The Spartan Sweeps

2016 — NE/US

Entry Fees, Events and Awards







Varsity and Novice divisions will follow the two-person, 8-3-5 format and will debate the current high school national resolution.  Prep time will be 8 minutes per team per round.  Each division will feature four rounds, powered after Round 2.  Both divisions will break to Semifinals if numbers allow.


Although it is unfortunate, in past years we have experienced some property damage in classrooms used for CX debate. Damage to rooms will result in disqualification from the tournament.  Please ensure that students are aware of this policy.




All divisions will follow their customary time formats using the January PF topic and the January-February LD topic. Each division will feature five rounds, powered after round two, and will break to Quarterfinals. 




We will attempt to convene four houses, two each of varsity and novice divisions.  Legislation will be made available in the coming weeks.




Entries are due on by January 10, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. Changes after that time can be mailed to


A Note on Novice Entries

Any entries in a novice division must be a competitor (for team events, BOTH competitors on the team) who is in their first year of debate competition. This means if the student has earned ANY NSDA points prior to August of this year, they are NOT a novice. If they had 1 competition last year, but it was for a different event - it does not matter - they are no longer a novice and our tournament will not accept their entry at the novice level. If you believe an exception should be made, please contact the tournament director and we will consider them on a case-by-case basis.    



CX and PF    $25.00/team

LD                   $25.00/entry

Congress     $15.00/entry




You must provide one judge for every two LD, PF, or CX entry (or part thereof). The cost of hired judges will be $150.00 per policy judge, $100.00 for LD and PF judges, and $10/uncovered Congress slots.  We would rather have your judges than your money!





Sweepstakes trophies will be presented to the top two schools in total points. We will also be continuing our tradition of awarding a small-entry sweeps trophy for the top team with 10 or fewer entries. Trophies will be awarded to all debaters advancing to elimination rounds, with speaker awards given to the top 6 in each division. In Congress, trophies will be presented to the top speakers in each house, with medals awarded to the remainder of the nominees.  Outstanding Presiding Officers will receive gavels.