Climb the Mountain
Online Elementary Debate Tournaments
Updated December 23, 2021.
Debaters anywhere can join us and have—from Canada, the Pacific Northwest, and Northeast.
Sun. Dec. 12, 2021 Fall Tournament
Sun. Feb. 27, 2022 Winter Tournament
Mid May, 2022 Spring Tournament (date to be determined)
The Invitation for the Feb tournament will be posted in early January.
See the Invitation but the planned schedule is along these lines:
Arrive at 9am; Report missing teams by 9:30am
There are 4 Rounds of Debate with a lunch break
The 4 Debates continue until 3:30pm followed by Finals
All times shown are Pacific Coast Time.
Include First and Last Names of debaters on each team
Include Judge First and Last Names PLUS email address and cell phone number
If you need to hire judges—highlight that in your email. (if you plan to hire more than 1 or 2 judges—email Jim SOONER)
Zoom software (please have the latest version installed)
Reliable internet connection
Web Camera with built in microphone (almost all laptops have these built in)
Make sure your laptop is powered up and that you have your charger/power cord.
We recommend not using an add on microphone—use the one built into your computer.
Headphones (without microphone) can be helpful but not required.
We encourage partners to debate in separate locations. Let’s stop coronavirus from spreading to people you care about.
Judging -- you need 1 judge for your first team; then you need 1 additional judge for each increment of 1-2 teams. So, for example, 4 teams needs 3 judges.
If you need to hire more than 1 or 2 judges, please tell Jim at least one week before the tournament starts at firstname.lastname@example.org
Awards are mailed to the Director of the Program.
· It is like an extemp version of Public Forum.
· Teams are 3 or 4 debaters.
· Debaters know the two topics ahead of time and debate the topics on both the Pro and Con sides at the tournament.
· Topic announce, 10 minutes prep before the first speech
• Pro 1st speaker: 3 minutes (Present Pro Case)
• Con 1st speaker: 3 minutes (Present Con Case)
2 minute cross-fire between the 1st speakers
• Con 2nd speaker: 3 minutes (Respond to Pro Case Arguments)
• Pro 2nd speaker: 3 minutes (Respond to Con Case Arguments)
2 minute cross-fire between the 2nd speakers
3rd speaker: 3 minutes
3rd speaker: 3 minutes
2 minute cross-fire between the 3rd speakers
If either team has a 4th speaker—then add
• Con 4th speaker: 3 minutes (same as Con 3rd speaker)
• Pro 4th speaker: 3 minutes (same as Pro 3rd speaker)
2 minute cross-fire between the 4th speakers
• Each debater explains why they think their side won the debate: 45 seconds each.
Email Jim Hanson (Tab) questions at email@example.com