Damus Hollywood Invitational
2021 — NSDA Campus, CA/US
Lincoln-Douglas will include varsity, JV and novice divisions, with NSDA rules and time limits. All divisions will be single-flighted.
Varsity LD debaters should include only your finest competitors. In Varsity, there will be 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.
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 quarterfinals or less depending on numbers. A brief awards ceremony will recognize the top 5 speakers after preliminary rounds.
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.
Varsity Judging Requirements for Lincoln-Douglas Debate
There will be mutual preference judging in varsity Lincoln-Douglas. Only experienced LD judges may judge in the varsity division. "Experienced" is defined as at least a high school graduate who has competitive or coaching LD debate experience. 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 29th 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.
- 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)
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 octofinals, then your school's judges are all obligated through the quarterfinals. This rule is necessary to ensure the best possible judging for the tournament.
JV Judging Requirements for Lincoln-Douglas 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 JVLD teams = 6 rounds and requires at least 1 judge to cover; 3 JVLD teams = 9 rounds and requires at least 2 judges to cover)
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 and give quality feedback.
- Each LD Debater = 3 rounds commitment (e.g., 2 LDers = 4 rounds and requires at least 1 judge to cover; 3 LDers = 6 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, 2021, at 5pm (PT) to hire judging.