Grizzlies Forensics Invitational

Grizzlies Forensics Invitational

October 18 – 19, 2019

We are excited for you to attend the eighth annual Grizzlies Forensics Invitational. Registration is now open at

Questions? Contact Tournament Director Kevin Davison (

Events, Fees, Judges, and Logistics

Tournament Events


Please check 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:

  • Extemporaneous
  • Expository
  • Impromptu
  • Original Oratory
  • Duo Interpretation
  • Humorous Interpretation
  • Dramatic Interpretation
  • Interpretive Reading
  • 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 The registration deadline is Wednesday, October 16 at 5:00 p.m., at which time fees will be calculated. Any adds or drops following the deadline should still be handled through, but will not reduce your entry fee.

Fee Schedule
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 9
  • 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).

Building and Classroom Map


Password: Godisgreat


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.

Food, Driving Directions, and Accommodations


Food trucks on site, Cash and credit accepted.

  • Pompeii Wood Fired Pizza, 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.

Driving Directions

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:

Redmond Inn
17601 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA 98052
Ask for the special $99 rate (call the Inn directly and reference The Bear Creek School).

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

Tournament Schedule

Friday, October 18, 2019

Time Congress Debate
3:00 p.m. Registration Registration
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 19, 2019

Time Super Congress Debate IEs
7:30 a.m.     Registration
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
4:30 p.m.   Round 6 CX, LD, PF  
6:30 p.m.     Finals*
7:30 p.m.   Semifinals*  
8:30 p.m. Awards Awards

Awards and Finals

* We will try to allocate students competing in Debate and Extemp to flight A in round 6 to facilitate Extemp preparation.

** Awards will start following debate semifinals; debate finals awards will be given out at the end of finals rounds, with honorable mention during the awards ceremony.