Notre Dame Parliamentary Debate Warm Up

2020 — San Jose/Online, CA/US

ND Parliamentary Warm-Up 2020


Notre Dame High School is pleased to invite you to the Parliamentary Debate Warm Up tournament on September 19-20! This online tournament is open to Varsity and Novice students in hopes of preparing for a rigorous tournament season! We also hope this tournament will give students some practice debating on an online platform. 


Topic Announce Doc - Please check here for topics and prep times


Help desk:

If you encounter any problems during the tournament, please email This email account is also linked to the NSDA Campus troubleshooting section; please refrain from sending duplicate emails.


Please see this document for the Rules and Procedures for the tournament. 


To report an Equity Issue, please fill out this form 


About the Tournament:

This will be an online tournament and will be hosted on the NSDA Campus platform. All students and judges must have Tabroom accounts in order to register for the tournament. 


Schools may initially register 4 teams per division, additional school entries will be waitlisted and can be added at tournament director discretion. The maximum capacity of the tournament in both divisions is 100 teams. 


Students do not need to dress formally-this is a fun tournament, so casual dress is encouraged!



Topics will be announced 20 minutes before each round and students may use the internet, pre-prepared briefs, downloaded or paper articles to formulate arguments. Open prep is allowed; debaters may consult anyone during the 20 minute prep time. For more information, please reference the Tournament Rules document. Debates will utilize the 7-8-8-8-4-5 format for speech times.


Topics will be drawn from current events and topics of current relevant interest. THERE WILL BE NO TOPIC AREAS FOR THIS TOURNAMENT. Awards will be given to finalists and champions in the Open and Novice divisions. 


The topic committee consists of the Notre Dame coaching staff and current Notre Dame varsity debaters.

-Mariel Cruz (Director of Notre Dame)

-Pearlin Liu (Asst. Coach of ND and MVLA, alum of ND Speech and Debate) 

-David Gomez Siu (Coach and former debater)


Round Zero - Every team will be given a round zero, a mandatory round to give students and judges an opportunity to do a full round before the actual competition begins. All teams and judges should plan to debate or judge for round zero. The round will conduct prep and be adjudicated as a normal round, but will not count towards the results for breaks to elims. The NSDA National tournmaent included a round zero, and many teams and judges thought it was beneficial, and we hope you will this to be helpful as well.


Schedule: Please note, all times are in Pacific Standand Time (PST)

Saturday Sept 19:

Registration: 7:45am-8:45am 

Round Zero Posting/Topic Announcement & prep: 9:10am

Round Zero Starts: 9:30-10:20am

Round 1 Postings/Topic Announcement: 10:40am

Round 1 Starts: 11am-11:50am

Lunch break: 12:00-1:00pm

Round 2 Posting/Topic Announcement and prep: 1:10pm

Round 2 Starts: 1:30pm-2:40pm

Round 3 Postings/Topic Announcement & prep: 3:00pm

Round 3 Starts: 3:20pm-4:30pm

Round 4 Posting/Topic Announcement and prep: 4:50pm

Round 4 Starts: 5:10pm-6pm


Sunday Sept 20

School Check in - 7:30am-8:00am

Round 5 Posting/Topic Announcement and prep: 8:10am

Round 5 Starts: 8:30am-9:20am

Roll call, Octos teams: 10am

Octos topic announcement/prep: 10:10am

Octos: 10:30am-11:30am

Lunch break: 11:30am-12:40pm

Quarters topic announcement/prep: 12:40pm

Quarters: 1pm-2p

Semis topic announcement/prep: 2:40pm

Semis: 3pm-4pm

Finals topic announcement/prep: 4:30pm

Finals: 4:50pm-5:50pm

Awards: 6:30pm

Schedule may be pushed up, and we may end earlier.



Novice are students who are in their first year of competitive debate, not just students who have never done Parli. The division might be collapsed if not enough entries warrant a separate division. If you have questions about novice eligibility, please email for any clarifications


Varsity students may judge any novice rounds. Yes, you can use your older students to judge, but for NOVICE rounds only! Free NSDA points for all! Please note, we will not be letting varsity students judge varsity rounds this year. Therefore, varsity student judges will only cover novice entries.


*TBA/No Name Entries must have names before September 8th, or they will be cleared in favor of named WL entries*

Judging Info

Please enter 1 judge per 2 entries or fraction thereof. The more judges the better, and since you may use varsity students to judge, my goal is for there to be no shortage of judges so this tournament can run as efficiently as possible. All varsity judges will be required to judge one round past where their team drops. If you have varsity students who can judge rounds beyond your school's commitment, please let us know and we will add them to the judging pool for novice.


Due to our limited resources and the early date of the tournament, it will be very difficult for us to find hired judging for uncovered teams. We ask that you please provide judges for all your entries. If you absolutely CANNOT provide judges, we will find hired judges for an additional fee. Please email for more information.


Cost: The cost for registration is 45.00/team. There is no school fee.


We want to ensure that all schools that want to participate are able to do so. If your program needs financial assistance in order to attend the tournament, please contact for more details regarding fee discounts.


Online Payments - If you would prefer to pay online via credit card, please use this link to pay your tournament fees.


Or to send a check, make checks payable to: Notre Dame San Jose

You may mail checks in advance of the tournament to:

Notre Dame San Jose

c/o Mariel Cruz

596 S. Second St.

San Jose, CA 95112


Entry Procedure:

Please enter your school’s teams online using

You will need to set up a school account if you have not already done so, it is free and easy to use!

Please register no later than September 14th, 2020. The tournament may fill to capacity before that date so enter as soon as possible!

Drops made after September 16th will be assessed a $25.00 drop fee, including drops made at registration.



Please provide one adult chaperone per school that can check in with us during registration. Although the tournament is taking place online, we want to know who we can contact in case we need to reach you or your students during the tournament. One person may chaperone more than one school if needed.

 PLEASE NOTE: Independent entries are not accepted without an adult chaperone authorized for BOTH CHILDREN. YOU MAY NOT COMPETE WITHOUT A CHAPERONE. NO EXCEPTIONS. Please have the chaperones check in with us at registration.