Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin

2017 — Sherman Oaks, CA/US

Novice LD

Abbreviation NLD
Format Debate
Entry Fee $75.00
Overall Entry Limit 40
Entry Limit Per School 4
Entry 1 competitors per entry

Event Description:

Novice Lincoln-Douglas

Lincoln-Douglas will include varsity and novice divisions, with NFL rules and time limits. Varsity LD debaters should include only your finest competitors. 

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 Tallungan (Tallungan@gmail.com) if you need clarification when entering teams.

A school may enter a maximum of six (6) debaters in the varsity divisions and four (4) debaters in the novice division. We have space for approximately 120 varsity and 40 novice debaters in LD.

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

There will be six preliminary rounds in varsity and novice Lincoln-Douglas.  Varsity LD will break to double octafinals; novice LD will break to quarterfinals (if numbers warrant).  All Saturday and Sunday competition for these events will take place at the Harvard-Westlake Upper School campus. All Monday competition will occur at the tournament hotel, the Marriott Courtyard Sherman Oaks.


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 = 2 rounds commitment (e.g., 3 LDers = 6 rounds and requires at least 1 judge to cover; 4 LDers = 8 rounds and requires at least 2 judges to cover)

In regards to elimination rounds, all judges are obligated to judge the first elimination round and/or one round beyond their last 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. Please make appropriate travel arrangements that honor these requirements.

Penalty for Missing Rounds

Please note there is a $40 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 liable to pay for that request EVEN IF you find you do not need it as the tournament approaches.  You must email Christina Tallungan at tallungan@gmail.com by October 2, 2017, at 5pm (PT) to hire judging.