George Mason Debate Tournament College

2019 — Fairfax, VA, VA/US


George Mason University Debate Team

Start Date: Friday, November 8, 2019

End Date: Sunday, November 10, 2019

Last Day to Book: Monday, October 21, 2019

Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

  • SpringHill Suites Fairfax Fair Oaks for 91 USD per night

Book your group rate for George Mason University Debate Team


Dear Colleague,

You are cordially invited to participate in the George Mason University Debate Tournament, November 8 through November 10, 2019. Our goal is to host a well-run tournament with exceptional hospitality while offering strong competition in all three divisions of debate.

We will provide six preliminary rounds and an appropriate number of elimination rounds of debate in three divisions. The tournament will be tabbed by Kathryn Rubino, Jackie Poapst, and Nick Ryan. You can manage your tournament entries through until November 3 @ 11:30pm.  Drops after that date are subject to the participant fee.

Debates will be hosted on our Fairfax Campus. However, due to Family Weekend at Mason, hotel space is limited.  Please make your hotel reservations as soon as possible.

Fees are $60.00 per person (debater, coach, judge, or observer).  The tournament will provide a pizza dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday.  We hope that this will provide a friendlier tournament schedule and enable you to bring more teams or attend our tournament for the first time. Additionally, schools that can’t afford entry fees or hotel rooms are welcomed.  We will gladly waive your entry fees and do everything we can to help you find housing, please contact Jackie Poapst at for assistance.

We are pleased to be offering a tournament that is sanctioned by the ADA and CEDA.  Early November is a beautiful time in Northern Virginia and we look forward to seeing you at this year’s tournament. If you have any questions, please call Jackie Poapst at (267)393-1604 or by email.

We hope to see you at George Mason University.


Warren Decker, Jackie Poapst, Mason Coaching Staff and Mason Debate


George Mason University Debate Tournament

November 8 – November 10, 2019

George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia




We will abide by the NDT-CEDA 2019-2020 Resolution.

Sanctioning:  The tournament will be sanctioned by the ADA and CEDA and will be run in accordance with their rules.  The most recent copy of the ADA rules can be found at   

Preliminary rounds:  There will be six preliminary rounds.  Rounds one and two will be pre-set. Rounds three through six will be power matched. Three divisions of debate will be offered: novice, junior varsity, and open.

Elimination rounds:  An appropriate number of elimination rounds will be offered in accordance with the ADA rules and based on the size of the tournament.  We anticipate breaking ½ of each division with the possibility of double-octos if justified by entries.



         Eligibility: Eligibility for participation in each division is governed by ADA and CEDA rules.

         Novice teams are not restricted to the use of evidence in the ADA limited evidence set.

Definition of a Debate Team:  For the purposes of ADA tournaments, a debate team is defined as the two-person team that begins the first round of the tournament and who debate together throughout the course of the tournament. If one of the debaters of a team cannot debate in any given round, that round will be forfeited. To debate in a round is defined as to give one constructive speech and one rebuttal.  Speaker points in forfeit situations will be averaged, but the team forfeiting is ineligible to clear to elimination rounds if speaker points are the determining factor for their clearing. The debate may still occur for educational purposes. However, that team will still be eligible for speaker awards and elimination rounds.

Hybrids: Hybrid teams may participate in preliminary rounds and are eligible to clear. A single school is only allowed to have one hybrid team per division.

Deadline:  Please enter the tournament by November 3, 2019 using  After that date e-mail entry changes directly to Jackie Poapst (

            Drops:  Teams dropped after the November 3 deadline will be responsible for all participant fees.

Tournament Registration: Please email when you start your travel to Fairfax to confirm that there are no changes to your tabroom entry.  If you are paying with cash or check, you can stop by the tabroom during the tournament. We hope to have credit card payments set up for the tournament, and will make that announcement when available. No guarantees, as this is the first year Mason is beta testing online payments.


Commitment:  Each school must provide 3 rounds of qualified judging for each team entered in the tournament.  All judges will be required to judge through the quarter-final elimination round or one round after your last team is eliminated whichever occurs later. 

Hired Judging:  Please use tabroom to coordinate your hired judging.  The tournament will have a limited number of rounds per available for hire at $40 per round.  If you need to hire judges, please enter early.

Judge Placement:  Judges will be placed using mutual preference in all divisions in a manner consistent with ADA and CEDA rules.

         Speaker Points:  We will use a 30 point scale with .1 increments.  No ties are allowed.

Decision Time:  Judges are expected to render a decision within 2:15 of the announced start time. If the judge is unable to make a decision within that time, the tab room will randomly decide a winner by coin flip.

Fees and Awards:

          Awards: Awards will be provided to the octofinal teams and the top ten speakers in each division. 

          Fees: Entry fees are $60 per participant (debater, coach, judge, or observer).  Make checks payable to George Mason University. Fees include all meals starting with dinner on Friday to breakfast on Sunday and the awards ceremony. 

Hotel Accommodations: 

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Fairfax Fair Oaks @ $91 plus tax

Address: 11191 Waples Mill Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: (703) 691-7880

George Mason University Debate Team

Start Date: Friday, November 8, 2019

End Date: Sunday, November 10, 2019

Last Day to Book: Monday, October 21, 2019

Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

  • SpringHill Suites Fairfax Fair Oaks for 91 USD per night

Book your group rate for George Mason University Debate Team

There are several other events in the area so please make your hotel reservations early once we make that announcement.

Mason also has a standing agreement with the Best Western Fairfax, so if you are looking for a cheaper option I would recommend contacting them.

Address: 3535 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: (703) 591-5500

Transportation Assistance: If you are flying to the tournament, IAD (Dulles) is the closest airport to travel in (about 20 to 25 minutes from campus). DCA (Reagan) is also very close (25 minutes). If you are a budget conscious traveler, BWI (Baltimore) is also in driving distance (1 hour). Amtrak stations are also quite close, and we can coordinate a pick up from the station if needed.   


Please visit this link for detailed directions to campus:

We recommend parking in the Mason Pond parking deck ($15/day and $8 on weekends), as the 3rd floor exit is right across from the tournament buildings.

Fairfax campus map:

Fairfax parking map:

Fairfax accessibility map:

George Mason University Debate Tournament


Friday, November 8

  3:30 p.m.                     Pairings Released for rounds 1 and 2

  4:20 p.m.                     Stop coaching and judges report

  4:30 p.m.                     Round 1

  6:00 p.m.                     Pizza Available outside of tab room

  7:05 p.m.                     Stop coaching and judges report

  7:15 p.m.                     Round 2

Saturday, November 9

  7:30 a.m.                      Breakfast (outside hospitality room)

  7:30 a.m.                      Pairings released for rounds 3 and 4

  8:20 a.m.                      Stop coaching/judges report

  8:30 a.m.                      Round 3

          Lunch will be available outside tab room starting at 10:30

  11:20 a.m.                    Stop coaching/judges report

  11:30 a.m.                    Round 4

  1:50 p.m.                     Pairings released for round 5

  2:35 p.m.                     Stop coaching/judges report

  2:45 p.m.                     Round 5

  5:00 p.m.                     Dinner

  5:45 p.m.                     Pairings released for round 6

  6:20 p.m.                     Stop coaching/judges report

  6:30 p.m.                     Round 6


  7:00 a.m.                     Breakfast in bottom floor of Robinson  

  7:30 a.m.                     Deadline for coin flip 

  8:00 a.m.                     Fi