The Harvard Westlake Debates

2018 — Los Angeles, CA/US

LD Information and Schedule

Lincoln Douglas Debate

Lincoln-Douglas Debate will run separate divisions in Novice and Varsity.

All teams will be allowed to register 6 Varsity debaters and 6 Novice debaters. These debaters will be put on a waiting list until we receive payment for those entries. Entries beyond 6 should be added to the waiting list. 

Teams will be removed off the waiting list based on a number of factors, the least of which is the order is the order a team was entered. Factors we will consider include: Quality of judges, attendance in previous years, our experience with your team in previous years. 


Both Novice and Varsity will use the 6-3-7-3-4-6-3 format with 4 minutes of prep time. We will use the January/February NSDA resolution.


In novice, up to 16 debaters will break to elimination rounds. Debaters must have at least a 4-2 record.

In varsity, we will break up to 32 debaters if we have 90 or fewer entries. Debaters must have a 4-2 record to clear. If the tournament goes over 90 entries, we will break up to 40 debaters. Our hard cap is 120 Varsity LD Debaters. 

Judging Obligation

Note: Parents or judges without experience judging "national circuit" style Lincoln-Douglas debate may not cover judging obligations in Varsity LD. We expect schools to provide the same type of judge they would want their own teams to have. 

Judge round commitments in LD
1 Entry - 4 rounds
2 Entries - 6 rounds
3 Entries - 6 rounds
4 Entries - 10 rounds
5 Entries - 12 rounds
6 Entries - 12 rounds

Varsity hired judge fee: $75 per uncovered round
Novice hired judge fee: $60 per uncovered round

Judges may not cover debaters in both divisions. You should run that table for each division separately. 

ALL JUDGES covering an obligation (entourage judges are excluded) are required through the end of Sunday. After Sunday, judges are required to stay one round past the elimination of your school’s last remaining debater.


Tentative Schedule: 


8:00am Round 1

11:00am Round 2

2:30pm Round 3

5:00pm Round 4



8:00am Round 5

11:00am Round 6

1:30pm: Elim 1

4:00pm: Elim 2

** if possible, we will complete the novice division on Sunday, but teams should plan to staying on Monday in case it’s not possible.



8:00am Elim 3

11:30am Elim 4

2:30pm Elim 5

4:30pm Elim 6


Additional notes (coaches need to relay this information to all debaters): 


We agree with St. Marks that "We agree with Greenhill 'that a willingness to take part in a collective case list – in both spirit and in practice – is an essential characteristic to accepting the invitation to our event" in policy and LD debate. 

What must be disclosed?

All debaters must upload constructive speech documents (aka Open Source) to the wiki.

All teams (in LD that is each debater - even in novice) must disclose constructive speech documents (affirmative and negative) on the NDCA wiki, and must remain up during the duration of the tournament.

Here are examples of Affirmative and Negative wikis with proper disclosure:

To clear-up some pre-round confusion that people always seem to play games with:

* 25 minutes before the scheduled start time, affirmatives must disclose which affirmative case they will be running, unless it is new. Affirmatives should have any case they have run on the wiki. If there are going to be changes, they should simply say that it is X case, but we’ve changed X. You don’t need to say what you’ve changed it to.

* Negatives do not need to say what they are planning on running (since that can change based on cx questions, etc). However, all NC speech docs should be on the wiki.

There is no excuse for not disclosing immediately following your round. If you are having trouble, please see one of the HW debaters. 



Debaters meeting in elimination rounds must meet at the room 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the round. We will release pairings with at least 35 minutes before the start time. The same is true for 2nd flight debaters.