New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament

2020 — NSDA Campus, NY/US

Registration and Fees

Registration and Fees


Registration for all events (other than novice) will open on August 15, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EST time.  All entries will be placed automatically on a wait list.  Around September 1 entries will be accepted, fairly allocating the available slots. Additional entries will be accepted off the waitlist as they become available. We expect slots to fill up quickly so plan to register early to ensure entry into the tournament.  

Tournament check-in and other procedures will be posted at a later date.


Student and Entry Eligibility

The tournament is open to students in 9-12 grades officially representing the schools they attend. Each student entering the tournament must represent such student's currently enrolled high school.  In Policy Debate, Public Forum Debate and Duo Interpretation, a valid entry is comprised of two student team members both of whom are currently enrolled at the same high school.  Each school must enter all of its students under one school entry and the account must be the official school account which has the adult moderator listed as the contact. The listed contact must be an adult, i.e., over 21 years of age. No independent or student-created entries or anonymous team accounts will be accepted.

Varsity:  Any student in 9-12 grades may enter at the varsity level.


Junior Varsity: Junior Varsity  is open to students in their second season (2020-21) of debate competition..


Novice: Novice is open to students in their first season (2020-21) of debate competition.


The adult moderator may contact the tournament directors if they wish to request an exception. 


For the duration of a school’s participation at the  tournament, each school must have at least one adult moderator (over the age of 21 years of age) who will be responsible to address any issues related to the school's entries. The tournament may require supporting documentation verifying all of these items.


Tournament Schedule

Policy, Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglas Debates (Varsity and JV) will start on Friday.  Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglas Debates will be single-flighted.  Congress and speech events will be held Saturday and Sunday.  Novice will be on Sunday.  The start time for Friday will be in the afternoon, with an exact time to be determined.  Saturday and Sunday will start no earlier than 9:00 am NY time.  With everyone’s cooperation, we will endeavor to conclude all events prior to 9:00 pm NY time on all three days. 


Tournament Fees

There is no school fee.

Registration Fees



Policy Debate




Junior Varsity


Public Forum Debate




Junior Varsity


Lincoln-Douglas Debate




Junior Varsity


Congressional Debate


Dramatic Interpretation


Duo Interpretation


Extemporaneous Speaking


Humorous Interpretation


Informative Speaking


Original Oratory


Programmed Oral Interpretation


Prose & Poetry



Fee Assessment

All accepted entries will be set by 9:00 pm NY time on October 9, and schools with accepted entries are assessed final fees at that time.  Any entry drops after this date will not reduce the assessed final fees, even if a school drops all of its entries. Thereafter, entries accepted off the waitlist cannot be dropped without an assessment.  This does not apply to the novice divisions.

Schools may continue to make online student name changes, without penalty, until registration is over on Friday.  However, given the size of the tournament, we encourage all schools to finalize changes prior to Friday.  This does not apply to the novice divisions.


Payment and Invoices

Final fees (including all assessments) must be paid in full before the commencement of the tournament.  Except as noted above, any school failing to pay the assessed fees in full before the deadline will not be permitted to compete.  Final fees are payable regardless of attendance (drops or otherwise) at the tournament.  Fees in arrears from previous years will be noted on the invoices and must be paid in full prior to acceptance of entries into the tournament.

Only checks and credit cards will be accepted.  NO CASH.  Schools may pay via credit card.  

Credit card link - See page "Credit Card Information".

Schools can pay via check made payable to The Bronx High School of Science Alumni Foundation, Inc. Please write Big Bronx in the memo line.  Checks can be mailed to (and must be received prior to the commencement of the tournament):


Bronx Science Speech & Debate

The Bronx High School of Science Alumni Foundation

75 Bronx Science Boulevard

Bronx, NY 10468


Final invoices are available to be produced only on