The Belmont Hill School Invitational Debate Tournament

Schedule of Events

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Registration (Library Corridor)
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Breakfast (Dining Hall)
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Judges’ & Debaters’ Meeting (Dining Hall)
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Round One
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Round Two
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Round Three
2:45 – 4:00 p.m. Lunch served (Dining Hall)
4:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony (Dining Hall)

The maximum length and order of speeches are as follows:

Prime Minister 5 minutes
Member of the Opposition 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.

Information on rules, scoring, points of information, etc., can be found in the rules section of our league website. 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.