New Trier Season Opener
2016 — New Trier Township High School, IL/US
Tournament Rules and Procedures
Students must compete on behalf of a singular school institution. Teams representing a private entity that is not a school (i.e. any for profit entity, league, consortium, etc.) and/or are comprised of students from different school institutions will not be permitted to compete.
Please note that we do not consider schools districts to be singular school institutions. Several districts are made up of different schools. Therefore, even if students receive diplomas from the same district, if team members are not enrolled at the same institution then they will not be eligible for entry.
Each student must be enrolled and in good standing with their respective school institution. Tournament registration must reflect the actual names of the students in accordance with their school enrollment. False names, symbols, etc. that are not congruent with school enrollment records will not be permitted as registered competitors.
For example, if a student's name is Andrew Jeffrey Smith, but is enrolled as "AJ Smith" for the purposes of the tournament, then this would be acceptable if that student's school administration knew them as such. However, if that same student registered for the tournament as "X," then that would not be acceptable as the school administration would not know the student as such.
Our tournament and school administration considers this data to be important for ensuring the safety of all students. It is also necessary for us to supply information (when needed) to the National Speech and Debate Association, the National Debate Coaches Association, and the Tournament of Champions committee.
To ensure that the above requirements are met, each program must complete the tournament enrollment form.
The tournament's preference is that a school employee accompanies their institution's students to the competition. However, we also understand that volunteers, parents, and judges are integral to our activity. If a school employee will not be the primary contact person while at the tournament, then we ask all non-school employee chaperones to have the chaperone form completed by a school official indicating that the chaperone is taking on a supervisory role for students for the duration of the tournament's activities.
To ensure that the tournament is in line with appropriate guidelines for potential audio recordings, each student is required to submit the audio recording permission form.
It should be noted that the recording of debate speeches should be used solely in the cases where "card clipping" is suspected or for educational purposes by the participating teams. In both cases, the students being recorded may request that the recording be deleted once the clipping issue has been resolved and/or when the debate round has ended.
In the event that audio recording is used in a round to verify accurate representation of evidence, the judge in that debate should ensure that the audio recording file is deleted once their decision is rendered.
Any student who posts an audio recording on the Internet in any form will be disqualified from the tournament.
All forms are available on the right side of our main Tabroom page. Please click to download.