National Parliamentary Debate League Tournament of Champions

2020 — Lafayette, CA, CA/US

Dear Competitors and Coaches,

We are delighted to invite all qualifying teams to the 2020 NPDL Tournament of Champions, which will feature seven preliminary rounds of parliamentary debate, followed by elimination rounds. We will bring together the most successful high school parliamentary debaters in the United States for the premier tournament of the year.


Date and Location

The tournament will be held on April 4 and 5, 2020, at the Bentley Upper School, 1000 Upper Happy Valley Road, Lafayette, CA 94549. (Bentley also has a lower school in Oakland.) The nearest airport is Oakland, but SFO is also feasible.


Required Forms

All forms are found in the TOC section of the NPDL web site.


Beginning on February 1, 2020, please register on the NPDL web site as an auto-qualified team for the 2020 NPDL-TOC. The deadline to accept such bids is 11:59 PM Pacific on March 3, 2020.



If you do not autoqualify, you may apply for an at-large bid for the 2020 NPDL-TOC. The At-Large Application will open on February 1, 2020. The deadline to submit at-large applications is 11:59 PM Pacific Time on March 3, 2020.



A coach or adult representative must upload school and parent release forms for each team member (4 forms total) here These forms are found in the sidebar. Digitally signed forms are NOT accepted; forms must be signed by hand before being scanned.



The schedule will be posted on Tabroom once it is finalized. We plan to finish finals by 7:00 pm on Sunday, and strongly encourage everyone to stay through finals if possible. 


Entry Fees

The entry fee for one team will be $150, which must be received no later than March 31, 2020. There is an additional $50 processing fee for independent entries. Schools making drops after March 27, 2020 at 5 pm Pacific Time will be responsible for all entry and judge fees.


Fees may be paid online or by check payable to the National Parliamentary Debate League, and mailed to


National Parliamentary Debate League

1522 Parkmont Drive

San Jose CA 95131


Checks should indicate the school name and address.



Each team must register a judge by March 12, 2020. After that date, you may be responsible for a hired judge fee if you have not registered a judge.

All judges are required to have Tabroom paradigms by 5:00 PM Pacific Time on March 21, 2020. A judge without a paradigm by the deadline will not count toward a school’s obligation.

Each school must provide a judge bond by the tournament of $250, unless unless it is covering its entries entirely with hired judges . Each school should provide a separate check in this amount to the NPDL Treasurer, Artem Raskin, before the first round of the tournament. The check will be shredded at the end of the tournament if a school owes no money. If a school has multiple delinquent judges, additional fees will be assessed as nuisance fines. If a school has more than two rounds of total judge delinquencies, all of the school’s entries will lose their prefs for the remainder of the tournament. If judge bonds are mailed with entry fees, please provide in the notes section of the check which is for the judge bond and which is for the general fees. Judge bonds must not be submitted on-line.

The judges you bring are obligated until one round after all teams from your school are eliminated.

Hired judges will cost $250 per judge. You may request hired judges through Tabroom. Once a hired judge is assigned to you, you will be financially obligated for that hire even if you bring a judge. Please make your request at least one day before the due date for judge entry.

If you wish to be considered for the hired judge pool, please complete this form.



Water will be freely available at the tournament site. We ask that participants bring reusable bottles to help minimize waste.

Schools may add food vouchers to their invoice under the “Concessions” tab for each person who wishes to eat site-provided food. Food vouchers purchased before March 31 will cost $10. After March 31, vouchers can be purchased at the tournament site for $15. Vegetarian options will be available. All judges hired by the tournament will be fed at the tournament’s expense. Individual schools may request food voucher waivers based on financial need from the Tournament Director.


Fee Waivers

If any of the above fees would be a hardship for you, please email the tournament director at by March 20, 2020 to request a partial waiver.



All fines must be cleared before elimination rounds are announced. Nuisance fines will be assessed for the following:


Team does not submit entry fees or hired judge fees prior to the posted deadline (if applicable)

Team has a judge add or change after the posted judge deadline

Team’s judge is more than ten minutes late to a round

Team’s judge requires tab staff intervention to set up or link a account


Team’s judge misses a single round


$250 (judge bond)

Team’s judge is missing for more than one round (does not stack on previous fine; $250 total fine)


Mutual Judging Preferences

We plan to use mutual judging preferences to assign judges. Prefs will open at 9:00 AM on March 22, 2020 and close at 5:00 PM on April 1, 2020 (Pacific Time). Please contact if you need assistance entering prefs. 


Tournament Hotel

A tournament hotel will be announced shortly, in this space and on the NPDL web site.


The dress code for TOC is that there is no dress code. Casual attire encouraged.

2021 Bids

If your school interested in bidding to host TOC 2021, please complete this form.

Observers and Recordings

Non-participants may observe rounds, subject to the right of the tournament to exclude individuals from rounds or the campus based on potential disruption or security concerns. Rounds may be recorded; participation constitutes consent to such recording.


More Information

Additional information is available in the sidebar on the right, and at More will be added as the tournament approaches.


We look forward to hosting you in the Bay Area this Spring!