Month: October 2018

Hotchkiss – Sunday, November 11, 2018

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Directions to Hotchkiss

Dear Members of DANEIS,

We cordially invite you to the Seventeenth Annual Parliamentary Debate Tournament at The Hotchkiss School on Sunday, November 11, 2018.

Each school may register up to two four-person teams. Space will be given on a first-come, first-served basis, due to limited classroom space, with preference given to DANEIS member schools.

The cost will be $75 per four-person team. We ask that schools bring a judge for each four-person team entered. Unfortunately, we cannot provide judges. In accordance with DANEIS league rules, student judges will not be permitted to judge advanced debates. Parents judges should not judge the division in which their children are debating. We also ask that any students judging in the novice division be experienced debaters who have competed in DANEIS tournaments at the advanced level. Please be sure to brief your judges thoroughly prior to the tournament.

We will be introducing a new format at our tournament this year. There will be two rounds of parliamentary debate. Resolutions will be straight. We will be following the standard DANEIS rules used this year and will use the standard score sheets. These rules can be found on the DANEIS website.

In addition to these two rounds of parliamentary debate, there will be two rounds of impromptu speaking. The rules for this portion of the tournament will be the same rules used at the Public Speaking Tournament at the Stoneleigh Burnham School. These rules are available on the league website. Sample topics can be found on the IISPSC website ( If you have questions about the impromptu speaking event, please contact me.

Registration will be open from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. in the entrance to the Main Building and brunch will be available in the dining hall at that time. Briefings for judges and debaters will begin promptly at 11:15 and Round 1 will commence at 11:45. Dinner and snacks will be available after the third round.

Please RSVP no later than October 23 via email to with the number of teams you would like to enter. Early RSVPs are greatly appreciated.

Directions can be found on our website. We look forward to seeing you here in Lakeville.

David Conti, Paula Russo and Thomas Fisher
Coaches, Hotchkiss Speech & Debate

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St. Paul’s – Sunday, November 4, 2018


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Fellow Debaters:

The St. Paul’s School Debate Team cordially invites you to attend our Ninth Annual Invitational Debate Tournament in Honor of Secretary of State John F. Kerry, to be held on Sunday, November 4, 2018.

The tournament is open to both advanced and novice teams, and you are welcome to enter no more than four teams total (two four-person teams in each division). You must also provide one judge for each four-person team. In accordance with the DANEIS rules, 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 United States should withdraw all troops and military forces from Afghanistan.

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 20 how many advanced teams, novice teams and observers you plan to bring, emailing this information to Andrew Gray, 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 us 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 (617-800-7903) 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 keep in mind that the creation of a successful schematic for the tournament is a complex task, and that while the organizers understand that illnesses and other unexpected events occur, last minute changes can present great challenges on the day of the tournament and potentially delay its start.

Directions to St. Paul’s are included below. If you prefer to use a GPS system or a maps application, please keep in mind that Silk Farm Road is CLOSED to traffic.

We hope that you can join us and look forward to greeting you on November 4th.

Mary Kate Langan, Estela Lacombe França, and Josh Beirich, Debate Captains
Andrew Gray, Dave Camden and Bob Gile, Coaches


Sunday, November 4, 2018

BIRT: the United States should withdraw all troops and military forces from Afghanistan.

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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