Crater Debate Invitational

2018 — Central Point, OR/US

Crater Debate Invitational

Nov. 2-3, 2018

at Crater High School

Dear Coaches and Students,

Crater High School Speech & Debate invites you to an invitational Southern Oregon debate tournament. This will be a two-day event that is debate only.

We will use all online ballots through Tabroom. Please make sure judges have linked Tabroom accounts and bring smart devices. (Computers are available for ballot entry as needed.)

We will offer a novice and open division in all events except Congress.

Debate Topics—topics will be the same for the novice and open divisions.

Public Forum will use the November/ December NSDA topic.

Resolved: The United States federal government should impose price controls on the pharmaceutical industry.


Lincoln Douglas will use the Nov/Dec topic.

Resolved: In a democracy, the public’s right to know ought to be valued above the right to privacy of candidates for public office.

Parliamentary Debate will feature three topics each round with the government (aff) striking one and the opposition (neg) then choosing which will be debated followed by 15 minutes of closed preparation time. Only a dictionary and writing materials are allowed during prep. Topics will be common knowledge of current events.

Congress will feature bills authored by students (up to two pieces of legislation per school)—please e-mail to by Thursday, Oct. 25—the entire packet will be e-mailed out on Friday, Oct. 26th. If we do not have enough student submissions, we will supplement with the current NSDA bill packet.

We are excited to feature Big Questions debate, an NSDA event that asks competitors to analyze complex existential topics. The Big Questions topic for this year is "Resolved: Humans are primarily driven by self-interest." Our Big Questions event will consist of 1- or 2-person teams. We will follow NSDA rules for Big Questions, which can be found here along with sample cases and other resources:

Students can enter a FRIDAY event—either Congress or Big Questions—and a SATURDAY event—Public Forum, Lincoln Douglas, or Parliamentary Debate.

We will follow OSAA guidelines for all events. We will not use the internet during debates.

Tournament Fees

The entry fee for each school is $25. Fees are $5 per event except for Lincoln-Douglas, which is $10 per entry.

Judge Coverage

Schools should provide at least one judge for every two debate teams/ entries OR one for any number of congress entries. We do not have the network at this point to offer hired judges, so please bring judges. We will provide judges with meals and snacks on both days.



Please park in the student parking lot—if you’re on 3rd, turn on Stadium Way and park in the gravel lot. We will have other events on campus that day, so please do not park in the 3rd St. lot. 



Registration/ Judge Training 4 PM

Congress Rd 1 4:30-6:15 PM

BQ Rd 1 5-6 PM

BQ Rd 2 6:15-7:15 PM

Congress Rd 2 6:45-8:45 PM

BQ Rd 3 7:30-8:30 PM

*Dinner will be available for students at an on-campus concession stand.*


Registration 8:30 AM

Judge Training 9 AM

Debate Rd 1 10-11 AM

Debate Rd 2 11:15AM-12:15 PM

Lunch 12:15-1:30 PM

Debate Rd 3 1:30-2:30 PM

Debate Rd 4 (Semis) 3-4 PM

Debate Rd 5 (Finals) 4:30-5:30 PM

Awards 6 PM

*Snacks will be available at an on-campus concession stand—students can leave campus and walk to nearby restaurants for lunch.*


Thank you—we’re looking forward to an awesome day!