Rollin G Osterweis 2020

2020 — New Haven, CT/US

Dear All,

We regret to announce that the Rolling G. Osterweis Tournament has been cancelled for this year.  The University has taken steps to limit gatherings due to the corona virus, mirroring actions by many other schools and institutions in Connecticut.  

Should things change, we will notify you.  We hope that you all stay in good health, and things get back to normal.

We hope to see you at the Yale Invitational in September and at Osterweis 2021 next year!


Yale Debate Association


To the Debate Community of Connecticut,

The Yale Debate Association is pleased to invite you to attend the 39th Annual Rollin G. Osterweis Debate Tournament on Sunday, March 29, 2020.

For those of you unfamiliar with the tournament, the Osterweis is a free tournament for Connecticut high school students to experience the collegiate style of parliamentary debate. The Osterweis will feature both a Novice and a Varsity division.

Novice participants will have the opportunity to learn about parliamentary procedure in the morning with a demonstration round, and then debate with a partner for 3 preliminary rounds, before breaking to semifinals and a final round. Varsity teams will compete in 4 preliminary rounds, breaking to semifinals and then finals. We will be using the 7-8-8-8-4-5 APDA format.

Debates will focus on issues familiar to the average student, including American and international politics, ethics and justice. Students will be given a free lunch and a breakfast, and Yale debaters will judge and offer feedback. Awards will be given to the top varsity and top novice teams and speakers.

Students may be photographed and rounds may be recorded during this tournament.  Participation in the tournament constitutes consent to such recording.

For complete details please download the Invitation found on this page. More information about the debate format we will be using is available in the Osterweis Speaker Point System document, also on this page. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at

We look forward to seeing you on March 29!

The Yale Debate Association