Damus Hollywood Invitational

2020 — NSDA Campus, CA/US

Novice LD

Abbreviation NLD
Format Debate
Resolved: The United States ought to provide a federal jobs guarantee.
Entry Fee $35.00
Overall Entry Limit 40
Entry Limit Per School 4
Entry 1 competitors per entry

Event Description:

Lincoln-Douglas will include varsity, JV and novice divisions, with NSDA rules and time limits. All divisions will be single-flighted.

In the novice division, only debaters in their first year of competition may enter, meaning students in the novice division should NOT have prior debate competition experience in any event. Please email Christina Phillips (Phillips@ndhs.org) if you need clarification when entering teams.

The novice division will have 4 preliminary rounds on Saturday only and then a brief awards ceremony to recognize the top 5 speakers and debaters.

A school may enter a maximum of six (6) debaters in the varsity and four (4) debaters in the JV or novice division. We have space for approximately 80 varsity, 30 JV, and 30 novice debaters in LD.

The November/December NSDA Lincoln-Douglas topic will be used; check the NSDA website.

Novice Judging Requirements for Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Adults as well as students who are 3rd or 4th year varsity debaters are eligible to judge in the novice divisions. Coaches/Directors are responsible for ensuring that any varsity debaters are knowledgeable and responsible enough to fairly assess a novice debate round.


  • Each LD Debater = 3 rounds commitment (e.g., 2 LDers = 6 rounds and requires at least 1 judge to cover; 3 LDers = 9 rounds and requires at least 2 judges to cover)

Penalty for Missing Rounds

Please note there is a $50 per round penalty for any judges that miss their rounds. Please advise your judging staff that the team will be charged if they do not attend their debate rounds. We prefer not to charge any teams for missing debate rounds and this nuisance fee is only assessed to discourage judges from missing debates to ensure a high quality experience for all competitors.

Hired Judging for Lincoln-Douglas Debate

There will be a limited number of LD and policy judges available for hire. Note that once you hire a judge, you are financially responsible to pay for that request EVEN IF you find you do not need it as the tournament approaches. You must email Christina Phillips at Phillips@ndhs.org by October 15, 2020, at 5pm (PT) to hire judging.