Barkley Forum for High Schools NoviceJV Debates

2015 — GA/US



 We invite you to Emory to attend the third Barkley Forum for High Schools Novice/JV Debate Tournament. All divisions will be held on the Emory University Campus.



Divisions: Novice and Junior Varsity Policy & Novice and Junior Varsity Public Forum Debate


A novice policy debater is defined as one who is debating his/her first national high school resolution at high school tournaments. A J.V. policy debater is debating his/her second national high school resolution. Public Forum novice debaters and policy novice debaters are defined by the guidelines of the Georgia Forensic Coaches’ Association.  Middle school experience does not impact high school eligibility for purposes of this tournament. 






Both policy divisions will use the 8-3-5 format with 10 minutes of preparation time.  Both Public Forum divisions will use the standard times governing Public Forum.  The first round will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.  Late arrivals will forfeit the first round but will be allowed to register late and begin debating round two. We need your assistance in keeping the tournament on time. Once pairings are given out, you will have fifteen minutes to begin the round or forfeit that round.  Schools will be charged for no-show judges at a rate of $20 per debate. 




Entry fees and judging:


$40 per policy team

$30 per Public Forum team

               $90 per hired judge for two teams, $45 for half a judge






We will only have a few judges for hire. You must e-mail us about hired judge needs by August 28th.  E-mail us at BARKLEYFORUM@LISTSERV.CC.EMORY.EDU. You will not be able to hire judges at registration.  If you show up with teams and no judges, they probably will not be able to compete.  You may use varsity level debaters as judges (12th grade preferred; 11th grade if they are mature and experienced; no 10th graders allowed) but they need to be aware that all criticism must be constructive.




PLEASE MAIL IN FEES AHEAD OF TIME OR BRING THEM TO REGISTRATION. If paying by check, make checks payable to:  The Glenn Pelham Foundation for Debate Education. The Glenn Pelham Foundation for Debate Education is a non-profit foundation serving the purpose of debate education for youth.  They are co-sponsoring this tournament.  If interested, you can learn more about the Glenn Pelham Foundation at




Web entry information:


No changes will be allowed after 3:30 pm on Wednesday, September 2, 2015.  Full fees will be charged for any drops at registration.  ENTER via


(WE WILL NOT ACCEPT ENTRY VIA E-MAIL, FAX, OR PHONE)—additional instructions regarding registration will be posted through the GFCA website soon.  Early registration is advised as space on the Emory campus is limited, and entries will be accepted as you register.  We cannot guarantee entries, so register early!



Directions and Parking


Below is a link to a campus map. 


Feel free to drop your students off in front of White Hall on Dowman Drive.  Then, proceed to follow Dowman Drive to Eagle Row.  Proceed up Eagle Row to the Peavine Parking Decks on your left.


  • White Hall is building #1380 in quadrant G9 on the map.
  • The street address of White Hall is:  301 Dowman Drive, Atlanta GA 30322.
  • The Peavine Deck is #3270/3271 in quadrant F8 on the map.  The gates will be open and parking will be free in the Peavine Deck.  (Do not park on the surface lot of Peavine.  There is a possibility you will not be able to exit without paying if you enter those gates.)
  • You can access the Emory Campus map here: