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Invitation: Sebastien Rale Big Questions Debate Tournament

Debate and Speech

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by 7:00 p.m. to Tabroom.com.

Cell phone for day of the tournament: Dan (207) 228-5595

Registration information

You may enter individual students on Tabroom until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Judge entries must be made by 8 p.m. Friday, November 16.


You may drop students or change names on Tabroom until 8:00 a.m. Saturday, November 17.

Drops after 8:00 a.m. on the day of the tournament will be charged a $10 nuisance fee. Please text your tournament host for drops after 8am.


$6 per student

Judge requirements

1 judge for every 2 teams. All fractional entries round up.

Judge training

Please show your judges these judge training materials.

Purchasing judges

There will be a limited number of judges to purchase for $60 per judge. You must clear your request with the tournament director by Friday, November 16.


Light snacks and breakfast items will be available for purchase for the competitors, and will be provided for the judges. No lunch will be served.


Big Questions 2 on 2 debate! Here is a link to the format manual.

*Note: We have chosen to adopt the 2-on-2 approach, with a blanket acceptance of mavericks. Our hope is that will decrease our judge burden to more manageable levels.


There will be a Varsity and JV division. We will collapse divisions if the are are fewer than 6 entries in JV.

  • Varsity: All varsity and JV debaters, plus any Congress or Speech competitors that choose varsity.
  • Junior varsity: All novice debaters and any Congress or Speech competitors that choose JV.

Event topic

Resolved: Humans are primarily driven by self-interest.


  • Varsity: Plaques will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams/individuals.
  • Junior varsity: Ribbons will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams/individuals.
  • Sweeps: One trophy.


8:30-8:45: Registration check in (please arrive early)
8:45: Judges meeting
9:00: Round 1
10:00: Round 2
11:15: Round 3
12:15: Exit surveys and awards

Special information

This event is made possible by a pair of grants from the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA). Grant money is issued from the NSDA based on participation:

  • Each event will earn $400 for the first 15 students. If your event has one participant school, each additional student over the 15 minimum will earn your program $10. If your event has two or more schools competing, each additional student will earn your program $20.
  • All participating students and judges must complete an exit survey, so please don’t leave the tournament until you do!
  • The full grant amount will be awarded following the completion of the reporting requirements; no upfront installments will be given.

The money we earn from the the NSDA will be distributed as follows:

  • Schools will earn 1 share per student competing, up to a maximum of 6 shares. The total number of shares will be tallied, and a dollar amount will then be put on each share.
  • Participating schools will then receive a check based on their total shares.

Please note that the process will take time, since the MFA first needs to receive the funds from the NSDA.