ND Parliamentary Warm Up

2021 — NSDA Campus, CA/US

Notre Dame High School is pleased to invite you to the Parliamentary Debate Warm Up tournament on September 18-19! This online tournament is open to Varsity and Novice students in hopes of preparing for a rigorous tournament season! We also hope this tournament will give students some practice debating on an online platform. 


Topic Announce Doc - Please check here for topics and prep times


Tournament Rules and Procedures 


Help desk:

If you encounter any problems during the tournament, please email ndparliwarmup@gmail.com. This email account is also linked to the NSDA Campus troubleshooting section; please refrain from sending duplicate emails.


Please see this document for the Rules and Procedures for the tournament. 


To report an Equity Issue, please fill out this form 


About the Tournament:

This will be an online tournament and will be hosted on the NSDA Campus platform. All students and judges must have Tabroom accounts in order to register for the tournament. 


Schools may initially register 4 teams per division. Additional school entries will be waitlisted and can be added at tournament director discretion. The maximum capacity of the tournament in both divisions is 200 teams.


Students do not need to dress formally-this is a fun tournament, so casual dress is encouraged!



Topics will be announced 20 minutes before each round and students may use the internet, pre-prepared briefs, downloaded or paper articles to formulate arguments. Open prep is allowed; debaters may consult anyone during the 20 minute prep time. For more information, please reference the Tournament Rules document. Debates will utilize the 7-8-8-8-4-5 format for speech times.


Topics will be drawn from current events and topics of current relevant interest. Awards will be given to finalists and champions in the Open and Novice divisions. 


The topic committee consists of coaches and former debaters.


2021 Topic Committee:

- Esha Shah (Asst. coach at Nueva)

- Jeffrey Xiong (Coach and former debater)

- Catherine Tong '21

- Pearlin Liu '18


Schedule: Please note, all times are in Pacific Standand Time (PST)

Saturday Sept 18:

Registration: 7:45am-8:45am 

Round 1 Posting/Topic Announcement & prep: 9:10am

Round 1 Starts: 9:30-10:20am

Round 2 Postings/Topic Announcement: 10:40am

Round 2 Starts: 11am-11:50am

Lunch break: 12:00-1:00pm

Round 3 Posting/Topic Announcement and prep: 1:10pm

Round 3 Starts: 1:30pm-2:40pm

Round 4 Postings/Topic Announcement & prep: 3:00pm

Round 4 Starts: 3:20pm-4:30pm

Round 5 Posting/Topic Announcement and prep: 4:50pm

Round 5 Starts: 5:10pm-6pm


Sunday Sept 19

School Check in - 7:30am-8:00am

Round 6 Posting/Topic Announcement and prep: 8:30am

Round 6 Starts: 8:50am-10am

Roll call, Octos teams: 10:30am

Octos topic announcement/prep: 10:40am

Octos: 11:00am-12:10pm

Lunch break: 12:15-1:15pm

Quarters topic announcement/prep: 1:30pm

Quarters: 1:50-3pm

Semis topic announcement/prep: 3:10pm

Semis: 3:30-4:45pm

Finals topic announcement/prep: 5:00pm

Finals: 5:20pm-6:30pm

Awards: 6:45pm

Schedule may be pushed up, and we may end earlier.



Novice are students who are in their first year of competitive debate, not just students who have never done Parli. The division might be collapsed if not enough entries warrant a separate division. If you have questions about novice eligibility, please email mcruz@ndsj.org for any clarifications


Varsity students may judge any novice rounds. Yes, you can use your older students to judge, but for NOVICE rounds only! Free NSDA points for all! Please note, we will not be letting varsity students judge varsity rounds this year. Therefore, varsity student judges will only cover novice entries.


*TBA/No Name Entries must have names before September 8thor they will be removed from the tournament.

Only entries with names will be removed from the waitlist.


Judging Info

Please enter 1 judge per 2 entries or fraction thereofThe more judges the better, and since you may use varsity students to judge, my goal is for there to be no shortage of judges so this tournament can run as efficiently as possible. All varsity judges will be required to judge one round past where their team drops. If you have varsity students who can judge rounds beyond your school's commitment, please let us know and we will add them to the judging pool for novice.


Due to our limited resources and the early date of the tournament, it will be very difficult for us to find hired judging for uncovered teams. We ask that you please provide judges for all your entries. If you absolutely CANNOT provide judges, we will find hired judges for an additional fee. Please email mcruz@ndsj.org for more information.


Cost: The cost for registration is 45.00/team. There is no school fee.


We want to ensure that all schools that want to participate are able to do so. If your program needs financial assistance in order to attend the tournament, please contact mcruz@ndsj.org for more details regarding fee discounts.

After Sept 15th, all dropped entries will forfeit all entry fees.


Online Payments - If you would prefer to pay online via credit card, please go to this link to enter payment information.


Or to send a check, make checks payable to: Notre Dame San Jose

You may mail checks in advance of the tournament to:

Notre Dame San Jose

c/o Mariel Cruz

596 S. Second St.

San Jose, CA 95112


Entry Procedure:

Please enter your school’s teams online using tabroom.com

You will need to set up a school account if you have not already done so, it is free and easy to use!

Please register no later than September 13th, 2021The tournament may fill to capacity before that date so enter as soon as possible!



Please provide one adult chaperone per school that can check in with us during registration. Although the tournament is taking place online, we want to know who we can contact in case we need to reach you or your students during the tournament. One person may chaperone more than one school if needed.