Season Opener at Northwestern University

2020 — Evanston, IL/US

Invitation to the 2020-21 Season Opener at Northwestern University

9/18/20 – 9/21/20


Greetings from the Northwestern Debate Society.  I’m writing to announce that we will host the Northwestern Season Opener from Friday, September 18th through Monday, September 21st, 2020.  This is the first step in a long-term strategy which will culminate in shifting the weekend we host at NU.  The tournament will be held online and will be free of cost!

We will post an extensive tournament guide as we nail down our final plans for September, but for now we wanted to share the basic information you need to plan your schedule. 

Registration Fees

This tournament will be free for all participants.

Topic, Software, Tabulation, and Team Numbers

We will debate the 2020-21 NDT-CEDA debate topic.  The debates will take place using Classroom Cloud, which was used to great success for the TOC.  We will use a new format of six preliminary debates (three debates on Saturday and three debates on Sunday), followed by elimination debates breaking to the double-octafinals.  We will employ side equalization and will break brackets as per tradition.  Gary Larson has again agreed to tabulate the tournament.   Northwestern is a member institution of the NDT, ADA, and CEDA; we will administer the tournament accordingly.

Thank you and we look forward to hosting you and kicking off the 2020-21 season!


Dr. Daniel J. Fitzmier

Director of Debate, Northwestern University