UMN High School Invitational

2018 — MN/US

UMN HS Invitational: 2018


September 16, 2018


The University of Minnesota Debate Team invites you and your squad to our annual high school debate tournament on Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6, 2018. We will host a two-day varsity competition in CX debate and back-to-back one-day competitions for rookie, novice and JV CX debate on both Friday and Saturday. 



Teams should provide one judge for every two teams. If schools are unable to cover their judging commitment, there may be a limited number of judges for hire through the tournament at a rate of $100 per day, per judge. If judges are not available, we will be forced to limit a team’s entry to that which can be covered by their judges. We would much rather have your judges than your money. Judges covering a full commitment must be available for all preliminary rounds and elimination rounds one round beyond your school’s elimination from the tournament—someone who must arrive late or leave early can only be *at best* a half-time judge.



We will provide an appropriate number of speaker awards in each division, based on division size, as well as awards for all elimination round participants and the top teams in each division in the one-day tourneys.



Please register on Tabroom.  Space is limited, and will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. Entries MUST be received by 1pm on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Judges MUST be finalized by this time—our concessions contracts lock-in at this time.



When your bus departs to campus on Friday and Saturday, please call or text to indicate any entry changes (including “no changes”) – 651.307.6980.


Event Location

The tournament is more consolidated than in prior years. A searchable camp map can be found here:

Friday: All events will be on the West Bank, based out of Blegen Hall (unless entries far far exceed historic levels). The best drop-off location is the traffic circle at the Humphrey Center (301 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455).

We will run all events out of a single tabroom on the second floor of Blegen, location TBD.

Saturday: Events will be split between the two banks—separate tabrooms, judge lounges, and concessions—this means that the judging pool will also be split.

·         JV / Varsity: West Bank, based out of Blegen

·         Rookie / Novice: East Bank, Knoll Area, based out of Folwell Hall. Drop your students off at Folwell Hall (9 Pleasant St. SE, 55455), either on Pleasant Avenue or University. We will run these events out of a tabroom on the bottom floor of Folwell, location TBD.




Parking rules, rates, and locations can be found at:  

Saturday, Minnesota is hosting Iowa for a football game with a 2:30PM kickoff time at TCF Stadium. Parking will be difficult and costly to get on East Bank. 


We have a fee structure that reflects the cost of running the tournament. We have operated at a (small) loss for 9 of the past 11 years, and we anticipate that we will do so again this year.

            $30/ Varsity Policy entry

            $15/ Novice & JV Policy entry (each day—costs are the same each day because they are based on custodial fees)


Please make checks payable to:

University of Minnesota Debate Team

c/o David Cram Helwich,

225 Ford Hall,

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN 55455


Friday, October 5, 2018

2-3p                  Registration: Wiley Concourse, West Bank


3:30p                Round the First

                        VCX Rnd 1, RCX-Fri, NCX-Fr & JVCX-Fr Rnd 1


5:30-6:15p         Dinner: Blegen Hall, West Bank


6:30-8:30p         Round the Second

                        VCX Rnd 2, RCX-Fri, NCX-Fr & JVCX-Fr Rnd 2


9p                    NCX & JVCX Friday Tournament Awards, Blegen Hall 

9:15p               Bus pick-up, West Bank


Saturday, October 6, 2018: JV/Varsity (West Bank)

7-7:30a             Registration: Blegen Hall, West Bank


8a                     Round the Third

                        VCX Rnd 3, Rnd 1 for JVCX-Sa


10a                   Round the Fourth

                        VCX Rnd 4, Rnd 2 for JVCX-Sa


11:30a-12p        Lunch, Blegen Hall, West Bank


12p                   Round the Fifth

                        VCX Rnd 5, Rnd 3 for JVCX-Sa


2p                    Round the Sixth

                        VCX Qtrs, Rnd 4 for JVCX-Sa


4:30p                Awards, Blegen Hall, West Bank

                        Varsity semifinals and finals to follow


Saturday, October 6, 2018 Novice/Rookie (East Bank)

7-7:30a             Registration, Folwell Hall, East Bank (9 Pleasant St. SE, 55455)


8a                     Round the First

                         Rnd 1 for RCX-Sa, NCX-Sa


10a                   Round the Second

                        Rnd 2 for RCX-Sa, NCX-Sa


11:30a-12p        Lunch: Folwell Hall, East Bank


12p                   Round the Third

                        Rnd 3 for RCX-Sa, NCX-Sa


2p                   Round the Fourth

                      Rnd 4 RCX-Sa, NCX-Sa


4:00p               Awards: Folwell Hall, East Bank

           Varsity semifinals and finals to follow awards on West Bank in Blegen Hall.             


We look forward to hosting you and your students. If you have any questions, please contact David Cram Helwich at cramhelwich <> gmail <> com or 651.307.6980.