Design Tech Parli Invitational

2020 — Redwood City, CA/US

Dear debate community,

Welcome to the first annual Design Tech Parli Invitational! The tournament will be held on April 26th, at Design Tech High School in Redwood City. Please do not go to the old campus in Millbrae 

 

General Information:

1. Tournament announcement doc: http://bit.ly/39EMlGZ  

2. All students must submit a signed liability form (link right here) before 11:59 PM on April 18th. If any students don’t have it signed by that due date, we will charge a $20 fine for each student and push back the deadline to April 22nd. 

3. If there are any questions or complications, please contact Amaryllis Gao at amaryllis246@gmail.com.

4. The dress code for this tournament will be casual.   

 

Location:

1. School: Design Tech High School (275 Oracle Pkwy, Redwood City, CA 94065)

2. Judge Room: Staff Lounge (Room 121)

3. Tabroom/Registration: Staff Lounge (Room 121)

4. Prep room: There is no prep room, feel free to choose a location anywhere in the school hallways. We will announce everything in the tournament doc and

over the loudspeaker.

 

Registration:

1. We are a very small school with only one building. All entries will be waitlisted in the beginning. The tournament will only initially allow 4 teams per school in

each division off the waitlist. We may allow more teams depending on the registration status. We allow middle school, independent and hybrid entries.

 

Fees:

1. Fees themselves:

a. $40.00 for each Junior Varsity/Novice entry

b. $50.00 for each Varsity/Open entry 

c. $125.00 for each uncovered entry’s judge requirement after the deadline

d. $20.00 nuisance fee for registration changes after the deadline

e. $40.00 fee for every round with a missing judge

2. Payment

a. We accept cash and checks (both school and personal)

i. We highly recommend cash 

b. Please make checks payable to “Amaryllis Gao” when turning the check into registration

i. Put your school name in the memo

 

Judges:

1. Varsity judges: Must have debated or coached at the varsity level of a debate format to qualify and be a high school graduate. For all other requests, please

contact the tournament.

2. JV judges: Experienced varsity debaters can judge in the novice pool. 

3. A judge will suffice for up to 2 entries.

4. The judge must have a tabroom account to submit online ballots (there will be no paper ballots).

5. Judge training will be offered in the judging room before the tournament commences.

 

Rules

1. Prep: The prep time for the tournament will be 20 minutes long, with a forfeit time 3 minutes after prep ends. There is no coach or team prep--we only allow

partner and internet prep.

a. Blank paper, writing material, and electronics are allowed during prep time. 

b. Debaters may not use notes written before the designated prep time.

c. Anyone who violates the prep rules will FORFEIT the round. 

2. Competitors must be present in room 25 minutes after the topic has been announced. The FORFEIT TIME will be 5 minutes after prep has ended.

a. Speech times will be executed in the following structure: 7-8-8-8-4-5 (all in minutes)

b. NO new arguments may be made in the rebuttal speeches (LOR/1NR & PMR/1AR). 

c. Time stops for POOs but not for POIs. POOs may only be made in the rebuttal speeches while POIs may only be made in the constructive speeches.

There is no "Protected Time" in any speeches.

 

Schedule

7:30-8:00 AM: School Registration + Fees

8:00 AM: Judges Training 

8:30 AM: Round 1 Topic Announce

10:00 AM: Round 2 Topic Announce

11:30 AM: Lunch

12:30 PM: Round 3 Topic Announce

2:00 PM: Round 4 Topic Announce

3:30 PM: Round 5 Topic Announce

5:00 PM: Awards (Main Atrium)

5:30 PM: Semifinals 

7:00 PM: Finals 

 

SMALL SCHOOL ACCESS:

As a small school ourselves, we understand how hard accessibility is for these kinds of tournaments. If there are judge hiring difficulties, please reach out to us at amaryllis246@gmail.com. (this is for small schools only please)