Climb the Mountain

Online Debates


Welcome to our online debates!

Debaters in the Puget Sound and throughout the U.S., Canada, anywhere can join us.

2017-2018 Schedule

Oct. 8††† Nov. 5†††† Dec. 10†††† Jan. 14†††† Mar. 4

Apr. 21 Championship held at UW Bothell
Starts at 10am; finishes as late as 9:30pm

Oct through March Schedule (Champs has a different schedule)

12:40 Check-In

1:00 Round 1

2:30 Round 2

3:50 Round 3

5:20/asap Awards

5:40/asap Elims begin

All times shown are Pacific Coast Time.



Windows or Mac OS Computer (tablets and phones do NOT work)

Web Camera

Reliable internet connection

Windows: Chrome Browser

Macs: Safari Browser (Chrome is better)

We use



Email Jim at (or any of jimís emails) with number of debaters and judges you will need to hire (1 judge covers 2 debaters).

Upcoming Debates

Apr 22, 2018



Debater Fee: $20 per debater

Judging Fees: $40 per uncovered IPDA debater (you need 1 judge per 2 IPDA debaters; you may not hire for more than 4 debaters)

Partial commitment judges are expected to judge all rounds and for rounds beyond commitment, fees are reduced.

If you need to hire judges, please tell Jim at least one week before the tournament starts at


Awards are mailed.

Stuffed animals for those placing (top half of speakers; debaters that advance to elims).

Silver Stainless Steel Platters for first place.


IPDA Debate

Novice (debaters who have competed at 8 or less debate tournaments)

Open (open to any participant).

Exception? We want your students to have the right opportunity. Contact Jim Hanson at



By 12:40 pacific coast time, Check-in.

1. Debaters, judges, coaches be live in

--if you arenít, you wonít be paired for debates

We use

2. Coaches-students report any errors in the pairings to Jim Hanson asap

3. Every debater and judge views this:

Judge Ė Coach Expectations PPoint

Student Ė Observer Expectations PPoint

4. Every debater and judge tests their tech to make sure it works.†† Seek help from Denise, Jim, or Zach for tech issues





Oct 2017

Nov 2017

Dec 2017

Jan 2018

Mar 2018

IPDA Speaking Times:

        5-2-6-2-3-5-3 with 1 minute prep before each speech.

        Affirmative constructive speech (5 minutes)

        Negative cross-examination of affirmative (2 minutes)

        1 minute prep for neg.

        Negative constructive speech (6 minutes)

        Affirmative cross-examination of negative (2 minutes)

        1 minute prep for aff.

        Affirmative rebuttal (3 minutes)

        1 minute prep for neg.

        Negative rebuttal and summary (5 minutes)

        1 minute prep for aff.

        Affirmative summary (3 minutes)


Email Jim Hanson (Tab) questions at or








External Links

Climb the Mountain Speech and Debate Foundation

IPDA Debate