ND Parliamentary Warm Up

2023 — San Jose, CA/US

Notre Dame High School is pleased to invite you to the Parliamentary Debate Warm Up tournament on September 16-17! This in person tournament is open to Varsity and Novice students in hopes of preparing for a rigorous tournament season! We recognize that many students are either new or out of practice in regards to in person tournaments, so this tournament is a great way to jump back into in person competition.

Please contact Mariel Cruz (mcruz@ndsj.org) if you have questions

Covid Safety Procedures -

-Masks will be recommended for all participants in round. N95/KN95 or surgical masks are recommended. Masks must be worn in round, but may be removed only when speaking.

-Outdoor space will be provided for eating and drinking. Parli Prep will also be conducted outside.

Topic Announce Doc - Please check here for topics and prep times - will be updated the week of the tournament

Tournament Rules and Procedures - Please see this doc for the tournament's rules and procedures. Please note, updates may be posted the weeks prior to the tournament.

Help desk:

If you encounter any problems during the tournament, please email ndparliwarmup@gmail.com. This email account is also linked to the NSDA Campus troubleshooting section; please refrain from sending duplicate emails.

Please see this document for the Rules and Procedures for the tournament.

To report an incident to the Belonging and Inclusion Station, please fill out this form - will be updated week of tournament

About the Tournament:

This tournament will be hosted at Notre Dame San Jose.

Address: 596 S. 2nd St.

San Jose, CA 95112

All students and judges must have Tabroom accounts in order to register for the tournament.

Schools may initially register 4 teams per division. Additional school entries will be waitlisted and can be added at tournament director discretion. The maximum capacity of the tournament in both divisions is 80 teams.

Students do not need to dress formally-this is a fun tournament, so casual dress is encouraged!


Topics will be announced 20 minutes before each round and students may use the internet, pre-prepared briefs, downloaded or paper articles to formulate arguments. Students can only prep with their partners, so no coach or team prep. Debates will utilize the 7-8-8-8-4-5 format for speech times.

Topics will be drawn from current events and topics of current relevant interest. Awards will be given to finalists and champions in the Open and Novice divisions.

The topic committee consists of coaches and former debaters.

Schedule: Please note, all times are in Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Saturday Sept 16:

Registration: 7:30am-8:30am

Round 1 Topic Announcement & prep: 9:00am

Round 1 Starts: 9:20am

Round 2 Postings/Topic Announcement: 10:30am

Round 2 Starts: 10:50am

Lunch break: 12:00-1:30pm (longer lunch break to ensure time for participants to take advantage of downtown SJ food spots)

Round 3 Posting/Topic Announcement and prep: 1:30pm

Round 3 Starts: 1:50pm

Round 4 Postings/Topic Announcement & prep: 3:15pm

Round 4 Starts: 3:35pm

Round 5 Postings/Topic Announce - for NOVICE ONLY: 5:00pm

Round 5 Novice starts: 5:20pm

Novice Awards after conclusion of Round 5

Sunday Sept 17

School Check in - 7:30am-8:20am

Round 5 Varsity Posting/Topic Announcement and prep: 8:30am

Round 5 Starts: 8:50am

Round 6 Varsity Posting/Topic Announcement and prep: 10:15am

Round 6 Starts: 10:35am

Lunch break - 11:30am-12:30pm

Roll call, Elim 1 - 12:30pm

Elim 1 Topic Announce - 12:45

Elim 1 Round start - 1:05pm

Elim 2 announcement/prep: 2:10

Elim 2: 2:30pm

Elim 3 announcement/ prep: 4:00 pm

Elim 3 Start - 4:20pm

Elim 4 announcement/prep: 5:30pm

Elim 4 Start - 5:50pm

*elim round schedule may be adjusted, depending on entry size for varsity