NPDL Tournament of Champions

2022 — NSDA Campus, US

4/10 update

All results have been posted in the results tab.

All resolutions, plus the side split data, have been posted in the sidebar.

We are working on uploading round recordings to our YouTube channel.

Thank you for a great tournament, everyone!

4/8 update

The 2022 NPDL-TOC starts today. Here’s some key information:

1. There is an announcements page for the tournament on the NPDL website, which will be updated throughout the tournament. This is where you will find topics.

2. The tournament starts at 2:30p PDT/5:30p EDT with judge orientation, followed by a mandatory equity briefing for everyone at 3p/6p. Both will occur in the tournament Zoom. A Zoom link will be emailed to coaches and judges. This will also be the judge room, and the location of Sunday rounds. The Sunday meeting of members will be hosted on a separate Zoom (check your email on Saturday for the link).

3. On Friday and Saturday, the tournament will be hosted on NSDA Campus. NSDA Campus instructions for judges are here. NSDA Campus instructions for debaters are here.

(Added 2pm)

4. For the helpdesk, please go to the Zoom and ask for the helpdesk.

5. Judges: For each round, one judge should note which topic was selected on this form.

6. Videos of the equity briefings can be found in the "Equity" sidebar.

4/5 update

1. The tournament is now closed, and will not accept further entries.

2. Tuesday is the deadline for all participants to submit their paperwork for the tournament. All debaters, judges, coaches, and staff must sign the tournament form, which includes the Code of Conduct, conflict disclosure (for debaters and judges), and liability/media release. Detailed instructions are in the sidebar on Tabroom.

3. Wednesday is the deadline for entering judge preferences. If you have not entered them, please do so soon. If you have, please note that there have been a few changes that may require your attention. Some judges have been added (these will be obvious because they'll be the ones you haven't preffed yet). Several other judges have updated or added paradigms (Che, Hashmi, Santos-Paez, Sun, Wu).

4. There have been a few additions to the tournament staff page in the sidebar.

4/3 update

Julie Herman has prepared a guide to jargon found in judge paradigms.

4/1 update

Prefs are now open for NPDL-TOC. That is, all teams have the opportunity to rank the judges (and strike some), and Tabroom will use those preferences in assigning judges at the tournament. If you would like assistance in navigating prefs entry, please contact TOC Director Joel Jacobs, or Tab Director Rodda John.

A guide to jargon found in judge paradigms is currently being developed, and will be distributed in the next few days. Prefs will close on April 6 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time.

3/23 update

Entry fees, judge hire fees, and tournament forms were due yesterday. If you have not submitted any of these, please do so immediately. If you need additional time, please contact us to discuss your circumstances. As noted in the tournament invitation, there is a $50 fine for late entry fees.

Please register your judges by this Saturday, March 26. Their paradigms will be due on March 30, and prefs open on April 1.

Note that there will be a delay in processing checks received the week of 3/22. If your check was mailed on or shortly before the 3/22 deadline, it will not be late, but the payment will not be recorded in Tabroom until 3/28 or shortly thereafter. (There may also be some delay in the recording of PayPal payments in Tabroom, but if you received a confirmation from PayPal, you should be fine.)

3/14 update

Round 1 topic area: Africa (Horn of Africa/North Africa/Sahel)

Round 2 topic area: Housing

3/11 update

Tournament forms are now available. These must be uploaded for all competitors by March 22. Other participants should upload them by April 5.
See "Required Forms" in the sidebar 

3/8 update

Regional and wildcard at-large bids have been allocated, and coaches of both recipients and wait-listed teams have been notified. We will draw from the wait-list on a rolling basis. 

3/4 update

The entry fee for the 2022 NPDL-TOC is $80/team. Tabroom settings have been updated. Payment instructions can be found on the invoice and the invitation below.

All autoqual teams who registered for the tournament have been taken off of the waitlist. We are processing at-large bids, and anticipate notifying wildcard applicants about their status within the next few days.

3/1 update

1. Registration closes on March 3!

2. See sidebar for additional staff announcements.

2/1 update

1. Registration is now open for the 2022 NPDL-TOC.

- A team that has autoqualified by earning at least 47 tournament points should register here on Tabroom by March 3.

- The top ranked teams from each region are eligible for regional at-large bids, and may compete if they register here on Tabroom by March 3. See NPDL Board Code Article XXII, Section 2.

- Any team may apply for a wildcard at-large bid. See NPDL Board Code Article XXII, Sections 2-3.
- You can also read the qualification FAQ.

2. We are still accepting applications for most staff positions (topic committee and tab director have been selected). The application is here. The application deadline for most remaining positions is February 28, 2022.

3. If you are interested in applying to be a hired judge, please complete this application.




Dear Coaches and Qualified Competitors,

We are delighted to invite you to the 2022 NPDL Tournament of Champions, which will feature seven preliminary rounds of parliamentary debate, followed by elimination rounds. We will bring together the most successful high school parliamentary debaters in the United States for the premier tournament of the year.  


Teams may autoqualify by earning 47 tournament points by March 1. If either or both members of a team have not autoqualified, they may earn a regional at-large bid by being one of the top teams from their region and/or apply for a wildcard at-large bid. Details will be posted in the sidebar.

Answers to frequently asked questions about TOC qualification can be found here.




Autoqual teams and regional at-large teams should register on tabroom by March 3. Teams that wish to apply for a wildcard at-large bid should complete the application, which will be linked here after February 1. A team that receives a wildcard at-large bid may register on tabroom after being notified. 

Release Forms

We require a parent release form for each competitor (which is combined with the Code of Conduct and Conflict Disclosure), and a school release form for each school. See sidebar for detailed instructions.


The tournament will be held on April 8-10, 2022, and will be hosted on NSDA Campus. A detailed schedule will be posted in the sidebar

Entry Fees

The entry fee is $80 per team. Payment will be due March 22, 2022. Schools that are not NPDL members will also be assessed a $50 Independent Entry Fee.

Fees may be paid online or by check payable to the National Parliamentary Debate League, and mailed to

National Parliamentary Debate League
1929 Delaware Street Apartment 2A
Berkeley, CA 94709

Checks should indicate the school name.


Each team must be covered by one judge, who must be at least 18 years old, a high school graduate, and have at least one year of experience judging or competing in parliamentary debate.

All judges are required to post paradigms by 5:00 PM Pacific Time on March 30, 2022.

The judges you bring are obligated until one round after all teams from your school are eliminated.

Hired judges will cost $300 per judge. You may request hired judges through Tabroom. Once a hired judge is assigned to you, you will be financially obligated for that hire even if you bring a judge. Please make your request by the deadline indicated under "Deadlines" in the sidebar.

Fee Waivers

If any of the above fees would be a hardship for you, please email the tournament director at by March 20, 2022.


All fines must be cleared before elimination rounds are announced. Nuisance fines will be assessed for the following:


Team does not submit entry fees or hired judge fees prior to the posted deadline (if applicable)

Team has a judge add or change after the posted judge deadline

Team’s judge is more than ten minutes late to a round

Team’s judge requires tab staff intervention to set up or link a account


Team’s judge misses a single round

Team’s judge is missing a paradigm at the start of the tournament


Team’s judge is missing for more than one round (does not stack on previous fine; $250 total fine)

Mutual Judging Preferences

We will use mutual judging preferences to assign judges. Please contact us if you need assistance entering prefs. Any changes in the tournament’s intention to use prefs, or the timing or procedures, will be announced on in advance.

Dress Code

The dress code for TOC is that there is no dress code. Casual attire is encouraged.


Ordinarily, both members of a team should debate for every round. In unusual circumstances where one team member is ill, has technological problems, or otherwise unavailable, one member of a team may compete as a maverick for one preliminary round.  The missing partner will be assigned 24 speaker points for the round. Mavericks may not compete in elimination rounds.