77th National Debate Tournament

2023 — Chantilly, VA/US


A link to the full schedule is here.

Directions to Conference Suites (Sargent, Marlborough, Cumberland, Wellesley, Cambridge)

Directions for how to find those competition rooms, starting from the lobby, can be found here.

Logistics Details

Director's Letter: The full letter from Director Sarah Partlow Lefevre can be found here.

Classrooms Site


Petition Process

Information here.

Alumni Information

The 77th National Debate Tournament will occur Thursday, March 30,2023-Monday, April 3, 2023. All tournament activities will be held at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia.

This year’s host is Wake Forest University.

If you are an NDT or CEDA debate alum and are in the DC area, we particularly encourage you to come to the kickoff reception and Pre-Tournament Awards ceremony on Thursday the 30that 6:30 pm. This will be a great opportunity for you to network with other alums, re-connect with the current community, and see the presentation of several awards given by the Board of Trustees, as well as the Copeland Award for the top ranked first round at large qualifier.

If you are interested, the schedule for the remainder of the tournament can be found here:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_UIa7VkZ2Gd8QaAknIIO184ijic5z_BP0aXimoDTa_o/edit?usp=sharing

The NDT is an important milestone in the college debate experience. To help keep our NDT community healthy and to make it more likely that all participants can finish the tournament strong, we are asking everyone who comes to the tournament to follow the COVID protocols that have been established by the NDT Committee. Each tournament guest should complete an attestation form that confirms that you have been vaccinated and that you are COVID negative. You can submit that form prior to arriving at the tournament by goingto : Attestation forms will be available at the tournament if you are unable to complete one in advance.

We look forward to seeing you at the NDT! Please feel free to share this information with others in your own circle who might be interested in attending. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

Alumni registration form:https://forms.gle/umqePrNgpfsbXSRk9

Observer Information

Online observers will be required to be entered on Tabroom affiliated with a participating program. Programs who enter online observers are responsible for communicating the threaded online observer policies. If an online observer is removed from the online competition space, the sponsoring program will be notified. If an interested observer is unfamiliar with a college program that could sponsor them, they can email debate@msu.edu for additional information. As with past hybrid NDTs, MSU Debate will work verify the interested party’s affiliation with debate, communicate the online observer policies, and require adult contact information for minors. Online Observer Policies - Observers will not interrupt pre-round preparation by asking questions of either team. - Observers will remain muted with cameras off while in online competition rooms. -Observers will not intrude during the debate. This includes the cross-examination periods. - Observers will not interrupt post-debate discussions. - Observers will comply with required naming conventions when entering online competition rooms. - Observers will not share links to online competition rooms. - Observers will attend an "Observer Training Session" in advance of entering a competition room. - Observers understand that a list of observers will be made available in advance to participants at the NDT and that observers will not presumptively have unimpeded access to all competition spaces. NDT participants will have the opportunity to opt-out of being observed by individuals who are not an active member or coach of a NDT dues-paying institution. - Observers have read and understand the NDT rule regarding recording of debates: "Per the Standing Rules of the NDT, the Tournament Director will direct the platform host to record all debates. These recordings will be deleted within a reasonable timeframe after the conclusion of the tournament. Access to any recording will be restricted to cases where said recording is a) needed to resolve a formal ethics challenge or harassment complaint or b) where a debater or assigned judge missed a portion of the debate because of technical issues. Only Tournament Administration and affiliated Program Directors are permitted to receive and review any platform recordings. Recording is also permitted by debate participants (debaters, assigned judges, or coaches from registered schools). Recording of debates by observers is not permitted. Distributing participant-generated recordings without the consent of the participating debaters and judges is not permitted." Observers understand and agree that violations of the observer policies could result in revocation of that individual's access to online competition rooms.

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