2017 Championship Tournament Information

The 2017 HSPDP Championship Tournament is scheduled for Sunday, April 23. The event will be held at The Webb Schools, Claremont, CA. Thank you to Jessica Fisher, Webb coach, as well as the school administration, for agreeing to host the tournament on short notice.


Eligible HSPDP schools may register for the tournament. A school is eligible if it has registered with a league and paid annual dues/fees. Actively participating HSPDP schools in Southern California will receive an invoice if they have not yet paid fees. Steve Fitzpatrick will approve eligibility for the Tri-State (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) schools.

There is a 60-team cap tournament entries. Southern California schools will receive a team cap number for their school on March 24. Schools should reply to John Meany (john.meany@cmc.edu) by April 1 if they intend to use all their available slots. Additional teams from schools may be added to a waitlist. Any available slots will be re-allocated by lottery to waitlisted teams and announced on April 4.


Please try to endure that the school has sufficient HSPDP-certified judging for entries. Please note – there is no judge certification training during the championship tournament.


There is a $75 fee per school for the championship tournament. Checks are payable to “Claremont McKenna College.” The fee may be paid at the tournament.

Invoice.HSPDP Tournament Fees.2017


7:45 – 8:15 AM  Registration
(Teams must register by 8:15 AM to participate)
8:15 – 8:30 AM  Tournament Announcements
8:30 – 10:00 AM  Round 1
10:15 – 11:30 AM  Round 2
11:30 – 12:45 PM  Lunch
12:45 – 2:30 PM  Round 3
2:45 – 4:30 PM  Round 4
4:45 – 5:15 PM  Awards
5:30 – 6:45 PM  Grand Final Debate – Top two ranked teams from different schools
6:45 PM  Dismissal


The pre-announced topics for the event are listed. The topics are not listed in round order. Two of the topics will be used in preliminary debates. The third pre-announced topic or an impromptu topic will be used in the Grand Final Debate. The decision to use a pre-announced topic or an impromptu topic is made just prior to the championship final debate.

  • The 2017 Federal Reserve interest rate hikes will do more harm than good.
  • The US should leave NATO.
  • Eliminate supermajority voting in the US Congress!


Air Travel Information

If you are arriving by air, you should make arrangements to arrive at Ontario Airporif possible. This is not LAX!…The airport, in the City of Ontario, is only 10-15 minutes from the City of Claremont.

Driving Information

The Webb Schools are located at 1175 Base Line Road, Claremont, CA 91711. https://www.google.com/maps/place/The+Webb+Schools/@34.1217224,-117.740832,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x80c32fd816788519:0x8cb2959157e05588!8m2!3d34.121718!4d-117.738638?hl=en

Hotel Information

There are many hotels, all price ranges and many major chains (Doubletree, Holiday Inn, Best Western, Residence inn, Embassy Suites, Sheraton, Radisson), located near Ontario Airport. These hotels are about 15-18 minutes from the tournament site. The Sheraton Fairplex Hotel in Pomona is west of Claremont, about 15 minutes (5 miles) from the tournament site.

CONGRATULATIONS to all the students participating at HSPDP events this year. The HSPDP is a volunteer-supported program. THANK YOU to the teachers, parents, college students, and community volunteers for extraordinary support for debate programming. The contributions of volunteers ensure that hundreds of students have the opportunity to learn and practice sophisticated public speaking, critical thinking, research, listening, argumentation, and refutation skills. Of note, congratulations are extended to the teachers, coaches, students, parents, volunteers and school administration officials of the Tri-State Debate League, the first HSPDP on the East Coast, with school participants from New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.



John Meany

Director of Forensics
Claremont McKenna College
Claremont Colleges Debate Union
500 E. 9th Street
Claremont, CA 91711

Categories: Topics, Tournament

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