Climb the Mountain
Online Debate Tournament
Feb. 4, 2017, Saturday
Open: ISU Mike Chen First; Montana Grant Alberty Second
Open Speaks: Mike Chen First, Grant Alberty Second
Novice: Utah St. Chantelle Gossner First; UW Bothell Aaron Yared Second
Novice Speaks: ISU Sydnee Harris First; Chantelle Gossner Second
How to Online Debate! (updated Feb 3 at 11:30pm)
Postings here; Topics here
Aff debater creates debate in debatable.co after topics are announced
Debaters strike topics in debatable.co (neg strikes first)
Facebook page has topics and answers to questions
Debates and topic striking at:
Topics—Speak at 4:40pm.
The US should alter the DAPL route
Trump is not mentally fit for the Presidency
Facebook is, on balance, harmful for its users
The United States should encourage more STEM instruction
Virtual Reality will be the next ubiquitous technology
Topics—DEBATERS SHOULD STRIKE ASAP; DEBATES SHOULD START AT 3:00PM.
The US should reduce sanctions against Russia
Taylor Swift isn’t all that good as a musician
The USFG should implement a carbon tax
It is good when people stop an offensive speaker from speaking
It is time for a third party in American politics
Topics—DEBATERS SHOULD STRIKE ASAP; DEBATES SHOULD START AT 1:20PM.
The women’s march signals a change is happening on women’s rights
Donald Trump’s Yemen raid is Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi
The US should significantly increase its trade with China
The USFG should fund basic education for all primary and secondary students
Windows computers are better than Mac computers.
Donald Trump’s wall is a waste of money.
The United States should pressure Israel toward a two-state solution.
Cars should be taxed per mile driven.
Political campaigns should be funded exclusively through public financing.
The United States federal government should ban handguns.
The Beatles are the greatest musical group in the 20th century
The United States should lift its embargo of Cuba.
Donald Trump’s visa ban will be found unconstitutional.
Mornings are worse than Nights.
Obamacare should be repaired.
9:30am to 6:30pm pacific coast time
4 rounds plus elims in IPDA debate with novice breakouts
All times shown are Pacific Coast Time
9:30 Round 1 (postings at 9:15am)
11:00 Round 2
1:00 Round 3
2:15 Round 4
3:45 Elim 1 (novice semis; maybe open semis)
5:00 Elim 2 (novice and open finals)
Email Jim Hanson at email@example.com with
First and last name of debater, open, jv, or novice division
First and last name of judge, email address of judge, any constraints or others for the judge (need 1 judge per 4 debaters)
School Fee: $15
Debater Fee: $15 per IPDA debater
Judging Fees: $45 per uncovered IPDA debater (you need 1 judge per 4 debaters)
If you need to hire judges, please tell Jim at least one week before the tournament starts at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailed to participants.
Stuffed animals for those placing (top half of speakers; debaters that advance to elims).
Silver Stainless Steel Platters for first place.
We will use IPDA definitions of divisions.
Novice (debaters with 8 or less debate tournaments)
Junior (debaters with 16 or less debate tournaments; or debaters who have competed in 8 or less debate tournaments after their novice eligibility is used)
Open (open to any participant).
Exception? We want your students to have the right opportunity. Contact Jim Hanson at email@example.com
Parli Flow Template (for judges; competitors may use computers for debatable.co/skype BUT cannot use computers for flowing nor for reading any materials prepared prior to prep time unless they have a disabilities exception—just email Jim for this)