Damien Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational Virtual Edition

2020 — La Verne/Virtual, CA/US

Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Chuck Ballingall Invitational. This year the tournament is virtual. We will use NSDA Campus Platform.  We intend to offer novice, junior varsity and varsity divisions of Lincoln-Douglas, Parliamentary, Policy and Public Forum, and one open division of WSDC format. This year, our tournament has been approved for National Parliamentary Debate League points. 

On the right side of this page has additional information for the tournament.  If you have additional questions, contact peters@damien-hs.edu

Novice:  The novice division will be limited to the NDCA Novice Packet.  Here is a link to the packet http://www.debatecoaches.org/2018-2019-novice-packet   If you have questions about the packet use please contact us.


Judging tech instructions.


1. all participants in the debate should have their cameras on. Exceptions will be made by the judge if a participate has difficult time maintaining a stable signal. 

If a participant has their camera off without notice, the judge should communicate to the participant of this requirement.  If the participant turns off the camera additional times without consent from the judge then the judge may provide what they feel are appropriate measures. 

2. The judge should monitor internet issues.  They should keep a running clock when they recognize possible internet issues.  Each side should get ten minutes total for the round to deal with connectivity issues. If that time runs out then participants should decide on a solution. If no solution is possible then they should contact tab. 

3. During a speech, only the speaker should have their mic on. The rest of the participants should be on mute. Exceptions should be made when there are connectivity and volume issues. 

4. There should be no coach interaction with debaters during the debate. Debaters and coaches should only be in contact if there is a missing judge/competitor, technical issues, or a personal issues warrants contact. 

5. If any issues occur you should first contact tab staff and serious issue should be addressed by the tournament director.

Additionally, we adhere to the NSDA Harassment and Discrimination Policy

National Speech & Debate Association Harassment and Discrimination Policy


The National Speech & Debate Association is committed to providing its participants, judges, coaches, and staff the opportunity to pursue excellence in their endeavors. This opportunity can exist only when each member of our community is assured an atmosphere of mutual respect. The NSDA prohibits all forms of harassment and discrimination. Accordingly, all forms of harassment and discrimination, whether written or oral, based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by any applicable federal, state, or local law are prohibited, whether committed by participants, judges, coaches, or observers. Individuals who are found to have violated this policy will be subject to the full range of sanctions, up to and including removal from the tournament premises.