The CTD Summer Invitational
2021 — NSDA Campus, CA/US
ClosingTheDivide is proud to host its very first spring public forum debate invitational. Our organization is committed to closing the digital divide by raising money to donate computers to low-income households. All of the proceeds made in the tournament will go towards the ClosingTheDivide organization to support this cause. To learn more visit: https://closingthedivide.foundation/
Schedule -- All times Pacific. ALL debates are single flighted
Note: The schedule is subject to change based on the number of entries and judges stay tuned for any updates we make via email.
We will also be hosting an informational session the day before the tournament. This session will go over how to use tabroom as well as a short lesson going over the basics and rules of public forum debate. This workshop is free to attend for all the participants of the tournament.
Friday (6/25) -- PF
4:00 pm - Information Session/Debate Workshops (We will be providing Sample Cases and Prep)
Saturday (6/26) -- PF
9:00 Am - R1
11:00 Am - R2
1:00 Pm - R3
3:00 Pm - R4
5:00 Pm - Quarterfinals
7:00 Pm - Semifinals
8:30 Pm - Finals
The deadline for payment is May 6th 2021, all entries not paid for at that time will be dropped unless a fee waiver is given
For Digital Payments please click this link to navigate to Paypal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ClosingTheDivide
For physical payments via cash or checks put Closingthedivide in the recipient area and please mail to address: 3559 Corsica Ct, 95148, San Jose, CA
First Place will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card and Trophy
Second Place will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card and Trophy
Semifinalists will receive a Medal
Quarterfinalists will receive a Certificate
CTD Spring Invitational will be offering one division of Public Forum Debate, collapsing both Junior Varsity and Varsity. Public Forum will follow official NSDA rules as per the 2020 - 2021 season, click this link for more information (go to page 25 for PF rules).
The topic we will be using is the NSDA April Public Forum Topic: Resolved: The benefits of the International Monetary Fund outweigh the harms.
The entry cost for the tournament is $35/entry with all of the funds being donated to the ClosingTheDivide organization. If this price is unaffordable the option for Fee Waivers is available. If you are in need of these waivers, please contact one one of our tournament administrators as soon as possible as we have a limited amount of Fee Waiver to supply.
Each team that is entered is required to bring a judge for all of the preliminary rounds. If the students advance to the elimination rounds, judges may be picked to judge 1 round past the students elimination round. If you are not able to provide a judge, you have the option to hire a judge via tabrooms. The cost for that is $100 for all 4 preliminary rounds and any elimination rounds (prices subject to change based on the number of entries).
The CTD Spring Invitational does not require competitors to dress formally. We encourage competitors to wear casual attire.
Registration deadlines are on May 5th, 2021. In order to register please fill out this google form, or simply register for the tournament via tabroom if you already have an account.
Public Forum debate is in a 2 versus 2 format (where 2 debaters supporting one side of the resolution) debate against another 2 debaters supporting the opposite side of the resolution. Although not encouraged, our tournament does allow maverick teams (which are 1 person debate teams). Maverick debaters will also be allowed to clear elimination rounds if they qualify and receive awards.