North Debate Invitational

2018 — ND/US

January 2, 2018


Dear Debate Coach:   


            You and your team are invited to a debate tournament to be held at Fargo North High School on Sat., Jan. 13.  Lincoln Douglas, Public Forum, and World Schools will be offered. We will offer Division I, II, and III if numbers allow.  Standard time limits will be followed as per the NDHSAA debate rulebook.  Public-Forum and Lincoln Douglas will debate the January topics as listed on World Schools prepared topic: This House Supports the replacement of the Affordable Care Act.


Judging Requirements

            Teams will need to provide judges to cover their debate entries.  One judge will be able to cover 1- 3 debaters in Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum. The standard is a judge for 2 entries, but if you want to take advantage of 1/3 ratio, expect to judge all the rounds.

Elimination rounds are included in the total numbers of rounds in the tournament even if your teams have been eliminated. 

Judges will be scheduled to judge a variety of levels and types of debate (Division I, II and III/ LD and PF). If the judges you list are only able to judge division III, please indicate this on the registration form. PLEASE ALSO NOTE ANY SCHOOL CONFLICTS OR INDIVIDUAL DEBATER CONFLICTS FOR JUDGES.

A limited number of judges will also be available for hire from the tournament.  The rate for hired judges is $75.00. Please try to supply as many of your own judges as possible.


Registration Costs

            15. 00 per PF team

            10.00 per LD debater

            No Fee World Schools team but must include a judge or pay to hire.

            Hired Judges 75.00 per judge


We will offer at least 4 rounds of competition. If entries allow, we may power later rounds.


Registration begins at 7:30; Judge Meeting at 8:00 and Rounds will begin at 8:15. Please plan to call any changes the day of the tournament to Gayle Hyde. Please plan to arrive no later than 7:45 AM so rounds can begin on time.


Registration is due by NOON on Sunday, Jan. 7.  Please email them to the tournament manager, Gayle Hyde, at or contact Gayle at her email or by cell phone (701-866-0148) by that time. You may make changes without penalty until noon on Tuesday, Jan. 9th. After that time, you will be expected to pay for any registrations or judges you had requested.  


Concessions will be offered for morning and lunch.  Looking forward to seeing you on the 13th-


Gayle Hyde is managing the tournament. Please direct any logistical questions to her.  


The North Coaching Staff: Clover Ellingson, Head Coach                            

Contact Info-

Clover Ellingson ( ; Gayle Hyde ( 701-866-0148 cell;

Anticipated Schedule for LD and PF

4 rounds for each division – Div I and II may be combined.

Rounds will begin at 8:15.

Anticipate rounds at 8:15, 9:05, 9:45, 10:35, 11:25, 12:15, 1:10, 2:00, 2:50 (if needed)

Awards at 4:00 or sooner




World Schools will only use Impromptu resolutions. The Impromptu resolutions will be announced during the tournament.




Saturday ONLY

8:00-9:00 - Impromptu Round Prep

8:15-8:45 – Judge Training for rd I judges – Other judges will have judge training during the impromptu prep for that round.

9:00-10:15 – Impromptu Round – Round 1

10:20-11:20 – Impromptu Preparation

11:20-12:35 – Impromptu Round - Round 2

12:45-1:45 – Impromptu Preparation

1:45-3:00 – Impromptu Round - Round 3


World Schools Debate Overview

1.      Each team consists of 3-5 students. Only 3 students debate at a time.

2.      Teams will be given an equal number of Affirmative and Negative rounds as much as possible.

3.      Each team will participate in 3 Impromptu Rounds.

4.      Judges will be drawn from the pool of judges. Some may be lay judges. We would prefer lay judges submitted as school judges.

5.      Each school must provide at least 1 judge for every two teams entered in the tournament.

6.      THERE IS NO FEE TO ENTER WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATE unless a team cannot provide a judge. Then the fee is 70.00 to hire the judge.


There will be an appointed Chair of the World Schools debate event, who will announce all impromptu rounds and pairings in the tournament. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, contact Gayle Hyde.