Climb the Mountain

Online Elementary Debate Tournaments

 

Welcome!

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)

 

TOURNAMENT INVITATION.. 2

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE. 2

REGISTRATION.. 3

PARTICIPANTS NEED THIS TO DEBATE ONLINE: 3

FEES. 4

AWARDS*. 4

 

TOURNAMENT INVITATION

The Invitation for the Feb tournament will be posted in early January.

 

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

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

Awards 4:30pm

All times shown are Pacific Coast Time.

 

REGISTRATION

Email Jim Hanson by Tuesday, 4 days before the tournament

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)

PARTICIPANTS NEED THIS TO DEBATE ONLINE:

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.

FEES

Per Debater $7
Plus Per Team Uncovered by Judging $60

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.

Unless told differently, judges judge all rounds. If one of your judges needs rounds off and that leaves a partially uncovered team, it is $15 per round off.

If you need to hire more than 1 or 2 judges, please tell Jim at least one week before the tournament starts at jim@climbthemountain.us

AWARDS*

Awards are mailed to the Director of the Program.

History of Results

 

 

 

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CLIMB ELEMENTARY DEBATE FORMAT

·        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

    Con 3rd speaker: 3 minutes
           (Show partners made strong Con Case arguments and responses to the Pro Case arguments).

    Pro 3rd speaker: 3 minutes
           (Show partners made strong Con Case arguments and responses to the Pro Case arguments).

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 jim@climbthemountain.us

 

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External Links

Climb the Mountain Speech and Debate Foundation

IPDA Debate