The Yale University

November 4th-6th, 2016

Debate | Awards | Fees | Housing | Travel


Debating is the most important part of the Yale IV. We will feature six preliminary rounds of debate, with Worlds-standard seven minute speaking times, followed by a break to novice finals and varsity quarter-finals. A brief oral adjudication will follow each of the first four preliminary rounds. Time will be strictly enforced. In addition, we will be using Worlds-style motions prepared by the Adjudication Core, with assistance from other members of our judging pool. We will also tabulate the IV in the same manner as Worlds, randomly pairing teams in preliminary rounds within brackets without regard to speaker points or university affiliation.


Awards will be given to the top ten speakers and all breaking teams. Special awards will reward the top speaker on the tab and the tournament's champions. All competitors who reach the semifinals will automatically qualify for APDA Nationals in April 2015.

Fees & Requirements

Registration for the Yale IV 2016 will be $130/team for US and Canadian schools which have previously attended the Yale IV, $100/team for North American schools which have not previously attended our tournament, and $50/team for schools outside North America. All checks should be made out to the Yale Debate Association. We offer waivers and discounts to teams from far away, teams in financial need, and teams that bring, in any capacity, someone that has previously broken at Worlds as a judge or competitor. Please note any requests on your registration form. We will require payment upon registration as a prerequisite for participation in the tournament.

We also impose an n-2 judging requirement on American and Canadian teams. Overseas teams are exempt, and we will waive this requirement for APDA teams that present special circumstances.


Housing on the beautiful Yale campus is guaranteed for all attendees of the IV on Friday and Saturday night. For those travelling long distances or facing other special circumstances, we will do our best to make housing available Thursday as well. Please note special housing requests in your registration e-mail.

Travel & Parking

By Car:

New Haven is located at the intersection of several major interstates, and is easily reached by car. However, it is a confusing city with many one-way streets, so if you do choose to travel by car, we recommend using GPS or pre-printing directions from Google Maps. 

By Train:

There is hourly Metro-North service to New Haven from Grand Central Terminal in New York seven days a week. Amtrak offers daily service to New Haven from Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and many other cities. Call (800)USA-RAIL or go to the Amtrak website for more information. Taxi service is available from the train station and costs approximately $8. Ask to be dropped off at Phelps Gate.

By Plane:

Tweed-New Haven Airport is located 4 miles from campus and offers taxi, car rental, and bus services. It is served by two express airlines: Delta and USAir. However, service is limited. Yale is also accessible from four major national airports. The closest airport to campus is Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, CT, just outside of Hartford. LaGuardia Airport, JFK International Airport, and Newark International Airport are also viable options. All four provide many rental car options. Additionally, Connecticut Limo offers frequent taxi/limo service to and from all four aiports. Call (800)320-7298 for information. Fitzgerald Airport Express (800-468-7287) and Prime Time Shuttle of CT (800-RED-VANS) also provide service to and from Bradley.


General note: The lots listed below will be open to public parking after 4pm on Friday and all weekend. Until 4pm, we recommend you find metered parking on the street, which is available virtually everywhere on Yale campus. All parking directions below are given from High Street.

Lot 51: This lot is the most strongly recommended by the Yale Parking Office, due to its proximity to campus and the security of the surrounding area. Starting on High Street, drive North to Elm Street (Elm is only half a block from the High Street Gate. High Street dead ends into a pedestrian walkway). Turn right on Elm. Drive one block to College Street. Turn left on College Street. After one block, turn right on Wall Street. After another block, turn right on Temple. The parking lot will be on your right in half a block.

Lot 78: This lot is the least likely to be crowded, but the Parking Office recommends that you not park there unaccompanied after dark. Again starting on High St, drive north half a block to Elm. Turn right on Elm. After one block, turn left on College Street. After two blocks, turn left on Grove Street. At the first stoplight, turn right on Ashmun Street. The parking lot will be on your left after a half block.

Lot 23 and 22: Starting on High Street, drive North half a block to Elm Street. Turn right on Elm. After three blocks, turn left on Church Street. Keep driving until Church becomes Whitney (at first stop light). Continue on Whitney for several blocks. After Trumbull Street, Lot 23 will be on your right at 158 Whitney. After Sachem Street, Lot 22 will be on your left.