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2018  NCDL Tournament of Champions

June 2, 2018 @ 8:00 am - June 3, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

  • Debate Events:  Parliamentary Debate
  • Three Divisions: Novice, JV, Varsity
  • Who:  1st – 8th graders  (Free participation for Park students)
  • Where:  Performance Arts Center (PAC), Hillview Middle School, Menlo Park
  • When:  Saturday, 6/2 & Sunday, 6/3/2018
    • Sat 6/2:  8:30 am – 4 pm  —  All students will compete for 4 Preliminary rounds.  Check In:  8:30 – 8:45 am
    • Sun 6/3:  9 am – 5 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 provide (some free, some not):  Baked Goods, Fruit, Snacks, Pizza, Onigiri, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Coffee, Tea & Assorted Drinks

Discount ends:  Tuesday, 5/29/18
Registration Deadline:  Thursday, 5/31/18

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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 to have earned the required minimum TOC points.
    Check your record here
  • 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 (or 2 if they count as 1/2 a 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
Spanish Version here

  • 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

Free participation for Park students

 ParticipationHired JudgeRegistered/Requested by
Standard Rate$175$3505/31/18
Early Rate$125$2505/29/18*
Last Minute RateN/A$4006/1/18
Emergency RateN/A$4506/2 or 6/3/18
*Registered / Requested and Paid by Tuesday, 5/29 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, 5/31/18
  • Cancel Hired Judge Request for a Full Refund by:  Tuesday, 5/29/18
  • Hired Judge cost NOT refundable after Tuesday, 5/29/18

Participation & Dropping Out

  • Participation cost NOT refundable after Tuesday, 5/29/18
  • Drop with a Full Refund by:  Tuesday, 5/29/18
  • 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, 5/18/18 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: (408) 771-2904


June 2, 2018 @ 8:00 am
June 3, 2018 @ 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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