NPDL Fall Invitational

2022 — NSDA Campus, US

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: Monday, October 17, 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.

Round Rules
We will use the NPDL Round Rules. The rules are currently being updated, and will be linked here in advance of the tournament.

Internet prep allowed, partner prep only.

See sidebar.

League Meeting
The NPDL 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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