Osterweis Debate

April 12, 2015

Tournament Invitation

To the Debate Community of Connecticut,

The Yale Debate Association is pleased to invite you to attend the 34th Annual Rollin G. Osterweis Debate Tournament on Sunday, April 12, 2015.  

For those of you unfamiliar with the tournament, the Osterweis is a free tournament for Connecticut high school students to experience the collegiate style of parliamentary debate.  This year, to further the tournament’s educational mission, and to create a more equitable competition, the Osterweis will feature both a novice and a varsity division. Novice participants should be debaters who competed as novices in their league in the 2014-2015 season.

Novice participants will have the opportunity to learn about parliamentary procedure in the morning with a demonstration round, and then debate with a partner for three preliminary rounds, before breaking to Semifinals and a Final Round to decide this year’s champion. Varsity teams will compete in four preliminary rounds, breaking to Semifinals and finishing with the Varsity Final Round to determine this year’s varsity champion.

Debates will focus on issues familiar to the average student, including American and international politics, ethics, and justice.  Students will be given a free lunch and breakfast, and Yale debaters will judge and offer feedback.  Coaches will have the opportunity to participate in coaching workshops during the day if they wish.  Awards will be given the top varsity and top novice teams and speakers.

Please note that this year registration will be hosted on tabroom.com. You can register teams online here, or by going to tabroom.com and searching for Osterweis. You can access a set of helpful instructions for registering your team using Tabroom here. However, should you have difficulty registering, please contact us and we will personally enter your teams. We intend to cap the size of our tournament this year, and will therefore set a soft cap of three teams accepted per school. All entries should be registered before 7:00 pm on April 7th

In light of the tournament’s new novice division, we highly encourage schools to register at least one novice team for every two varsity teams. We also encourage you to register as many as five teams, because if we do not reach our cap, we will be admitting additional teams, with final notification sent out after 10:00 PM on April 8th. We will try to accommodate any changes made to registration prior to this deadline, but ask that you notify us as soon as you can.

You can access the full tournament packet, which includes a preliminary schedule, information about the parliamentary debate format, and speech times here. All updates will be posted on our website, http://www.yaledebate.org/osterweis/. Please feel free to email us at osterweis2015@gmail.com with any questions or concerns. Feel free to pass this information on to other schools who might be interested.

We look forward to seeing you in April!

Emma Sapat, Tournament Director
Alexander Jacobson, Tournament Director