Iowa Novice Night 2

2020 — NSDA Campus, IA/US


Zoom Tabroom Link (Active from 4 PM to the end of the tournament)


Tournament Director Email-








Hello fellow coaches,


After seeing the resounding success of the first 1st novice tournament, the Iowa Distance Debate Initiative will be hosting our 2nd novice night tournament on December 8th. This event is once again FREE to any and all schools in Iowa.


We will be making a few changes from the first tournament based on the feedback from the attendees of the first tournament.


First, we are adding a novice policy division. Due to the length of a policy round, we will run 2 rounds with round 1 starting at 4:30 PM PM and 6:45 PM.


PF and LD will be a three-round tournament with rounds starting at 4:30 PM, 5:45 PM, and 7:00 PM on the day of the tournament.


We will accelerate the tournament when possible.


We will use the NSDA Campus system for the online platform.


Paper certificates suitable for framing will be sent to all students who place 2-1 or higher at these tournaments in LD and PF and the top 3 teams in policy.


Again, remember that THE ENTRY FEE IS FREE. There is no charge for these tournaments. Bring as many students as you want. Three free debate rounds per student or team. As long as we hit four NSDA schools, you can also use these for NSDA points! The only thing I ask is that you please bring judges. Since I am not charging entry fees, I have no extra funds to pay hired judges. Varsity students can judge, so bring your varsity kids.


We will host LD, PF, and CX. This is a great warmup for teams that are looking for some experience before winter break or who have novices going to Dowling that weekend.




Importation information and requirements



-Novice is defined as any student in their first year of high school debate. Previous high school debate prior to this year will disqualify a student from the novice division. 


-Students will be allowed to enter novice if they have one or fewer years of high school speech experience. Any more speech experience will disqualify a student from novice. 


-This tournament is open only to students from schools in Iowa. 


-A school's judging obligation must be meet. If you are under in terms of your obligation, I will ask you to drop entries until you are within your obligation.


-We will be using the NSDA Campus System. This means you will need to use Google Chrome.


-Please, please, please, make sure your students and judges are linked. This is the only way the tournament can work.



Judging and Fees




1 judge for every 2 pf or cx teams or every 2 ld debaters or fractions thereof.



Schedule- LD and PF


Round 1: 4:30 PM

Round 2: 5:45 PM

Round 3: 7:00 PM


Schedule- CX


Round 1: 4:30 PM

Round 2: 6:45 PM


We will accelerate the schedule when possible.





LD: Resolved: The United States ought to provide a federal jobs guarantee.


PF: Resolved: The United States should adopt a declaratory nuclear policy of no first use.


CX: 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.