Month: September 2015

St. Paul’s – Oct 18, 2015


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Fellow Debaters:

The St. Paul’s School Debate Team cordially invites you to attend our Sixth Annual Invitational Debate Tournament in Honor of Secretary of State John F. Kerry, to be held on Sunday, October 18, 2015.

The tournament is open to both advanced and novice teams, and you are welcome to enter no more than two four-person teams in each division. You must also provide one judge for each four-person team. In accordance with the DANEIS rule, only those who have participated in no more than six previous interscholastic tournaments, or those who have not debated in the last fifteen calendar months, may compete as novices. We do ask that coaches use their discretion.

The tournament will be Oregon-style Prepared, and will consist of three rounds. Pairs will debate on the same side of the resolution for all three rounds. The resolution is:

BIRT: the U.S. government should implement a tax on wealth.

Again, each team shall consist of four students, accompanied by a judge. While experienced advanced debaters are acceptable as judges in the novice division, advanced teams must have an adult judge. We regret that we are unable to provide judges. ALL student and adult judges should be thoroughly prepared in order to ensure a fair and constructive tournament.

Registration fees are $70 per four-person team (including judge), with a $10 charge per observer to offset meal costs. Please let us know by October 9 how many advanced teams, novice teams and observers you plan to bring, by emailing Kevin Barry, Once we hear from you and closer to the tournament date, we will send you a request for the names of participating students to enter into our scoring system.

If there are any changes in the number of teams, names of participants, or positions they are debating (affirmative or negative), please contact me as soon as possible prior to the tournament. If the changes are last minute, on the morning of the debate, it is imperative that you call my cell phone (609-571-2206) before you leave your school, so that the schedule of debates, and/or the appropriate information in our scoring database, can be adjusted in time for a smooth start.

Please refer to our directions below to St. Paul’s as GPS systems can often send drivers in the wrong direction! Silk Farm Road is CLOSED to traffic.

We hope that you can join us, and look forward to greeting you on October 18.

Jamie Denham, Sun Woo Lee, Muriel Wang, Debate Captains
Kevin Barry and Andrew Gray, Coaches


Sunday, October 18, 2015

BIRT: the U.S. government should implement a tax on wealth.

Schedule of Events:

10:00 –11:00 Registration, Coit Common Room
10:00-11:00 Brunch, Coit Upper Dining Hall
11:00-11:30 Joint Debaters’ and Judges’ Meeting, Coit Upper Dining Hall
Timers’/Runners’ Meeting in Coit Common Room
11:45 – 1:00 Round One
1:00 – 2:15 Round Two
2:15 – 3:30 Round Three.
Note: After Round Three snacks will be available back at Coit Upper Dining Hall.
4:15 – 4:30 Awards Ceremony, Coit Upper Dining Hall

Oregon Style Prepared:

1st Affirmative constructive 7 minutes
2nd Negative cross-examination 3 minutes
1st Negative constructive 7 minutes
1st Affirmative cross-examination 3 minutes
2nd Affirmative constructive 7 minutes
1st Negative cross-examination 3 minutes
2nd Negative constructive 7 minutes
2nd Affirmative cross-examination 3 minutes
1st Negative rebuttal 4 minutes
1st Affirmative rebuttal 4 minutes
2nd Negative rebuttal 4 minutes
2nd Affirmative rebuttal 4 minutes


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St. Sebastian’s Novice – Oct 11, 2015


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Dear Fellow Debaters:

The St. Sebastian’s Debate Team cordially invites you to participate in our tenth NOVICE (Grades 7-9) Parliamentary Extemporaneous Debate Tournament on Sunday, October 11, 2015. The tournament will consist of three rounds of Parliamentary debate. We will be debating straight resolutions and using only points of information (no points of order, personal privilege or heckling). Each school may register one or two four-person novice teams (teams should include a judge as well; St. Sebastian’s will not provide judges). Schools may register by e-mail to: Please respond by Friday, October 2. Fees for the debate are $60 per four-person team and $15 per observer. Checks should be made payable to St. Sebastian’s School. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 617-462-3651. We also request that you call us at 617-462-3651 on the morning of the tournament, between the hours of 8:00 and 10:00, to report any changes in your final registration.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

10:00 – 11:00 am Registration in the front foyer of the Birmingham Academic Building
10:00 – 11:30 am Brunch served in Ward Hall. Dinner will be available after 3:00 pm
11:30 – 12 noon Judges’ and Debaters’ Meeting in Ward Hall
12:00 – 1:00 pm Round One
1:00 – 2:00 pm Round Two
2:00 – 3:00 pm Round Three
3:00 – 4:15 pm Dinner in Ward Hall
4:15 – 4:30 pm Presentation of Awards in Ward Hall

The maximum length and order of speeches are as follows:

Prime Minister 5 minutes
First Opposition Speaker 8 minutes
Minister of the Crown 8 minutes
Leader of the Opposition 8 minutes
Prime Minister’s Rebuttal 3 minutes

A 30-second grace period will be allowed for each debater, after which the speech will be terminated. The Government will be given 2 minutes to define the terms in the room with the Opposition and the judge, followed by a 10-minute preparation time for both teams. The Government Team should repair to the hallway for the preparation period. Debaters are strictly forbidden from consulting any reference materials during the preparation period or during the debate. Violation of this rule will warrant disqualification from the tournament.

Directions to St. Sebastian’s can be found on our website:; please note that the last turn in the directions will be a LEFT into the parking lot of the Birmingham Academic Building.

Information on rules, scoring, points of information, etc. can be found in the rules section of our league website at Please see the five PDFs under the heading “DANEIS Parliamentary Debate with POIs.” We ask that your debaters and judges be thoroughly familiar with all of this information prior to the tournament as we will have just a short time for the judges’ and debaters’ briefing on the day of the debate. There are also a couple of helpful videos in the members’ section of the website.

We look forward to seeing you on October 11, and express our appreciation for your participation. Please see the enclosed form for registration information.

Michael P. Nerbonne
Debate Coach

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Stoneleigh-Burnham – Oct 4, 2015



Event Guidelines
Event Schedule

Dear Colleagues and Members of DANEIS,

You are invited to the Stoneleigh-Burnham School Public Speaking Tournament. Our
tournament will be held on Sunday, October 4, 2015, and will include three speaking
opportunities in this order:
1. Interpretive Reading (mandatory)
2. Impromptu Speaking (mandatory)
3. After-Dinner or Persuasive Speaking (choose one )

Speakers and their coaches should arrive between 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. Our brunch
will be the only food served during the day. Event guidelines are enclosed and
should answer all other questions. Each school is expected to bring at least one
judge. You may register one speaker or more with five speakers as the maximum.
To be eligible for team awards, you must register either four or five speakers.
First, second, and third place will be awarded in each of the categories. Team
trophies will also be awarded to first, second, and third place finishers. An overall
tournament winner will be named. Please read your event guidelines carefully and
remember that all After-Dinner and Persuasive speeches must be original.
Impromptu speeches must be just that—-Impromptu!

Please respond by September 28. Looking forward to seeing you all again.

Dr. Paul C. Bassett
Karen Pleasant
Charlotte Minsky and Clara Swartzentruber, Victoria Subritzky-Katz, and
Claire Lane, Debate Society Presidents

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Stanstead College – Sept 20, 2015


Stanstead Debate Schedule
Canadian Parliamentary Senior Speaking Times

Dear Debaters and Coaches:

Stanstead College cordially invites you to participate in our annual tournament on Sunday, September 20th, 2015. The tournament will consist of three rounds of Parliamentary-style extemporaneous debate (straight resolution). Both junior and senior debaters are welcome to come. However, standard senior speaking times will be used. In addition, no distinction will be made on the tab between junior and senior teams. The rounds will not be bracketed. Each school may register four two-person teams (registration will be open until we reach 50 teams). If you are interested in the possibility of bringing additional teams, please indicate this in the RSVP email. Schools are required to bring one judge per two two-person teams. Stanstead will not be able to provide judges.

Schools may register by emailing at, indicating the number of teams and the names of the debaters the school intends to bring. Please register by September 16thth (earlier registrations are welcome and encouraged). There will be a fee of $55.00 per two-person team (additional fee of 15$ for observers). The fee includes brunch and supper. Check should be made payable to Stanstead College. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to seeing you.

Audrey Hamilton for Stanstead College

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Roxbury Latin – Sept 20, 2015


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Schedule of Events
DANEIS Parliamentary Debate documents – 2015-16

Dear Fellow Debaters,

The Roxbury Latin School Debate Society cordially invites you to participate in our Parliamentary Debate Tournament on Sunday, September 20, 2015. There will be both Novice and Advanced divisions. With all DANEIS parliamentary debates now using extemporaneous straight resolutions and allowing only Points of Information (no Points of Order, no Points of Personal Privilege, no heckling), we hope that you will be able to join us for this league opener. At the last coaches meeting, it was suggested that we compile all documents related to DANEIS Parliamentary Debate into one file. The dream has been realized! Attached is a file that contains the complete package of DANEIS Parliamentary materials for prepping judges and debaters, updated with the suggestions made to last year’s proposed documents. It takes time to read through these materials, so please be sure to give new judges this material well in advance. As always, there will be new resolutions for each of the three rounds. While no redefinition will be necessary, there will be a two minute definition-of-terms period, where all debaters must stay in the room with the judge and speaker to agree to terms before the 10-minute preparation time begins. During the 10-minute preparation period, the Government should repair to the hallway to prepare separately from the Opposition. As with all DANEIS tournaments, it is strictly understood that teams may not consult any reference materials of any kind (electronic or otherwise) during their preparation time or during the actual debate. Teams that violate these rules will be disqualified from the tournament. The format will be as follows:

Prime Minister – 5 minute constructive
Member of the Opposition – 8 minute speech
Minister of the Crown – 8 minute speech
Leader of the Opposition – 8 minute speech
Prime Minister – 3 minute rebuttal

Each school may enter no more than one four-person team in each division, and must also provide one judge for each four-person team. In accordance with DANEIS league rules, student judges will not be permitted to judge advanced debates, and students judging in the novice division must be experienced debaters who have competed in DANEIS tournaments at the advanced level. Parents of students debating in the advanced division should judge ONLY in the NOVICE division.

All schools are expected to brief their judges thoroughly on the rules, format, and the scoring techniques of debating. For those new to parliamentary debating and points of information, here is a link to a 39 minute video of the Grand Final Debate at Worlds in South Africa 2013. While the order of speakers and speaking times at Worlds are a bit different, this debate contains at least a dozen examples of attempts to use Points of Information—the largest number falling between minutes 15-21. You can also find this video with the following YouTube search: WIDPSC 2013 Grand Finals: Debate.

The top teams in the Advanced division will conduct a public exhibition debate after the three rounds have been completed. Last year’s winners of our two traveling trophies (Best School & Best Advanced Speaker), please be sure to bring these trophies with you to the competition or mail them to Stewart Thomsen in time for them to be awarded the day of this year’s debate. Many thanks!

Registration on the day of the debate will be held from 10:30 to 11:15 A.M. Teams arriving after the close of registration will not be allowed to compete. A single briefing for both judges and debaters will follow the registration in Rousmaniere Hall. Dinner for DANEIS coaches will be served in the Farnham Room after the 3rd round as part of their fall DANEIS coaches meeting. Dinner for everyone else will be served in the Refectory after the third round to avoid lost time while the scoring room tallies the results of Round III to determine the participants in the Exhibition Round. We will start the Exhibition Round as soon as possible. The scoring of the debate and the standings in each division will be announced immediately following the Exhibition Round. There is a $60 entry fee for each four-person team, and an additional $15 entry fee for each observer in order to offset food costs. Please make checks payable to “The Roxbury Latin School.”

Please fill out the enclosed entry form and e-mail it to us by Tuesday, September 15. We would greatly appreciate it if you could provide the names of your debaters by that date as well. Because our space is limited, we encourage schools to contact us ahead of this deadline as we may run out of space before September 15. If you have any questions, please e-mail Stewart Thomsen at
Justin Jin – RL Debate President
Stewart Thomsen – RL Debate Advisor

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