Iowa Novice Night 4

2021 — NSDA Campus, IA/US


Tabroom link for Tuesday the 9th. It will go live and staffed by 4 PM on Feb 9










Note- I have amended the eligibility rules to open up entries to more students. 


Due to the rules change by the NSDA. I am willing to modify my rules for this novice night in hopes of getting more students to participate at districts that coming weekend. LD and policy debaters doing pf in their 2nd year will still be ineligible to complete, but speech and congress students in their 2nd year will be allowed to participate as novices.


Hello fellow coaches,


As the national qualifiers are just around the corner, the IDDI is proud to announce the last of the Iowa Novice Night tournaments for the 2020-21 season. This event will be held on February 9th. This event is once again FREE to any and all schools in Iowa. This date was chosen to give teams a chance to get their novices some experience before the national qualifiers that weekend.  

Registrations is open now and will close on February 7th at 7 PM. Judges are due on February 9th at 3 PM. 

First, if interest exists, we will consider 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. If your novice cx teams are interested, please email me. 

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.

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! Our previous two tournaments have hit this without an issue. 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 and PF. This is a great warmup for teams that are looking for some experience before the national qualifiers that next weekend as well as for IFL’s.


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 ld debaters or fractions thereof.


Schedule- LD and PF


Round 1: 4:30 PM

Round 2: 5:45 PM

Round 3: 7:00 PM


We will accelerate the schedule when possible.




LD: Resolved: States ought to ban lethal autonomous weapons.


PF: Resolved: On balance, the benefits of urbanization in West Africa outweigh the harms.