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2018 Halloween Spooktacular Tournament

November 3, 2018 @ 8:00 am - November 4, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

  • Debate Events: Parliamentary Debate
  • Three Divisions: Novice, JV, Varsity
  • Who: 1st – 8th graders
  • Where: Large Gym/Multi, Encinal Elementary School, Atherton
  • When: Saturday, 11/3 & Sunday, 11/4/2018
    • Sat 11/3: 8:30 am – 4 pm — All students will compete for 4 Preliminary rounds. Check In: 8:30 – 8:45 am
    • Sun 11/4: 9 am – 4:30 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 single elimination championship rounds, which are each followed by awards. Check In: 9 – 9:15 am
  • We will have food & drink for sale (Cash Only): Baked Goods, Fruit, Snacks, Pizza, Sandwiches, Coffee & Assorted Drinks

Registration & Payment Deadline: Thursday, 11/1/18

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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

  • 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$27511/1/18
Early Rate$50$20010/29/18*
Last Minute RateN/A$325on 11/2/18
Emergency RateN/A$375on 11/3 or 11/4/18
*Registered/Requested and Paid by 10/29/18 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.
  • Prerequisite: Please indicate your request on the registration form by Thursday, 11/1/18
  • Cancel Hired Judge Request for a Full Refund by: Monday, 10/29/18
  • Hired Judge cost NOT refundable after Monday, 10/29/18

Participation & Dropping Out

  • Participation cost NOT refundable after Monday, 10/29/18
  • Drop with a Full Refund by: Monday, 10/29/18
  • 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, 11/2/18 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


November 3, 2018 @ 8:00 am
November 4, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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Brier Buchalter


Encinal Elementary
195 Encinal Ave
Atherton, CA United States
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