GGSA Debate 2 Congress and Parliamentary

2023 — Danville, CA/US

Parli Schedule, Reminders,& Parli Essentials Doc

*LINK to Parli Essentials (Wifi, Campus Map, Judging, Announcements Topics). It's updated throughout the day, so check it often.

STUDENTS: Go to Parli Prep area: the cafeteria.

COACHES/JUDGES/TABBERS: Report to the Judges Lounge in the library. Tab will be in the library computer room.

8:00 a.m. Registration (campus & buildings will open at 8 a.m.)

8:30 a.m. Round 1a Novice Prep/Topic Read

9:00 a.m. Round 1a Novice Debate

9:25 a.m. Round 1b JV/Varsity Prep/Topic Read

9:45 a.m. Round 1b JV/Varsity Debate

10:30 a.m. Round 2a Novice Prep/Topic Read

11:00 a.m. Round 2a Novice Debate

11:25 a.m. Round 2b JV/Varsity Prep/Topic Read

11:45 p.m. Round 2b JV/Varsity Debate

LUNCH (Whenever You Are Free)

12:30 p.m. Round 3a Novice Prep/Topic Read

1:00 p.m. Round 3a Novice Debate

1:30 p.m. Round 3b JV/Varsity Prep/Topic Read

1:50 p.m. Round 3b JV/Varsity Debate

2:30 p.m. Round 4a Novice Prep/Topic Read

3:00 p.m. Round 4a Novice Debate

3:25 p.m. Round 4b JV/Varsity Prep/Topic Read

3:45 p.m. Round 4b JV/Varsity Debate

~5:00 p.m. Awards


1) While JV and V teams have 20 minutes of prep, Novice GGSA teams have 30 minutes of prep, with 5 minute constructive speeches and 3 minute rebuttals (5-5-5-5-3-3) instead of the JV/V times of 7-8-8-8-4-5.

2) During prep time, debaters may use the internet, take notes by hand, and use those paper notes during the debate. No computer access during debate UNLESS you have disabilities requiring additional computer accommodation that your coach has already cleared it with the director(s) in advance. Phones, however, can be used by all as timers. Although JV and Varsity debaters may NOT receive real-time assistance with their arguments from persons other than their partner, Novices may consult with teammates or other HS debaters, competing or not, at the tournament. Prep with a coach is NOT allowed for any division.

3) Debaters: “Prep” times reflect when debaters should be present in the prep area and ready to go, NOT when the resolution is released. They should already be in their room at the listed start time; forfeit is ten minutes later. E.g. for Novice Round 1, novices should be in prep area at 8:20 when pairings will be blasted. Topic is read at 8:30, debaters should be in their room at 9:00, and forfeit is at 9:10 if there is a no-show.

4) Judges: Note the difference between prep time and round start time; the debaters will not arrive in the room until the time scheduled for the debate itself. Please be in your assigned room five minutes before the round. ONLY press the round START time on your Tabroom e-ballot once both teams are there. (Those without ballots should use this time to grab refreshments, check their devices, and finish prior round comments.)

5) Protests: All protests should be brought immediately to the attention of event co-directors in the Parli Tab Room. All wishing to protest must bring an adult, ideally the coach. The burden of proof is on the protesting team/coach; they need to supply evidence and the rule broken.

6) Generative artificial intelligence should not be cited as a source; while something like ChatGPT may be used to guide students to articles, ideas, and sources, the original source of any quoted or paraphrased evidence must be available if requested. Students are prohibited from quoting or paraphrasing text directly from generative AI sources like ChatGPT in events in which speeches must be the original created work of a competitor.

7) Don't be alarmed if you come to your assigned room, and there is another ongoing debate in the process of wrapping up. Just wait until it is done. Note that each round alternates between one Novice debate and one JV/Varsity debate.

8) All times are approximate. Whenever possible, we will move rounds up in order to expedite the tournament. Sometimes delays occur—please remember that our volunteer-run organization does its best!