NYPDL Championships

2023 — NY/US

Dear Parliamentary Debate Leader,

Below you can find information regarding the New York Parliamentary Debate League Online Championships on May 20th and 21st. The tournament will take place on Tabroom and Discord, so all debaters and judges must first set up a free Discord account at this link and a free Tabroom account at this link. After setting up a Discord account, please join the NYPDL Discord server here.

Registration will be done through Tabroom. Teams must qualify to attend. Information about qualification can be found on nyparli.org. If you have not already been contacted about qualification, assume that you have not qualified. Wildcard applications are currently closed. All teams will be waitlisted and released from the waitlist if they have qualified.

Please visit our schedule page for links to each tournament’s Tabroom page and information regarding the in-person/online status of any given tournament. You can visit our resources document here.

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. For more information, please visit our 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 our Resources page, 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 our debate format, please email us at nyparli@gmail.com.


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: Round 6

12:00 - 12:30: Lunch

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

2:00 - 3:45: Varsity Semifinals/Novice Finals

4:00 - 5:45: Varsity Finals

Break and Divisions

This tournament will feature two divisions: novice and varsity. Power pairing will start after Round 1. We will break separately to Varsity and Novice divisions -- most varsity quarterfinals and novice semifinals.

Judging Obligations

  1. Teams must provide 1 judge per 1 varsity entry.

  2. Teams must provide 1 judge per 2 novice entries.

**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.

  1. All judges must have either judged at least 3 tournaments AND/OR competed at at least 2 tournaments. Regardless of experience, we are NOT allowing freshmen to judge.

  2. The deadline for judging will be this Wednesday (5/17) at 4pm.

  3. If you do not provide a sufficient # of judges, we reserve the right to drop your teams.

  4. Judge training is required.

Fees and Dropped Entries

There is no registration cost for this tournament.


The Executive Board of the NYPDL will lead this tournament. You can read more about the league’s leadership here.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

And if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to email nyparli@gmail.com.