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2018 Giving Thanks For Debate Tournament

December 1, 2018 @ 9:00 am - December 2, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

  • Debate Events: Parliamentary Debate
  • Three Divisions: Novice, JV, Varsity
  • Who: 1st – 8th graders
  • Where: Performance Arts Center (PAC), Hillview Middle School, Menlo Park
  • When: Saturday, 12/1  &  Sunday, 12/2/2018
    • Sat 12/1:  9 am – 3:30 pm  —  All students will compete for 4 Preliminary rounds. Check In:  9 – 9:15 am
    • Sun 12/2:  8:30 am – 6 pm  —  All students return to compete for an additional 2 Preliminary rounds followed by Speaker Awards. Then top teams from each division continue to compete in elimination championship rounds, which are followed by awards. Check In: 8:30 – 8:45 am
  • We will have food & drink for sale (Cash Only): Baked Goods, Fruit, Snacks, Pizza, Sandwiches, Coffee & Assorted Drinks

Registration & Payment Deadline: Thursday, 11/29/18

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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

  • 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
Early Rate$50$20011/28/18*
Standard Rate$90$27511/29/18
Last Minute RateN/A$325on 11/30/18
Emergency RateN/A$375on 12/1 or 12/2/18
*Registered/Requested and Paid by Wednesday, 11/28/18 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 10 requests are guaranteed.
    • No refunds.
  • Prerequisite: Please indicate your request on the registration form by Thursday, 11/29/18

Participation & Dropping Out

  • No Refunds.
  • 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, 11/30/18 from 6:15 – 7:45 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: (650) 434-2846


December 1, 2018 @ 9:00 am
December 2, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
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Brier Buchalter


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