Stanford Invitational Tournament

Stanford Invitational Speech & Debate Tournament

Congress Information

(this page is for high school students - middle school student congress has its own separate page)

 

2018 DOCKET for reference in advance of the 2019 Docket being available (by approximately January 21st)

 

DIVISIONS

 

LEGISLATION

 

PRELIMINARY ROUNDS

 

FINAL ROUND

 

JUDGING

 

SPEECH TIMES

 

PRESIDING OFFICER ELECTIONS

 

SUSPENSIONS OF THE RULES

 

AUTHORIAL PRECEDENCE

 

REQUIRED PRESIDING PROCEDURES

 

AMENDMENT SPEECHES

 

COMPUTERS AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES


 

NATIONAL RULES

All matters not explicitly addressed here defer to NSDA national rules and guidelines.

 

JUDGING OBLIGATIONS

 

CONGRESS JUDGING GUIDELINES

1. Judges will be instructed that on-point clash and in-depth debate should be prioritized in ranking speakers. Thus, 'canned' speeches are probably not the best route to success.

2. Judges will be instructed that overall participation, including insightful questions and strong answers, as well as effective use of motions and parliamentary procedure, can be factored into their overall rankings for speakers as they see fit.

3. Real world implications were the actual US congress to pass the bill or resolution are considered in-order and appropriate, including implications for other pending legislation, possibilities of public backlash or approval, and other such considerations.

4. Many of the topics are extremely current and timely, and participants are expected to demonstrate a command of the current issues related to the topic being debated through the content of their speeches, and judges are encouraged to factor such demonstrations of subject matter command into their decisions and rankings.