TCFL Website



January 20, 2018

Where: Taft HS
5461 Winnetka Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA  91364
Phone: (818) 227-3600

From the 405 South take the 101 West to Winnetka Ave. Take Winnetka south ( left) one block to Ventura Blvd. Cross Ventura. The school will be on your immediate right. Turn into the parking lot ( the first driveway) and park.

Fees: $30.00 per Policy, Parli, & Public Forum Teams, and $15.00 per LD.  Entries may be limited depending on space.  Make checks payable to TCFL.

Tentative Schedule:

8:00 - 8:30 Registration

8:30 - 9:30 Judge Orientation

9:30 - 11:30 Rd I

11:30 - 1:30 Rd II

1:30 - 2:00 Lunch Break

2:00 - 4:00 Rd III  (High - Low)

Note: Food will be sold between rounds. Do not leave campus.

Awards to follow immediately after last round!

Debate Topics:

Policy topic:
"Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States."

Jan/Feb LD topic:
"Resolved: Plea bargaining ought to be abolished in the United States criminal justice system." January Public Forum Debate Topic:
"Resolved: Spain should grant Catalonia its independence."

Parli topics displayed 20 minutes before round.

Judges: Each school is obligated to provide one qualified judge per every 2 policy, Parli, and PoFo teams,* and one qualified judge per every 4 LD entries.*

* or fraction thereof

Entry Deadline: Tuesday, January 16, 2018, by 10PM. Register at E-mail Jerome Robinson at for any questions. Entries will only be accepted by coaches on contact sheet.  PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU DON'T SEE YOUR SCHOOL LISTED ON THE REGISTRATION PAGE, YOU'RE NOT ENTERED.

Because of the differences that exist in human perception, a subjective quality is present in the scoring of Speech and Debate rounds. Even with rules and evaluation criteria for guidance,  judges will not evaluate the same performance in an identical manner. While we do everything possible to maintain consistency in scoring, winning results are not guaranteed.

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