GGSA Congress Parli 1 Miramonte HS

2022 — Orinda, CA/US

The Golden Gate Speech Association (GGSA) is proud to host our secondCongress and Parliamentary Debate tournament of the school yearin-person at San Ramon HS on November 5, 2022.


  501 Danville Blvd, Danville, CA 94526

STUDENTS: Report to the _ (TBA). 

COACHES & JUDGES:  Report to the _ (TBA).  See campus map on right side bar.

DATES & DEADLINES:  See right side bar.

This tournament is open to all registered GGSA schools.
Schools must have completed and submitted the 2022-23 GGSA school membership form to be eligible to compete at this tournament.  

In addition to online Tabroom registration, coaches and judges must also check in by 8:00 AM on the morning of the tournament.

Entry fees are $15.00 per student.
Make checks payable to GGSA and mailed to:

c/o Lowell Alumni Association
PO Box 320009
San Francisco, CA 94132


Thank you for joining our all-volunteer organization in donating your time and energy to empower youth through speaking and listening!

*Lunch will be provided for judges.

*All judges must be entered on Tabroom and be familiar with the judge instructions and resources on the website; links to event-specific resources are on right side bar.

*All judges must have Tabroom accounts unique to them, with cell phone numbers and email addresses.

*Please bring a fully charged device (s)--laptop, tablet, and/or smart phone--to use to complete electronic Tabroom ballots. Good to have a backup.  Laptop and tablet are better as they are easier to use, but it is still possible to use a smart phone.

*Parli Judges Only:  Please briefly fill out the paradigm in a 2-3 sentences or phrases, i.e. your judging experience and philosophy if any, so Tab staff can better support and place you at this and future tournaments. You'll find the "Paradigm" button on the right-hand side in Tabroom, under "Judging."

*Please address the above matters in advance of the tournament. Dealing with them on Saturday morning delays the start of the tournament and causes everyone to go home later.


*All competitors and judges must have their Tabroom accounts linked to your school by 5 pm on Sept. 16, 2022. Please see this video for the procedure.

*When you enter your judges, be sure that you do so using the same email address that judges use for their Tabroom account.

*Make sure that all judges know the email address and password for their Tabroom account. It is a problem when coaches or students create a Tabroom account for a parent judge.

*Please make sure your judges and their technology are ready to judge. In the event of a judge being unable to judge an assigned round, Tab staff reserves the right to substitute the coach from the school as the judge for that round.

*Per league rules, each school is responsible for providing an official coach/chaperone listed on your GGSA Membership Form and Tabroom in addition to your judge quota. All coaches will be assigned tournament duties in either Congress or Parli debate.  Coaching assignments will be sent out to schools once registration is completed. If you are sending coach or official chaperone other than the one listed in Tabroom, please complete the second coach contact information section on the "general" tab when registering your entries.


Quest Sandel--Congress Director,

Vy Linh Nguyen--Parli Director,



    New novice rules: Novice teams have 30 minutes of prep time, with 5 minute constructive speeches and 3 minute rebuttals (555533)

   New judging requirements: Please provide one judge for every three teams, or fraction thereof (e.g. 4 teams = two judges).

    New internet policy: Students may also use the internet, computers and devices but ONLY during prep time.  NO real-time communications or research during the debate is allowed. In the Novice Parli division, debaters may consult with teammates or other debaters at the tournament during prep time.

New evidence rule: "In Parliamentary Debate, debaters should primarily rely on logic and general knowledge. They should not cite published sources during the round. Judges should enforce this rule by giving a claim supported by a citation the same weight as they would give a claim not supported by a citation. Violations of this provision are not protestable to the tournament committee."

Note: If your school has many entries dominating a particular division and there aren't enough schools for proper pairings, your teams may compete against each other. The tournament director will notify the coach beforehand of this possibility.



Legislation: House and Senate will debate the three resolutions posted on the right side bar.

Judging requirements:
One judge for every 10 entries in House; one judge for every 4 entries in Senate. Judges will be pre-paneled. Extra judges or judges not entered in advance will be placed in a “reserve pool.” Judge names must accompany entry. If your judge has a different last name than their child please note that in your judge entry notes.

NEW Presiding officer requirements:
All POs nominated by schools are encouraged to attend a training session prior to the start of the tournament.  Chambers will elect presiding officers in each round.

House or Senate?
Remember that students who qualified to the Senate in the past will remain in the Senate this year. Varsity debaters should also be entered in the Senate. House should be reserved for novices and less experienced competitors. Students who qualified to the Senate as a speaker may not remain in the House as a presiding officer.

Request for Legislation for GGSA Congress 2.  All schools wishing to submit legislation for consideration for the GGSA Congress 2 tournament on November 5 should email legislation to Quest Sandel - GGSA Congress Director, on or before September 24.