National Parliamentary Debate Invitational at Berkeley

2016 — Berkeley, CA/US

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Thank you for joining us for the 2016 National Parliamentary Debate Invitational hosted by Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley!
There are important announcements in this email; please forward to competitors and judges. Please read through the entire email, because there are a number of action items to complete. I will also be sending out another email tonight with more detailed information on registration and other tournament logistics, so please watch out for that. 
PLEASE SEND IN FORMS TO CALPARLI@GMAIL.COM RATHER THAN BRINGING THEM TO REGISTRATION. While we will still accept forms the morning of, there is a very large chance that checking all of them that morning will make us late for round 1, particularly with this large of a field. 
a. ALL minors have their parents sign a medical release form that authorizes the University to provide medical assistance in 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
b. 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.
A reminder that we will have 1 topic area for rounds 2 and 4: 
US military maritime policy
The topic area is meant to provide direction for your research.
a. Registration will be held in the lobby of Dwinelle Hall. Please make checks payable to Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley. We are hoping to host the tournament primarily within Dwinelle Hall, Barrows Hall, and the Valley and Life Sciences Building (VLSB), although we may have to use rooms in other buildings as well. We will provide more information regarding location later tonight. 
b. Due to the large amount of late registration changes that have been requested, as well as various mistakes that were made during the registration process that we had to fix, all teams should check their registration on Tabroom and make sure that there are no errors regarding judge or team entries. If there are any errors, let us know by tonight at 6 p.m. so that we can make the necessary changes. 
c. Please make your checks out to "Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley." We will be accepting checks or cash at registration on the first day of the tournament. We will have invoices ready for each school.



After significant continued interest in the tournament, we have decided to remove both the team and tournament-wide entry caps. In order to accomodate the increased attendance, we will be altering the schedule to make the tournament double-flighted, as well as reducing the number of prelims from 6 to 5. Because of this, we will no longer be able to guarantee breaking all teams with a winning record, and reserve the right to break to full double-octafinals (elim 5) if necessary. Please note that registration has been moved from 9 AM to 8 AM on Saturday. We will also be hosting an optional, but highly-recommended equity forum during lunch on Saturday. The corrected schedule is below: 



Saturday, November 12

8:00 AM—9:00 AM                Registration

9:00 AM                                  Topic Announcement, Round 1, Flight 1

9:55 AM                                  Topic Announcement, Round 1, Flight 2

11:30 AM                                Topic Announcement, Round 2, Flight 1

12:25 PM                                Topic Announcement, Round 2, Flight 2

1:30 PM—3:15 PM                Equity Forum/Lunch

3:15 PM                                  Topic Announcement, Round 3, Flight 1

4:10 PM                                  Topic Announcement, Round 3, Flight 2

6:00 PM                                  Topic Announcement, Round 4, Flight 1

6:55 PM                                  Topic Announcement, Round 4, Flight 2


Sunday, November 13

8:30 AM                                  Topic Announcement, Round 5, Flight 1

9:25 AM                                  Topic Announcement, Round 5, Flight 2

11:15 AM                                Topic Announcement, Elim 1

12:45 PM—2:00 PM               Lunch

2:00 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



Due to ongoing construction at UC Berkeley this year, we are facing a shortage of rooms that will prevent us from accommodating the particularly large competitive field this year in its entirety. We are working with the university to find alternate spaces for the tournament; however, as we cannot yet confirm whether these spaces will be made available, we have been forced to implement the following entry caps: 


Tournament-wide entry cap: 90 entries

Entry cap per team: 4 entries per division


For teams with entries above this amount, please email us with additional entries you'd like to have compete in the order that you'd like them entered, and we will do our best to accommodate additional entries closer to the tournament date. We apologize for this year's inconvenience, and look forward to welcoming back the full pool next year once the on-campus construction has completed. 



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:


US military maritime policy

NPDI's topics and topic area are developed by a group primarily consisting of UC Berkeley students and alumni. This year's committee, headed by Parli at Berkeley Junior Director Charlene Jin, included Nadia Cochinwala, Jake Glendenning, Kevin Yanofsky, Tom Kadie, Brian Yang and Nick Palmer. 


The National Parliamentary Debate Invitational at Berkeley

November 12 - 13, 2016

Hosted at the University of California, Berkeley, CA


Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley cordially invitea you to participate in the fall semester’s premier parliamentary debate tournament: The National Parliamentary Debate Invitational at Berkeley on November 12 and 13, 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 October 28, that will be used for two of the preliminary rounds. We will also be disclosing topic committee membership at this point. Both announcements will be released here, as well as on the Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley Facebook page listed above.


Casual attire is permitted for students, although formal attire is equally welcome.


The tournament reserves the right to collapse the open and junior varsity divisions if required by tournament logistics.


The tournament will break all teams with winning records to elimination rounds. We will break brackets based on school affiliation.


Junior Varsity Eligibility: Debaters are considered eligible to compete in the junior varsity division if 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. Any questions about what characterizes a qualified judge should be directed to



Anyone who satisfies above Open requirements, in addition to those who are at least a high school graduate or equivalent.


ALL judges will be required to provide a paradigm by November 9 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 $200 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 2016 NPDI will be $95 per entry. 

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 11/5 will be assessed the full entry fees. 


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

Dates & Deadlines

Times are in PST
Tournament 11/12 to 11/13
Reg Opens 8/12 5:00P
Reg Close 11/5 5:00P
Fees Frozen 11/5 5:00P
Judging Due 11/9 5:00P
Drop online 11/5 5:00P
Penalty fines 11/9 5:00P