Grizzlies Forensics Invitational
October 20 – 21, 2023
The inaugural Grizzlies Forensics Invitational was hosted by The Bear Creek School in January 2013. In 2020, the tournament was held online, and after a pandemic-related hiatus in 2021, the tournament returned in 2022. In 2023, Bear Creek's forensics team is excited to host the eleventh annual Grizzlies Forensics Invitational on our beautiful campus in Redmond!
Questions? Contact Bear Creek Forensics Coach Rob Sorensen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Events, Fees, Judges, and Logistics
- Tournament Schedule
- Food, Driving Directions, and Accommodations
Please check speechanddebate.org to find the current topics. In each event, we will offer two divisions — Open and Novice — in four debate events. Please move current JV competitors up into Open, not down into Novice.
- Lincoln-Douglas (LD): We will use the November/December topic for debate, following the standard National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) time format (6-3-7-3-4-6-3 with four minutes of preparation time per competitor).
- Cross Examination (CX): Novices must restrict themselves to the case areas fixed at the fall WSFA meeting. We will use the 8-3-5 format with five minutes of preparation time per team.
- Public Forum (PF): We will use the November topic area as published by the NSDA. We will use the 4-3-2 format with two minutes of preparation time per team.
- Congressional Debate (CD): We are planning on two Novice chambers and two Open chambers, numbers permitting. If participation is insufficient, we will collapse chambers within each division, or to a single chamber if necessary. Two 2-hour sessions will be held on Friday night with a one hour dinner break between sessions. Participants advancing to Super Congress will be announced as soon as possible on Friday night. On Saturday there will be two 2-hour sessions of Super Congress, neither will conflict with Individual Events. We will use the fall WSFA legislation packet. Copies of the legislation will not be provided at the tournament; please bring enough for everyone on your team.
Individual Events (IE)
We will offer two divisions — Open and Novice — in nine individual events:
- Original Oratory
- Duo Interpretation
- Humorous Interpretation
- Dramatic Interpretation
- Program of Oral Interpretaion
- Editorial Commentary
Only first-year and Middle School competitors are eligible for Novice division; everyone else must register in the Open division. All IEs conflict, so although students may enroll in more than one IE, competitors are responsible for making rounds on time. Students are permitted to enter up to three (3) IE events. If a student chooses to do so, please flag them for Tab so we can order them appropriately throughout the rounds. No event will be held over longer than the allocated time. In all events, we will use the WSFA rules for the event, particularly time limits.
Registration and Fees
Register schools, competitors, and judges online at Tabroom.com. The registration deadline is Wednesday, October 18, at 5:00 p.m., at which time fees will be calculated. Any adds or drops following the deadline should still be handled through Tabroom.com but will not reduce your entry fee.
Checks and purchase orders accepted and due upon the start of the tournament. Make checks payable to The Bear Creek School. Please provide school name, school phone, school address, billing contact name, and billing contact email address with all payments or purchase orders.
- School Fee $50.00, waived if registered by Wednesday, October 11
- Each CX entry $15.00/team, each winning team gets two awards.
- Each LD entry $10.00
- Each PF entry $15.00/team, each winning team gets two awards.
- Each IE entry $10.00, a student entering two events counts as two entries.
- Each Duo entry $15.00/team, each winning team gets two awards.
- Each Student Congress $10.00, awards for top Presiding Officer and five top speakers in Super Congress.
Bear Creek will try to secure judges for hire, but as we are a relatively new program, we do not have a great many judging resources. It is your responsibility to secure enough judges to cover your registration. Please bring qualified judges appropriate to your events and numbers and communicate early if you will need to hire judges. For example, if you bring a policy team, please bring a policy judge. If you do not come with the appropriate number of judges, we may need to cut your students from competition, beginning with your most senior competitor. Additionally, please provide judges appropriate to the divisions in which you have entered students. Students who typically compete in Open division may judge Novice division events in which they have experience, as long as they are not competing in that event as well.
- Individual Events: 1 judge covers 5 entries
- Public Forum: 1 judge covers 3 teams
- Lincoln-Douglas: 1 judge covers 3 entries
- Cross Examination: 1 judge covers 2 teams
- Congress: 1 judge covers 5 entries
Use of Technology and Classrooms
Coaches, please read this to your teams.
Bear Creek has quite a bit of technology in our facility. Wi-fi is available for all participants during the competition. Students may plug their technology into available electrical outlets, but under no circumstances should cords that are plugged in be unplugged from the wall. As is the rule of thumb, participants may not enter classrooms until a judge is present. Please respect the classrooms by cleaning up trash and by returning desks to their original positions after the last round (round 6).
At all times, a certified staff member from your school or district must be onsite to supervise your student participants, as per WIAA rules. Without a certified staff member from your school or school district, your students may not compete.
Friday, October 20, 2023
|4:00 p. m.||Session 1||Round 1 CX, LD, PF|
|6:00 p.m.||Dinner Break||Round 2 CX, LD, PF|
|7:00 p.m.||Session 2|
|8:00 p.m.||Round 3 CX, LD, PF|
Saturday, October 21, 2023
|8:00 a.m.||Round 1|
|9:30 a.m.||Session 1||Round 4 CX, LD, PF|
|11:30 a.m.||Round 2|
|1:00 p.m.||Session 2||Round 5 CX, LD, PF|
|3:00 p.m.||Round 3|
Food trucks on site, Cash and credit accepted.
- Burger Planet, Friday evening, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- Taqueria Los Chilangos, Saturday evening, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Bear Creek Food Services. Cash only.
- Snacks, breakfast, and lunch on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
From 405 take 520 east towards Redmond. The freeway ends and becomes Avondale Road NE. Follow Avondale north about one mile, then veer right onto Novelty Hill Road NE. Take the second exit in the roundabout, proceeding up Novelty Hill, and at the first light, turn right on 208th Ave. NE.
The tournament will be held (as in past years) in the Main building of Bear Creek's Redmond Campus. 8905 208th Ave. NE, Redmond, Washington. The tournament is not being held in our Upper School Building located due south of the Main building.
Local hotels in proximity to the school include:
17601 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA 98052
Residence Inn Seattle East/Redmond
Redmond Town Center
7575 164th Ave. NE, Redmond, WA 98052
Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle/Redmond
17770 NE 78th Place, Redmond, Washington, 98052