We offer Varsity and Novice divisions of Public Forum on Saturday and Sunday, January 13-14. We will use the January resolution, to be announced December 1 by the NSDA. PF rounds will be at Jonas Clarke Middle School:

17 Stedman Road
Lexington, MA 02421 

Entry Limits: Initially, each program is limited to 5 entries in the varsity division, and three in novice. Extra entries will go on a waiting list, but please note that our first priority is to add new schools to the field, rather than granting already admitted schools entries beyond the first five/three.

Judges: Schools should make every effort to cover their entries with trained judges. Schools must provide one judge per 1-3 entries. You may not cover PF entries with judges from other divisions. We will offer a judge training at 8:30 AM at the tournament. Since we are offering a small number of judge strikes in Public Forum Debate, we cannot accept judge name changes after the strike sheet has opened. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR JUDGE NAMES ARE ACCURATE.

Public Forum

Tentative Schedule

5:00 pm Online registration*

8:00 am Onsite Registration*
9:00 am Round 1
11:30 am Round 2
1 pm Lunch
2:15 pm Round 3
5:00 pm Round 4
5:00 pm Dinner

8:00 am Round 5
10:30 am Round 6
12:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm Runoff Rounds
1:45 pm V Doubles/N Octos
3:00 pm V Octos/N Quarters
4:15 pm V Quarters/N Semis
5:30 pm V Semis/N Finals
6:45 pm V Finals

* Only one of these is necessary; if you register online pay in advance or during round 1 at tab.

It is our intention to hold Runoff Rounds in both divisions PF so that most, if not all, of the 4-2s will get the chance to clear. Please understand that Varsity Doubles and Novice Octos cannot happen without the full complement of judges, however, so NO JUDGE OBLIGATION ENDS UNTIL AFTER THE FIRST FULL ELIM in either division of Public Forum, and then only for schools that cleared no teams in PF, even to the Runoff Rounds.