Stratford Winter Novice Invitational

2022 — NSDA Campus, CA/US

Saturday ( LD + PF) 1/29

Check in 7am-8am

Round One buffer 8-8:30am

LD Round One 8:30-9:30am

PF Round One 8:30-9:30am

Break and overflow 9:30-10:00am

Round Two Buffer 10:00-10:30am

LD Round Two 10:30-11:30am

PF Round Two 10:30-11:30am

LUNCH 11:30-12:30pm

Round Three Buffer 12:30-1:00pm

LD Round Three 1:00-2:00pm

PF Round Three 1:00-2:00pm

Break and overflow 2:00-2:30pm

Round Four Buffer 2:30-3:00pm

LD Round Four 3:00-4:00pm

PF Round Four 3:00-4:00pm

Overflow 4:00-5:00pm


Sunday (Congress + IE) 1/30

Check in: 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Round 1 Buffer: 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

IE Round 1: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Congress Round 1: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

IE Round 1 Break/Overflow: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

IE Round 2 Buffer: 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Congress Break/Overflow: 11:30 AM - 12:30 AM

IE Round 2: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lunch: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Congress Round 2 Buffer: 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

IE Round 3 Buffer: 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

IE Round 3: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Congress Round 2: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

IE Round 3 Break/Overflow: 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

IE Round 4 Buffer: 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

IE Round 4: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Overflow/End of Day: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM




We will be hosting Novice PF,LD ( January topics) and We are hosting a novice Congress division! We are excited to see the turnout for this event, and we encourage students to register. Legislation up for debate will be the January NSDA docket and will be released at the beginning of January.


We are allowing for double entry between Debate and Speech events. If a student wants to enter LD, or PF, they may also enter speech. If students would like to double-enter in Speech events, we will have a protocol for students to enter a maximum of 2 Speech events. Students double-entered will need to speak first, and then they must transfer to their other room to finish out the round.


Coaches may double-enter judges to cover their obligations in Speech & Debate. The debate judge pool will be combined at this tournament, so we will not guarantee that judges will stick to a single format throughout the event. Please encourage your judges to read the judging materials located in the sidebar prior to the event to help prepare themselves for the tournament (TBA - we're working on this document; check back in a week).


This is a novice tournament, so middle-school competitors only, please.


We are hosting Original Oratory and Duo Interpretation (subject to change) again this tournament, along with Expository, Interpretation (Dramatic & Oratorical), Humorous Interpretation. Any category with fewer than 10 entries will not participate in the live finals; they will be ranked and receive their results via tabroom. The regular 10-minute maximum times will be in place for these events. Impromptu will have its regular 7-minute time limit. 


This tournament will be all digital through NSDA Campus. Speech will be synchronous. Rounds will be announced via e-mail and SMS, and ballots will be tabulated digitally. Competitors, coaches, and judges, please test your technology the week of the tournament, and have a back-up plan in the event of a power or internet outage.

All schedule times are subject to change. In order to respect everyone’s time, if we can move the event forward earlier (without trimming the length of the lunch break), we will attempt to do so. This requires, however, that judges be responsive and available if the round times move up.

We will fine missing judges. Competitors can accrue 1 forfeit loss. If they do not show up for a round after accruing one forfeit, we will drop them from the tournament in order to proceed in a timely fashion.

Our hope is to be able to provide a small pool of judges for hire, subject to availability (and first-come, first-serve), but please do not rely on our ability to provide judges. Judges hired from us will come with an additional fee (please see invoice information).