Nueva Invitational

2024 — San Mateo, CA/US




We hope your school will attend the seventh annual Nueva Parli Invitational, to be held live and in person at the Nueva Upper School on Sunday, January 7, 2024. We’ll run junior and open divisions of parliamentary debate, with at least four preliminary rounds and finals in each division.

ELIGIBILITY– We will accept middle school teams and/or high school teams. A high school debater may debate with a middle school debater from their affiliated middle school, and vice versa. We will accept hybrid teams if we receive written authorization from both school administrators. Otherwise, students must attend the same school and must compete as authorized representatives of the school they attend. Coaches may place teams in either the junior or open division using their reasonable discretion. All teams must be accompanied by verifiably official adult chaperones. We do not accept club teams or teams from for-profit organizations.

REGISTRATION is through It will open at 8 pm on Monday, November 13. All entries will be waitlisted pending tournament approval. We are setting an initial limit of five teams per school per division.

JUDGES– Schools owe one judge per two entries. Very experienced high school parli debaters may judge in the junior division, with prior approval. All judges must have linked accounts, and we hope that open division judges will have posted paradigms. A limited number of hired judges may be procured (through our Procurement Office) for $150 for the day. We expect to have some excellent guest judges. If you know of people we should hire, please let us know.

RULES -- We will use CHSSA rules with the following exceptions:

  1. Preparing with teammates is allowed.

  2. We won’t consider protests on the basis of competitors asking judges to look up evidence to verify it (and judges doing so).

VENUE -- The Nueva Upper School is at 131 East 28th Avenue, San Mateo CA. 94403. It is a block from the Hillsdale Caltrain station. Nueva also has a K-8 campus in Hillsborough. Don't go there; that would be wrong.

FEES - $65 per team; $165 per hired judge; fees are frozen on January 4. Checks should be payable to The Nueva School, sent to Les Phillips c/o The Nueva School, 131 E. 28th Avenue. They are due not later than registration time on Sunday, January 7.

SCHEDULE -- We will open the school, and registration at 7:30 am (come to Room 340). Students should gather in the Writing and Research Center (aka library) on the second floor, where we will release the Round I topic at 815 am. We will also serve a tasty lunch to all contestants and judges in our cafe, free of charge. The tournament should be done by 6:30 pm.

ETC.-- The parli topic committee will be Nueva parli staff plus whoever else we can trick into service. We will announce a topic area for two of our rounds not later than December 31.

Feel free to contact me with questions. We very much look forward to hosting you!

Les Phillips

Director of Debate

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