Tournament/Topics, Opening Tournament, September 29


The first 2018-19 Southern California league tournament is scheduled for Saturday, September 29. The event will be held at Sequoyah School, Pasadena.

The pre-announced topics for the event include:

  • The United States should establish a comprehensive sixth military service – The Space Force.
  • Facebook does more harm than good.

Additional impromptu topics will be selected from current events and enduring ethical controversies.


Register with League Presidents

Please send tournament registration to Katie Na,, and Maya Kurkill,

Use the Registration Sample

Please use the form listed for registration on this page.

Registration Cap

IMPORTANT – Due to space, you will be able to register your first 3 listed teams for the event until the 39 team cap is reached. Entries will be accepted based on registration submission date/time. You may list additional teams on your registration form and those will be considered wait-listed. Because there is a registration cap, the initial deadline for registration will be Wednesday, September 19, 6:00 PM. Wait-listed teams will be accepted and notified of admission to the tournament at that time.

Required Judge Registration

Please ensure that your school has sufficient certified judging for entered teams (one judge for the full tournament covers 2 teams or portion thereof). Individuals may not judge at a tournament at which they are certified. Prospective judges complete certification at a tournament and then judge at subsequent debate tournaments.

Schools may register only those teams for which they have certified judges. In other words, if your school would like to register 4 teams, you must register 2 certified judges. Those judges must be available to judge all 4 debates. If you would like your registered judges to have a free debate or two, you must register more of them. For example, if you register 4 teams and want to have 2 debates in which your volunteers do not judge (e.g., so that parents might view their own children in debates), you must register 4 judges for the competition.

If you are new to the HSPDP and do not have certified judges but would like to register teams, please contact the league presidents with this request.

Categories: High School, Topics, Tournament

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