Virtual Vikings Invitational

2020 — Online, CA/US

 Irvington High School’s Debate Team is proud to be hosting our annual Vikings Invitational. The tournament will be a one-day tournament on December 5, 2020, open to all novice and varsity parliamentary debaters.



Tournament Software

We will be utilizing the usual Tabroom settings seen if competitors were going to an on-campus tournament. Pairings, results, RFDs (reasons for decisions), ballots, and registration will occur through Tabroom. 


Tabroom pairings will specify each Zoom meeting that judges and competitors will be in for each round. Pairings will have icons that link the specific room competitors and judges are assigned to. The two links above, "Tournament Rooms" and "Backup Link" will take you to a spreadsheet where you can find your corresponding Zoom meeting information ("Meeting Link", "Meeting ID", and "Meeting Password") and the "Room #". Thus, please ensure that all competitors and judges have installed Zoom as an application on their preferred device. 


If you have questions or concerns regarding this process, please email us at



One entry is equal to one team of two competitors. Fees for a novice debate entry will be $40. The entry fees for an open debate entry will be $50. The registration fee for each school will be $15. Please email all requests for fee waivers to We are more than happy to provide them on a need basis.  


Use the following formula to assist in determining the registration amount due:


((Number of open teams)*$50) + ((Number of novice teams)*$40) + $15 = $________


If your payment is not received by the end of the registration time, all of your entries may be dropped based on tournament discretion. Fees for any teams dropped after November 29th will be $40 per team. Please refer to the “Dates and Deadlines” section for more information.

 We are offering 2 methods to pay for fees: checks and online.


Checks: Please make checks payable to "IHS Debate Club" and have the name of your school written in the memo line! Information of where to send checks can be found on your school’s invoice. 

Make sure that the checks are written out and mail out before the tournament.

- We will accept personal and school checks, but cash WILL NOT be accepted.


Online: We will be offering an online payment that can be found in the school invoice. However, this option requires an additional 33 cents of credit card processing fee per entry on top of your payment amount.



Please enter 1 judge per 2 entries while providing entries. Since Vikings is a one-day tournament, we will not be allowing judges to split commitments within the day. As we are using online ballots, all judges MUST have a Tabroom account. 


Due to our limited resources, it will likely be difficult for us to find judging for uncovered teams. We ask that you please provide judges for all entries. If you are still having immense struggles to provide judges, we will hire judges for additional fees. Please email for more information.


Entry Eligibility

Novice is defined as a student’s first year of competition, or not advancing to an elimination round in your first two years of competition, regardless of the debate format. All students who do not fit this definition should be placed in Varsity. 


We will not be allowing for mavericks (one-person teams) in either division. We will be allowing hybrid and independent teams to compete at this tournament. All teams, including independent entries, must have a chaperone/point of contact present at the tournament at all times. 


There is an initial 5 team cap for each school in each division. Additional teams will be accepted from the waitlist if space permits. Please ensure that changes and drops are made before the deadlines to avoid triggering the $40 fines mentioned above. 


Schedule: All times are given in Pacific Standard Time (PST)

7:00-7:30 AM Registration & Check-In 

8:00 AM: Round 1 Topic Announce

9:45 AM: Round 2 Topic Announce

11:30 AM: Round 3 Topic Announce

1:00 PM: Lunch

1:35 PM: Round 4 Topic Announce

3:20 PM: Round 5 Topic Announce

5:05 PM: Open Quarterfinals/Novice Semifinals

6:50 PM: Open Semifinals/Novice Finals

8:35 PM: Open Finals


We plan to offer 5 preliminary rounds for both Novice and Varsity divisions and break to at least semifinals in both divisions. 


The forfeit time for each round will be five minutes after preparation time ends to minimize delays with the schedule. Additionally, we will be providing a total of five minutes for each team that can be allotted for technology issues. If teams are found to be using this time to prepare, entries will automatically be disqualified from the tournament. 


Morning check-in and registration will be held through a provided Zoom link that will be posted on the spreadsheet with all of the available rooms. Any last-minute questions and concerns can be emailed to Caroline Xin ( 



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. However, during the duration of the debate, debaters may only consult their partners. 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.


Elimination Round Procedures

Tiebreakers for breaks will be in the following order:

1. Number of Wins

2. Opponent Seed

3. Speaker Points

4. Random


We will break brackets based on school affiliation.


The tournament reserves the right to adapt the amount or structure of elimination rounds if required by tournament logistics. If you have input about elimination round procedures, email us at