Rollin G Osterweis

2018 — New Haven, CT/US


We are gathering at Davies Auditorium on the Yale Campus on Sunday starting at 9AM.  It is best you be there by 9:15AM to check in and get settled so we can start the first round/novice demo promptly at 9:30.  

Davies Auditorium is in the plaza between Becton Center and Dunham Laboratories, which are respectively on Prospect Street and Hillhouse Avenue, just north of where those streets start at Grove Street.  You can find everything on the campus map, .  There is parking on both Prospect and Hillhouse, and I believe the meters do not need to be fed on Sundays (but please check).  

Each student must have a signed paper copy of the Yale waiver, which is posted on the tabroom entry for the tournament.  These will be collected when you check in.  This is a Yale University requirement.  We cannot waive it.

We will be using the new APDA point scale and rubric, also posted on the tabroom entry for this tournament.  We recommend that your students download and read this so they have an idea of what the YDA judges will be looking for.

Finally, rounds will be at a variety of locations about the Yale Campus.  Students and others will be walking outside between buildings.  Please check the weather and dress appropriately, especially shoes for walking.

Please email us if you have questions.  We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday!


To the Debate Community of Connecticut,

The Yale Debate Association is pleased to invite you to attend the 37th Annual Rollin G. Osterweis Debate Tournament on Sunday, April 8, 2018.

For those of you unfamiliar with the tournament, the Osterweis is a free tournament for Connecticut high school students to experience the collegiate style of parliamentary debate. The Osterweis will feature both a Novice and a Varsity division.

Novice participants will have the opportunity to learn about parliamentary procedure in the morning with a demonstration round, and then debate with a partner for 3 preliminary rounds, before breaking to semifinals and a final round. Varsity teams will compete in 4 preliminary rounds, breaking to semifinals and then finals. We will be using the 7-8-8-8-4-5 APDA format (see  for more information)

Debates will focus on issues familiar to the average student, including American and international politics, ethics and justice. Students will be given a free lunch and a breakfast, and Yale debaters will judge and offer feedback. Awards will be given to the top varsity and top novice teams and speakers.

For complete details please download the Invitation found on this page.  If you have questions, please emial us.

We look forward to seeing you on April 8!

The Yale Debate Association