National Parliamentary Debate League NPDL TOC

2024 — New York, US


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Topics will be announced on the NPDL website


Network: DOEGuest

PASS: NYC$itevent


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The NPDL Board has published a prep video designed to help debaters understand different regional styles they may encounter at TOC, and is offering a Zoom prep sesion on Sunday, March 24, 2pm PDT/5pm EDT. You will find the link in a email sent to coaches.


Note: we anticipate having limited tournament hired judging available. Please make every effort to bring your own qualified judges. These may be former debaters, coaches, or parents with at least one year of experience debating, coaching, or judging. See below for other requirements.

The topic areas for TOC will be
1. Nigeria
2. US Domestic Food Policy

Each topic area will cover at least one round, with all three topics relating to that area.




Tabroom appears to have a systemwide bug at the moment that prevents tournament registration. That's unfortunate, given that today is the deadline to register for NPDL-TOC.

If you cannot register autoqual and regional bid teams on Tabroom, please use this form:

If you are interested in a wildcard bid, that is unaffected by the Tabroom bug. Use the application.

UPDATE: the Tabroom issue appears to be resolved.


Dear Coaches and Qualified Competitors,

We are delighted to invite you to the 2024 NPDL Tournament of Champions, which will feature seven preliminary rounds of parliamentary debate, followed by elimination rounds. We will bring together the most successful high school parliamentary debaters in the United States for the premier tournament of the year. The tournament will be held at Bard Queens High School in New York City.The address is 30-20 Thomson Ave, Queens, NY 11101. Google Maps has the entrance wrong: you enter in the back of the building, on the 47th Street side.


Teams may autoqualify by earning 41 tournament points by March 1. If either or both members of a team have not autoqualified, they may earn a regional at-large bid by being one of the top teams from their region and/or apply for a wildcard at-large bid. Details are posted in the sidebar.




Autoqual teams and regional at-large teams must register on tabroom by March 3. Teams that wish to apply for a wildcard at-large bid should complete the applicationby March 3. A team that receives a wildcard at-large bid must accept the bid by registering on tabroom within 24 hours after being notified.

Release Forms

We require a parent release form for each competitor (which is combined with the Code of Conduct and Conflict Disclosure), and a school release form for each school. Detailed instructions will be posted in the sidebar soon.


The tournament will be held on April 6-7, 2024, and will be in person. A detailed schedule can be found in the sidebar.

Entry Fees

The entry fee will be $150 per team. Independent teams will also be assessed a $50 Independent Entry Fee.

Fees may be paid online or by check payable to the National Parliamentary Debate League, and mailed to:

Rodda John
257 Gold St. Apt 8B
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Checks should indicate the school name.

Schools for which payment is a barrier to entry should request a full or partial fee waiver by emailing

If your payment will not arrive by the March 20 deadline, please email and CC by March 20 requesting an extension and specifying when your payment will arrive.

Checks should indicate the school name.


Each team must be covered by one judge, who must be at least 18 years old, a high school graduate, and have at least one year of experience judging, coaching, or competing in parliamentary debate.Current high school students may not judge at TOC.

The judges you bring are obligated until one round after all teams from your school are eliminated.

Hired judges will cost $375 per judge. You may request hired judges through Tabroom. Once a hired judge is assigned to you, you will be financially obligated for that hire even if you bring a judge. Please make your request by the deadline indicated under "Deadlines" in the sidebar.

Fee Waivers

If any of the above fees would be a hardship for you, please email the tournament director at


All fines must be cleared before elimination rounds are announced. Nuisance fines will be assessed for the following:


Team does not submit entry fees or hired judge fees prior to the posted deadline

Team has a judge add or change after the posted judge deadline

Team’s judge is more than ten minutes late to a round

Team’s judge submits a ballot less than fifteen minutes before the scheduled start of the next round (absent an unusual situation that the judge has communicated with tab about).


Team’s judge misses a single round


Team’s judge is missing for more than one round (does not stack on previous fine; $250 total fine)

Mutual Judging Preferences

We willuse mutual judging preferences to assign judges. Please contact us if you need assistance entering prefs. Any changes in the tournament’s intention to use prefs, or the timing or procedures, will be announced on in advance.

Dress Code

The dress code for TOC is that there is no dress code. Casual attire is encouraged.


Ordinarily, both members of a team should debate for every round. In unusual circumstances where one team member is ill, has technological problems, or otherwise unavailable, one member of a team may compete as a maverick for one preliminary round. The missing partner will be assigned 24 speaker points for the round. Both partners must compete in elimination rounds.

Host Future TOC?

If you might be interested in hosting NPDL-TOC in a future year, please fill out this form.

We are particularly looking for host sites in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2025, and Oregon or Southern California area in 2026.