The Paradigm Dowling Catholic

2021 — NSDA Campus, IA/US

You and your students are cordially invited to attend the Dowling Catholic Paradigm. We provide a unique and diverse competitive experience. 

We will hold a virtual tournament this year.  We will be holding ALL EVENTS  synchronously.





You MUST have paid to have your entries moved off the wait list

You may pay by Credit Card (2.85% handling fee)

You may enter an electronic check (no additional fee)


You may mail a check

but we must receive payment before I can allow your entries into the tournament


We will begin to process refunds as soon as the tournament begins on the 10th and mail them IMMEDIATELY



We anticipate a larger field in all events. However, we are committed to remaining true to the historical character of the tournament. Therefore, we will implement the following measures:

All NEW entries are waitlisted. We will move entries off the waitlist and into the tournament based on the following factors: 1. Has your school attended the Paradigm in the last few years? 2. Is your school in our geographic region that has been traditionally represented at the tournament (Midwest). Schools that do not meet either of those characteristics may still be admitted, but priority will be given to those who meet at least one of the two listed factors.

We are pleased to announce that we are a qualifying tournament for UK's TOC in all twelve events they host. Students advancing to the designated place will earn one bid to the 2021 National Tournament of Champions hosted by the University of Kentucky.

We plan to offer 6 preliminary rounds of debate in novice and varsity divisions of Policy, LD, and PF. We also offer 3 two-hour preliminary sessions in Congress. Additionally, we offer 4 preliminary rounds in all Speech events; however, students will not be able to cross-enter debate and speech events. Speech competitors can enter up to 3 events within the speech category, but no triple entry within a pattern.

We will tabulate all events on All postings will be available online and emails/texts will be blasted. All contestants must have a linked tabroom account in order to access competition rooms. All judges must have a linked account in order to access competition rooms and electronic ballots. They must have devices to complete online ballots and watch/listen to rounds.




THIS IS AN INTERSCHOLASTIC SPEECH AND DEBATE COMPETITION- As such we host accredited school-based teams run by school personnel. We do not include clubs or any other nature of independent entry. Entries that are not sanctioned by their school are invalid and will be removed from the tournament. Additionally, the tournament does not accept entries from students who are not currently enrolled in the ninth-twelfth grade. No hybrid entries are accepted.

The manner in which the waitlist will be handled is at the discretion of the tournament director.