The National Parliamentary Debate Invitational

2015 — CA/US

Registration for the tournament will take place between 8:30 and 9:30 AM in Dwinelle Hall, in room 145. Have payment and student waivers with you, and make sure to bring your judges to check in before rounds begin. 



It was also emailed to each school along with the invoices. 



The topic area for this year's National Parliamentary Debate Invitational at Berkeley, which will be used in 2 of the 6 preliminary rounds, will be:

The Criminal Justice System in the US.


Important Tournament Announcements will be posted at

Please check frequently.


Logistics update, all your questions answered:


The National Parliamentary Debate Invitational at Berkeley

November 14 - 15, 2015

Hosted at the University of California, Berkeley, CA


Point of Information and Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley cordially invite you to participate in the fall semester’s premier parliamentary debate tournament: The National Parliamentary Debate Invitational at Berkeley on November 14 and 15, at the University of California, Berkeley.


The tournament will feature an open division and a junior varsity division with each division guaranteed six single-flighted preliminary rounds. All rounds will be adjudicated by individuals holding a background in high school and/or college parliamentary debate. Following the conclusion of each round will be a constructive oral RFD of no more than 20 minutes in length and disclosure of the victor. This tournament places a premium on providing a unique educational experience for all participants.


There will be one topic area, released on or around November 4, that will be used for two of the preliminary rounds. We will also be disclosing topic committee membership prior to the tournament. Both announcements will be released here, as well as on the Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley Facebook page listed above.


The tournament reserves the right to collapse the open and junior varsity divisions if required by tournament logistics. Judging requirements are the same for both divisions.


The tournament will break the top-third of the field to elimination rounds.


Junior Varsity Eligibility: Debaters are considered eligible to compete in the junior varsity division if they meet the following requirement they have no more than two years of debate experience.


Judge Requirements: Each school will be required to provide 1 qualified judge for every two entries or fraction thereof. A single judge can cover both an open and a JV entry.



A qualified judge is at least a high school graduate or equivalent AND a coach or former open debater. Experience in debate events outside of parliamentary debate is accepted.



Anyone who satisfies above Open requirements, in addition to those who are at least a high school graduate or equivalent and have at least 2 tournaments of experience judging debate.


ALL judges will be required to provide a paradigm by November 12 and are highly encouraged to give an oral Reason For Decision after the round. Schools who have difficulty meeting these requirements should contact us at Fee breaks and exceptions will be made on a per-case basis.


Judge Fee: Schools may choose to pay a hired judge fee of $120 per uncovered entry.


Judge Penalty: If a team's judge misses a round, the team will be charged $50 for each missed round. This does not apply to teams that have hired judges.


Tournament Fees: The cost of competing in the 2015 NPDI will be $65 per team.

Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley is firmly committed to expanding accessibility of debate. If this fee is financially prohibitive, please contact us at We cannot help you if you do not contact us first. We expect that any team receiving a fee break will cover their entries with qualified judges.

Any drops after 11/7 will be assessed the full entry fees. The entry limit per school is 6 entries per division; if for whatever reason you feel like an exception should be made, please email


Location: All rounds will take place on the UC Berkeley campus. Specific campus locations will be provided when available.

Parking: Parking is available in several structures near campus for a fee. Please see for details. On Sunday, street meters are not enforced; so street parking is free and highly recommended.

Food: Food is available for purchase at multiple locations both on and off the UC Berkeley campus. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for coaches and judges.

Lodging: There are several hotel options in Berkeley, including:

·    Hotel Durant (walking distance) 2600 Durant Avenue Berkeley, California 510-845-8981

·    The Shattuck Hotel (walking distance) 2086 Allston Way Berkeley, California 510-845-7300

·    Best Western Inn (10 min drive) 920 University Avenue Berkeley, CA 94710 510-849-1121

·    Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (10 min. drive) 1175 University Avenue Berkeley, CA 94702 510-548-1700

·    The Double Tree Hotel at the Marina (15 min drive) 200 Marina Boulevard Berkeley, California 510-548-7920

Hotels outside Berkeley:

·    Emeryville Courtyard Mariott (15 min drive) 5555 Shellmound St, Emeryville - (510) 652-8777

·    Richmond Courtyard Mariott (20 min drive). 3150 Garrity Way Richmond, California 94806 USA. 510-262-0700


Required Forms for Minors:

If you are under the age of 18, two forms are required to attend.

1) ALL minors must sign and return a medical release form that authorizes the University to provide medical assistance if case of an emergency. If you are a coach and your students have filled out another form with the equivalent emergency/medical information (e.g. for the school or district), you may provide a copy of that form instead.

This form can be found at


2) Minors without a district-approved chaperone (e.g. independents/hybrids) must have their parents sign a liability waiver for the University. Please sign and return the form located at


You may turn in both forms when you check in on the first day of the tournament. Failure to provide necessary forms will result in the competitors being dropped from the tournament. Any relevant drop fees will apply.


You may also email a scanned PDF copy to with a subject line including "NPDI 2015" OR mail a hard copy to the following address:

ASUC/Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley

University of California

432 Eshleman Hall

Berkeley, CA 94720-4520


1. Almost anything goes regarding prep materials.. Printed materials, laptops, phones, internet, they all are allowed. However, only handwritten notes are allowed in round. Debaters may not utilize handwritten notes in round that were prepared prior to the round’s topic announcement. However, debaters may utilize any handwritten notes prepared prior to the round during the round’s 20 minutes of prep time. All handwritten notes written prior to a round’s topic announcement that are to be used in that round must be transposed, by hand, onto a new sheet of paper. Use of handwritten notes, in round, that were composed prior to the topic announcement of a round may lead to the forfeiture of the round.

2. Debaters may only prep with their partners. There is no team prep or coach prep.

3. Speech times for all rounds will be 7-7-7-7-5-5

4. There is no protected time in any speech.

5. No new arguments may be made in the rebuttal speeches.

6. POOs are allowed in rebuttals. POOs will stop time.

Past Results:


September 8-9, 2012

Bishop O'Dowd High School, Oakland, California

Champions: Saratoga Agrawal & Chiang

Finalists: Bishop O'Dowd Accinelli & Perl


November 16-17, 2013

Bishop O'Dowd High School, Oakland, California

Champions: Dougherty Valley Konath & Wang

Finalists: Bishop O'Dowd Walsh & Zepeda


November 15-16

University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Champions: Dougherty Valley Bhargava & Ziaee

Finalists: Sonoma Maciorowski & Kornfein


Tentative Schedule, subject to change:


Saturday, November 14

9:00 AM—9:30 AM               Registration

9:30 AM                                  Topic Announcement, Round 1

11:15 AM                                Topic Announcement, Round 2

12:45 PM—2:30 PM              Lunch

2:30 PM                                  Topic Announcement, Round 3

4:30 PM                                  Topic Announcement, Round 4

6:30 PM                                  Topic Announcement, Round 5


Sunday, November 15

9:30 AM                                  Topic Announcement, Round 6

11:30 AM                                Topic Announcement, Elim 1

1:00 PM—2:30 PM                 Lunch

2:30 PM                                  Topic Announcement, Elim 2

4:00 PM                                  Awards

4:30 PM                                  Topic Announcement, Elim 3

6:00 PM                                  Topic Announcement, Elim 4


7:30 PM                                  Topic Announcement, Elim 5 (Likely)