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2019 Debate to Discover Tournament

January 12, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

  • Debate Events:  Parliamentary Debate
  • Three Divisions: Novice, JV, Varsity
  • Who:  1st – 8th graders  (Free participation for Park students)
  • Where:  Main Gym, Oak Knoll Elementary School, Menlo Park
  • When:  Saturday, 1/12/2019  ~  8:30 am – 6 pm
    • All students will compete for 5 Preliminary rounds, followed by recognition of Best Speakers at ca. 5 pm. Check In (Large Gym/Multi): 8:30 – 8:45 am
  • We will have food & drink for sale (Cash Only): Baked Goods, Fruit, Snacks, Pizza, Onigiri, Cup Noodles, Coffee & Assorted Drinks

Registration Deadline: Thursday, 1/10/2019

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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 (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 student

 ParticipationHired JudgeRegistered/Requested by
Standard Rate$70$1701/10/19
Early Rate$40$1351/8/19*
Last Minute RateN/A$2001/11/19
Emergency RateN/A$2501/12/19
*Registered/Requested and Paid by 1/8/19 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, 1/10/19

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 food, etc.) – Thank you!

Tournament Debate Practice (optional & free)

  • Opportunity for debaters to review and practice before the tournament.
  • Prerequisite:  Completed Tournament Registration
  • When:  Friday, 1/11/19 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


January 12, 2019
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Oak Knoll Elementary
1895 Oak Knoll Ln
Menlo Park, CA 94025 United States


Brier Buchalter