El Cerrito Berman Parli and IE Invitational

2020 — El Cerrito, CA, CA/US


Greetings to All,

El Cerrito High School Speech and Debate warmly invites you to attend our first annual Berman Invitational, a one-day tournament featuring both parliamentary debate and individual events. The tournament will offer prelims in debate and three prelims in IEs, all breaking to finals.  

The tournament will be held on Saturday, Feburary 29, 2020 (Leap Yeap!) at El Cerrito High School. We are located at 540 Ashbury Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530.

Cathy and Sandy Berman were beloved long-time coaches here at El Cerrito, who dedicated themselves to forensic education both at El Cerrito and in the larger community, and led the ECHS team to competitive success over many years. This tournament is dedicated to them.



We will offer SPAR, DI, HI, Duo Interp, OI, OO, POI, Extemp, The Moth Storytelling, Impromptu Eulogy, and Dual Improv With Props.

A bit of explanation about our less common events.

SPAR: One-on-one mini debates.

2 minutes prep

2 minute Aff constructive (followed by 1 minute cross-examination)

2 minute Neg constructive (followed by 1 minute cross-examination)  

1 minute Neg rebuttal

1 minute Aff rebuttal


Impromptu Eulogy: standard impromptu rules (2 minutes of prep for a 5 minute speech), except, well, you’re pretending somebody famous just died, and you’re giving the eulogy.


Dual Improv with Props: two people draw two random props out of a box. Ten minutes to prepare an Expository speech, improv scene, or story inspired by those two props. During a given speech, the next team will prep.


Moth-Style Storytelling: speaker chooses one of three prompts, then has five minutes to prep a five minute true story from the speaker’s own life. Stories must have a narrative arc with in-depth detail, ending with a moral or lesson (like The Moth).


We plan to offer novice and varsity divisions in all events, but reserve the right to collapse divisions based on entries. Novice is defined as first year of competition in debate (for parli) and first year of competition in IEs (for IEs).


Double and Triple Entry and Beyond

Competitors may enter as many events as they like. Entering debate and one IE will be a straightforward matter; beyond that, you’re on your own: it’s allowed, but you alone are responsible for being in the right place at the right time.


Parli and IE finals are at the same time. At the request of a student in parli finals, we will delay parli finals prep by 15 minutes to accommodate a final round speech in another event.


Parli Rules


Internet and partner prep. All rounds will feature two minutes of cross-examination following each of the first two constructive speeches. The rounds will thus follow this format: 6-2-7-2-7-7-4-5.




One parli judge covers two teams. One IE judge covers 5 entries. Or buy a judge for $75.



Let’s face it, plastic is destroying the planet. So, after watching The Story of Stuff, we’ve decided not to stimulate the manufacture of more fossil-fuel-based statuettes. Finalists will receive two awards: certificates, and (reused and recycled!) trophies handed down from past graduates!



No school fee. Parli entries are $50 each. IE entries are $15 each ($25 for Duo). Please make all adds and drops by February 20 at 5 pm. You will still be able to make changes and drops on-line after that, but you will be charged $25 for changes, and drops will be non-refundable.



We will provide breakfast and lunch to judges and coaches. Competitors may purchase lunch.



7:45a-8:30a Reg

8:30a Parli 1 (Prep)

9:45a IE 1

11a Parli 2 (Prep)/IE Lunch

1230p IE 2/Debate Lunch

145p Parli 3 (Prep)

3p IE 3

415p Parli 4 (Prep)

6p Finals All Events

730p Awards