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2017 Giving Thanks for Debate Tournament

December 2, 2017 @ 8:30 am - December 3, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

  • Debate Events:  Parliamentary Debate
  • Three Divisions:
    1)  Novice
    2)  JV
    3)  Varsity
  • Where:  Hillview Middle School, Menlo Park
  • When:  Saturday, 12/2 – Sunday, 12/3/2017
    • Sat 12/2: 8:30 – ca. 6 pm
      Check In starts at 8:30 am in the PAC Lobby.
      All students will compete for 5 Preliminary rounds, followed by Best Speaker awards at ca. 5 pm.
    • Sun 12/3: 10 – ca. 5 pm
      Roll Call for Debaters and Judges at 10 am in the PAC.
      Top 8 teams from each division return for single elimination championship rounds. Each round is followed by awards.
  • We will have food & drink for sale (Cash Only): Baked Goods, Fruit, Snacks, Pizza, Sandwiches, Coffee & Assorted Drinks

Registration & Payment Deadline:  Wednesday, 11/29/17

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First Time? Request to Register

Debaters please read:  Debater Information

Debaters Dress Code & What to Bring see:  Debaters Preparation

Debaters practice with:  Debate Steps & Tips     Debate Terms     Debate Topics

Judges please read:  Judge Information


Participation Requirements

  • Students need PRIOR Speech & Debate experience or understand the format (Parliamentary Debate).  (See FAQ)
  • Students must register by the deadline.
    • No partner needed. We can help find one if option selected in the registration form.
  • All fees must be paid by Check-In.
  • Volunteer Requirement:  Each Debater needs to have 1 adult that will volunteer to fill and complete 1 Spot/Task on Sign-up.com for this tournament. This requirement is in addition to the judging requirement.
    • Why?  Our tournaments are parent-run and can only be successful with the help of volunteers.
  • Judging Requirement:  Each Debater needs to have 1 adult, who will be available to judge all rounds.
  • Guardian Requirement:  Each Debater needs to have 1 adult present, who will be responsible for them while at the tournament. The Guardian does not have to be a parent and except for “Hired Judges”, the Judge and Guardian can be the same person.
  • Debaters, Judges and Guardians (if not Judge) need to be present for the entire Debate Tournament. No late starts or leaving early, even for lunch!

Click for Deadlines, Discounts, Rates & Payment Instructions

  • Check or Google Wallet Payments made by Wednesday, 11/29:  Apply a $5 discount (per student)
  • Late Payment Fee:  $25 after payment deadline
  • Really Late Payment Fee:  $35 if paid at Check-In
  • Administrative Fee:  $10 for any payment follow-ups/corrections


 ParticipationHired JudgeRegistered/Requested by
Standard Rate$90$25011/29/17
Early Rate$50$17511/26/17*
Last Minute RateN/A$30012/1/17
Emergency RateN/A$37512/2/17
*Registered/Requested and Paid by 11/26 to qualify for the discounted rate.

Hired Judges

  • Why? An option for those that can’t fill the judging requirement.
  • We have a limited number of Hired Judges.
    • There is NO Guarantee that we will have extra judges to cover your judging requirement.
    • Only the first 20 requests are guaranteed.
  • Prerequisite: Please indicate your request on the registration form by Wednesday, 11/29/17
  • Hired Judges can NOT be Guardians!
  • Judges can NOT be hired on the day of the tournament!
  • Cancel Hired Judge Request for a Full Refund by:  Sunday, 11/26/17
  • Hired Judge cost NOT refundable after Sunday, 11/26/17

Participation & Dropping Out

  • Participation cost NOT refundable after Sunday, 11/26/17
  • Drop with a Full Refund by:  Sunday, 11/26/17 at 11:59 pm
  • Refunds will be processed within 14 days after the tournament.
  • In case your child can’t participate after all, please inform the Tournament Director: Brier Buchalter and if applicable your child’s debate partner’s parents. It affects tournament planning on various levels (partnering debaters, preparing materials, pairing the first round, ordering trophies, etc.) – Thank you!

Tournament Debate Practice (optional & free)

  • Opportunity for debaters to review and practice before the tournament.
  • Prerequisite:  Completed Tournament Registration
  • When:  Friday, 12/1/17 from 6:15 – 7:30 pm

Please see the Scholarships page for instructions on how to apply for a tournament scholarship! 


  • Tournament Director: Brier Buchalter (Speech & Debate Coach)
  • Registration: Norina Biese
  • Email: Tournaments@NorCalDebateLeague.org
  • Phone: (408) 771-2904


December 2, 2017 @ 8:30 am
December 3, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Brier Buchalter


Hillview Middle School
1100 Elder Ave
Menlo Park, CA 94025 United States
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