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2019 Spring into Summer Debate Tournament

April 27, 2019 @ 8:00 am - April 28, 2019 @ 4:30 pm

  • Debate Events: Parliamentary Debate
  • Three Divisions: Novice, JV, Varsity
  • Who: 1st – 8th graders
  • Where: Large Gym/Multi, Encinal Elementary School, Atherton
  • When: Saturday, 4/27  &  Sunday, 4/28/2019
    • Sat 4/27:  8:30 am – 4 pm  —  All students will compete for 4 Preliminary rounds. Check In:  8:30 – 8:45 am
    • Sun 4/28:  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 elimination championship rounds, which are 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 Deadline: Thursday, 4/25/2019

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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

2019 SIS

 Participation RateHired Judge Rate
Standard Rate$110$300
Early Rate$65$235
Last MinuteN/A$350
*Registered/Requested and Paid by 4/24/19 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, 4/25/19

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, 4/26/19 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


April 27, 2019 @ 8:00 am
April 28, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
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Brier Buchalter


Encinal Elementary
195 Encinal Ave
Atherton, CA United States
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