East Ridge Debate Tournament

2016 — MN/US

**Please note - I'm sorry, but we've had to prematurely close registration for the tournament due to limited space.  Please continue to update existing school add / drop information.

 East Ridge is excited to host its 3rd annual Halloween-themed Tournament!



Since Halloween is just around the corner, we encourage students to take a break from their typical formalwear and come in costume!  Any and all *appropriate* costumes are welcome (check with your coach if yo're concerned).


Registration Information

Our spaces for debate are more limited this year, so we've set a per-category cap of 6 entries per school in PF and LD.  If you need more entries in some areas, we may be able to accommodate you.  Please contact Katie ASAP at katie.m.scholz@gmail.com.

Registration begins at 7:45 AM, running through 8:15AM.  We're hoping to start round 1 at 8:30AM or ASAP after Registration.

Event costs will be as follows: $5 for each Congress entry, $15 for each PF entry, $10 for each LD entry, and $3 for each impromptu entry.  Judges are required as follows: 1 for every two PF teams or fraction thereof, 1 for every two LD entries or fraction thereof, 1 Judge / Parliamentarian for every 6 entries or fraction thereof.  No judges are required for impromptu.  We may have some extra judges available - please contact me in advance if you need to hire judges. Schools short of their judging obligation on the day of the tournament may be asked to cut their entries to match their provided judge numbers.


Schedule Information

There will be 5 rounds of LD / PF and two sessions of Congress.  We're also excited to offer Impromptu again this year, with three rounds.  

We will attempt to stick to the following schedule:

Round 1: 8:30 AM
Round 2: 9:35 AM
Round 3: 10:45 AM
Round 4: 12:30 PM
Round 5: 2:00 PM

Session 1: 8:30-11:00 AM
Session 2: 12:00-2:30 PM

Round 1 - Following Round 2 of LD/PF*
Round 2 - Following Round 3 of LD/PF*
Round 3 - Following Round 4 of LD/PF*

Students should report to the library (second floor) for their rounds.  They will be assigned a judge and a competition spot once they arrive.
*We have dedicated judges on standby for impromptu, so while students are encouraged to come after rounds 2, 3 and 4, it will be possible for them to 'make up' a missed round later (e.g. do two impromptu topics after round 4).  Congress Students are also welcome to compete in impromptu as they are able (e.g. during a recess or during their lunch break) and may do their rounds back-to-back as they are comfortable / as needed.

*Impromptu judging will close at 2:30PM.

Awards are tentatively scheduled for 3:30pm or ASAP.


Awards will be given to the top 5 debaters in each PF and LD division, and to the top 6 for Congress.


Perhaps the most important thing for students - we will have concessions available for purchase throughout the day, with vegetarian (and non-vegetarian) items.


PF and LD resolutions will be drawn from the November Topics:

Lincoln Douglas: The United States ought to limit qualified immunity for police officers.

Public Forum: On balance, the benefits of the Internet of Things outweigh the harms of decreased personal privacy.