Tournament/Topics – League Invitational and Desert Valleys Championship, Rancho Mirage High School, Saturday, January 18


The next HSPDP Southern California league tournament is scheduled for Saturday, January 18. The event will be held at Rancho Mirage High School, Rancho Mirage. The tournament is the second of 3 PDP regional championships, the Desert Valleys Championship.

The pre-announced topics for the event include:

  • The US should adopt a net wealth tax.
  • In the US, public sector unions do more harm than good.

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


Register with both League Presidents: Please send tournament registration to Katie Na,, and Maya Kurkhill,

Note students eligible for novice awards (first semester of debating for Spring 2020). Please put an “N” after the name of any novice-eligible debater. In the spring semester of an academic year, only high school students beginning debate participation in the spring term are eligible for novice awards. High school students with middle school debate experience or with fall term experience (Fall 2019) are no longer eligible for novice honors. In brief, only students beginning debating in 2020 are eligible for Spring 2020 novice wards. 

Please use the form listed for registration on this page.

Registration Cap

IMPORTANT – Entries will be accepted based on registration submission date/time. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, January 15, 6:00 PM. No cap on school registration at this time.

Required Judge Registration

Judges must complete registration prior to tournament judging. There is an expedited process for judges with prior experience from other debate formats. Prior participation in other debate formats does not suffice for PDP certification. Those new to judging complete certification during a tournament day and may judge at subsequent debate tournaments. They are not eligible to complete certification and judge at the same event.

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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