University of Minnesota High School Invitational

2019 — Minneapolis, MN/US

September 4, 2019


The University of Minnesota Debate Team invites you and your squad to our annual high school debate tournament on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5, 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. The Rosemount Round Robin will be held concurrently on the West Bank.



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 2, 2017. 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.

Friday: All events will be on the West Bank, based out of Blegen Hall (unless entries far  exceed historic levels). The best dropoff location is the traffic circle at the Humphrey Center. 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 / Varstiy: West Bank, based out of Carlson

·         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 Universtiy. We will run these events out of a tabroom on the bottom floor of Folwell, location TBD.

A searchable campus map can be round here:



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



We have a fee structure that reflects the cost of running the tournament. We have operated at a (small) loss for 10 of the past 12 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 primiarily 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 4, 2019

2-3p                  Registration, Blegen Hall, 2nd Floor

                        Students may gather in Blegen 10 (basement level)

3:30p                Round the First

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

5:30-6:15p         Dinner


6:30-8:30p         Round the Second

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

9p                    NCX & JVCX Friday Tourney Awards,

9:15p                Bus pick-up


Saturday, October 5, 2018

7-7:30a             Registration, TBA

8a                     Round the Third

                        VCX Rnd 3, Rnd 1 for RCX-Sa, NCX-Sa, JVCX-Sa

10a                   Round the Fifth

                        VCX Rnd 4, Rnd 2 for RCX-Sa, NCX-Sa, JVCX-Sa

11:30a-12p        Lunch

12p                   Round the Sixth

                        VCX Rnd 5, Rnd 3 for RCX-Sa, NCX-Sa, JVCX-Sa

2p                    Round the Seventh

                        VCX Qtrs, Rnd 4 RCX-Sa, NCX-Sa, JVCX-Sa

4:30p                Awards

                        Varsity semifinals and finals to follow                


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