2019 NPDA National Championship


Dear NPDA Colleagues:

On behalf of President Jeannie Hunt, the Executive Council, our host, the University of Utah’s John R. Park Debate Society, and the National Parliamentary Debate Association, I am pleased to invite you to the 23rd annual NPDA National Championship Tournament on Thursday, March 14 through Sunday, March 17, 2019 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT.We anticipate a fine weekend of education and competition, culminating with the awarding of the 2019 National Championship.

Please note the following deadlines for entry and ensure that all materials arrive in the proper location on time . All forms must be electronically submitted following the enclosed instructions. Faxes will not be accepted.

· Monday, February 18, 2019 (6 p.m. Mountain)

o Tournament entry due at http://www.forensicstournament.netand must include the names of all debaters and critics.

o Tournament fees must be paid online if by credit card or, if by check, must arrive to the NPDA Treasurer’s office. Credit card payment is available at www.parlidebate.org. No personal checks are accepted.

o Student eligibility forms due by e-mail (npdanationals@gmail.com)to the tournament director. The document must include the signature of the Director of Forensics/Debate of the program, the signature of the college/university Registrar, and the seal of the institution.

o Critic certification forms due by email (npdanationals@gmail.com)to the tournament director.

o Critic philosophy statements and email addresses due to http://www.forensicstournament.net. Philosophy statements must meet minimum standards for acceptance (see Critics section of this document). Critics mustenter the addresses where they will receive ballots during the tournament.

o Program Responsibility form due by email (npdanationals@gmail.com)to the tournament director.

o Title XI trainingmust be completed by all observes, judges, coaches, critics, and other attendees. If you have not completed training, use this link for instructions: https://www.parlidebate.org/harassment-violence-awareness-prevention-training

· Friday, March 1, 2019

o Hotel reservations due.See the Lodging section of this invitation for full hotel details.

· Monday, March 11, 2019 (6 p.m. Mountain)

o Critic strike page will be emailed to directors. Judging philosophies will be available at forensictournament.net.

· Wednesday, March 13, 2019 (6 p.m. Mountain)

o Critic strikes and ADA requests are due to the email indicated on the strike sheet. Strikes that are submitted late will not be guaranteed.

· Thursday, March 14, 2019 (4 p.m. Mountain)

o Schools must register in person at the University of Utah. Teams failing to register in person will be removed from the tournament. If an emergency arises that prevents in-person registration at this time, call 801-828-0278 (Michael Middleton) immediately.

Failure to meet any of these deadlines will result in the removal of teams from the National Championship Tournament and the surrender of all registration fees.

Note: For all tournament-related communication, please contact me ONLY at npdanationals@gmail.com or 801-828-0278. Information sent to any other email or phone number will not be accepted.

For payment-related questions, you must contact NPDA Treasurer, Shannon LaBove, at Npdatreasurer@gmail.com or 903-503-2907.

Please read the attached invitation completely . I look forward to seeing each of you at the tournament as we celebrate the year and crown the national champion.

For the NPDA,

Dr. Michael Middleton

National Championship Tournament Director

DIRECT LINK TO REGISTER: https://forensicstournament.net/NPDAChampionship/19

NPDA Invitation RevNov112018.pdf (287.2 KB)


19 days until entries and other documents are due.


Just a quick note to remind you that entries are due in just under two weeks. Additionally, a few folks have struggled to figure out how to enter philosophies following the much awaited updates to forensicstournament.net (thanks Danny Cantrell). If you are experiencing similar difficulties, try the step by step instructions below.

  1. Log into your forensicstournament.net account where it says “login/register” in the top right corner.

  2. The “login” button will become a trophy icon, click on the trophy icon.

  3. From the dropdown accessed from the trophy icon, click on your school name.

  4. On your school page, click edit judge roster (it’s the top right tile, that is roughly purple in color).

  5. Add/update/edit your judge roster that appears on that page.

  6. Once your judge list is complete, click the link at the top of your judge list that says “judge philosophies”

  7. On the page that you are directed to there will be a text box next to each active judge on your roster. Copy and paste philosophies into the box corresponding with the appropriate judge.

  8. Click “update” at the bottom of the page.

  9. Your judge’s philosophies will auto-populate when you enter them for the tournament and/or will update if already entered in the tournament.


On time deadline in 5 days (2/18/19)


In light of Monday’s holiday, the on-time registration deadline has been extended until noon on Wednesday, February 20th.



  • Any entries received after this time will be required to pay “late entry” fees.
  • Entries received by this time will receive a verification that all documents have been received or a list of missing materials by 2/25/19.
  • Any missing documents must be submitted by 3/1/19 to avoid late fees, and by 3/4/19 to avoid having entries administratively dropped.

Let us know if you have any questions.