Damus Hollywood Invitational

2020 — NSDA Campus, CA/US

Varsity Policy

Abbreviation VCX
Format Debate
NFHS Policy 2020-2021
Resolved: The United States federal government should enact substantial criminal justice reform in the United States in one or more of the following: forensic science, policing, sentencing.
Entry Fee $75.00
Overall Entry Limit 86
Entry Limit Per School 5
Entry 2 competitors per entry

Event Description:

Varsity, JV and novice policy debate will be switch-side, cross-examination style, with an 8-3-5 format and 8 minutes of prep time per team.

Varsity debaters should include your finest competitors. In Varsity, there will 6 preliminary rounds and all 4-2’s up to a full Doubles will break to elimination rounds. There will not be a finals debate, but the winners of the semifinals will be named Co-Champions this year. This will be done in an effort to reduce student time online. There will be a brief awards ceremony announcing the Top 10 speakers as well as the recipients of the Chuck Ballingall Coaching Award and the John Dimitri Student Character Award.

Initial Entry Limits:

· 4 Varsity

· 2 JV

· Unlimited Novice

We will accept approximately 92 varsity, 32 JV and unlimited novice teams.

The policy topic for the 2020 Damus Hollywood Invitational is as follows:

Resolved: The United States federal government should enact substantial criminal justice reform in the United States in one or more of the following: forensic science, policing, sentencing.

Varsity Judging Requirements for Policy Debate

There will be mutual preference judging in varsity policy. Only experienced policy judges may judge in the varsity division. "Experienced" is defined as at least a high school graduate who has competitive or coaching policy debate experience. Competitive college debate experience or a long history of coaching policy debate is most preferred. Inability to provide experienced judges may limit a team's entry and/or require a team to hire judges to fulfill their obligation. All varsity judges are required to post their judge philosophies on tabroom by October 30th at 5pm (PT). We would like every school that wants to participate to do so; however, we require the best possible judging to ensure students have a positive competitive experience. If a school does not have experienced judges to fulfill their commitments, please contact Christina Phillips at Phillips@ndhs.org.

While there is no entourage rule, there is an expectation that schools make efforts to put their best judges and coaches in to judge at least 2 rounds.


  • Each team = 3 rounds (e.g., 2 VCX teams = 6 rounds and requires at least 1 judge to cover; 3 VCX teams = 9 rounds and requires at least 2 judges to cover)

In regards to elimination rounds, all judges are obligated to judge the first full elimination round and/or one round beyond their school's best competitive finish. Whichever requirement is later will apply. For example, if your school has a competitor in the octafinals, then your school's judges are all obligated through the quarterfinals. This rule is necessary to ensure the best possible judging for the tournament.

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 Policy Debate

There will be a limited number of LD and policy judges available for hire. Note that once you hire a judge, you are responsible to pay for that request EVEN IF you find you do not need it as the tournament approaches. This rule applies even in the event your school decides not to attend the tournament at all; your school will still be responsible for any judge hire and relevant drop fees. You must email Christina Phillips at Phillips@ndhs.org by October 15, 2020, at 5pm (PT) to hire judging.