Ersatz NYPDL Invitational

2023 — Online, CA/US

Dear Parliamentary Debate Leader,

On behalf of Berkeley High Speech and Debate, we invite you and your debate team to the Ersatz New York Parliamentary Debate League Online Invitational on February 25 and 26. The tournament will take place on Tabroom and Zoom, so all debaters and judges must first set up a free account.

This tournament will be modeled on monthly NYPDL online invitationals, but will be a bare-bones, no-frills undertaking, lacking the usual NYPDL panache we are all accustomed to. A simulacrum, if you will, a cheap imitation. Set your expectations low.

The New York Parliamentary Debate League was founded in 2016 as a student-run organization dedicated to fostering open and respectful discourse concerning modern day issues in the Parliamentary Debate style. But they are not running this tournament. For more information on those people who are not running the tournament, please visit their website.



This tournament will be held in the format established by the American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA). We will release three resolutions 15 minutes prior to the start of each round. The resolution and side will be determined by coin toss. For more information about Parli rules please visit the NYPDL website, where you can find informational YouTube videos, the Vassar style guide, our Rules FAQs document, and more. If you would like to have a Zoom meeting with a member of the NYPDL board for more in-depth training or an overview of the league and debate format, please email them at

Please note that we will not be writing topics for this tournament. We were not kidding about the lack of frills. We will use a random number generator to select topics from past NYPDL tournaments.


Registration is due February 17 at 4:00PM EST. There is no cost to enter the tournament.



Please note that tournaments may run slightly over the time given in the schedule and that debaters should plan accordingly. All times listed below are in Eastern Time.


9:00 - 10:00: Check-in

9:30 - 10:00: Judge Training (required)

10:00 - 10:25: Equity briefing (required)

10:25 - 10:30: General assembly (required)

10:30 - 12:15: Round 1

12:15 - 2:00 PM: Round 2

2:00 - 2:45: Lunch (& judge training for those who did not judge in the morning) 2:45 - 4:30: Round 3

4:30 - 6:15: Round 4

6:15 - 6:30: Screen Break

6:30 - 8:15: Round 5

8:30 - 9:00: Award Ceremony


10AM - 10:30: Check-In and GA

10:30 - 12:00: Varsity Octofinals/Novice Semifinals *

12:00 - 12:30: Lunch

12:30 - 1:45: Varsity Quarterfinals/Novice Final

2:00 - 3:45: Varsity Semifinals

4:00 - 5:45: Varsity Finals

*May be adjusted based on field size.

Break and Divisions**

This tournament will feature one open division. Varsity and Novice teams will debate each other in prelim rounds. Power pairing will start after Round 1. We will break separately to Varsity and Novice divisions -- most likely varsity octofinals and novice semifinals. Depending on registration size and time, we may adjust breaks.

Novice Definition

To be a novice, an individual must satisfy both of these conditions:

1. Be a freshman or a sophomore.

2. Be in their first year of high school debate.

Team Composition

We encourage teams to consist of two debaters from the same school. However, we allow debaters to compete alone or compete with a debater from another school.

Judging Obligations

Each team is required to bring one judge for every two teams, rounded unfavorably — if you are bringing three teams, you must bring two judges.

Note: if you are splitting up a single judge role amongst multiple people, you need to have judges present for every round. That means if you have two teams attending a tournament, you need to have judge coverage for 10 rounds.

Judges must be present for all preliminary rounds and the round after their last team has been eliminated from the break. While experienced judges are preferred, judge training is required regardless. If you are unable to meet the judging requirement, we reserve the right to break up an entry into two judges and/or drop teams from your school.

A judge must be either a) a high school sophomore or older, or b) a high school freshman who has attended at least two high school debate tournaments.

Fees and Dropped Entries

There is no registration cost for this tournament. We reserve the right to cap the entries of schools who drop entries two days before the tournament. Waivers of the $0 reg fee are available on request. :)


This tournament is eligible for NPDL points. If you'd like it to be eligible for NYPDL points also, please contact your member of Congress.