MSHSL State Debate Tournament

2021 — Online, MN/US

1/14/2021 8:30 p.m.

From this point forward, all tournament announcements will be posted on our live bulletin board: postings re-generate every ten minutes, and this will be the best way to instantaneously share information.  This will be the last posting made on the main page.

At this point, please send any questions or issues regarding tournament administration throughout the weekend to  This address will be constantly monitored by a number of tournament staff and we will work to be as responsive as possible throughout the next two days.

On-site registration will be available on starting at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow.  Please work to confirm your registration by 8:45 a.m.  Remember that there will be a required meeting for students, coaches, and judges at 9:00 a.m.; the Zoom link was sent to coaches via email by Amy Doherty and will be blasted tomorrow as well.

Best of luck to all students and coaches in the next two days!  


1/14/2021 11:00 a.m.

The 2021 Advance News Release and 2021 State Tournament Program have both been uploaded to

Through the remainder of today, please continue sending any tournament related issues to,, and  STARTING TOMORROW, ALL TOURNAMENT COMMUNICATIONS (not including protests) SHOULD BE SENT TO:  Coaches wanting to initiate a protest should refer to the "State Tournament Protest Protocol / Submission Form" document that has been uploaded to



An updated tournament schedule has been posted to the main page, along with procedures that will be followed in dealing with any technology-related issues that might arise from virtual competition.

In addition, note the following guidance that has been provided by the Minnesota State High School League in regards to allowable building use in accordance with Governor Walz's most recent pandemic announcements.

Students CAN be in their school building for activities, as long as it is also allowed by their local school. There is not a statewide ban. We appreciate the team camaraderie that gathering in person provides.


For teams that are going to be in the same classroom, they should be masked or at least 6 feet apart, according to Executive Order 20-81 (which allows temporary mask removal for public speaking or performance IF the speaker can be distanced from others).



Qualified entries and judges have been programmed into the tournament software.  Any judge conflicts must have already been reported to tournament manager Bob Ihrig, tournament director Amy Doherty, or via the GoogleForm that was used for state tournament registration.  CONFLICTS THAT ARE CREATED BY ENTRIES WITHIN TABROOM.COM WILL BE IGNORED.  If there is still a case where coaches believe a conflict exists, that must be emailed to Bob (, Amy (, and Zach (

Students and judges should log in to make sure that the MSHSL State Tournament appears on their "Future Tournaments" list PRIOR TO FRIDAY.  Some individuals have multiple accounts, and it is essential to make sure that you are able to log in and see this in your account.



This page will be used for various announcements as we approach the 2021 MSHSL State Debate Tournament.  

Judges have been publicized on the various Minnesota Debate Facebook groups and are also listed on this website for LD, PF, and Policy.  Congressional Debate is still being finalized and will be posted when confirmed.

In addition, the MSHSL Committee randomly selected five (5) pieces of legislation for the MSHSL State Final Round.  They are as follows:


  • A Bill To Address Student Loan Debt
  • A Bill to Admit More Refugees
  • A Bill to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies
  • A Resolution to Support Scottish Independence
  • The Judiciary Act of 2020

All other pieces of legislation will be debated in preliminary rounds; the dockets for each of those chambers will be set by participating students at the beginning of the tournament.