2020-2021 Calendar of Events

On January 27, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis announced a multiyear, $5 million grant from The Marcus Foundation to support civics education through speech and debate programs with the creation of the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative (FCDI).

The mission of the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative is to create access and opportunities for all students to have the best civics education including curriculum, debate programs, and high-quality teachers that are catalysts for students becoming great citizens who can preserve our constitutional republic for future generations.

Below you will find a schedule of events for the 2020-2021 Florida Civics and Debate Initiative Tournament Schedule.

Coaches can register their teams Speechwire.com

  • Northeast Florida Civics and Debate Initiative #1: October 7, 2020
  • Central Florida Civics and Debate Initiative #1: October 7, 2020
  • Northwest Florida Civics and Debate Initiative #1: October 10, 2020 - Rescheduled to November 11, 2021
  • South Florida Civics and Debate Initiative #1: October 13, 2020
  • Gulf Coast Florida Civics and Debate Initiative #1: October 14, 2020
  • Southeast Florida Civics and Debate Initiative  #1: November 4, 2020
  • Northwest Florida Civics and Debate Initiative #1: November 11, 2020 POSTPONED
  • South Florida Civics and Debate Initiative #2: November 12, 2020
  • Northwest Florida Civics and Debate Initiative #2: November 14, 2020 POSTPONED
  • Gulf Coast Florida Civics and Debate Initiative #2: November 18, 2020
  • Central Florida Civics and Debate Initiative #2: November 18, 2020
  • Northeast Florida Civics and Debate Initiative #2: December 2, 2020
  • South Florida Civics and Debate Initiative #3: December 2, 2020
  • Central Florida Civics and Debate Initiative #3: December 5, 2020
  • Gulf Coast Florida Civics and Debate Initiative #3: December 9, 2020
  • South Florida Civics and Debate Initiative #3: January 20, 2021
  • Northeast Florida Civics and Debate Initiative #3: January 27, 2021
  • Combined Gulf Coast & Northwest Florida Civics and Debate Initiative #2: January 27, 2021
  • Central Florida Civics and Debate Initiative #4: January 30, 2021
  • Southeast Florida Civics and Debate Initiative #2: February 20, 2021
  • Gulf Coast Florida Civics and Debate Initiative #5: February 17, 2021
  • Central Florida Civics and Debate Initiative #5: February 24, 2021
  • South Florida Civics and Debate Initiative #5: March 17, 2021
  • South Florida Civics and Debate Initiative #5: March 24, 2021

  • All Regions Florida Civics and Debate Initiative: March 31, 2021
  • Southeast Florida Civics and Debate Initiative #3: April 7, 2021
  • Central Florida Civics and Debate Initiative Championship: April 17, 2021
  • Applications for Florida Speech & Debate Team Mini Grants due: April 12, 2021