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Park’s a-MAY-zing 1-Day Debate Tournament

May 19, 2018 @ 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:  Multi, Park Elementary School, Hayward
  • When:  Saturday, 5/19/2018
    • All students will compete for 5 Preliminary rounds, followed by recognition of Best Speakers at ca. 5 pm.
      Check in starts @ 8:30 am in the Multi.
  • We will have food & drink for sale (Cash Only): Baked Goods, Fruit, Snacks, Pizza, Onigiri, Sandwiches, Coffee & Assorted Drinks

Registration Deadline:  Thursday, 5/17/18

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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 (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$60$1605/17/18
Early Rate$40$1105/15/18*
Last Minute RateN/A$1905/18/18
Emergency RateN/A$2405/19/18
*Registered/Requested and Paid by 5/15/18 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, 5/17/18
  • Cancel Hired Judge Request for a Full Refund by:  Tuesday, 5/15/18
  • Hired Judge cost NOT refundable after Tuesday, 5/15/18

Participation & Dropping Out

  • Participation cost NOT refundable after Tuesday, 5/15/18
  • Drop with a Full Refund by:  Tuesday, 5/15/18
  • 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


May 19, 2018
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Brier Buchalter


Park Elementary
411 Larchmont St
Hayward, 94544 United States
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