Inland Online Big Questions Tournament

2019 — PASCO, WA/US


1st Inland Empire Big Questions Invitational

December 3 and 5, 2019 3:30 pm-9 pm

The Inland Empire Speech and Debate District is hosting a Big Questions weekday tournament all online!!! Come pilot the online debate process with us. Practice your Big Questions cases before your district's NSDA national qualifier. Entries from all over are welcomed but priority will be given to Inland Empire schools if the entry limit is reached. 

All competitors, judges, and observers are asked (begged) to complete the online survey after competition.

Location: ONLINE through free ZOOM application

          All competitors and judges must have access to reliable Wi-Fi, a device with a microphone and webcam, the free ZOOM application, and a quiet place to debate. A link to our tournament web conference will be posted before the tournament.


Opens November 12 at 3 pm and closes December 2 at 5pm. This tournament is capped at 20 entries (each entry may be 1 or 2 people).

Judge entry deadline: December 3 at 3pm

Drops and name changes may be made online up to December 3 at 3 pm.

Tournament Contact: Sara Hyde 406-471-4130

Events: Big Questions Debate (solo or partnered teams). Maximum of 20 “teams”.

          Topic: Objective Morality Exists

Costs: No entry fees. Fines will occur for lack of judges or judges missing rounds.

 Judge Requirements: 1 Judge for Every 2 Debate Teams. The tournament will be run 100% online. All judges must have a linked account before registering. You are responsible for having judges available both days even if none of your students advance to Thursday’s out rounds. It is possible to schedule judges for a single day only through the shift options in Please make every effort to bring unaffiliated judges who are able to judge your own students for Thursday. If judges need to be added or dropped during the tournament, please send a text or email to the tournament contact above ASAP.  

Awards: Trophies for 1st- 3rd Places will be delivered either in person at a future tournament or mailed.


Tuesday 4 rounds guaranteed for all competitors. Random pairings.

·       3:30 pm Judge and Competitor Meeting

·       4 pm: Round 1

·       5 pm: Round 2

·       6:00-6:30 Dinner break

·       6:30 pm: Round 3

·       7:30 pm: Round 4

·       8:45 pm: Announcement of breaks for Thursday. Top 8 teams will break.

Thursday: Single elimination brackets- Power protected (Hi-Low) based on day 1 records.

·       3:30 pm Judge and Competitor Meeting

·       4 pm: QF round

·       5:15 pm: SF round

·       6:15-6:45 dinner break

·       6:45 pm: Final round

·       8:00 pm: announcement of awards.