Lion Debate Invitational

2020 — Online, NY/US


Thank you for considering competing at this tournament! This tournament will take place on Sunday, August 30! It will be run on this tabroom website but rounds and communication will take place on the Lion Debate Invitational Discord Server!

This tournament is a perfect opportunity for teams to compete/practice for the following upcoming national tournaments:

NSDA Season Opener by UK, Jack Howe Memorial Tournament, Grapevine Classic, Loyola Invitational, Duke Invitational, and the Yale Invitational!

Come Join Us!

This tournament is being hosted to fundraise money for a high school debate team. However, you can compete at this tournament for free, more info below! These funds would help our debate team continue to be engaged in debate without cost barriers. We are a school team that doesn't receive any funding and so any amount of money would increase our access to debating at tournaments, including at least one national tournament this year. We hope this tournament also provides more opportunity for debaters to practice their skills before the 2020-2021 season starts!

We hope you compete in this tournament! Feel free to contact us on the discord server or send us an email with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Public Forum Eligibility

- Mavericks are allowed.

- Independent entries are encouraged!

- Hybrid teams are allowed.

- Middle school and high school students are allowed to compete!

Tournament Rules/Logistics

(1) Reading trigger warnings for sensitive issues/topics are mandatory!

(2) Harassment or any type of discrimination towards anyone will result in kicking you from the tournament. Any disrespect or targeting of a person in any way is strongly prohibited.

(3) Don't run progressive arguments or tricks unless everyone in the round is okay with you doing so. Especially don't run these types of arguments in front of novice debaters.

(4) All rules and the format of public forum will be the same as what is stated on the NSDA website from 2020, except there will be 4 minutes prep time for everyone.

Location: Link to the Lion Debate Invitational Discord Server @

Cost: There is a recommended donation of $10 per entry, which can be paid via the donating to the Laguardia Debate Team GoFundMe Page @ . Send a screenshot of your donation receipt to Markiane Rivers for entry approval by email or discord.

[If you are unable to pay the entry fee for any reason, contact Markiane Rivers for a fee waiver! You are still welcomed to compete even without paying as long as you contact me. This tournament CAN BE FREE!]

Judging: All current high school students and older may judge! Just register on our tournament website while signed into your tabroom account! You must have a tabroom account to be able to fill out ballots. Eligibility for judging includes: (a) have more than one year of debate experience (in any form of debate).

Public Forum Topic: Resolved: The United States federal government should enact the Medicare-For-All Act of 2019.

Tournament Contact: Markiane Rivers; email him at


Also, this tournament is single flighted.


Tentative Tournament Schedule:



Sunday, August 30

Round 1: 10:00am - 11:00am

Round 2: 11:10am - 12:10pm

Round 3: 12:20pm - 1:20pm


Lunch Break: 1:20pm - 2:10pm


Round 4: 2:10pm - 3:10pm

Round 5: 3:20pm - 4:20pm

Semifinals: 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Finals: 5:40pm - 6:40pm