Month: October 2020

St. Paul’s – Sunday, November 15, 2020


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October 19, 2020

Fellow debaters and coaches:

The St. Paul’s School Debate Team cordially invites you to attend our Eleventh Annual Invitational Debate Tournament in Honor of Secretary of State John F. Kerry, to be held via Zoom on Sunday, November 15th, 2020.

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 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 request that coaches use their discretion. No fees will be collected for participation, and, unfortunately, we will not be able to provide trophies.

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:

Resolved, that the United States should establish a NATO-like alliance in Asia.

Information on Oregon-Style cross-examination debate can be found in the rules section of our league website at Although there will be an opening information session, we request that debaters and judges be thoroughly familiar with the rules and expectations of cross-ex debate before the tournament.

Please let us know by October 30th how many advanced and novice teams you will bring by 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 (617-800-7903) so that the schedule of debates, and/or the appropriate information in our scoring database, can be adjusted in time for a smooth start. If a student drops out at the last minute, we will expect his or her partner to perform all speeches for that two-person team.

In the coming weeks we will reach out again with more information regarding Zoom details. We send this letter in order to share the resolution and to invite schools to register their teams.

We hope to see many of you on November 15th and express our appreciation for your participation.

Isabel Maney, Caleb Lee, and Khuan-Yu Hall, Debate Captains

Andrew Gray, Dave Camden, and Bob Gile, Coaches

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Hotchkiss – Sunday, October 18

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Dear Members of DANEIS,

We cordially invite you to the Nineteenth Annual Parliamentary Debate Tournament hosted online by the Hotchkiss School on Sunday, October 18, 2020.

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

Each school should provide one judge for each four-person team. 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 participated in DANEIS tournaments at the advanced level. Please be sure to brief your judges thoroughly prior to the tournament.

There will be two rounds of parliamentary debate. Resolutions will be straight. We will follow the standard DANEIS rules. These rules and scoresheets 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.

Briefings for judges and debaters will begin promptly at 9:30AM and Round 1 will start at

Please RSVP no later than October 9 via email to with the number of teams you would like to enter. Early RSVPs are greatly appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you.


David Conti and Thomas Fisher
Coaches, Hotchkiss Speech & Debate

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