Calvin Coolidge Constitution Day Idaho Invitational

The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation is proud to announce a new debate tournament specifically for Idaho high school students. Mark your calendars for the Calvin Coolidge Constitution Day Idaho Invitational, a one-day tournament to be held on Saturday, September 17 at the Wood River High School in Hailey, Idaho. The topic is free speech and the specific resolution is “Resolved: Congress should repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

The tournament is open to all Idaho-based high school students. Student debaters from all schools, leagues, and formats are invited. Prizes include $1,000 for 1st place; $600 for 2nd place; and $400 for 3rd place. The top 5 students will each receive an invitation to the 2023 Coolidge Cup. Tournament registration is free, and lunch is provided. Assistance with housing is available if needed. To inquire about housing assistance, please contact Joan Boren (joanboren@gmail.com), prior to August 15th.

Tournament details are below:

Date:       Saturday, September 17, 2022
Time:       All day (about 8:30am to 5:00pm)
Format:     1v1 Coolidge Debate Format
Location:   Wood River High School, Hailey Idaho
Eligible:   All Idaho-based high school students grades 9-12
Cost:       Registration is free
Register:   Register below by Monday, September 12 at 11:59pm ET
Attire:     Business Professional 
Schedule:   Schedule for the Day (To be posted)
Seminar:    On Monday, September 12th, we will hold a topic seminar
            via Zoom with former Congressman and Section 230 co-author
            Chris Cox. Time and link details will be posted here soon.

 

Resolution

The resolution for this tournament is “Resolved: Congress should repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Research Brief

The research brief for this tournament is available for download here. The purpose of the brief is to help you get started on your case preparation. You are welcome and encouraged to use the brief as a starting point and build upon it by doing your own research and case-writing. You are not limited to the arguments and sources in the brief.

Tournament Structure

This is a one-day tournament consisting of four rounds. Competitors will be paired randomly for round one, and power-paired thereafter.  Final places will be determined first by win-loss record, then by speaker points, then by speaker points minus high and low. 1st prize is $1,000; 2nd prize is $600; 3rd prize is $400. The top 5 students will each receive an invitation to the 2023 Coolidge Cup.

Format and Style

Students will compete in the Coolidge 1v1 Debate Format. This is the same format that is used at the Coolidge Cup. If you are new to debating in this format, we highly recommend you review our Debate Guide, which provides information about this particular format, style, and rules.

Invitations to the Coolidge Cup

This tournament is a qualifier for the 2023 Coolidge Cup, which will be held in July 2023.  The Coolidge Cup is a national invitational speech and debate tournament sponsored by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. It is held in President Coolidge’s historic hometown of Plymouth, Vermont, and takes place each year during the week of the Fourth of July. More than $15,000 in scholarship prize money is awarded to the top finishers. Learn more about the Coolidge Cup.

Questions

If you have any questions about the tournament, the Coolidge Cup, or about judging, please contact Coolidge Foundation Debate Director Jared Rhoads (jrhoads@coolidgefoundation.org).

Registration

To register for this tournament, please fill out the form below.

 

  • Competitor Information

    Please enter the following information about you.
  • If you think it might help us, feel free to include any tips on how to pronounce your name. Put accented syllables in all-caps. (E.g., KATH-rin BASS-it)
  • What high school do you attend? (Or if homeschool, write Homeschool.)
  • What grade are you in for the 2022-2023 school year?
  • (If you do not have a debate coach, leave blank)
  • (If you do not have a debate coach, leave blank)
  • Parent / Guardian Information

    Please enter the following information about your parent or guardian.
  • Permissions

  • I consent to my child or ward’s participation in the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation Coolidge Debate Program. I realize that there are risks of bodily harm inherent within the program activities. I hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, its employees, volunteers or agents for any loss or damage through personal injury or otherwise whether or not the loss or damage is caused by negligence of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, its employees, volunteers or agents, and claims arising from any accident or sickness to my said child or ward while participating in the said program.
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