NYPDL April In Person Invitational

2023 — New York, NY/US

On behalf of the New York Parliamentary Debate League, we invite you and your debate team to the New York Parliamentary Debate League April Invitational on April 22nd and 23rd, 2023. The tournament will be hosted in-person at The Dalton School in Manhattan, New York City.


Registration will be done through Tabroom. Team registration is due April 14th, 2023 at 4pm. Judge registration is due April 19th, 2023 at 4pm.

Our tournament capacity is 74 teams. We are enforcing a school cap of 8 teams until the team registration deadline. You may register additional teams to be placed on the waitlist, and we will notify you if your teams get off of the waitlist on April 14th.


There will be a registration fee of $25 per entry. You can pay through Tabroom or pay in cash or through Venmo the day of the tournament.


Live Doc

Please see above for the tournament live doc, where motions, schedule updates, etc. will be posted throughout the tournament.


  • This tournament will be hosted at The Dalton School in New York City.
  • School policy states that every school who attends the tournament must be accompanied by at least one responsible adult/chaperone.

  • Lunch (pizza) will be provided.


Pre-Round Schedule

  • Debaters, coaches, and judges should arrive at 8:15am for registration. Registration will run until 8:45am.

  • General Assembly will be held from 8:45am to 9am.

  • Debater Equity will be held from 9am to 9:15am.

  • Judge training will take place from 9am to 9:30am.

    • There will be an additional judge training during lunch for judges who were unable to attend the morning session or are only judging afternoon rounds.

Round 1 pairings and motions will be released at 9:15am. Debaters will then head to their assigned rooms and begin prep while judges finish judge training and navigate to their rooms.

Round Schedule

Saturday (IN-PERSON)

9:15am - 11:15am: Round 1

11:15am - 1:00pm: Round 2

1:00pm - 1:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm - 3:15pm: Round 3

3:15pm - 5:00pm: Round 4

5:00pm - 6:45pm: Round 5

7:00pm - 7:30pm: Award Ceremony

Sunday (IN-PERSON)

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

10:30am - 12pm: Varsity Octofinals/Novice Quarterfinals

12pm - 12:30pm: Lunch

12:30pm - 2:15: Varsity Quarterfinals/Novice Semifinals

2:15pm - 4pm: Varsity Semifinals/Novice Finals

4pm - 6pm: Varsity Finals


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. Given in-person logistics, we are requiring that any given judge must judge at least 2 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. At this tournament, we will be dropping teams who do not supply a sufficient number of judges.

If your judges do not attend judge training, your debaters will not be able to compete.

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.


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 – varsity partial octofinals and novice quarterfinals.


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.


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.


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 ourResources page, where you can findinformational YouTube videos, theVassar style guide, ourRules FAQsdocument, 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 our debate format, please email us atnyparli@gmail.com.


This tournament will count for NYPDL and NPDL (National Parliamentary Debate League) points. Please visit our website for more information about NYPDL points, the NPDL Tournament of Champions, and the NYPDL championship.

Please reach out tomolly.bordoff23@trinityschoolnyc.orgornyparli@gmail.comwith questions.

Thanks, and we'll see you all at the tournament!