Golden Gate Season Opener

2017 — San Francisco, CA/US

PARLI PREP ROOMS: (all are in the Humanities (HUM) building.)

Friday and Saturday 
USF 290B
Parli @ Berkeley   290C
Chabot 291
UOP 207
Concordia 111
SRJC 114
Modesto 115
SJSU 118
St Marys 126
Santa Clara 127
Solano 202
DVC 218
Chico 285
Ohlone 286
Nevada 288


The Golden Gate Season Opener is hosted on, an online registration and tabulation website run for the community for free. Click the tabs above, and see the details & contact information at right, to see more information about the tournament as it comes available.

You can register by clicking your username at the top of the screen, then finding the tournament in your list of Upcoming Tournaments. Make sure your school is in the same Circuit as the tournament. You will need to have created a account before you can register for this tournament.


Dear Colleagues, Friends, and Competitors,

From all the members of the San Francisco Forensics Collective, we would like to officially welcome you to the 2017-2018 competitive season!

We are pleased to announce the tenth annual Golden Gate Season Opener and San Francisco State/City College of San Francisco Individual Events Swing, September 22-24, 2017, to be held on the campus of San Francisco State University.

This will be a full-service tournament offering two preliminary rounds in two divisions (Novice & Open) of all 11 AFA individual events at each half of the swing, two divisions (Novice & Open) of NPDA Parliamentary Debate, 2 divisions (Novice and Open) of Lincoln-Douglas debate, and three divisions (Novice, Junior, Open) of policy debate. We will have six preliminary rounds of Parliamentary and Policy debate, and the appropriate number of elimination rounds based on the entry. Some divisions may be collapsed due to entry size. We will do everything we can to preserve the integrity of all Novice divisions.

The schedule has been modified this year. Parliamentary debate now conflicts with an adjusted pattern A on Saturday. Students competing in parliamentary debate may, however, cross-enter in Saturday’s pattern B events. As has been the case in the past, Lincoln-Douglas debaters cannot cross-enter Sunday’s IE tournament.  

We will continue to maintain Parliamentary debate on Friday and Saturday only. The schedule currently guarantees a minimum of Octofinals in both division (assuming the entry size supports this as per NPDA rules), and finishing on Saturday night. We will attempt to accommodate any students making it to late Parliamentary out-rounds and IE finals on Saturday night.

Due to lack of interest and reservations for the past couple years, there is still no central tournament hotel. We have included a list of hotels that offer quadruple occupancy rooms at a number of nearby hotels. Please see the enclosed listings for contact information. You are encouraged to make your reservations as soon as possible. If you have any questions about housing, please contact Teddy Albiniak at or Alexis Litzky, at 

If you are flying to the tournament there are 3 Bay Area airports and flight costs can vary dramatically.  San Francisco International (SFO) is just minutes away from campus and all Daly City accommodations, and all else being equal should be your top choice.  Oakland (OAK) and San Jose (SJC) often have reduced fares and are about 45 driving minutes away from SF State.

We are excited and look forward to hosting you in San Francisco this September.  Please contact us if you need any additional information. 


Teddy Albiniak                    Lindsey Ayotte             Alexis Litzky                 Nathan Steele

SF State                             SF State                       City College of SF         City College of SF