ETHS Superb Owl

2021 — Evanston, IL/US

The Superb Owl will offer open and novice policy divisions, open PF and LD divisions, and an open Congress division. Policy will run three days with elimination rounds on Sunday; LD, PF, and Congress will run on Friday and Saturday.

We will use the January/February LD topic and the February PF topic. Legislation for Congress will be due January 8 and the docket will be released on January 13. 

We offer TOC bids for policy finalists and PF finalists.

Registration is now open!  

The Evanston Township High School Superb Owl Invitational, January 29-31.

The tournament will run online on the NSDA Campus platform. More details to follow.

Policy Debate: Friday-Sunday

Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, and Congressional Debate: Friday and Saturday

In Policy debate, we will hold two rounds Friday afternoon, 4 rounds plus octafinals on Saturday, then quarters to finals on Sunday. This tournament will also serve as RCC T5 for the Chicago Debate League.

In Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglas, we will hold three debates Friday afternoon, then three debates and all elimination rounds on Saturday. All debates will be single-flighted. We will break all 4-2's.

Congressional Debate will have one session Friday evening, one session Saturday morning, and then a finals session Saturday afternoon.

We offer Finals Bids to the TOC in Policy and Public Forum debate. 

Divisions: Varsity CX, Novice CX, Open PF, Open LD, and Open Congressional Debate.

We will break to octas in both divisions of CX. Entry in Varsity and Novice CX will be initially limited to eight teams per school per division; space permitting, we will try to accommodate teams beyond those limits. We will offer mutual preference for judging in varsity CX and varsity LD, as well as strikes in Public Forum debate.

We will be using the February topic for Public Forum Debate and the January-February topic for Lincoln-Douglas debate. 

We are lowering our fees this year: The entry fee for policy is $50 per team; CDL teams with financial hardships should contact us about discounted entry fees. The entry fee for PF is $30 per entry. The entry fee for LD and Congressional debate is $20 per student.

Judging: One judge for every ten Congress entries; 3 rounds for every LD debater; 3 rounds for every PF entry; 3 rounds for every Policy entry.

Providing enough hired judges has always been our greatest difficulty; hired judges through the tournament must be requested on Tabroom. The fee for hiring a judge in Congress is $250; the fee for coverage in LD, PF, or Policy is $50/round. Additionally, we have only a limited supply of judges for hire, available on a first-come first-served basis. We don't want your money; we want your judges. 


Registration and Deadlines: Entries and judges are due by 11:50pm on Friday, January 22; all fees are final at that time. The Tabroom site will remain open for teams to make changes up until Friday, January 29th at 2pm, but fees and judging obligations are calculated based on your entry on the 22nd. 

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