August 19, 2015
Dear PSCFA Friends,
The time has come for our first tournament of the season, the PSCFA Warm-Up at El Camino College September 25th-26th. On Friday, we will offer four (4) rounds of Open, Junior, and Novice (divisions might be collapsed due to lack of entries) NPDA debate. Saturday will offer the usual two (2) rounds of all PSCFA individual events, including cultural artifact, for Open, Junior, and Novice competitors.
There are many reasons why you, your squad, and your school should participate at this year’s Warm-Up. First, it is an excellent opportunity to introduce all of your new students to competitive collegiate forensics in a relaxed atmosphere. Second, it is a great way to reunite with all of your forensics colleagues and meet coaches new to our region. Third, it allows the chance to test the waters on new topics and approaches to our activity. Finally, the Warm-Up is a unique way to take advantage of free speech, because there are no entry frees at this tournament! Each school must cover their judging commitment (you may only enter uncovered slots if prior tournament approval is granted). Schools will still be responsible for ANY drop, no-show, nuisance fees, and uncovered judging fees.
All entries are due by 6:00PM on Tuesday, September 22nd. Please enter the tournament using www.forensicstournament.net.
Rally the troops and please contact any judges available for hire. In order for this to remain a fees-free tournament, we must have plenty of prepared judges on hand. If you are bringing first-time judges, remind them that they must read and sign the PSCFA judge’s handbook, F.R.E.D. (this may be done online at www.pscfa.org) and remind them of the rules of etiquette in rounds. Please teach them how to do time signals for limited prep as this tends to be a common problem at the Warm-Up. Don’t forget, judges may also be returning students not competing at the Warm-Up. If you know of any judges available for hire, please send me their contact information.
You can find directions to El Camino College at their website (www.elcamino.edu). Campus maps can be found at: http://www.elcamino.edu/about/maps/ECC-Campus-Map.pdf Attendees of the tournament can park in any of the student lots; however, you must purchase a parking ticket. There are several ticket machines throughout the student parking lots. The tournament headquarters and registration will be in the Music Building, which faces Redondo Beach Blvd.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me:
Bryan Malinis (Tournament Director)
Looking forward to seeing you!
PSCFA Warm-Up 2015
All teams are responsible for ANY drop, no-show, or nuisance fees. Uncovered judging fees are available only with the prior approval of the Tournament Director. PSCFA rules state that all schools must cover their debate commitment and 75% of their individual event entries unless the Tournament Director believes there is a sufficient pool of judges to allow a school to pay additional judging penalties.
All entries are due by 6:00 PM on Tuesday, September 22nd.
You can register for the PSCFA Warm-Up Tournament using www.forensicstournament.net
You may make changes to your entry before Wednesday, September 23rd at 6:00PM. Drops are free if reported by the Wednesday deadline. Any and all changes made after Wednesday will be subject to nuisance fees. Any changes made after the website closes should be sent to:
When you email your changes, I will email a response indicating that your entry was received.
Tournament schedule is below.
PSCFA WARM-UP 2015
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2015
12:15 TOPIC ANNOUNCE FOR ROUNDS 1 & 2
1:00 ROUND 1
2:00 ROUND 2
3:15 TOPIC ANNOUNCE FOR ROUNDS 3 & 4
4:00 ROUND 3
5:00 ROUND 4
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2015
9:00 EXTEMP DRAW
9:00 ROUND 1 PATTERN A
10:30 ROUND 1 PATTERN B
12:00 EXTEMP DRAW
12:00 ROUND 2 PATTERN A
1:30 ROUND 2 PATTERN B
Schedule contingent on the number of entries. Awards will be moved up if everything runs on time.