2014 Coaches Conference


I want to extend an invitation to the 2014 Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics 2014 Coaches Conference. For the conference, we will return to our home away from home, the Omni Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage, California September 5-7.

The 2014 schedule has been posted under the Coaches Conference link and  I have also included it below.

I look forward to seeing you in September!


April Griffin

PSCFA President


2014 Coaches Conference Schedule

Friday, September 5th

3:00-4:15 Session I: Special Topics Discussion

Social Media for Forensics:

A discussion on appropriate usage of social media for promoting teams, individuals, and relaying


Danny Cantrell, Mt SAC


Session IIA: Special Topics Discussion

British Parliamentary Debate:

A discussion on the merits of British Parliamentary Debate and the possibility of PSCFA

adopting British Parliamentary Debate.

John Meany, Claremont University

Session IIB: Special Topics Discussion

Ballot Writing

Tips and tricks to writing effective and educational ballots

Shawn O’Rourke, Saddleback College & Josh Fleming, Pasadena City College

6:00 Group Dinner

Saturday, September 7th


Session IA

Persuasion Master Class

Rolland Petrello, Moorpark College

Session IB

New Coach Orientation-PSCFA Executive Board


Session II-Special Topics

IPDA: A discussion on IPDA and its adoption by PSCFA

Keith Milstead, University of Arkansas at Monticello, President of IPDA

12:00-1:30 Lunch Break


Session IIIA: Business Discussions

Proposing New Ideas

Liana Koeppel, Cypress College

Session IIIB: Business Discussion

Finance and Administration

Cindy Phu, Pasadena City College


Session IVA

Everything Tab: An overview of Everything Tab and its use in the community

Danny Cantrell, Mt. SAC

Session IVB

AFA Updates

Trends and norms in the AFA community and what District 1 can do to be competitive

Robert Cannon, Glendale Community College

7:00 Social Gathering

Sunday, September 7th

9:00am-12:00 Voting Business Meeting

2013 China Debate Tour

China Debate Tour – May 26 – June 10, 2013

Arrangements for the 2013 Debate Tour of China are not affiliated with the International Debate Education Association or Irvine Valley College. All reservations must be made directly with the Chinese Tour Agency, HOLIDAY-PLEASANT.
A US travel agent will be trying to locate group airfare for a May 26, 2013 arrival. All schools must deal directly with the travel agent, or a travel agent of their own choosing. A US agent has not yet been identified. Prices below do not reflect international airfare.
All Xi’an tournament registrations must be made through IDEA and the host school, Xi’an International Studies University.
Cost = $1165 (single supplement $390)  Please contact Gary Rybold with any questions.
TRAVEL DAY May 25 leave LAX (or other arranged airport)
Day 1. May 26. Shanghai Arrival
Arrive in Shanghai. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the four-star Lantian Hotel. Rest of the day is free at your leisure.
Day 2. May 27 Shanghai (B, L, D)
Visit the Yuyuan Garden, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Bund and enjoy the Huangpu River cruise in the evening.
Day 3 May 28. Shanghai / Suzhou (B, L, D)
Drive from Shanghai to Suzhou. Visit the Tongli Water Town, the Master of Nets Garden, Silk Factory. Tonight you will stay in the four-star Holiday Inn Youlian Hotel.
Day 4. May 29. Suzhou / Hangzhou (B, L, D)
Drive from Suzhou to Hangzhou. Visit the West Lake with boat ride, Six Harmonies Pagoda and Tea Plantation. Tonight you will stay in the four-star Sunny Hotel. After dinner, you will appreciate the famous Impression Show of West Lake.
Day 5 May 30. Hangzhou / Xi’an (B, L, D)
Fly from Shanghai to Xian. Pick up at the airport and directly drive to Terra Cotta Warriors. visit Shaanxi Historical Museum. Enjoy mutton soup at Muslim restaurant. Tour the Muslim Street. Then transfer to the hotel.
Hotel accommodation must be arranged through the China Open Host School – XISU
Day 6 May 31.
IDEA Tournament in Xi’an.
Day 7. June 1.
Tournament in Xi’an.
Day 8. June 2. Xi’an
Tournament in Xi’an.
Day 9. June 3. Xi’an / Beijing (SL)
Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square, the Stone Tablets Museum, Ancient City Wall and Bell Tower. Enjoy the famous Dumpling Banquet for lunch. Afternoon flight to Beijing. Tonight you will stay over at four-star Holiday Inn Downtown Hotel.
Day 10. June 4. Beijing (B, L)
Visit the Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. Enjoy the exciting acrobatic show this evening.
Day 11. June 5. Beijing (B, L, SD)
You will visit the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs. On the way back to the city area, you will take an overlook of the Olympic Stadiums. Enjoy the famous Peking Duck for dinner.
Day12. June 6. Beijing(B, L)
Morning tour will bring you to visit the Hutongs by rickshaw. Later, you will visit the Temple of Heaven and Silk Market (best shopping in Beijing).
Day 13. June 7. Beijing (B)
Tentative tournament at Beijing Foreign Studies University (1-3 days). You will continue to stay in the Holiday Inn, but lunch and dinner are on your own.
Day 14. June 8. Beijing (B)
Tournament in Beijing You will continue to stay in the Holiday Inn, but lunch and dinner are on your own.
Day 15. June 9. Beijing (B)
Tournament in Beijing You will continue to stay in the Holiday Inn, but lunch and dinner are on your own.
Day16. June 10. Beijing departure. (B)
Today you will transfer to the airport and take homeward flight. Service ends.
The above quotation includes:
1. Hotel accommodations with daily breakfast in Hangzhou, Suzhou, Shanghai and Beijing.
2. All the domestic air transportation listed in the schedule. (Hangzhou / Xi’an / Beijing)
3. All the entrance fees to the attractions mentioned above.
4. Meals at local restaurants with one cup of soft drinks indicated in the schedule.
5. Special dinner arrangements and evening entertainment listed in the schedule.
6. English speaking guides along the trip.
7. Airport/hotel/airport transfers, ground transfers and transfers for all the sightseeing activities during the trip.
The quotation excludes:
1. International airfares and taxes.
2. Hotel accommodations in Xian.
3. National guide.
4. Single supplement.
5. Tips and personal expenses.
6. Passport and Chinese visa.
7. Travel Insurance.

2012 Seminar Information available

Full information available on the seminar page.


September 10, 2012

Dear Colleagues:

The 2012 PSCFA Seminar will be held on Saturday, September 15th at Orange Coast College. The campus is located at 2701 Fairview Road. Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Please park in Lot E off of Merrimac. The Adams Lot  (closest to Science Hall) is unavailable to guests because it will be occupied by Costa Mesa’s local swap meet. After your team has found a parking space, all students and coaches will want to report to Science Hall.

Maps and directions can be found at:


Looking forward to seeing you there,


Bill Neesen

Long Beach/Irvine Valley College

Vice President, PSCFA

Fullerton College EARLY BIRD Debate & Speech Tournament September 21, 2012

Fullerton College EARLY BIRD Debate & Speech Tournament September 21, 2012

Fullerton College welcomes you to the Fullerton College EARLY BIRD Forensics Tournament Friday, September 21, 2012. We’re offering 3 rounds of Public Forum Debate and 2 rounds of Individual Events (Persuasion and/or Informative).

We’re following up the Public Forum debates hosted by Cal State Fullerton and us earlier–with matching format. Public Forum offers an “old school” debate experience, with a focus on a moderate amount of research (sources below) and a renewed focus on delivery and reasoning. The tournament is ideal for new debaters.

-Judges should hold college degrees, but do not necessarily need prior debate experience.

-The focus of the debate is on communication, reasoning, and examining the substance of the resolution. Not “procedurals.” Formal debate theory is not assumed, and debaters should adjust their arguments accordingly. Quotations are limited to essays below; but students may refer to news, essays, and other “common knowledge.” Each team is comprised or two debaters. Each school needs to bring one judge for every two (2) debate teams it enters.

Because of room limitations, we have limited entries. So first come, first serve. We’ll try to accommodate everyone, but please realize that we may have to limit some entries.

-DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: September 18, 2012 6.00 PM.

-Debate rounds are randomly matched. Sides flip for round 3. IEs will have 2 rounds, and possibly a final round depending on the number of entries. NO DOUBLE ENTRIES please.

-NO FEES (be sure to bring judges!). Food is available on and near the campus.

-AWARDS: Of course. Certificates and/or music CDs to top winners.

For information contact:
Doug Kresse (Director of Forensics)
Fullerton College
321 East Chapman Avenue
dkresse@fullcoll.edu 714-992-7306


Debaters are encouraged to use evidence, but may only quote from the sources listed below. Debaters may refer to relevant news shows, essays, and other “common knowledge.” (With this topic, there’s lots of news daily.) All evidence may be used for affirmative and/or negative arguments.

Time limits: 5 minute constructive, 2 minute cross-x, 3 minute rebuttals; 5 minutes prep.


Registration: 11:20-11:45am (528N)
Greeting: 11:45-12.00pm (528N)
Round 1: 12:00-1.30pm
Round 2: 1.30-2.45pm
Round 3 2.45-3.45pm
Awards: 4.00 pm (Room 528N)


Essays (quotations in round are limited to these sources; but debaters are encouraged to use read elsewhere and use common knowledge).


Bernard-Henri Levy (August 20, 2012). “End the slaughter now!” Newsweek/Daily Beast.


John McCain, Joseph Lieberman, and Lindsey Graham (August 5, 2012). “The risk of inaction in Syria.” Washington Post.


Kurt Volker, (April 24, 2012). “The case for military intervention in Syria,” Christian Science Monitor.


Michael Weiss (February 9, 2012). “Break the stalemate! A blueprint for a military intervention in Syria.” The New Republic.



Henri Barkey (August 23, 2012). “Why intruiding on another Muslim country is ill advised.” Washington Post.


Nicholas Gvosdev (August 3, 2012). “Syria and the Bosnia fallacy.” National Interest.


Dalia Dassa Kaye and David Kaye, (August 8, 2012), “The right way to help Syria’s rebels,” LA TIMES.


Joshua Landis (June 5, 2012), “Stay out of Syria.” Foreign Policy.


2012 Cool Off Invite Available

Full Invite Available Here

March 28, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of PSCFA, I would like to invite you to the 2012 PSCFA Cool-Off Tournament, April 28-29, at Saddleback College. With the season coming to an end the Cool-Off is a great opportunity to introduce new students to forensics and possibly add a few recruits for the coming year.

A unique aspect of the Cool-Off is that it is for novices and rookies only. This allows for students with little or no competition experience to compete with students of their level.

This is also a great opportunity for coaches to take a break and give junior and senior competitors a chance to get on the other side of the ballot and judge a few rounds. Those junior and senior students that do judge will not sacrifice any competitive eligibility for later seasons since this is a novice only event. Remember, all judges must be certified for PSCFA tournaments so please have them go to the PSCFA website and read the Forensics Related Educational Document (F.R.E.D.) to certify online.

The debate portion of the tournament will take place on Saturday. NFA-LD debate will be on Saturday scheduled at the same time as parliamentary debate. We will offer four preliminary rounds and one elimination round for the novice division. On Sunday, we will offer two preliminary rounds and finals for all 11 individual events, plus Cultural Artifact (no scholarships awarded).

In addition to the tournament, Saddleback will also be hosting the PSCFA Spring Meeting and coach’s lunch at 1:00pm on Saturday. Items on the agenda include discussing the year in review, electing new officers, and selecting a site for the 2012 Fall Coaches Conference.

ENTRY DEADLINE is Tuesday, April 24 at 6:00pm through www.forensicstournament.net Changes may be made through Wednesday, April 25, at 6:00pm at no charge.

I look forward to seeing you at the Cool-Off. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.


April Griffin
Tournament Director

2012 Spring Champs Invite Available

January 10, 2012
Dear Colleague:

On behalf of PSCFA, I would like to invite you to the PSCFA Spring Championship Tournament to be held at Moorpark College February 24-26, 2012. We promise outstanding hospitality and a well-run tournament.

Students may compete in rookie, novice, junior, and senior divisions of Parliamentary Debate, novice, junior, and senior divisions of NFA L/D; as well as one division of Readers Theater. Additionally, we offer novice, junior, and senior divisions of 12 individual events. There will be four preliminary and the appropriate elimination rounds in debate; and two preliminary and final rounds (with sufficient entry) in individual events.

All entries are due by 6:00 p.m. on Monday, February 20th, 2012. YOU MUST USE THE WEB ENTRY SYSTEM – NO EXCEPTIONS. Visit www.forensicstournament.net to enter. Tournament Entry will be available beginning on February 13th.
Other Important Announcements:
1) Fees have been raised for individual events, debate events, uncovered entries, and drop fees. Please review the fee sheet at the end of this invitation for changes. The web registration will also estimate your fees for Spring Champs.
2) PSCFA does not allow uncovered Debate and Theater entries unless allowed by the Tournament Director. At the present time I cannot guarantee any teams will be allowed to buy out of this commitment. I am in the process of finding hired judges. Our first priority is to provide hired judges to cover PSCFA commitments. If anyone knows of judges for hire, please have them contact me by email (rpetrello@vcccd.edu). PSCFA now pays $15 a round.
3) The winner of Cultural Artifact will no longer receive a scholarship.
4) We will be enforcing the nuisance fee for drops and no-shows (including judges).
5) PSCFA has a different format for the first two rounds of parliamentary debate. Please consult the schedule and inform your students and judges of the procedures. Remember, that teams not reporting 15 minutes after the topic has been announced for round 1 will be dropped from the tournament.
6) ALL JUDGES MUST BE CERTIFIED BEFORE THEY CAN BE USED TO COVER YOUR COMMITMENT. IF YOU HAVE NOT CERTIFIED WITHIN THE LAST YEAR, YOU MUST RE-CERTIFY. Please have your judges go to www.pscfa.org and click on the “FRED” link. If your judges show up to the tournament uncertified, they will not be able to judge round one (so they can read “Fred” and get certified) and your school will incur a judging penalty. Judges must register with the judges table upon arrival.
7) The tournament headquarters will be in Fountain Hall.
Attached please find more detailed tournament information, a description of tournament rules and procedures and entry forms. Please refer to the PSCFA HANDBOOK for the newest information on Rules. If you do not have a copy of the PSCFA HANDBOOK, please check PSCFA’s website at www.pscfa.org

If you have any questions please contact me at rpetrello@vcccd.edu

Rolland Petrello
Tournament Director

Back to the Beach Invite

The 2012 Back to the Beach Invitation is available. Back2Beach12-FINAL

December 1, 2011

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Mt. San Antonio College and California State University, Long Beach are pleased to invite you to Southern California for our 10th annual “Back to the Beach” swing on January 28-29, 2012.  This year’s tournament will be held in Walnut, CA on the campus of Mt. San Antonio College.

The two tournaments will offer similar schedules and fees and both will have sweeps awards for the top three teams and top community college team. Saturday competition also includes a novice division and/or top novice awards while Sunday is an open division free-for-all. The top two overall speakers at the swing will compete live at awards for a showcase of fabulous prizes.

We are excited to announce the addition of a one-day parliamentary debate tournament on Saturday and a one-day NFA-LD debate tournament on Sunday. The Open division will be a standard 4/2 format but in novice we will have a six prelim tournament with Gold/Silver/Bronze awards given to the top teams. NOTE: Students may not enter both debate and IE events on the
same day. Students are more than welcome to mix and match on different days.

So c’mon back to the beach for some great competition and even better memories. Let us know how we can help with your travel plans or anything else that will make this a special weekend for your team.

Hope to see you there!

The Coaching Staff at Mt. San Antonio College & California State University, Long Beach