NPDL Fall Invitational

2022 — NSDA Campus, US


We are looking forward to welcoming you to NPDL-Fall Saturday morning!

All participants should report tothis Zoom meetingat 8a PDT/11a EDT for the equity briefing. The same Zoom link will be the judge room for the rest of Saturday, and will be used for elimination rounds on Sunday. (Rounds on NSDA Campus Saturday, Zoom Sunday).

Tournament announcements, including topics, will be posted onthe NPDL website, which we hope will avoid the lag and capacity issues people have sometimes experienced with Google Docs. Topics may be posted on the round schematics as well, but the website will be the primary location.



Note schedule change:Novice quarterfinals added in light of registration numbers.


Here are a few reminders:
1. Theregistration deadline is Tuesday,at 11:59p PDT/2:59a Weds EDT.

2.Judge registrationisdueWednesdayat 5p PDT/8p EDT

3. CompletedCode of Conduct/Release Formsare also dueWednesday5p PDT/8p EDT. You can download the fillable pdf in thesidebaron Tabroom. You can also find uploading instructions in thesidebar.

4. We are looking forstudent volunteers to record rounds, especially on Sunday. If a student on your team is interested, even for just part of a day, please ask them to complete thevolunteer interest form.

5. This year, we will use theEast Coast side/topic procedurein elimination rounds. Please encourage your competitors to review thesidebar instructionsbefore Sunday.

6. There will be ameeting of membersonSundayat 12:30p PDT/3:30p EDT. More details will follow.


The National Parliamentary Debate League is pleased to invite you to the NPDL Fall Invitational - an online high school parliamentary debate tournament created with the goal of bringing together the parliamentary debate community from across the US.

Entry Fees
This is a free tournament.

Entry Caps
Every member school may enter 8 open teams and 6 novice teams. Any additional teams will be waitlisted.

Registration closes: Tuesday, October 18, 11:59PM (Pacific)
Judges entry due: Wednesday, October 19, 11:59PM (Pacific)
NPDL membership registration deadline: Wednesday, October 19, 11:59PM (Pacific)
Judge strikes due: Friday, October 21, 5:00PM (Pacific)

- Only students from NPDL member/observer schools may compete. To register your school for NPDL,click here.
- All students shall be registered under their school or designated as “[SCHOOL NAME] Independent.” Hybrid teams of students from different schools should be registered using both school names.
- Each school will be allowed one hybrid entry in varsity and one hybrid entry in novice.
- Each school will be allowed one maverick entry in novice.
- Homeschooled debaters may enter if they affiliate with a member school.


There will be two divisions - open and novice.

- A novice debater is a freshman or a sophomore who is in their first academic year of debate competition.
- A freshman or sophomore in their second academic year of debate competition may also enter as a novice if they have competed in no more than three debate tournaments total.
- A novice team is composed of two novice debaters.


The judge requirement is 1 judge per 2 entries. Judge obligations are calculated separately for each division.
If you cannot fully cover your judging obligation, or, conversely, if you want to volunteer to judge, please email

All judges from a given school are obligated for one round past the elimination of the last team from their school.

A judge must:
- be fluent in English,
- be familiar with the basic rules of parliamentary debate,
- have a device with a working camera and audio,
- have experience using video conferencing,
- be at least 18 years old and not be a current high school student,
- be reachable at all times by phone while they are in the judge pool.

After submitting their ballots, judges may--but are not required to--give a brief RFD (reason for decision) and/or disclose the winner of the round. Judges on a panel should decide independently, and not confer with other judges about the result before all judges have submitted their ballots.

If you believe one of your judges is more appropriately placed in the other division, please let the tournament know.

Round Rules
We will use the NPDL Online Round Rules. Please also see XI.7 of the Legislative Code for Judge Conflict Rules.

Internet prep allowed, partner prep only.


Meeting of Members
TheNPDL Meeting of Members will be held on Sunday, October 23, 12:30-2:30PM (Pacific Time), i.e. 3:30-5:30PM (Eastern Time).
The Zoom link and other details will be sent to all member school representatives.

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