New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament

2020 — NSDA Campus, NY/US

Invite Letter



The Bronx High School of Science

Speech & Debate Team

75 Bronx Science Boulevard

Bronx, New York  10468


August 10, 2020


Dear Moderators:


The Bronx High School of Science Speech & Debate Team cordially invites you and your team to join us virtually at the Golden Anniversary New York City Invitational Tournament.  We are happy to continue a fifty year tradition of offering an early season tournament despite the circumstances. 


This year’s tournament will be held online from Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18, 2020.  


The tournament will offer varsity Public Forum Debate, Policy Debate, and Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and, on Saturday and Sunday, Congressional Debate, Dramatic Interpretation of Literature, Duo Interpretation of Literature, Extemporaneous Speaking, Humorous Interpretation of Literature, Informative Speaking, Original Oratory, Program Oral Interpretation and Prose & Poetry.


NEW this year, we will offer junior varsity Public Forum Debate, Policy Debate and Lincoln-Douglas Debate from Friday to Sunday, and, on Sunday, a three round tournament for novice Public Forum Debate, Policy Debate and Lincoln-Douglas Debate.


Registration for all events (other than novice) will open August 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm.  All entries will automatically be wait listed until about September 1, when entries will be reviewed and cleared based upon several factors, including past tournament attendance, geography and diversity of entries, to fairly distribute all the available slots.  We anticipate that available slots will fill up quickly.


Public Forum debaters will debate the September/October 2020 Public Forum Debate topic. Policy debate teams will debate the 2020-21 National High School topic on criminal justice reform. Lincoln-Douglas debaters will debate the September/October 2020 National Speech & Debate Association LD topic.  Congressional Debate legislation will be released prior to the tournament. 


Bronx Science remains a qualifying competition for the National High School Tournament of Champions (TOC) in all four varsity debate events: octafinalists in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and Public Forum Debate, quarterfinalists in Policy Debate and finalists in Congressional Debate. The NYC Invitational is a bid tournament for the TOC in all speech categories.  


More specific information will be released on the pages at


If you have any questions, please contact us at We very much value your continued support of our school and the tournament and hope to have the opportunity to express our appreciation and welcome you and your team to our online tournament this October.




Timothy J. Huth

Associate Director

Kirby Chin ’88

Co-Tournament Host

Robert S. Levinson ’80

Co-Tournament Host