D8 NDT Qualifier and NE Championships at Suffolk University

2024 — Boston, MA/US

2024 Northeast Regional Championship

District 8 NDT Qualifier

2/24/2023 – 2/25/2023

DIVISIONS: Suffolk University will be hosting the Northeast Regional Championship Novice and JV divisions, following CEDA eligibility rules, alongside the NDT District 8 Qualifier Division, following NDT eligibility rules. We will also host a Spanish Language Division at the tournament that will feature the same topic and rules of competition.

We will use a 9-3-6-10 format using the national CEDA/NDT topic for the 2023-2024 season. We will allow swing teams to participate as needed and will allow mavericks to compete only after all other possibilities have been exhausted, no more than one per division. Both will be eligible for elimination rounds. Suffolk teams will be eligible to clear to elimination rounds. We will use a 30-point scale, allowing for tenth of a decimal place, and NO TIES between debaters in the same round. We will follow CEDA’s Council of Tournament’s directions for best practices unless otherwise stated within the invite. The tab room staff will include Kathryn Rubino from USMA and Samantha Godbey from West Virginia. All squads are required to bring or pay for three rounds of judging for every team entered for the first five teams, and four rounds for every team over five.

IN PERSON PARTICIPATION: We will be hosting our tournament as an in person tournament. This means all times will be denoted in EST since that is the location of the tournament.

DIVERSITY & SAFER SPACE POLICY: Suffolk Debate has a zero-tolerance policy for racial, sexual, or any other form of harassment. This also includes harassment that might happen outside of the individual debate round via email or other digital forms of communication that extends beyond the “round” itself in the virtual space we will be hosting tin. Violators will be expelled from the tournament, but their judging commitment will still be owed.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Registration will happen on Tabroom, which is also where we will be releasing all the pairings and results.

FEES: $60 per person for each debater and judge. The NDT Division may have additional fees associated with entry. Checks should be made out to “Suffolk University Debate Team.” We should also have an electronic payment system set up at the tournament.

Uncovered Team: $60 per uncovered round (this however cannot be waived as we need every available judge). We encourage schools to donate extra rounds if possible and/or list themselves as available for hire. Please note that this is only for regional entries into the pool. If you need hired judging, please contact us ASAP.

We will be accepting registration up until the Wednesday (2/21/24) before the tournament at 5:00PM. For the District Division, we will follow the NDT rule requirements for entry, including declarations of intent and proof of eligibility. Any changes after that time should be phoned in to 386-216-3193 and/or e-mailed to firizarry@suffolk.edu as they occur. Entries should include the names of debaters and which divisions, as well as a list of judges. We will do our best to accommodate late drops but reserve the right to charge as necessary to cover expenses that take place after Thursday (2/22/24).


We have partnered with the Godfrey Hotel, located at 505 Washington Avenue in Boston. The hotel is about two blocks from where the tournament will be held. Doubles are $160 a night, King rooms are $150 a night and the daily Urban fee has been waived so it is just the room and the tax. This is a GREAT deal for downtown Boston.

Because of the limited amount of rooms with two doubles (a massive volleyball tournament in town that weekend has sucked up a lot of hotel inventory) if you can use a King, please book some King rooms.

This is the link you should use to book your rooms: https://reservations.godfreyhotelboston.com/97464...

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at firizarry@suffolk.edu or on my cell at 386-216-3193.


Sat, Feb 24, 2024

7:00am Breakfast & Pairings Released for Rounds 1 & 2

8:00am – 10:00am D8/NE Round 1

10:30pm – 12:30pm D8/NE Round 2

12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm Pairings for Round 3 & 4

2:00pm – 4:00pm D8/NE Round 3

4:30pm – 6:30pm D8/NE Round 4

6:30pm – 7:00pm Dinner

7:00pm NE Pairings for Round 5

7:30pm – 9:30pm NE Round 5

Sun, Feb 25, 2024

8:00am Breakfast & Pairings Released

9:00am – 11:00pm NE Round 6 / D8 Round 5

11:30am Elim Pairings Released

12:00pm – 2:00pm NE Elim 1 / D8 Round 6

2:00pm – 3:00pm Lunch & Awards

3:30pm – 5:30pm NE Elim 2 / D8 Runoff

6:00pm – 8:00pm NE Elim 3 / D8 Runoff

8:30pm – 10:30pm NE Elim 4 / D8 Runoff