2016 ND Parliamentary Debate Warm Up

2016 — San Jose, CA, CA/US

Notre Dame High School is pleased to invite you to the Parliamentary Debate Warm Up tournament on September 17-18th 2016!  This tournament is open to Varsity and Novice students in hopes of preparing for a rigorous tournament season!  The tournament will feature 5 rounds of debate for Novice and 5 rounds of preliminary debate with a generous break to Octos, depending on entries.

About the Tournament:

Schools may initially register 4 teams per division, additional school entries will be waitlisted and can be added at tournament director discretion. The maximum capacity of the tournament in both divisions is 75 teams.  Students do not need to dress formally-this is a fun tournament, so casual dress is encouraged!  Topics will be announced 20 minutes before each round in the student area/prep room for Open and 30 minutes before for Novice, and students may use the internet, pre-prepared briefs, downloaded or paper articles to formulate arguments.  Team prep is allowed, but not coach prep.  Debates will utilize the 7-7-7-7-5-5 format of CHSSA structure for Open and 5-5-5-5-3-3 for novice.  Topics will be drawn from current events and topics of current relevant interest.  Awards will be given to finalists and champions in the Open division and undefeated novices, as well as to top speakers in each division.

Tentative Schedule:

Saturday Sept 17:

Registration:  8:00am-8:45am (you will also be able to register online if your entries are paid in advance of the tournament) 

Posting/Topic Announcement & prep: 9:10am 

Round 1 Open: 9:30-10:20am

Round 1 Novice: 9:40am-10:30am

Postings/Topic Announcement: 10:40am


Round 2 Open: 11am-11:50am

Round 2 Novice: 11:10am-12:00pm

Lunch break: 12:00-1:10pm

Posting/Topic Announcement and prep: 1:10pm

Round 3 Open: 1:30pm-2:20pm

Round 3 Novice: 1:40pm-2:30pm

Postings/Topic Announcement & prep: 3:10pm

Round 4: 3:30pm-4:20pm

Round 4 Novice: 3:40-4:30pm

Posting/Topic Announcement and prep: 4:50pm

Round 5 Open: 5:10pm-6pm

Round 5 Novice: 5:20pm-6:10pm

Novice Awards/Open Breaks posting: 6:30pm

Sunday Sept 18: Note: for Open Breaks only!

Roll call, Octos teams: 10am

Octos topic annoucement/prep: 10:10am

Octos: 10:30am-11:30pm

Lunch break: 11:30am-12:40pm

Quarters topic announcement/prep: 12:40pm

Quarters: 1pm-2p

Semis topic announcement/prep: 2:40pm

Semis: 3pm-4pm

Finals topic announcement/prep: 4:30pm

Finals: 4:50pm-5:50pm

Awards: 6:30pm


Novice Awards/Open Breaks posting: 6:30pm




Novice are students who have not competed in competitive debate, not just students who have never done Parli.  The division might be collapsed if not enough entries warrant a separate division. 

Varsity students may judge any rounds, including varsity rounds.  Yes, you can use your older students to judge!  Free NFL points for all!  Please indicate these students as they will not be used in later rounds with undefeated teams.

Please enter 1 judge per 2 entries or fraction thereof.  The more judges the better, and since you may use varsity students to judge, my goal is for there to be no shortage of judges so this tournament can run as efficiently as possible.

*TBA/No Name Entries must have names before 9/12 or they will be cleared in favor of named WL entries*


The cost for registration is 30.00/team for Novice and 45.00/team for Open.  There is no school fee.

Students may bring their own lunch, or they may purchase a lunch on campus.  Food for chaperones will be provided at no cost. 

Make checks payable to: Notre Dame San Jose

You may mail checks in advance of the tournament to:

Parli Warm-Up Tournament

c/o Sarah Botsch-McGuinn

Notre Dame San Jose

596 S. Second St.

San Jose, CA 95112

Entry Procedure:

Please enter your school’s teams online using tabroom.com

You will need to set up a school account if you have not already done so, it is free and easy to use!

Please register no later than September 10th, 2016.  The tournament may fill to capacity before that date so enter as soon as possible!

Drops made after September 12th will be assessed a $25.00 drop fee, including drops made at registration.


Please provide one adult chaperone per school that can stay the entire day.  That chaperone will need to have permission slips/medical authorization forms and authorized by the school to chaperone students. The legal chaperone should register the school at the registration period and pay any outstanding fees due at that time.  One person may chaperone more than one school if they have all the forms for their students.


PLEASE NOTE: Independent entries are not accepted without an adult chaperone authorized for BOTH CHILDREN.  YOU MAY NOT COMPETE WITHOUT A CHAPERONE.  NO EXCEPTIONS.


The tournament is being held at Notre Dame High School in downtown San Jose.

Address: 596 S. Second St., San Jose, CA 95112

Registration: Sunflower Plaza

Judge training/adult lounge: Library

Student/Prep Room: JB Hall