MDI Holiday Invitational

2020 — Online, MN/US

Minnesota Debate Institute Holiday Invitational

MDI offers an affordable, equity-oriented summer camp for Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, and Congressional debate.

To offer Minnesota varsity debaters an affordable opportunity to debate in December before sections and state, we're hosting a tournament open to all. Our tournament will offer LD debate only this year. 

Tournament date: December 19, 2020.


Open/varsity Lincoln-Douglas.

Location: Online. 


January/February Lincoln-Douglas topic to be released by the NSDA on December 1st at 9:00 AM CST.


You must provide one judge for every two entries.


Please ensure your judges arrive on time so that we can keep the tournament on schedule. Teams that arrive without their full complement of judges may be charged for hiring of additional judges or asked to drop entries. Please email us with any questions about your judge commitment! :)

Registering students:

We will accept registrations on Our site is

Registration is due by 5:00 PM on Thursday, December 17th. Drops can continue on until 8:00 AM Saturday morning.


$12.50 per LD competitor.

Please send checks, made out to the Debate Access Initiative, to:

Andrew Urevig

2741 Pillsbury Ave S #202

Minneapolis, MN, 55408


 Tech Check - 8:15 AM
    Round 1 - 8:30 AM
    Round 2 - 9:45 AM
    Round 3 - 11:00 AM
    Round 4 - 12:45 PM
    Round 5 - 2:00 PM


Students who wish to may add their pronouns to their profile following the simple steps in this guide. Please make this resource available to your students and explain the importance of respecting people's pronouns, but do not require students to enter pronouns. 

Discrimination and harassment policy

Please review our discrimination and harassment policy with your students and judges prior to the tournament. Together, we can create an inclusive atmosphere to support all attendees! 

Additional resources that can help spur helpful discussion on your team: 

- MDTA Equity Discussion Panel, Jamboree, 9/26/2020

Anti-Blackness in Debate Panel Discussion, BLM Debate, 7/17/2020

Anti-Blackness in Minnesota Debate (Nadrat Amos / Minnesota Debate Institute) — IG live starts at 5:35 mark in video

Language in Debate (Rachel de Sobrino / Minnesota Debate Institute) — 8/11/2020

A Shameless Plug for Hydration:

Remind your debaters to drink water throughout the day!