Ridge Debates

2016 — NJ/US

Travel and Information

Entry Fees will be assessed as follows:
School Registration Fee $25.00 - waived for school travelling from 100+ miles away.

Each Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debater:  $60.00,

Each Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debater: $40.00

Each Public Forum Team $80.00

Each CX Team $80.00

Each Congress entry: $30.00

Checks should be made payable to “RHS STUDENT ACTIVITIES.”

A Friday dinner and Saturday lunch and dinner will be provided to all competitors, judges, and chaperones.  In addition, we will be selling other concession items throughout the weekend. 

All fees will be assessed on Monday, December 5th at 11:55pm. Any changes or drops will be assessed accordingly.  No adds after the deadline will be permitted unless space permits. All payment must be made at registrations; purchase order forms are an acceptable form of payment.

Lincoln-Douglas: One qualified judge per three entered debaters.
Public Forum: One qualified judge per three Public Forum teams
CX: One qualified judge per two Policy teams.  There are no CX judges for hire.

Novice debaters must be in their first year of the activity and in grades 8-10. 11th graders, in their first year, will be allowed in CX with prior approval of tournament director.  8th grade students may compete in the appropriate division with the approval of their school districts.  

Junior/Senior Debaters with established experience/records may be used as 'novice' judges only in LD, CX, and PF. However, junior/senior debaters may only cover entries in novice categories.  You cannot cover your open division obligations with student judges.  

Hired Judging Fee $175.00 per judge.  There are no 'hired' judges available in CX.  Please provide judges to cover your entire CX entry.  

We ask that you supply as many ‘qualified’ judges possible.   A qualified judge is able to clearly define his/her standards as a judge both before the round and during an oral critique. Please no novice/untrained judges. We want to ensure the students receive the highest quality of judging possible. Judges will be required to stay one round past elimination of their debater(s).

Awards will be given to all outround participants, pending entry numbers, including speaker awards in LD, CX, and Public Forum.  

Housing will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis for students with a original cap at 100. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A DRASTIC DECLINE IN WHAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PROVIDE IN THE PAST. Please do not request housing unless ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY for your attendance.



Courtyard Basking Ridge
595 Martinsville Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Room Block Information: 

* Rates: $89– King Room w/ Sleeper Sofa

              $99 – Double Queen

* Dates:  12/9/16 – 12/10/16

* Breakfast: Not Included

* Cut-Off Date: 11/21/16


How to Make Your Reservations:


Call Central Reservations:

At this time, your guests may call 800.321.2211 and reference Ridge Debates Room Block at the Courtyard Basking Ridge to make their reservations at the group rate. 



They may also book directly online by clicking on the reservation link below and following the steps within the link.


Book your group rate for Ridge Debates Room Block at the Courtyard Basking Ridge


We also have another block of rooms available at

Bridgewater Marriott - 700 Commons Way, Bridgewater, NJ.  This hotel is next to the Bridgewater Mall and nearby Route 22 which has many restaurants nearby. 

Call - 1 (800) 228-9290 or (908) 927-9300 to obtain these rooms at the rate of $99 for King and $109 for Double/Double.  



Legislation can be emailed to AMonagle@Bernardsboe.com by Tuesday, November 29th, 2016.


Students, coaches, and judges will receive meals as part of their registration.  Concessions will be available to purchase throughout the tournament

Entries are due Monday, December 5th, at 11:59pm.  Fees will be fixed on December 5th. Schools who drop after the entry deadline of December 5th but before December 9th will still be assessed the original entry fees.  Judge/Student drops anytime after 9am on Friday, December 9th will be subject to a $35.00 fine in addition to entry fee and judge quotient responsibility. 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE: Congress schedule may be adjusted pending entries. 
Friday, December 9

1:00-2:00pm                 Registration at Ridge High School Performing Arts Center

3:00-5:00pm                 Round I: LD, CX, PF

3:30-6:00pm                 Round I – Congressional

5:00-7:00pm                 Round II: LD, CX, PF

7:00-9:30pm                 Round II – Congressional

7:30pm – 9:30pm          Round III: LD, CX, PF

9:30pm                         Housing – Front Gym

Saturday, December 10

8:00am-10:00am           Round IV – LD, CX, PF

9:00-11:30am                Round III - Congressional

10:30am-12:30pm         Round V – LD, CX, PF


1:30                              Congressional Finals and other Outrounds commence