ADA Nationals at Indiana University

2024 — Bloomington, IN/US

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The ADA welcomes you to the ADA National Tournament hosted in person at Indiana University and online from March 9-11, 2024!

Hybrid/online debates happen here -

Some ADA Nationals Specific Rules To Note:

**Judges must have at least 10 rounds of judging on the 2023/24 debate topic prior to ADA Nationals to count toward your team's judging commitment. Otherwise they will be a free strike.

**Judges must be in for at least 2 debates.

**Hybrids are welcome to debate, but cannot make elimination rounds unless they have debated at 3 ADA tournaments as a team prior to ADA Nationals.

**To participate, each school must be a patron member of the ADA. You can pay for membership when you pay your entry fees or you can pay now.


The tentative schedule is available here:

4 prelims on Saturday, 2 prelims, 1 elim, and awards banquet on Sunday, and the rest of the elims on Monday


The tournament will run Saturday, March 9 to Monday, March 11 and will be hybrid through the platform.

There will be 6 rounds of preliminary debates in Novice, JV, and Varsity divisions, followed by an appropriate number of elimination debates.

Hybrid entries are welcome, but see above for the ADA specific rules on eligibility to clear to elimination rounds as a hybrid team.

Nick Ryan will tab the tournament.

Payment & Fees:

Fees for online teams: $100 per team, covering the platform, tabbing expenses, and trophies.

Fees for in-person teams: $100 per person, covering the above costs in addition to food and cleaning expenses.

ADA membership: In order to participate at ADA Nationals, each institution must be a member of the ADA for 2023-24. Dues are $75.

You can pay fees & dues at this link:

New, emerging programs, or anyone else that does not have a budget and would otherwise have to pay out of pocket please contact the ADA President, Patrick Waldinger (contact info is on the right hand side of this page).

Fees will be locked on Tuesday, March 5.


Fairfield Inn & Suites Bloomington for 99 USD per night($89 per night for 3/8/24)
Book your group rate for American Debate Association Debate Tournament
Last Day to Book: Thursday, February 15, 2024

If you are not staying at the IMU, there are two parking lot options. The first is most convenient but more expensive.

1. IMU Pay parking lot, $2.50 an hour max if $28 for the day
Biddle Hotel & Conference Center, East 7th Street, Bloomington, IN

2. Atwater Parking garage - free parking

Address: 921 Atwater Ave, Bloomington, IN 47401.

There is one entrance. You will need to drive East on Atwater (One way) and turn on S. Faculty Lane (One way) to access the lot.

You can walk with your students through the biology building to stay warm after crossing 3rd street and head north towards the large classroom building (Ballantine).