La Costa Canyon Winter Classic

2022 — Carlsbad, CA/US



2022 La Costa Canyon Winter Classic

Events Offered:

  • Debate: Policy, Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, Parliamentary, Congress

  • Pattern A: Impromptu, Informative, Original Prose & Poetry, Program Oral Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Original Advocacy

  • Pattern B: Extemporaneous, Duo, Humorous Interpretation, Declamation, Original Oratory

  • World Schools Debate: This year we are excited to offer World Schools Debate on Sunday, December 4th. Schools may field teams ahead of time, or may use re-register non advancing students Sunday morning. More information will be available under the "World Schools Debate" tab as it becomes available.

Entry Limitations:

  • Debates will be limited to 4 per school (No Limits for World Schools)

  • Congress will be limited to 10 entries per school

  • Speech events will be limited to 7 per school per event

Please add additional entries to the waitlist. After November 18th, we will decide if we can allow more entries to the tournament and still maintain the quality of the competition. No independent entries will be accepted. All competitors MUST be affliated with a school and have been registered through their coach.

Double Entry Information:

Students who double enter are responsible for getting to their rounds on time. Entry limitations will be strictly enforced; violations may lead to a student being dropped from an event at the Tournament Director's discretion. Refunds will not be given for missed rounds.

  • Competitors may only enter one event in the Debate Pattern.

    • Competitors who enter Policy may not enter any other event.

  • Competitors may enter two Pattern A events and two Pattern B events.

    • Competitors who enter Extemp may not enter a second Pattern B event.

    • Competitors who enter in Extemp may enter a Debate and Pattern A event, but additional extemp prep time will not be given to students if Debate Pattern or Pattern A is running late.

Campus & Supervision:

We are pleased to announce that all events—including Policy—will be hosted solely on the LCC campus! This should allow for simpler team supervision.

All schools must be accompanied by an adult and must remain under adult supervision throughout the tournament. No exceptions.

Debate Topics:

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

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

We will be using the November/December NSDA Topic


Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its security cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in one or more of the following areas: artificial intelligence, biotechnology, cybersecurity.

Parli Topics will adhere to CHSSA style.

Entry Deadline:

All entries must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 18th. Entries will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Teams may be added after the deadline depending on space availability.


Drops without charge will be accepted via Tabroom website up until Monday, November 28th at 5:00 p.m. All fees will be final after that time. After this time, please email your drops to The subject should read: Drops--Your School Name. Please provide the name of the student dropped and event(s).

Judging Requirements:

All judges must be over the age of 18 and out of high school.

Each judge provided by a school covers entries at the following ratios:

  • Policy: 1 judge for every 2 teams or fraction thereof.

    • Policy judges will only judge Policy.

  • LD: 1 judge for every 4 entries or fraction thereof.

  • Public Forum: 1 judge for every 4 entries or fraction thereof.

  • Parli: 1 judge for every 2 entries or fraction thereof.

  • Speech/Congress: 1 judge for 6 entries or fraction thereof.

*Judging requirements may shift closer to the tournament according to logistical needs, but teams will be notified immediately of any changes.

Each school that has entries not covered by a judge from the school will be assessed a fee of $100 per judge per day that we have to hire, with the exception of Policy. Schools with uncovered Policy teams will be assessed a $125 fee per judge per day we must hire. If you cannot bring an experienced Policy/LD judges, you must hire one. While we will do our best to keep pools separate, there is a chance we will need to collapse judging pools to keep the tournament running.

A single judge may cover one Debate, Pattern A, and B events, but must then be prepared to judge non-stop throughout the tournament. School judges are committed to judge one round beyond when the last student from that school is eliminated from competition. We will do our best to meet any needs your judges may have.

Fines will be levied if a team’s judges repeatedly miss their call. Ensure your judges are in the judge lounge 30 minutes prior to each round. If fines are not paid, a team may be withheld from outrounds.

Event Rules and Guidelines:

Speech & Congress: Standard CHSSA rules will be followed as closely as possible for all speech and debate events. In the Speech events we will break 14 to semi's. We also reserve the right to break more entries to semis in events with large fields. We will take seven to finals in all speech events. We will take 30 to semi's in Congress and 15 to finals. A separate P.O. contest will be held if there is enough interest to warrant.

Debate: Starting with Round 3, all prelim rounds will be power matched. Teams with a 4-2 record or better will advance to the octa-final elimination round (We may pull up if needed). Brackets will not be broken in elims. LD, PuFo, & Policy Debaters may use computers in rounds, but observers may not use computers or cell phones during rounds. Parli Debaters are permitted to use computers during prep, and may use the internet during prep. That said, WIFI can be spotty at times so ideal internet access cannot be guaranteed.

  • The TOC and NDCA guidelines will be used for Policy, and CHSSA guidelines will be used for all other debate events.

  • The exception to this is that we will be using the new PF times that are being piloted for NSDA.

Awards: Individual awards will be presented to all debaters advancing to the octa-finals in debate events, which will be distributed in-round. The top 10 PuFo, Policy, and Parli speaker through prelims will also receive an award at the awards ceremony. All finalists in speech events and Congress will be presented awards. 1st and 2nd place Presiding Officers will also receive awards.

**Sweepstakes awards: In order to be eligible for debate sweeps, you must only be entered in debate events; to be eligible for speech sweeps, you must only be entered in speech events; to be eligible for overall sweepstakes, you must be entered in both speech and debate events.

We do not know if we have access to a student warm room this year, so please plan accordingly. Our campus gets very chilly at night.