Month: December 2023

Loomis Chaffee – Sunday, January 21

Greetings Fellow Debaters,

Please find attached the invitation to Loomis Chaffee’s 42nd Annual Debate Tournament to be held on January 21, 2024 (switch-side, cross-ex, policy resolution with a one-hour preparation period using a supplied packet of information). Details about the day and the style of debate are included in the attached invitation. You should, therefore, read very carefully the invitation which outlines the format of this cross-ex debate tournament. I have also attached a sample ballot as well as some sample information packets from some previous Loomis Chaffee tournaments.

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Briefly, our tournament will be, a cross-ex, switch side, policy debate, but where none of the participants will know the resolution prior to the day of the tournament. Shortly after the close of registration we will give out the resolution along with a research packet of approximately 10 pages to accompany that resolution. Debaters will have one hour to work together in teams (schools) in assigned spaces to prepare their cases using the packet (but no other research materials of any kind) before the rounds of debate begin. Thus, teams have access to exactly the same information, so the debates will be assessing how well you can work with that information to produce & defend cogent, persuasive arguments on both sides of the issue. After the one hour preparation period, the debate competition will begin with each team ultimately debating both sides of the resolution. The first two rounds will be assigned (one round on each side) – for the third round the side will be decided in the room by mutual agreement if the two teams, by chance, want different sides, or by coin flip if on that third round both teams had hoped to debate the same side.

We hope you share our enthusiasm for preserving this form of debate. We believe it includes some of the best features of prepared cross-ex tournaments while eliminating the sometimes challenging research burden that was difficult for some in mid-January. Full details on the day, as well as guidelines for judges, are included in the attached invitation. I have also attached a sample ballot (with instructions) and a couple of examples of research packets from some previous debates we’ve held using this format.

Teams may enter up to two 4-person teams in each division (Advanced & Novice) and must supply a judge for each 4-person team entered. We ask that you reserve your spots in the tournament by January 12 (earlier if possible) and that you supply the names of your debaters by January 15 (earlier if possible). Assuming space still remains on January 12 the non-league schools hoping to compete in the tournament will be accepted into the tournament and their spots guaranteed beginning January 13. The cost for entering is $80 per four-person team – no additional charge for observers. We hope to hear from many of you soon and look forward to welcoming you to our annual tournament on January 21st.

Curt Robison, Advisor to the Debate Society
The Loomis Chaffee School
Windsor, CT 06095
(office: 860 687 6122, cell: 860 796 4120, email:

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Choate – Sunday, January 7

The Choate Rosemary Hall Debate Team cordially invites you to the Choate Invitational Debate Tournament on January 7, 2024. In both the novice and advanced division, the event will feature three rounds of parliamentary extemporaneous debate with straight resolutions (full rules can be found here). Because we are a world qualifier, we will give priority to league members and keep a running list of additional schools who are interested. If we have enough space, these schools will be contacted and invited to attend the tournament.

Initial registration is limited to 3 four-person teams per school. Each school must register at least one team in both the novice and advanced divisions and provide one judge per four-person team. In the advanced division, we ask that you provide an adult judge. Choate will be unable to supply judges. We also will not have timers or Speakers, so debaters and judges will need to fulfill both of these roles.

To register, please RSVP to Katherine Chong ’25 at indicating how many teams (novice/advanced) you plan to bring, as well as providing the names of all debaters and judges. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Kyra Jenney at The deadline for registration is December 15th.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the tournament!


Kyra Jenney, Debate Advisor
Amber Hodge, Debate Adviser
Leyee Dai ’24, Tournament Chair
Katherine Chong ’25, Tournament Vice Chair
Harper Marsden-Uren ’26, Tournament Vice Chair

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