Bellarmine Rhetoric Intrasquad Policy Debate Tournament

2021 — San Jose, CA/US

Bellarmine Novice Policy Debate Intrasquad Tournament

Hosted IN-PERSON at:

Bellarmine College Preparatory

960 W. Hedding St., San Jose, CA, 95126

Saturday, December 4th, 2021

Tournament Directors/Tabroom Staff: Xavier Liu, Sherwin Lai, Jason Cappelloni, Devansh Bansal

Executive Director: Mr. Langerman

Equity Officer: Xavier Liu

Tournament Helpdesk Number: +1 (408) 964-0688; Please TEXT before calling

Event Offered: Policy Debate

Tournament website:

Registration: Only Bellarmine College Prep students or those who are taking Rhetoric their freshman year will be allowed to enter this Intrasquad tournament. All other schools will be dropped from the tournament without notice or warning.

Table of Contents:

1. Announcements and Notifications

2. Notes for Students

3. Judging Instructions

4. Students' Instructions for Tabroom Accounts

The tournament schedule can be accessed by clicking on the "Schedule" page on the sidebar to the right. The schedule is now posted.

1. Announcements and Notifications

Both students and judges: Please be attentive about emails and Slack notifications. Sign up for “Live Updates” using the tab above - this will alert you with text or email notifications about new pairings/postings.

Announcements will take place in the Novice Tournaments Slack. Please pay attention to the General Channel for important updates, including pushing up or back rounds!

2. Notes for Students and Judges

- Judges and students MUST show up by the time listed on the schedule. If you will be late, you MUST Slack Mr. Langerman ASAP.

- Be in tournament attire (think dress-up day) on the days you are competing.

- Pairings for all rounds will be posted on Tabroom. The tournament schedule will be listed on a separate custom page on the side bar. Please make sure that you know which room you will be speaking or debating in. 

- ALL competition will take place in classrooms within O'Donnell Hall. Please note that COVID-19 mask requirements will be followed. Students may not remove their masks indoors and should have their masks on during the round until prompted to speak. Debaters not speaking must have their masks on. Students will ensure that windows are open to allow for maximum ventilation at all times. 

- Students and judges should be in their rooms 10 minutes prior to the start of the round to ensure that the round starts on time.

- We will be enforcing a strict ten-minute forfeit time after the scheduled start of the round. There is no time for dilly-dallying - students and judges need to show up at the scheduled start of the round.  

- For safety and legal purposes, judges may not record the round. 

- To access comments, ballots, and results, you will need to use your account. If you do not have a Tabroom account or do not know how to link your account to a competitor, please look under "Students' Instructions for Tabroom Accounts" below.

3. Judging Instructions

If this is your first time judging, please be sure to link your Tabroom account to a judge. Click on "Link your person to a judge" and search for yourself. There will be a page that pops up that lists all judges registered on Tabroom with your name. Please look for your name and "judges for: Bellarmine College Prep" and click to link yourself to that judge!

- It’s super important that you attend the round on the day that you are assigned to judge. Show up by the time listed on the schedule.

- Slack one of the Tournament Directors (preferably Xavier) and Mr. Langerman at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the round to let us know that you are still able to judge.

- When you log in to your Tabroom account, you should be taken to a page where you will see the round that you need to judge along with the words "START ROUND" in a green box.

- Before the round: Judges, you MUST PRESS “START ROUND” once you receive your ballot. Doing this alerts Tab that you have officially “picked up” your ballot and that the round has officially started. You may do this during "tech check."

- All speech times will be reduced as to fit the round into a normal class period ~65 minutes. We will NOT be using full Policy Debate Times. So please keep this in mind. These reduced times will show up on your ballot.

- Points will be on a 30 point scale. 

- You must submit your decision and points, no later than 15 minutes after the round ends. This is especially the case after the 2nd and 3rd prelim round so that we can pair the next round. Please do not delay the tournament by waiting to submit your rankings and comments at the same time. You can edit RFD/comments later even after you've submitted your rankings. Do not disclose your decision to the debaters in any round.

- Your RFD and feedback on Tabroom will be available to the debaters at the conclusion of the tournament. However, you MAY give them oral feedback that does NOT reveal the decision after the round ends. Please keep this short - no more than 5-10 minutes after each round as we are on a tight schedule.

- No show/forfeit procedure

* If you are judging a debate with absent debaters/mavericks, please

1. Enter 20/30 points for the absent debater

2. SLACK Xavier (and Mr. Langerman) IMMEDIATELY

* If both debaters from a team do not show, DO NOT SUBMIT the ballot. Slack Xavier (and Mr. Langerman).

* If something doesn't work, start the round first anyway! We can deal with the issue later.

4. Students' Instructions for Tabroom Accounts

You will need to use your Tabroom account to access judge RFDs and comments. If you already have a Tabroom account and have already linked your account to yourself, awesome! There's no need for you to read the rest of this. 


1. On the main page of, find the "Sign Up" button on the upper right corner of your screen. Click on that. (Ignore the first question which asks you whether you're an NSDA Coach or PKD Member. You are a student and are neither.) Keep scrolling down, which leads you to a page where you type in your email, first name, last name, phone number, password, etc... While you are only required to input information regarding your email, first and last name, and password, we also highly recommend that you provide your cellphone number and service provider because you can get live text updates of postings and tournament updates!

2. After you input all your information, click "Create login." This will lead you to a blank page that serves as your Tabroom account. If you see the words "Judging," "Competing," and "Your Account" on the right hand side of the web page, you are in the right place!


1. After you log in, click on your email in the top right corner. On the right hand side, scroll down to "Your Account" and click on "Link your person to a student."

2. That will bring you to a page that prompts you to search for yourself. Type your first and last name in the empty boxes and click "Search."

3. Please pick the correct person and link yourself to that student. Look for your name and "competes for: Bellarmine College Prep" and click to link yourself to that person!

4. Tab may also ask you to confirm that you want to link. Please make sure all information is correct and confirm the link. Please DO NOT link your account to anyone OTHER THAN YOURSELF.