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         Pre-registration will be at Tabroom Online, due by 9:00 pm on the Thursday prior to the tournament. No additions are allowed after this point. (The chief reasons for this are that we need to assign and sort out rooms and organize the amount of food necessary).

         Note that no students will be allowed to enter the tournament without adult supervision. College students are NOT considered adults for this purpose unless they are employees of the school they are representing, i.e., official assistant coaches. The NYCFL will not take responsibility for unaccompanied minors.

         Because kids get sick, and things come up, tabroom will remain open for changes and drops (but not additions) until 9:00 a.m. on the morning of the tournament. No changes of any sort will be taken at the registration table. All changes must be entered directly into tabroom. (If there is no wireless available in a school, this can be done via smartphone or 3GS device.)

         If you are coming from some distance on a bus, you can make your changes en route. If you are meeting at the school at a city event, plan on doing so well in advance of the 9:00 deadline. Students "on their way (maybe)" do not count as entries. The idea that round one is the taking of attendance penalizes the students who are there on time and wish to debate and learn.

         At some point before 9:00, a coach or responsible adult will come to the registration desk and report that their registration is final. At 9:00, any schools that haven't come to the desk will be assumed absent, and their entire entry will be erased from the tournament. If in fact some of these missing folk are around, they can be added for round two with forfeits for round one. This will penalize the students of the school not registered on time rather than the students at the schools that did register on time. Schools en route by bus can text by 9:00 that their entry is set; it is not unreasonable to assume that they could miss the deadline by a few minutes because of traffic, but since they've had all that time on the bus they've had ample opportunity to set things aright on tabroom.com. If you are coming by bus, be sure to find out who is running registration so that you have their cell number for texting!

         All reported changes after 9 are $25 each. All unreported changes (e.g. teams that are registered that don't show up, missing judges) are $50. No teams will be allowed to participate in future events unless the fines are paid to the NYCFL

         Opening assembly should start at 9:30, with rounds immediately following. There will be three rounds at each tournament.

 

Dear Moderator,

 

 

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Before I get to the invitation, I need to make you aware of an upcoming deadline. Our last chance to send in NCFL membership cards is January 1st. I need to submit 26 membership cards from our league or we will not be allowed to enter all of our students into the NCFL tournament in May.

 

If you have not done so yet, please send in your NCFL membership cards.

 

Either
1) Mail them to:
Charlie Sloat - Iona Prep - 255 Wilmot Rd - New Rochelle, NY 10804
2) Fax them to:
Charlie Sloat - (914) 632-9760
3) Bring them to Stuy on the 17th.

 

A copy of the membership card is available here.

 

Most importantly, if YOUR team does not submit a membership card, YOUR school will not be allowed to compete at the Grand Tournament or at NCFL nationals.

 

This is not a minor bookkeeping issue.

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This serves as your invitation to the December 16, 2017 NYCFL Debate and Congress Tournament at Regis High School.

 

CATEGORIES:

Student Congress House [Unlimited Entry]

 

Varsity L-D

Intermediate L-D

Novice L-D

 

Novice PF

Intermediate PF

Varsity PF

 

Our goal is to run 3 rounds of debate at all levels, although some divisions may be combined or eliminated based on registration

 

We will use NFL rules for PF at the tournament.

 

LAPTOPS WILL BE ALLOWED IN ALL EVENTS

Connectivity is STRICTLY Prohibited

 

TOPICS:

 

L-D will use the NFL November/ December topic:

Resolved: Wealthy nations have an obligation to provide development assistance to other nations.

 

Public Forum will use the December topic:

Resolved: NCAA student athletes ought to be recognized as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

 

PRE-REGISTRATION PRE-REGISTRATION:

 

DEBATE:

You must pre-register all Debate through TABROOM.com:

 

Registration for this tournament will be handled through http://www.tabroom.com/.

 

The pre-registration deadline is Thursday, December 14 at 3:00 PM.

However, decisions on divisions offered will be made on Wednesday.

Please get the bulk of your registration in as quickly as possible.

Only use Thursday to make adjustments and provide all judges

 

 

CONGRESS:

Student Congress must also register through tabroom

 

REGISTRATION: 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning at Regis

 

 

JUDGING REQUIREMENTS: Each school MUST provide its own judges or student entries may be jeopardized.

 

There are no hired judges available.

 

In Congress: 1 judge if you are entering contestants in Congress (House).

1 judge if you are entering contestants in Congress (Senate).

 

In Team Debate: 1 qualified adult for every two VARSITY teams or fraction thereof

1 qualified adult, or varsity debater for every two novice or intermediate teams or fraction thereof.

 High School Students acting as judges must be Varsity Level Debators in at least their Junior Year

 

In L-D: 1 qualified adult for every four L-D debaters or fraction thereof on the Varsity level

1 qualified adult or Varsity L-D debater for every four Intermediate and Novice L-D debaters or fraction thereof.

 High School Students acting as judges must be Varsity Level Debators in at least their Junior Year

 

In Public Forum: One adult for every 3 teams (or fraction of 3). Student judges can be used for JV.

 

JUDGE TRAINING: PF judge training will be available, but all coaches are still responsible for meeting their judging quota with qualified judges.

 

DROPS/ADDS:

DEBATE DROPS should be entered directly into TABROOM right through Saturday Morning (See Above)

Remember:

Drops after the registration deadline of 9 PM on THURSDAY do not alter your judging quota.

 

Registration fees for drops on the morning of the contest must still be paid.

There are NO ADDS after the pre-registration deadline has passed.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION: Please use the following Numbers Sparingly

 

Cell Phone (914) 649-8246 Use if you have trouble getting to the tournament

or last minute drops

 

FEES: $5 per student from a member school. (Team debate teams count as 2 registrants)

($1 per student goes to the Rev. Gerald R. Rippon, S.J. Memorial Scholarship Fund.)

Please Make the Check Payable to NYCFL.

 

SWEEPSTAKES: There are no team sweepstakes at this tournament.

 

 

YOUR CONGRESS BILLS MUST BE SENT BY WEDNESDAY

DECEMBER 6th AT 8:00AM.

 

CONGRESS BILLS for the 12/16 contest MUST BE SUBMITTED TO CONGRESS@NYCFL.ORG.

 

They will be posted that on Tuesday afternoon and finalized by Friday December 8th at 9:00am

If you do not submit a bill, your school may not compete.

 

 

**** PLEASE NOTE ****

IF YOU HAVE NOT SENT YOUR DATA CARD FOR MEMBERSHIP TO ME

PLEASE DO SO ASAP

FAILURE TO SUBMIT THIS DATA CARD

WILL ALTER YOUR STATUS IN THE LEAGUE

 

Sincerely,

 

Charles J Sloat

NYCFL President