7 September 2012
Dear Forensic Colleagues:
The Washington Epsilon Chapter of Pi Kappa Delta are pleased to invite you and your students to the
2012 edition of the TOH Karl High School Invitational Tournament on October 19 and 20, 2012.
The TOH Karl High School Invitational is a celebration of forensics dedicated to our program’s founder --
Dr. Theodore O.H. Karl. It is a tournament that strives to recognize the breadth and depth of competition
and education through a variety of events offered in the region.
Things you should know:
1. Scholarships: We will again be offering scholarships to students who apply to PLU and intend to
participate in PLU forensics next year. Please indicate in your entry which of your students are
2. Dates: The tournament moves to October and runs October 19-20.
3. Entry Deadline: All entries must be made on forensicstournament.net no later than Friday,
4. Divisions: We are offering open and novice divisions in individual events. We are offering one
division of policy (Open), two divisions of public forum (Novice and Open) and three divisions of
LD (Novice, Junior, and Senior). There will be one division of congressional debate (Open).
5. Contact Information: If you have any questions about the tournament, please email
6. We have a new tournament communication team, a new schedule, and new trophy providers to
help things run extremely smoothly this year.
We look forward to receiving your entry soon!
Don’t hesitate to contact us of you have any questions. We hope to see you in October—come rain or
Melissa Franke Pam Barker
Director of Forensics Team President
Pacific Lutheran University Pacific Lutheran University
TOH KARL HIGH SCHOOL INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
EVENTS & DIVISIONS
We offer Policy and Lincoln Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, Congressional Debate, and eight individual
events (Extemporaneous, Expository, Dramatic Interpretation, Dual Interpretation, Oratory, Humorous Interpretation,
Oral Interpretation, and Impromptu). All events will conform to Washington State rules and procedures. Each
school is required to have its program director or a certified instructor to supervise all competitors.
Lincoln-Douglas will have three divisions: Senior, Junior, and Novice. Each division is defined as follows:
Senior division is open to all students regardless of years of experience or awards won.
Junior division is open to students in their first or second year of competition who have not yet placed first
through fourth in junior division at two tournaments with 15 or more schools participating.
Novice division is open to students who have no previous experience in debate prior to the current competitive
year, and have not placed first through fourth at two tournaments with 15 or more schools participating.
We will offer Open and Novice divisions of Public Forum Debate. A novice is any student in the first year of
We will offer Open division of Congressional Debate and Policy Debate.
All individual events will be offered in Novice and Open division.
We are offering one pattern of individual events: Extemporaneous, Expository, Dramatic Interpretation, and Dual
Interpretation, Oratory, Humorous Interpretation, Interpretive Reading, and Impromptu. Students who are not
entered in Extemp or Dual may triple enter. Students entered in Extemporaneous and Dual may double enter. If a
competitor chooses to enter multiple events, the responsibility for showing up at the round rests with the student. A
student who does not show up within one hour of the scheduled start of the round will forfeit the round.
Entry Fees Judging Fees
School Fee: $30.00 Uncovered Policy Team $80.00
Policy Team: $25.00 Uncovered LD or PF Entry $45.00
LD Entry: $20.00 Uncovered IE Slot $10.00
Public Forum Entry $25.00
Individual Events Slot: $10.00
Dual Interpretation $15.00
Congressional Debate Slot $10.00
In IEs, 1 judge covers 6 slots.
In Debate, 1 judge covers 2 policy, 3 public forum, OR 3 LD entries
All Schools entering Congressional Debate must designate 1 scorer
Make checks payable to Pacific Lutheran University.
Address all Purchase Orders to: Pacific Lutheran University, Speech and Debate Program, Department of
Communication and Theatre, Tacoma, WA 98447.
Friday, October 19
11:00 Policy, LD, Public Forum Round 1 11:00-1:30 Congress Session 1
1:30 Policy, LD, Public Forum Round 2
2:00-4:30 Congress Session 2
4:00 Policy, LD, Public Forum Round 3
5:00-7:30 Congress Session 2
6:30 Policy, LD, Public Forum Round 4
Saturday, October 20
7:30 IE only registration
8:00 IE round 1
10:00 IE round 2
11:30 Debate round 5 Cong. Super Session (11:30-1:00)
1:30 IE round 3
3:00 Debate round 6 Cong. Super Session (3-4:00)
(Hidden Semi’s) Cong. Voting (4:00-5:00).
5:00 IE finals
7:45 Debate Finals
EVENT DESCRIPTIONS AND RULES
The topic for policy will be the current 2012-2013 national topic. Resolved: The United States federal government
should substantially increase its transportation infrastructure investment in the United States.
We will NOT be using the novice case areas at this tournament, as there is one division of policy debate.
The times will be 8-3-5 and 6 minutes of preparation time. Three-person teams are permitted provided a note is made
on the entry form and that only two people debate in each round. Single-person teams are not permitted. A team more
than 15 minutes late to a round will forfeit the round. There will be six rounds, including hidden finals (with the
possibility of a hidden semi-final if necessary). The first three preliminary rounds will be randomly matched and the
remaining three rounds will be power matched.
The topic for Lincoln-Douglas Debate will be the September/October topic. Resolved: The United States federal
government should substantially increase its transportation infrastructure investment in the United States.
The times for LD Debate will be 6-3-7-3-4-6-3 and 4 minutes preparation time. An individual more than 15 minutes
late to a round will forfeit the round. There will be six rounds with hidden semi-finals and finals as necessary. The
first two preliminary rounds will be randomly matched and the remaining four rounds will be power matched.
Public Forum Debate
The topic for Public Forum Debate will be the October topic. Resolved: Developed countries have a moral obligation
to mitigate the effects of climate change.
The times for Public Forum Debate will be 4-3-2-2 with 2 minutes of prep. A team more than 15 minutes late to a
round will forfeit the round. There will be six preliminary rounds and finals in all divisions (as entries warrant – with
the possibility of a hidden semi-final if necessary). The first two preliminary rounds will be randomly matched and
the remaining four rounds will be power matched.
Extemporaneous. Thirty minutes before speaking, four topics (2 foreign, 2 domestic) will be posted. The contestant
will select one and prepare a speech. No notes may leave the extemp. prep room. Time limit for this event is seven
Expository. A speech that describes, clarifies, or explains an object, process, idea, or concept. Visual aids may be
used. The speech must be the original work of the competitor with no more than 150 words of quoted material. The
speech should be delivered extemporaneously. Time limit for this event is eight minutes. Use of note cards is
Dramatic Interpretation. A memorized, serious presentation. The program may be one or more selections from
published prose, poetry, drama, radio, television, or recording. Time limit for this event is ten minutes with no grace
Dual Interpretation. A program of one or more selections of published prose, poetry, or drama presented by two
students. The title(s) and author(s) must be identified. The program must be memorized and students must maintain
an offstage focus. Props, makeup and costumes are not permitted. Expressions, gestures, body positions and upper
body movement are allowed as a means of characterization. Time limit for this event is ten minutes with no grace
Original Oratory. A speech intended to persuade with the purpose of convincing, stimulating, or moving the audience
to change its beliefs or actions. A maximum of 150 quoted words is permitted. Delivery must be from memory.
Time limit for this event is ten minutes with no grace period. No time signals will be given. Manuscripts need not be
turned in at registration, but students must have typed copies to give to any judge who requests it.
Humorous Interpretation. A memorized program that must be of a humorous nature. The program may be one or
more selections from published prose, poetry, drama, radio, television, or recording. Time limit for this event is ten
minutes with no grace period.
Impromptu: Contestants may not use or prepare any notes during preparation or speaking time. The contestant has a
total of six minutes to choose one of three topics, organize thoughts, and speak.
Interpretative Reading. The format will be a thematically integrated program of two or more selections in which both
published prose and poetry are required as part of the presentation. Each selection will be from a different author with
the speaker using an introduction author, titles, and themes will be stated. Script is required. Time limit is eight
Preliminary rounds of individual events will be randomly matched. Students may double-enter in each pattern, but
may not triple enter. If a student misses a round, the score will be a rank of 5 with 0 rating points. No exceptions. A
student “no showing” in any round should not expect to be scheduled for subsequent rounds.
The legislative calendar will be set from the WSFA state packet.
Each school should make every effort to bring good judges. Judges are expected to write a ballot and not just provide
oral comments and return it to the ballot table as soon as possible.
No high school students are permissible as judges. Judges are expected to be available for all rounds unless
previous arrangements have been made with the tournament director.
Ballots will be held at the ballot table until 5 minutes after the scheduled start of the round. Judges for
schools that fail to pick up their ballots by that time will be charged a judging fee of $20.00 per ballot.
Each judge can cover the following:
Two policy teams OR Three Lincoln-Douglas entries OR Three public forum teams.
Debate judges are obligated to one round past the elimination of their school’s final team. Therefore, if a school’s
final LD debater is eliminated in the quarter-final round, all the school’s judges (policy and LD) remain obligated
through the semi-final rounds.
Each judge covers 6 individual event slots or fraction thereof. Each individual events judge is expected to judge three
preliminary rounds in each pattern and the final round.
Each school entered in Congress is required to provide one person to serve as parliamentarian or scorer. However,
please reserve your cross-ex debate judges for debate rounds. Parliamentarians must be familiar with parliamentary
DEADLINES AND ENTRY
Entries must be made online at forensicstournament.net. Look for the PLU T.O.H. Karl Forensics Invitational.
Please keep the following time schedule in mind when you enter:
Entries are due no later than Friday, October 12th, 5:00pm. Fees will be assessed at that time.
You can check your entry and make changes at forensicstournament.net. Any changes made after Friday at
5:00pm must be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING
From I-5 take exit 127 (Puyallup/Mt. Rainier) and head east on Highway 512. Take the Parkland/Spanaway exit and
turn right on Pacific Avenue. Take another right on 121 st Street South. The campus is located 2 blocks west of Pacific
Avenue. Park in the visitor lot in front of the library (on Park between Wheeler and Garfield). Detailed instructions
can be found on PLU’s website at www.plu.edu. At registration, we will provide each driver with a parking pass.
Buses will need to park on lower campus. We’ll provide instructions upon your arrival.