Marlborough Spring Championship

2020 — Los Angeles, CA/US


We are happy to welcome you for the Marlborough Spring Championship on March 6-8, 2020. We are hosting this year in lieu of USC's traditional Spring Championship tournament, which will return next year. For that reason, we will be awarding Tournament of Champions bids to the semifinalists in Varsity LD.

A few things to note about our tournament:



Friday, March 6th

8:30     Round 1

11:00   Round 2

2:00     Round 3

5:00     Round 4

Saturday, March 7th

8:30     Round 5

11:30   Round 6

3:00     Elimination Round 1

6:00     Elimination Round 2

Sunday, March 8th

8:30     Elimination Round 3

10:00   Elimination Round 4

11:30   Elimination Round 5


Location and Parking

Our address is Marlborough School, 250 South Rossmore Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004.

Please enter campus through the gate on 3rd Street. Security will direct you where to park or drop off students.

Friday and Saturday Parking

Please adhere to the School’s Conditional Use Permit and agreement with its neighbors by parking on the west side (adjacent to the School) of Arden Boulevard between Second and Third Streets, or west of the School.  Please do not park south or east of Arden Boulevard; this includes the east side of Arden Boulevard. 

Sunday Parking - ON CAMPUS ONLY

Please help us adhere to our Conditional Use Permit with the City of Los Angeles and our neighboring community by parking only on campus on Sunday.  Street parking adjacent to the School or in the neighboring community will NOT be allowed at any time.  You may enter the campus parking lot off Third Street, just east of South Rossmore Avenue.  Security will direct you where to park as you enter the Third Street parking lot. Also, Security will direct you where to go if you are picking up or dropping off for this event.  

Thank you for adhering to our parking requirements.



Lincoln-Douglas Debate will use the January/February NSDA resolution: Resolved: States ought to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.

Policy Debate will use the 2019-2020 NSDA resolution: Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce Direct Commercial Sales and/or Foreign Military Sales of arms from the United States.


Entry Fees

$70 per LD Entry

$80 per Policy Entry


Judging Requirements

Schools must provide two rounds of qualified judging for every LD entry, and three rounds of qualified judging for every policy entry. Judges should have sufficient experience to adjudicate debates in their division. In novice, this means they have received training on debate and judging norms. In varsity, this means having sufficient experience to judge varsity, national-circuit style debates.

Schools are responsible for providing judges for one round beyond the elimination of their students in each event. Every judge is obligated for the first elimination round.

There will be a limited number of tournament hired judges available. The cost of hiring a judge will be $30 per round. Hired judges are only available on a first-come first-served basis.


Judge Exchange

I have opened up the judge exchange for the tournament. If you would like to offer rounds for hire, you can do so by completing the following steps:

1) Log into Tabroom

2) Click on your username

3) Click "Offer Hired Judging Rounds" in the right hand column

4) Click "Offer" for the Marlborough Spring Championship and enter the number of rounds you wish to offer.


Food Options

On Friday and Saturday the tournament will provide a light breakfast and a lunch. On Sunday we will provide a light breakfast option. We will not be providing disposable bottles of water, so please bring a reusable bottle and use the bottle-fillers and water fountains on campus. The cost of your meals is included in the entry fee.


Internet Access

Please use the "Guest" network, and log in using the password "guestmustangs".


Student Supervision

Every student attending the tournament should have an adult on campus throughout the tournament who is responsible for their wellbeing and conduct. Our strong preference is that individual should be an employee of a degree granting institution which the student attends. Students who are not accompanied by an adult who is legally responsible for their wellbeing and conduct will be asked to leave the tournament.


Tournament Hotel

We have secured a room block for the tournament, though it is of limited size.


AC Hotel by Marriott Beverly Hills

6399 Wilshire Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90048


To book online, please click this link.


To reserve rooms by phone, please call central reservations at (888) 999-1540 by February 21, 2020.  When making reservations, guests must identify themselves as members of the Marlborough Debate Room Block, with reservation codes MRBB.