Marist Ivy Street Invitational

2020 — NSDA Campus, GA/US

9-25-2020 Daily Check In

9-26-2020 Daily Check In


Tech Guide for NSDA Campus & Marist Tournament (mostly the same as all other GFCA tournaments)

Best Practices Guide for Online Speech & Debate (produced by the GFCA) 


Mobile: ‪(404) 941-0792 (Text only, no phone calls)


Please do not use Abby or my personal emails or phone numbers as we may not be available, but someone will always be available via that email and phone number. 


Steven Schappaugh, former Director of Educational Programs at the National Speech & Debate Association and current Assistant Principal at Des Moines North High School will serve as the Equity Officer this weekend to help make our tournament a safe and supportive environment for all of our participants. If there are any questions or concerns you have for him, you can email him at and he will respond with a phone call or email.


We will be using online coin flips in all divisions.  Here is the recommendation.  When pairings are blasted for elimination rounds, both teams should immediately head to the NSDA Campus room to ask for disclosure and set up the email chain.   After 10 minutes, the coin flip will be blasted and teams will find out who has "won the online coin flip."  They will then login to and make their decision.  The team should select their side preference immediately as well as notify the other team of the side selection in case the tabroom system blast is delayed. If the team fails to make a decision within the 10 minutes alotted, the team that 'lost' the coin flip will get to decide.  



Marist School's Ivy Street Invitational

All Proceeds Will Be Donated In Honor of Michael Torpy '17


Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to welcome you virtually to the 2020 Ivy Street Invitational hosted by Marist School in Atlanta, Georgia.  Our tournament will be held September 25-27, 2020 exclusively online through the NSDA Campus Platform. 

Competitors will debate the 2020-2021 policy resolution -- Resolved: The United States federal government should enact substantial criminal justice reform in the United States in one or more of the following: forensic science, policing, sentencing.  We will be offering four divisions for policy debate -- varsity, junior varsity, novice and rookie.   The Junior Varsity division is intended for students who are starting their second year of debate.  The novice and rookie divisions will follow GFCA rules and argument restrictions.  Those can be found on the division information page.

Marist School's Ivy Street Invitational will replace the Chattahoochee Cougar Classic for 2020 and as a result, finalists in the Varsity Policy Debate division will earn a bid to the 2021 Tournament of Champions.  

All entries will automatically be wait listed until approximately September 1, when entries will be reviewed and cleared based upon several factors, including past attendance to the Chattahoochee Cougar Classic, geography and diversity of entries, to fairly distribute all the available slots.  We anticipate that available slots will fill up quickly.  In Varsity Policy, we will institute an initial cap of 4 entries per school with a total cap of 92 entries to ensure that the break to elimination rounds includes most if not all 4-2 records.  In the other divisions, we will have an initial cap of 6 entries per school but will not have an overall entry cap.

We will not accept independent entries.  A school coach or adult must enter students to the Ivy Street Invitational.  A school authorized adult must be in attendance at all times at the Ivy Street Invitational.

Entry fees are $30 to help cover for the online platform.  In lieu of awards, $20 of every team's entry fee will be donated to Cure Childhood Cancer in honor of Michael Torpy '17.  Michael is an alumnus of the Marist program who lost his battle his osteosarcoma in June 2019.  As a state champion and TOC qualifier, he dedicated most of his high school career to the Marist debate program.  This invitational is an easy way our program can honor the difference he made in our program.

We look forward to hosting you virtually this September.

Thank you,


Jeffrey Miller
Director of Speech & Debate


Abby Schirmer
Associate Director of Speech & Debate