2018 University of Michigan H.S. Tournament Invitation

The 2018 University of Michigan High School Debate Tournament

Friday, October 26- Sunday, October 28, 2018

Tournament of Champions (TOC) Octafinals Bid Tournament- Varsity Policy Division and Finals Bid- Varsity Public Forum Division

On behalf of the University of Michigan and Michigan Debate Program, we are pleased to invite you to attend the 23rd Annual University of Michigan High School Debate Tournament. The tournament’s rounds on Friday and Saturday will be held at Saline High School (1300 Campus Pkwy, Saline, MI 48176)  and Saline Middle School (7190 N. Maple Rd., Saline, MI 48176) and the elimination rounds on Sunday will be held on the Central Campus of the University of Michigan.  The tournament will provide competition in the Varsity and Novice divisions of both two person (policy) and public forum. The tournament has been certified as an OCTAFINALS TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS QUALIFIER FOR POLICY DEBATE IN THE VARSITY DIVISION AND PUBLIC FORUM VARSITY DIVISION AT THE FINALS LEVEL.


Teams must register by Monday, September 24th, space permitting. Tournament entry and judging fees are also due at this time. Fees should be mailed to Aaron Kall, Michigan League, 911 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Checks should be made out to Michigan Debate. If for some reason you can’t pay by check, we should be able to accept Visa, American Express, and Mastercard credit card payments via our webpage payment gateway- http://m.michigandebate.com/payment-gateway/.  You will need to contact Aaron Kall for a username and password. No refunds will be issued after September 24th.

We will accept as many entries as we have available rooms. If we have filled up by the time you register, we will have a waiting list available. Last year we reached capacity in all divisions and had to turn several entrants away, particularly those who registered informally. Please enter early to assure your teams a spot at the tournament. All registration and entries should be done at www.tabroom.com.  The exact URL for our tournament registration can be found at https://www.tabroom.com/index/tourn/index.mhtml?tourn_id=10692


The public forum divisions will consist of five preliminary rounds and two elimination rounds on Saturday. The final round will occur on Sunday morning at the University of Michigan. The first two preliminary rounds will be preset and the remaining preliminary rounds will be power matched. The elimination round break point will be appropriately determined by the number of teams entered. All rounds on Friday and Saturday will be held at Saline Middle School and all Sunday elimination rounds will be held on the Central Campus.


Fees for the tournament are $100.00 per team for policy debate and $50.00 per team in public forum.  A limited number of hired judges will be available at $200.00 per uncovered team. In other words, a full judge would cost $350.00 and cover two teams.


I’ve secured blocks of rooms at the following three hotels.  The annual Senior and Junior Round Robins will again be held at the Hampton Inn Ann Arbor South.

  1. Hampton Inn Ann Arbor-South, 925 Victors Way, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48108, 734-665-5000, $119, Block Expires September 21st


  1. Courtyard Ann Arbor, 3205 Boardwalk Ann Arbor  MI  48108, 734-995-5900, $129, Block Expires October 1st


  1. Fairfield Inn Ann Arbor,3285 Boardwalk Ann Arbor  MI  48108, , 734-995-5200, $115, Block Expires September 27th



I am pleased that Chris Palmer of the NSDA has agreed to be in charge of the tabroom again.


Aaron Kall, Director of Debate, akall@umich.edu

The University of Michigan Debate Team, Michigan League, 911 North University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109.


Monday, September 24th – Registration Deadline and all Tournament Entry and Judging Fees are due. No refunds will provided after this date.

Friday, September 21st, Hampton Inn Ann Arbor South Hotel Block Expires (Space Permitting).

Thursday, September 27th, Fairfield Inn Ann Arbor Hotel Block Expires (Space Permitting).

Monday, October 1st, Courtyard Ann Arbor Hotel Block Expires (Space Permitting).

Friday, October 26th, 3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.- Late Registration at Saline High School

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