Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV

2018 — Las Vegas, NV/US

Rules and Entry Info

Rules and Entry Info

All registration, entry, and tabulation will be done via Please make sure that any judge accompanying your team has a Tabroom account set up and linked. 


Judges in the Policy debate division must have judging philosophies posted publicly on or on the judge wiki in order to be eligible to judge.


A novice eligible student is one who is competing in his or her first year in the specific debate event in which he or she is entered.


NSDA rules and time limits will be utilized, except for (1) prep time for NCX & VCX, teams will have 8 minutes of prep time, and (2) side alteration in PF. 


The tournament will assign altering sides in PF (3 aff and 3 neg) and the aff will always speak first. 


LD and PF rounds will be flighted.


The Policy debate topic is “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States.”


The Lincoln Douglas debate topic will be the January/February NSDA topic. 


The February NSDA public forum topic will be used. 


All students are expected to abide by UNLV’s code of conduct, to respect UNLV property and tournament staff, and generally to behave responsibly. 


Independent entries must fully meet the criteria listed in the section titled “Independent Entries.” Any independent entry that fails to meet the deadlines or criteria listed will not be allowed to enter or compete in the tournament. Any payment made by any independent entry that drops or fails to meet the set deadlines or criteria will not be refunded.


Maverick competitors are prohibited from entering the tournament from round one. If, during the course of the tournament, one partner is unable to continue debating (because they become sick, experience an emergency, etc.) the still-competing partner can continue to debate in the preliminary debates. However that team can only clear to the elimination rounds if (1) both debaters debate in the elimination rounds and (2) they debated 4/6 preliminary rounds together as a team.



Entries in the tournament are limited to four in varsity and novice policy and LD, and six in Public Forum. We may make reasonable exceptions to this limit on a case-by-case basis.


Please do not enter debaters just to hold slots; be mindful of the needs of other competitors. 

No double entries are allowed.