National Parliamentary Debate Invitational at Berkeley
2016 — Berkeley, CA/US
Important Tournament Announcements will be posted at https://www.facebook.com/ParliDebateAtBerkeley.
Please check frequently.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 http://pt.berkeley.edu/parking/visitor 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
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