Damus Hollywood Invitational

2020 — NSDA Campus, CA/US

World School

Abbreviation WSD
Format World Schools Debate
Entry Fee $50.00
Overall Entry Limit 16
Entry Limit Per School 3
Entry Teams of between 3 and 5 competitors

Event Description:

The WSDC format is comprised of 3 to 5-person teams. During each round, each team will compete against another team from a different school. If the team is from the United States, they must represent the school for which they are currently enrolled, have principal approval to travel and compete as part of the school’s official debate team and have an adult chaperone present at the tournament. If the team is international, then all competitors for a team must be enrolled in high school (or an equivalent institution in their country of origin) and must have an adult chaperone/coach (at least 18 years of age and graduated from high/secondary school). We anticipate the division will be small this year and may use a round robin format. Schools may enter 1-2 teams and must provide one judge for their team. There is room for approximately 20 teams.

All the preliminary motions will be prepared motions. The final round will be an impromptu motion. The prepared motions will be released by October 15th so that participants have ample time to prepare for the competition.

Points and wins will be calculated using the WSDC Championship process. See Rules and guidelines for the WSDC format at https://www.speechanddebate.org/wp-content/uploads/USWSDI-Manual-2018-2019.pdf. Note that some details in this document are specific to the WSDC Championships and will not apply to the Damus Hollywood Invitational. If you have questions about a specific practice, please email Christina Phillips at Phillips@ndhs.org.

Also, instructional videos that you might find helpful in preparation can be found at http://debate.uvm.edu/wsdcvideo.html.


The following awards will be given in this year’s competition: Top 3 Individual Speakers, Champion, and 2nd Place.

Judging Requirements for WSDC Debate

Each team should also enter a qualified judge (an experienced adult). 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.


  • 1 team = 2 Rounds (at least 1 judge)
  • 2 teams = 4 Rounds (at least 1 judge)
  • 3 teams = 6 Rounds (at least 2 judges)

In regards to elimination rounds, all judges are obligated to judge the first 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 semifinals, then your school's judges are all obligated through the finals. 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 WSDC Debate

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