Deerfield Debate Competition

Sunday, April 29, 2018  10:05AM - 5:30PM

Deerfield Academy, 7 Boyden Ln, Deerfield, MA 01342

8th grade and above

Registration is closed

(We are being given a limited number of slots for this one so signing up does not guarantee that you can go.  Mrs. H. will let you know who is going by Wednesday.)




Karen Koh




Tournament of Champions


The Tournament of Champions (TOC) will consist of three different events. Round one will be Parliamentary Extemporaneous Debate, debating straight resolutions (unrelated to the prepared topic) and using only points of information (no points of order, personal privilege, or heckling). Round two will be Cross-Examination Prepared Debate. The Cross-Examination Prepared topic will be the following: Resolved, that President Trump’s proposed wall between the United States and Mexico should be constructed. Cross-Examination format will be 7 minutes constructive, 3 minutes cross, and 4 minutes rebuttal for each speaker. Please note that debaters should prepare both sides of this Cross-Examination resolution; a coin flip will decide sides on the day of the debate. Round three will consist of one round of Impromptu Speaking.

Note, scoring for all three rounds of the TOC will be based on speaker points, with rank in room as the tiebreaker. There will be no records kept of win-loss in the debate rounds. Each of the three rounds will be out of 100 points for each competitor. Thus each competitor’s total score for all three rounds of the TOC will be out of 300 possible points overall.

They are putting the most experienced judges in the TOC.



  1. Ryan
  2. Benjamin Mione
  3. Panchali
  4. Kay-Lin


Each student will participate in 3 rounds of Parliamentary Extemporaneous debates with POIs. Prior to doing so, they will attend a session explaining this type of debating. Our debaters are already familiar with it. There is an Exhibition Round and an Awards Ceremony following dinner. 

9:30 – 10:30 am             Registration in the Koch Center

10:15 – 11:15 am              Breakfast

11:20 am – 12:00 pm       Meetings for Debaters and Judges

12:00 – 1:10 pm              Round One

1:10 – 2:20 pm               Round Two

2:30 – 3:30 pm              Round Three

3:30 – 4:30 pm              Meals distributed

4:30 – 5:30 pm              Exhibition Round & Awards Ceremony


You will be emailed the final transportation arrangements on Friday.

If Deerfield is running on schedule, the debaters should be leaving at about 5:30.


The kids are fed two nice meals: A brunch and a dinner. 


Registration, Participation and Judging fees: $93 for the tournament. This includes the two hot, usually quite good, meals, judging and coaches fees. 

Judges Required

We are required to provide trained judges. The number of judges we need depends on the number of competitors we bring. This is the way these competitions work: If we do not provide judges, our kids cannot compete. Judging is a very big time commitment. We leave early and return late. Judges are "on" for a big part of the day. Judges also have to be prepared and willing to be trained before judging. Having said this, judging is very fun. Although it might seem intimidating the first time, people always want to do it again. In order to be as fair as possible, we distribute the judging responsibility among all those competing. Each competitor who provides a judge will be reimbursed the $16 judging fee as well as the registration and participation fee - these fees are paid for by the judging fees of the other competitors who are not providing a judge. This distributes the judging responsibility among all the debaters and ensures that everyone who wants to can compete regardless of finances. If we are short judges, we try to find non-competitor parents, or friends or neighbors to judge and offer them the fees for their services. We do need to provide trained judges so Ann will provide materials and meet or talk to the judges prior to the competition to prepare them.