Summer Novice Invitational

2020 — Online, US


Hello and welcome to the Summer Novice Invitational!


This tournament is geared towards novices to help students prepare for the next debate season and to learn from rounds.


We understand that many recent online tournaments have been daunting for novices, where other competitors resort to circuit tactics like spreading in order to garner ballots. However, this tournament and it’s staff pool have been properly educated in order to make sure the rounds stay accessible and lay-friendly. We ask that you respect the mission of this tournament when thinking about registering, as it is ultimately designed to be a learning experience.




LD: Resolved: Predictive Policing is unjust

PF: Resolved: The United States should replace means tested welfare programs with a universal basic income.




This tournament will be completely free of charge.


Judging policy: 


Each team must provide (1) judge for every 2 competitors/teams. If there needs to be judging covered, please email us. Our judging policy is flexible, so we will be more than happy to accommodate your needs. 


Each institution must provide judges up to the last round a student from their school is in. They must provide one judge for every 2 competitors left. For example, if you had 4 competitors in quarterfinals, you would need to provide 2 judges for that round. However, if you had one competitor left, you would still have to provide 1 judge.



We will be using slack and zoom to coordinate the tournament.

 The slack and zoom links will be sent out (1) week before the tournament starts. 

Please remember, updated zoom links will be posted inside the tabroom pages. 


Coaches and administrators, please make sure your competitors have access to the slack and zoom links and know how to effectively use them. 


Drop/Entry deadline: 


Registration will close on 7/15 (Wednesday, July 15th) at 8:59 PM PST . The drop deadline is also at the same time.  If there are emergencies or drop necessities, please contact us as soon as possible. *Extending the drop deadline. Please email the contacts located near the logo.




The tournament will be held from July 18th to July 19th. The times are in PST (pacific standard time) .  




8-10 - Prelim 1

11-1 - Prelim 2

2 - 3 - Prelim 3

4 - 5 - Prelim 4

 Sunday, July 19,

9:00 AM - 10 AM- Semifinals (all events)

* Change 12:00PM - 1:00 PM (all events)


We are planning to hold a virtual awards ceremony right after the final round for the finalist, semifinalists and champion. The champion of the tournament will be disclosed at the virtual award ceremony on Zoom, and there will be a virtual award citing their accomplishments that will be sent to the competitors and schools.