The Grand Valley State Debate Championship Tournament is designed to provide the finest competition and outstanding hospitality.  Our vision for a state tournament offers time for students to mingle with other students, time for coaches to spend time with each other, and a dinner reception to reflect and celebrate our community.  All rounds and events will be located on Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids.  


For the February 2012 tournament we are offering one open division with varsity and junior varsity break-out rounds and one novice division.  All divisions will run Friday and Saturday.  A school will be able to enter two squad units in each division. 


This is not a typical 2 person event.  Our philosophy celebrates being able to enter a tournament as an entire school with a few modifications.

In each division, a school will have a maximum of two squads.  These squads will correspond to the school’s colors.  For instance, if the school East South Hampton entered and their school colors are red and blue, then there will be a East South Hampton Red and East South Hampton Blue. A school must choose which students will represent one color (in the example Red) and which will represent the other color (in the example Blue).  A roster of who is debating on which squad must be entered at a date to be set prior to the tournament.  Students may NOT substitute between colors – once a roster is set students cannot move between colors.  Students may be switched within the roster of each color without limitation between rounds.  Should both squads from a school qualify for elimination rounds, they shall merge and take on the better seed.  In this situation, students from either squad could compete in the elimination rounds.  This also means that all lower seeds would improve by one and that another squad would advance to the prelims.

A school may choose to enter as one school with one team (East South Hampton) and may substitute debaters without limitation between rounds. 


Grand Valley State University is generously sponsoring team entries.  The only cost to you is a per person cost.  A $10 per person fee will be administered to all individuals including judges, coaches, parents, and students to cover costs of food and hospitality. 

Judges may be available to hire on a first-come, first-come basis.  Judges are charged at  $150 a piece.  Grand Valley State University is committed to helping create opportunities for civic engagement in Michigan, and increasing participation in high school policy debate is one of our goals.  We are committed to creating a structure to the tournament so as to ensure a relatively fair allocation of resources, student population, coaching preferences, and/or experience. 

Please contact the tournament prior to January 15 if we can assist with any fees.


Please send all registration information to gvsu.debate.tournament@gmail.com. The final date for registration is Monday, January 27.

Please include the following information:

  • Number of teams/Division
  • Names of student participants
  • Additional attendees (coaches, parents, etc.)
  • Names of judges/Round commitment

Because fees are calculated at $10 per person, and in order to provide an accurate catering count, please double-check the total number of individuals listed on your entry.

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