Osterweis Debate

April 7, 2019

Important note: All student participants who are minors must have their parent/guardian complete the Yale waiver form. Student participants must bring a completed paper copy of this form on Sunday.

Tournament Invitation

To the Debate Community of Connecticut,

The Yale Debate Association is pleased to invite you to attend the 38th Annual Rollin G. Osterweis Debate Tournament on Sunday, April 7, 2019.

For those of you unfamiliar with the tournament, the Osterweis is a free tournament for Connecticut high school students to experience the collegiate style of parliamentary debate. The Osterweis will feature both a Novice and a Varsity division.

Novice participants will have the opportunity to learn about parliamentary procedure in the morning with a demonstration round, and then debate with a partner for 3 preliminary rounds, before breaking to semifinals and a final round. Varsity teams will compete in 4 preliminary rounds, breaking to semifinals and then finals. We will be using the 7-8-8-8-4-5 APDA format (see the APDA site for more information)

Debates will focus on issues familiar to the average student, including American and international politics, ethics and justice. Students will be given a free lunch and a breakfast, and Yale debaters will judge and offer feedback. Awards will be given to the top varsity and top novice teams and speakers.

For complete details please download the Invitation found on this page. More information about the debate format we will be using is available in the Osterweis Speaker Point System document, also on this page. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at osterweis2019@gmail.com .

We look forward to seeing you on April 7!

The Yale Debate Association