virginia, Economic). 2 sessions of Congress, 2 hours each. Congress topics are:

Domestic: Supreme Court Ethics

AI Regulation

International: West Africa

Anti-Personnel Landmines

Economic: Four Day Work Week

Public Banking Option

Virginia: Ranked Choice Voting

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

Email Congress legislation to by Tue, October 31st

4. The following open speech categories will be offered (3 rounds each): Extemp*, Impromptu, Original Oratory, Prose, Poetry, DI*, HI*, Duo, Storytelling, Duo Improv, Original Spoken Word, Students MAY double-enter in all speech categories EXCEPT Extemp.

*Extemp Topics:

Social Issues


Science & Technology

*DI/HI may be combined based on numbers entered.

*Original Spoken Word is a poetry piece/ selection that is written by the student, and is delivered in the style of spoken-word or slam poetry. This event requires a manuscript, and copies to be turned-in for each round. Other rules for this event will follow those prescribed by the VHSL for competitors in Poetry. Questions regarding this event should be directed toward


Each school is responsible for providing their own judges with the following quotas:

1 judge for:

…every 2 Lincoln-Douglas Debate entries or fraction thereof,

…every 2 Public Forum Debate entries or fraction thereof,

…every 2 Policy Debate entries or fraction thereof,

…every 5 Student Congress entries or fraction thereof, and

…every 5 Individual Events entries or fraction thereof*

*Student Congress and IE event judges may be combined.


Any school that is not part of the Richmond Forum Speech and Debate Initiative will be assessed a flat $25 fee.

Please bring checks payable to Tucker High School.

**Above costs includes lunch for all competitors**

Tabroom will create an invoice for you that you can print out. Receipts will be given at the tournament.


Drops (for any reason) are permitted up to 48 hours before the tournament with no penalty. Drops within 48 hours require schools to honor the entry fees AND still require the original judging quota. If the original judging quota is not met upon registration, students may not be able to compete and there will be a $50 dropped judge fee.


Registration: 8:00 - 8:30 am

Judges Meeting: 8:45 am

Extemp Draw: 8:45 am

Round 1 (all events): 9:15 am

Round 2 LD/PF: 10:20 am

Extemp Draw: 10:00 am

Round 2 Speech: 10:30 am

Round 3 LD/PF: 11:30 am

**Lunch in between rounds (beginning at 11:00 am)

Round 2 Congress: 12:00 pm

Extemp Draw: 12:30 pm

Round 3 Speech: 1:00 pm

Round 4 LD/PF: 1:00 pm

Coach Review: 3:00 - 3:30

Awards Assembly: 4:00 pm


Lunches for competitors, coaches, and judges is provided.


Trophies will be given to the top 3 finishers in each category. Sweepstakes and runner up sweepstakes trophies will be given to the schools with the most points in each division (speech and debate).


Please go to

You will need to create a Tabroom account with an email and password (free). Add your entries and judges. On the main page, you will be able to print an invoice to know the amount due. Direct any Tabroom questions to

All registrations will be due on Tuesday, November 7 at 12:00 PM

Thank you for supporting our Speech and Debate Program!


Sandra Wheeler 804.614.6103,

pre-tournament liaison