Rollin G Osterweis

2019 — New Haven, CT/US

Reminders for the tournament:


We will be meeting at Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall (SSS) on 1 Prospect Street starting at 9:00 AM. Please be there by 9:15 AM so we can check everyone in on time and start round 1/novice demonstration round by 9:30 AM. Parking is available on Prospect Street and Hillhouse Avenue.


All students must bring a signed release form. The release form is available on the tabroom page. It is Yale policy that all students must bring a release form. We cannot waive this requirement.


We will be using the American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA) format. A rubric explaining the format is available on the tabroom page. We encourage all participants to read it.


Rounds will be taking place throughout Yale's campus, so students will be walking between buildings. Please check the weather and dress appropriately! A campus map to help locate buildings is available on this link: Buildings names are also listed on Google Maps.



We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!


To the Debate Community of Connecticut,

 The Yale Debate Association is pleased to invite you to attend the 38th Annual Rollin G. Osterweis Debate Tournament on Sunday, April 7, 2018.

For those of you unfamiliar with the tournament, the Osterweis is a free tournament for Connecticut high school students to experience the collegiate style of parliamentary debate. The Osterweis will feature both a Novice and a Varsity division.

Novice participants will have the opportunity to learn about parliamentary procedure in the morning with a demonstration round, and then debate with a partner for 3 preliminary rounds, before breaking to semifinals and a final round. Varsity teams will compete in 4 preliminary rounds, breaking to semifinals and then finals. We will be using the 7-8-8-8-4-5 APDA format (see for more information)

Debates will focus on issues familiar to the average student, including American and international politics, ethics and justice. Students will be given a free lunch and a breakfast, and Yale debaters will judge and offer feedback. Awards will be given to the top varsity and top novice teams and speakers.

For complete details please download the Invitation found on this page. More information about the debate format we will be using is available in the Osterweis Speaker Point System document, also on this page.  If you have any questions, please e-mail us at


We look forward to seeing you on April 7!

The Yale Debate Association