GGSA Novice Tournament

2021 — NSDA Campus, CA/US


Welcome to the GGSA Novice Tournament

We are pleased to offer this opportunity for our member schools this spring. The tournament will take place during the Coach's Meeting on Saturday 5/8/21 on the NSDA Campus platform. We will start rounds at 9:00 a.m. and the tournament will conclude after 3 rounds. Check back for an updated schedule.


Why attend?

Novice students gain a chance to compete once more this season

Varsity students gain valuable experience judging and providing helpful feedback

GGSA coaches gain experience in learning how operates in a low stakes, relaxed tournament



We'll have two work sessions where you can learn more about the pre-tournament set up.

Wednesday, 5/5, 7:00 p.m. - Judge set up. We'll assign judges to pools and strike out times and other conflicts.

Friday, 5/7, 6:00 p.m. - Tournament set up. We'll assign rooms, panel prelims, assign judges and get ready for the morning!



Our expectation is that all coaches will prepare their varsity students to judge. Remind them how to provide constructive and helpful comments that lift up our novice students and help them be excited to compete next year. 

For your varsity student judges, please indicate if they have any constraints regarding time. The tournament does fall in a busy time of the year for our students and we hope to be able to have them join us, if even for part of the day. Of course, we'd love to have full day judges.

If we have enough judges, we will single flight the debate rounds; otherwise we will need to double flight.


Volunteer Opportunities

Many hands make light work. Let us know what you would like to do to help out.

Topic writing for impromptu, extemp, and or parli

Tabbing events

Helping with judges

Monitoring rooms

Parli Prep - announcing topics and handling student questions

Extemp Prep - announcing topics and handling student questions


Competition Details

All competition will be live on NSDA Campus.

LD Topic: Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee universal child care. (March/April)

Public Forum Topic: Resolved: On balance, the benefits of creating the United States Space Force outweigh the harms. (March)

Speech: Students may have a video backup in case of challenges. Students should plan to be present in each of their rounds. There will be no pre-tournament link collection. We will be not be facilitating the sharing of video links on the student's behalf.

Thanks in advance for your school's participation in the tournament. We look forward to hosting your novice competitors, varsity judges, and having your assistance in running the tournament.



GGSA Board