Santa Clara U Copeland Invitational Tournament

2020 — Santa Clara, CA/US

Reverend Copeland Invitational Debate Tournament At Santa Clara University
Saturday, January 25-Sunday, January 26, 2020


Dear Colleagues:
You and your squad are invited to the Fr. Raymond F. Copeland Invitational Debate Tournament at Santa Clara University on Saturday -Sunday, January 25-26, 2020.  As before the tournament will feature 6 preliminary rounds of NPDA style Parliamentary and NFA-LD debate in two divisions: Novice and Open. We are hoping that the schedule will work for both NFA-LD and Parli debaters but we reserve the right to collapse divisions if entries warrant.  Entries are due by Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 5pm.


Registration will take place at the TABROOM.COM website. The tournament name is the SCU Copeland Invitational 2020.

Father Copeland was a long time coach and supporter of debate at Santa Clara University, member of the NCFA and a distinguished professor of religion.
Hope to see you at SCU!


Melan Jaich
Director of Forensics
Direct Phone 408.554.4793
Address: SCU Communication Department 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053 


2020 Copeland Invitational Tournament Schedule: (TENTATIVE) Santa Clara University


Saturday,  January 25, 2020 - Parking is free on campus


9:00am-10:00am Registration - Kenna Hall Main Lobby

10:00am-11:30am Round 1 Parliamentary Debate

11:30am-1:00pm Round 2 Parliamentary Debate

1:00pm-2:00pm  Pizza Lunch Provided

2:00pm - 2:30pm Round 3 Parliamentary Debate

3:30pm - 5:00pm Round 4 Parliamentary Debate

5:00pm - 6:00pm Dinner Provided

6:00pm - 7:30pm Round 5 Parliamentary Debate


Sunday, January 26, 2020 - Parking is free on campus 


8:30am - 10:30 am Round 6 Parliamentary Debate

11:00am-12:30 pm Elim 1 Parliamentary Debate

12:30pm-1:30pm  Lunch Break

1:30pm -3pm Elim 2 Parliamentary Debate

3:00pm - 4:30pm Elim 3 Parliamentary Debate

4:30pm - 6:00pm Elim 4 Parliamentary Debate



Debate Information

The SCU Copeland Invitational offers 6 preliminary rounds of open and novice NPDA parliamentary

debate. We will administer the tournament in accordance with NPDA and will be a sanctioned tournament. The schedule will allow for Octofinals or Quarterfinals contingent on registration.  We will use flex time in NPDA debate, thus the speech times will be as follows. 


1st Prop Constructive - 7 min

Opp flex time - 2 min

1st Opp Constructive - 8 min

Prop flex time - 2 min

2nd Prop Constructive - 8 min

Opp flex time - 1 min

2nd Opp Constructive - 8 min

Opp Rebuttal - 4 min

Prop flex time - 1 min

Prop Rebuttal - 5 min



One judge will cover 2 teams and or fraction thereof. PLEASE bring sufficient judges to cover your

entries! We charge a steep uncovered judge fee because it has historically been difficult to hire

enough college judges to cover all uncovered teams. Judges are committed one round beyond the

round in which their school is eliminated. If you have judges in excess of your commitment, we would be ecstatic to hire them. Please email for more details.



We charge: $50 per team entry and $100 for each uncovered team (in addition to the entry fee). Fees will be assessed Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 5pm. Drops after that point will incur a $20 nuisance fee. Fees will be collected at registration prior to the first round of debate.


Entry Procedure

We will handle entries through TABROOM.COM and please submit entries by Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 5pm. Checks should be made payable to "Santa Clara Debate."



We will offer awards to the following:

* All competitors in elimination rounds of Debate.

* The top 5 speakers in each division of Parliamentary Debate.


Parking and Public Transit: Saturday and Sunday parking is free. We are served by Caltrain and a free

shuttle runs between the tournament hotel, Santa Clara U. and the Airport Terminals at Norman Y. Mineta Airport.


Tournament Hotel

The tournament hotel is the  Fairfield Suites San Jose Airport at 408.453.3133 for a rate of $119 per night for double doubles.  Email Melan Jaich at for special rates.