Month: September 2019

Hotchkiss – Sunday, October 20, 2019

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Directions to Hotchkiss

Dear Members of DANEIS,

We cordially invite you to the Eighteenth Annual Parliamentary Debate and Public Speaking Tournament at The Hotchkiss School on Sunday, October 20, 2019.

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 coninute to use the format for this tournament that we introduced last year. There will be two rounds of parliamentary debate. Resolutions will be straight. We will follow the standard DANEIS rules 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 and other public speaking tournaments in our league. 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 4 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 and Thomas Fisher
Coaches, Hotchkiss Speech & Debate

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St. Sebastian’s Novice – Sunday, October 13, 2019


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Dear Fellow Debaters:

The St. Sebastian’s Debate Team cordially invites you to participate in our fourteenth NOVICE Parliamentary Extemporaneous Debate Tournament on Sunday, October 23, 2019. 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 4. Fees for the debate are $75 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 registration, meals and all of the debates will take place in the 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 13, and express our appreciation for your participation.

Michael P. Nerbonne
Debate Coach

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Stoneleigh-Burnham – Sunday, September 29, 2019



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Event Guidelines

Dear Colleagues and Members of DANEIS,

You are cordially invited to the Stoneleigh-Burnham School Public Speaking Tournament, to be held on Sunday, September 29. This World’s qualifying tournament will focus on three public speaking genres. Each school may bring from one to up to six speakers, and each speaker should be prepared to speak in all of the following categories, in this order:

    1. Interpretive Reading (all, mandatory)
    2. Impromptu (all, mandatory)
    3. After-Dinner or Persuasive Speaking (each competitor chooses one)

Speakers and their coaches should arrive between 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. We expect to be done rounds by 3:30 p.m., with awards to follow. Stoneleigh-Burnham’s brunch will be served from 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. Brunch will be the only full meal served during the day. Event guidelines are linked above and should answer all other questions about individual events. Please read your event guidelines carefully and remember that all After-Dinner and Persuasive speeches must be original. A speaker may use notes in these two categories, but these are limited to one index card, both sides. Impromptu speeches must be just that—-Impromptu.

Each school is expected to bring: one judge, if you are bringing one to four speakers; two judges, if you are bringing five or six speakers. To be eligible for team awards, you must register at least four speakers. Only the top four speakers from a school will be averaged for awards. First, second, and third place will be awarded in each of four categories. An overall tournament winner will be named.

Finally, the fee for this tournament is $70 per team. You may bring an additional observer, student or faculty, at no additional cost.

Please respond by Tuesday, September 25th with your student speakers’ names and each speaker’s choice of either an After-Dinner or Persuasive speech. We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Karen Suchenski, Stoneleigh-Burnham Debate Coach
Ira Hysi, Joy Lundberg, Debate & Speaking Society Co-Presidents

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Roxbury Latin – Sunday, September 22, 2019


Full Invitation as PDF
Schedule of Events
DANEIS Parliamentary Debate documents

List of Awards
Advanced Scoresheets
Novice Scoresheets

Dear DANEIS Coaches,

The Roxbury Latin School Debate Society cordially invites you to participate in our Parliamentary Debate Tournament on Sunday, September 22, 2019. 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. Linked above is a file that contains the complete package of DANEIS Parliamentary materials for prepping judges and debaters. 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. 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 $75 entry fee for each four-person team, and an additional $20 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 17. 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 17. If you have any questions, please e-mail Stewart Thomsen at

Avi Attar – RL Debate President
Stewart Thomsen – RL Debate Advisor

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