Stanford Invitational Speech & Debate Tournament
February 7th-10th, 2014
The Stanford Debate Society is pleased to invite you to the 28th annual Stanford National Invitational. Since February of 1987 students from across the nation have been joining us for this national level competition, and we hope that you'll help us build on this tradition and join us in Palo Alto this year!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR 2014:
Tournament Dates: Satuday, February 8th, 2014 through Monday, February 10th, 2014
- Registration Opens: Monday, December 16th, 2013
Entry Deadline: Friday, January 10th, 2014
- We will continue to accept entries beyond this date, however we plan to accept all teams on the waiting list as remaining room space allows (such as entries from schools in excess of the initial entry cap in each event) after this deadline so that schools may make appropriate travel and accommodation arrangements with sufficient lead time, so remaining space after this date may be extremely limited. Please plan to register teams prior to this deadline in order to avoid disappointment!
Judge Entry Deadline: Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
- By this date, we MUST know if you plan to cover each entry's judging requirement via paying the judge fee or by providing a qualified judge. If providing a judge, we need the name and contact info for each judge, and for judges in Varsity LD & Varsity Policy a complete entry must be listed on the Judge Philosophies Wiki. Visit the Judge Information page for more information.
- For any judge information that is missing, we will assess a fee equal to 25% of the cost of buying out of a judge for the event which that judge is listed as covering.
- We can't guarantee our ability to fulfill any requests to hire judges after this deadline, and for any judges that we are able to provide the fee will be 125% of the fee to hire a judge for the relevant event before the judge deadline.
Drop Deadlines: Past years have proven that the only way to keep the tournament accessible to all entrants, even those who sign up later in the process, is the assessment of drop fees.
- The first drop deadline is Friday, January 10th. Drops after this point are charged 50% of the entry fee.
- The second drop deadline is Tuesday, January 21st. Drops after this point are charged 100% of the entry fee.
Fees Received Deadline: Friday, January 24th, 2014
- By this date we must receive all fees for all entries which we have accepted up through Tuesday, January 14th, 2014, plus fees for any and all judges that you plan to hire from the tournament--this means that you shouldn't wait to indicate that you want to hire a judge on Tuesday and then mail us payment on Wednesday, since it won't get here by Friday.
- We reserve the right to assess an additional fee equal to the school fee owed by your squad in the event that you don't remit payment on time (as described above).
(Mandatory) Registration: Friday, February 7th, 2014 at the Santa Clara Marriott from 5:30PM - 8PM
- Coaches must register in person, or complete electronic registration (details to be posted closer to the tournament).
- Teams that do not register will be dropped from the tournament. We must know that you are present, and we can't allow you to hold up the pairings in the morning due to uncertainty as to your presence since that impacts over 1000 people!
Competition: Saturday, February 8th, 2014 to Monday, February 10th, 2014
- IEs: Saturday and Sunday (finished by noon on Sunday)
- Congress: Saturday and Sunday (finished by noon on Sunday)
- Varsity Policy and Varsity LD: Saturday to Monday, most elims on Monday
- Public Forum, Parli, JV Policy, and JV LD: Saturday to Monday, although Monday will only have late outrounds and should impact only a few schools
- Varsity LD: 6 prelim rounds, all 4-2s clear with a cap of 64 total elim teams
- Varsity Policy: 6 prelim rounds, all 4-2s clear with a cap of 64 total elim teams
- Public Forum: 6 prelim rounds, all 4-2s clear with a cap of 64 total elim teams
- Parliamentary: 5 prelim rounds, triple octafinals break
JV LD: : 5 prelim rounds with a generous elimination round break (we guarantee that all 4-1 teams will clear)
- Last year JV LD broke to double octafinals
JV Policy: 5 prelim rounds with a generous elimination round break (we guarantee that all 4-1 teams will clear)
- Last year JV Policy broke to octafinals
- Congress: 4 prelim rounds with a break to finals.
TOC Bids in 2014 include:
- Octafinals in Public Forum
- Quarterfinals in Varsity LD
- Semifinals in Varsity Policy
Please note that JV Policy, JV LD, Parli and PF will likely have some late elim rounds on Monday, although of course this will only effect a small number of students / schools.
- Varsity IE's: 3 prelim rounds with domestic & international extemp in opposite patterns!
- JV IE's: 3 prelim rounds with domestic & international extemp in opposite patterns!
- Quarterfinal rounds in Varsity IE's: All Varsity IE's with 60 or more entries will break to a quarterfinal round.
- JV division in all IE events: Students who did not compete in any high school speech events prior to August 2013 are eligible to compete in our JV division.
- Finished by noon on Sunday: based on feedback from the past two years, the IE tournament will conclude by approximately noon on Sunday.
TOC Bids: The 2014 Stanford Invitational is an octafinal qualifier in Public Forum, a quarterfinal qualifier in Varsity LD and a semifinal qualifier in Varsity Policy.
No rounds on Friday: In order to make tournament travel easier for schools and to provide you with a more efficient and on time tournament experience, rounds for this year's Stanford Invitational will all begin on Saturday. Schools will be required, however, to register on Friday evening from TBA (evening hours) at the Santa Clara Marriott (tournament hotel).
Registration or optional phone/electronic registration: Mandatory tournament registration will be held at the Marriott of Santa Clara on Friday, February 7, from 5:30PM to 8PM. Although it is recommended that coaches register in person, the tournament will be offering a courtesy electronic and/or phone registration (details to be announced closer to the tournament). In order to be eligible to register electronically, a school’s fees (in their entirety) must have been received by the tournament by Wednesday, February 5th and they must have no changes to their judges. Please note that no changes to Varsity LD or Varsity Policy judges will be accepted at registration whether in person or over the phone as strike and ranking sheets will have already been issued and processed.
Tournament hotel: The tournament hotel is the Marriott of Santa Clara. The property offers discounted rooms at $99 per night plus tax for quad occupancy rooms via the Stanford Debate block. The block is currently open for reservations until January 16th. For more information, visit the Tournament Hotel page.
Middle School students: All events are open to 8th grade students this year! We do, however, encourage all participating middle school students to sign up for our Middle School Student Congress event which is open to students in grades 7 & 8, as we believe this is the best fit for most middle school students.
Champions receive an excellent award: Your squad will be excited to know that in addition to their trophy the following students will each receive a special award. The past few years this has been a Kindle, iPod or iPod Nano! For the 2014 tournament we will have another great award for the:
Champion in Varsity Policy
2nd place in Varsity Policy
Champion in Varsity LD
2nd place in Varsity LD
Champions in each Varsity IE event
Champions in Parli debate
Champions in Public Forum debate
Champion in Student Congress
Note: Champion is defined as the 1st place winner only. Awards this year are for students only.
IE Champions also receive a partial scholarship to camp: In addition to their trophy and iPod Nano the champions in each Varsity IE event will receive a 50% scholarship to attend the Stanford National Forensic Institute in Individual Events. Champions in each JV event will receive a 25% scholarship to attend the Stanford National Forensic Institute in Individual Events. Scholarships are not combinable for multiple event winners, or transferrable to other students or events.
Questions: Questions about the 2014 Stanford Invitational should be directed to tournament director Rich Boltizar or our other staff by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also try calling the Stanford Debate office at (650) 723-9086, however email is the most efficient way to reach our staff, and likely will receive a much quicker response.
We view this tournament as an opportunity to provide a service to the high school speech and debate community, and hope that is apparent to past attendees. We welcome feedback about how we can continue to improve the Stanford Invitational. So that we may accommodate all of your students who wish to compete, please take care of your tournament registration right away, and please book your hotel as soon as possible. This will ensure a pleasant and trouble-free tournament for everyone, and allow us to host you in the way you deserve!
Director of Debate, Stanford Debate Society
Executive Tournament Director, Stanford Invitational