Welcome to the 2019 CENTENNIAL STATE TOURNAMENT!

February 13th -16th, 2019

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:4,5

Registration Opens: January 21, 2019 at 12:00pm noon
Registration Closes: February 4, 2019 at 10:00pm
Script Submission Closes: February 6, 2019

All scripts MUST be submitted electronically!
Due to the number of events and rounds, we do not have time for on site script submission. If you do not get your script approved and need to bring your printed scripts for approval at tournament check-in there will be a $20 fee per script.

Tournament Location

Focus on the Family
8655 Explorer Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Be Aware

Focus on the Family is a Workplace: Focus on the Family is a working ministry with paid staff busy at work during the bulk of the tournament. All CST competitors and family members are expected to be respectful of Focus staff and to avoid interfering with their ongoing work.

Please show your deepest respect for Focus on the Family's hospitality by following the child supervision guidelines:

Children may not be unsupervised in any building. Parents please plan on taking your younger children with you while you judge. They may not be in the building without adult supervision. Whit's End Visitation MUST Be Supervised: Focus on the Family has a wonderful play area, but it is NOT a place to leave children. All children must be accompanied by an adult whenever at Whit's End or any other location.

Our facilities staff will be enforcing this policy.

Community Service Award Deadline extended to Feb. 9th!

Check Out the Tab at the Left

Events Offered

  • Team Policy Debate
  • Lincoln Douglas Value Debate
  • Parliamentary Debate
  • 11 Stoa Sanctioned Speech Events
  • Senior Impromptu: 16 - 18 years old
  • Novice Impromptu: 12 - 15 years old

This is a NITOC Modeled Tournament

All Stoa USA Event Rules and Dress Code will be followed.
See Stoa link below.

Contacts

Tournament Director:
Colleen Enos - enosmom@gmail.com

Tournament Registrar:
Deb Buster - debbuster@hotmail.com

Parent Judge Administrator:
Lisa Mellinger - paxbud@gmail.com

Community Judge Administrator:
Tammy Klimek - klimekcolorado@gmail.com

NOTE:

All Parliamentary Debate Preliminary Rounds and Extemporaneous Speaking Preliminary Rounds will run on Wednesday.

Registration Guidelines and Information

Participants must be Stoa members in order to compete in Stoa tournaments. Stoa membership will not be offered onsite. For information on becoming a member of Stoa, please go to Stoa Registration.

A completed Centennial State Tournament registration includes:


  • Stoa Membership

  • Student Registration

  • Parent Judge Registration (please read info below)

  • Payment via Paypal or Stripe (see details during registration process)

  • A Team Policy Team, Parli Team or Duo Team is not considered registered unless BOTH PARTNERS are registered - Spots can be given to other Teams that register later if both of their partners register, before previously signed up single partners register the other partner.

Upon registering you are affirming STOA eligibility, and agreeing to abide by all STOA dress code requirements and STOA speech and debate rules. See the website for details:
Stoa USA

Cost

Team Policy Debate (per person): $40.00

Lincoln Douglas Debate (per person): $40.00

Parliamentary Debate (per person): $40.00

Individual Speech Event (IE) Competitor: $40.00 for first 3 IE's; $15 for each additional IE; limit of 6 IE's per competitor

After FEBRUARY 4 each added or dropped event will require an extra $15 fee, payable on the tournament website registration.

Payments made after the registration close date and time will incur A LATE FEE OF $30 in addition to the other charges.

Refund Policy

Before registration closes we will refund registration minus a $15 processing fee.
After registration closes no refunds will be made.
All refund, add, or drop requests must be submitted by e-mail to Deb Buster at debbuster@hotmail.com.

Judging Needs

In order to provide competitors with varied feedback from a broad range of judges, we seek to include community, parent, and alumni judges. Each speech round in the tournament will require approximately 70 judges. Each debate round will require about 40 judges.

Parent Judges

Please see the Tab at the left.

Community Judges

In order to complete our judging needs, we ask all competitors to recruit community judges. Competitors, please ask your neighbors, church friends, and relatives to contribute to your education by joining us as a judge. Remind them that we will provide any training necessary, and will have complimentary food available for them to enjoy. You can assure them that historically our community judges have loved their experiences at our tournaments.

For questions regarding Community Judge Registration please contact Tammy Klimek at klimekcolorado@gmail.com.

Alumni Judges

Alumni must be non-competitors, graduated and 18 years old by October 1, 2018. A student may not compete and judge within the same competition season. If you know of former competitors who have moved on to college, or have friends in the area, please invite them to sign up to judge as either alumni judges or as a community judge, under the "Judge Registration" tab.

  • Judges should arrive at the tournament for check-in 45 minutes prior to their scheduled round. Judge Orientation/Training will be provided before each round.

Student and Parent Check-in Procedures

See side Schedule Tab for Check-in times.

Check-in Wednesday evening will be followed by a Mandatory Tournament Orientation. All students are expected to attend.

Chaperones

All competitors must be chaperoned by someone 21 years or older. If a parent will not be on site, a signed medical release form (see left menu tab) must be provided for the chaperone. All chaperones need to be willing to judge. Sorry, no un-chaperoned competitors allowed.