Damus Hollywood Invitational
2020 — NSDA Campus, CA/US
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.
In the JV division, any competitor in their second year of high school competition is eligible. Middle school experience will not count toward this total so a student may have competed in middle school for 3 years, but if it is only their second year of competition as a high school student, then they are still eligible for the JV division. The JV division will have 6 preliminary rounds, then will break to finals. A brief awards ceremony will recognize the top 5 teams and top 5 speakers overall after preliminary rounds.
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.
JV Judging Requirements for Policy Debate
Only qualified adults are eligible to judge in the JV division. Coaches/Directors are responsible for ensuring that any judges are knowledgeable enough to fairly assess a JV debate round.
- Each team = 3 rounds (e.g., 2 JVCX teams = 6 rounds and requires at least 1 judge to cover; 3 JVCX teams = 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 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.