Pembroke Hill Speech and Debate Invitational

2021 — NSDA Campus, MO/US

The 2021 Pembroke Hill Speech and Debate Open/NIETOC Tournament

 February 15-20th 

December 17th, 2020


The Pembroke Hill Speech and Debate Team is excited to invite you and your students to the 1st Annual Pembroke Hill Speech and Debate Open Tournament. Below, you will find the basic ‘need to know’ information for our tournament.


Date: Live debate events will be hosted on February 19th and 20th, asynchronous speech events will be hosted February 15th through February 18th. 


Location: The entirety of the tournament will be hosted online through


Eligibility: The tournament is open to all high school students, grades 9th-12th. We will be hosting a single open division.


Asynchronous Events: Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Program of Oral Interpretation, Informative, Oratory, United States Extemp, International Extemp, Congress.


Live Events: Lincoln Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, Policy Debate


NIETOC: We are a NIETOC bid tournament. NIETOC bid levels are determined using NIETOC’s formula, which can be found here. Pembroke Hill does not intend to compete at this tournament and we will not compete in debate events. However, if a Pembroke Hill entry/entries increases the bid level, we may enter in NIETOC events. We would only do so if the number of NIETOC qualifiers increases beyond what Pembroke Hill would enter. If Pembroke Hill entry/entries compete they will be judged by non-Pembroke Hill affiliated judges. 


The following events are offered as NIETOC events: DUO, DI, HI, POI, OO, INFO, IX and USX (the total number of entries in IX and USX determine the bid level, but the events advance in separate semis/finals tracks).  


If an event has more than 70 entries we will add an “honors semifinal” round. Individuals to advance to honors semifinals will receive a NIETOC bid but will not be eligible to advance further in the tournament.


Deadlines: The deadline for entry via tabroom is Wednesday, February 10th at 3:00 PM. The deadline for asynchronous video links is Friday, February 12th at noon. We will lock tabroom and begin our video link check at noon. We will report problems back to coaches on Friday. All problems must be resolved by Sunday, February 14th at noon. At that point, entries will be dropped and schools will be charged. 


Fees: Because this tournament is online only, we will not be awarding any trophies. Tournament fees are $5/entry in all events. If this fee would prevent you from attending our tournament, please reach out to the Pembroke Hill coaching staff.    




We look forward to ‘hosting’ you!


Justin Smith Director of Debate 

Bryson Kenworthy Director of Forensics 

Charlie Doering-Powell Team President