Santa Clara U Copeland Tournament

2018 — Santa Clara, CA/US

Reverend Copeland Invitational Debate Tournament At Santa Clara University
Friday, January 19-Saturday, January 20, 2018

Dear Colleagues:
You and your squad are invited to the Fr. Raymond F. Copeland Invitational Debate Tournament at Santa Clara University on January 19 and 20, 2018. This year the tournament will feature 6 preliminary rounds of NPDA style Parliamentary debate in two divisions: Novice and Open. Our tournament is an inexpensive opportunity for your debaters to shake off the winter rust and begin to prepare for their championship season.

Entries are due by Wednesday, January 17 at 8pm.

Registration will take place at the TABROOM.COM website. The tournament name is the SCU Copeland Invitational 2017.

Father Copeland was a long time coach and supporter of debate at Santa Clara University, member of the NCFA and a distinguished professor of religion.
Hope to see you at SCU!

Melan Jaich
Director of Forensics
Direct Phone 408.554.4793
Fax 408.554.4913
SCU Communication Department 500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

2018 Copeland Invitational Tournament Schedule: (TENTATIVE) Santa Clara University

FridayJanuary 19, 2018 - Parking $8 on campus

4-5:00pm Registration - Kenna Hall

5:30-6:50pm Round I Parliamentary Debate - Topic Announce 5:30pm
7:00-8:20pm Round II Parliamentary Debate - Topic Announce 7:00pm
8:30-10:00 Round III Parliamentary Debate - Topic Announce 8:30pm


Saturday,  January 21, 2018 - Parking is free on campus

9:00am-10:30am Round IV Parliamentary Debate - Topic Announce 9:00am

10:45-12:00pm Round V Parliamentary Debate - Topic Announce 10:45am

12:10-1:30pm Round VI Parliamentary Debate - Topic Announce 12:10pm
2:30 Parliamentary Debate Speaker Awards

2:30-4:00pm Parli Elim #1

4:10-5:30pm Parli Elim #2

5:45-7:00pm Parli Elim #3 (If needed)

7:10-8:30pm Parli Elim #4 (If needed)

Schedule may be pushed up or adjusted

Schedule may be pushed up or adjusted

Debate Information

The SCU Copeland Invitational offers 6 preliminary rounds of open and novice NPDA parliamentary debate. We will administer the tournament in accordance with NPDA and will be a sanctioned tournament. The schedule will allow for Octofinals or Quarterfinals contingent on registration.


One judge will cover 2 teams and or fraction thereof. PLEASE bring sufficient judges to cover your

entries! We charge a steep uncovered judge fee because it has historically been difficult to hire enough college judges to cover all uncovered teams. Judges are committed one round beyond the round in which their school is eliminated. If you have judges in excess of your commitment, we would be ecstatic to hire them. Please email for more details.


We charge: $30 per team entry and $100 for each uncovered team (in addition to the entry fee). Fees

will be assessed Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 5pm. Drops after that point will incur a $25 nuisance fee. Fees will be collected at registration prior to the first round of debate.

Entry Procedure

We will handle entries through TABROOM.COM and please submit entries by Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 9pm. Checks should be made payable to "Santa Clara Debate."


We will offer awards to the following:

* All competitors in elimination rounds of Debate.

* The top 5 speakers in each division of Parliamentary Debate.

Parking and Public Transit

Friday parking on campus is $8 and Saturday parking is free. We are served by Caltrain and a free

shuttle runs between the tournament hotel, Santa Clara U. and the Airport Terminals at Norman Y. Mineta Airport.

Tournament Hotel

We suggest you use the Fairfield Suites San Jose Airport at 408.453.3133.