The annual National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence recognizes the finest competition in American parliamentary debate, and it is with great pleasure that we invite you to the 2021 NPTE to be held online (Discord) on the dates of March 12-March 14, 2021.
The NPTE Board is ready to host a great tournament of outstanding competition. We hope to see you there!
NPTE President and Tournament Director
Participants agree to abide by the NPTE guidelines while at the tournament. Rules for qualifying and the rules for the tournament can be found here:
Enrollment certification forms for each student attending the NPTE are due on February 22, 2021. The form can be found here, and completed forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: If a student attended a different school during the fall and wishes to receive points for the fall semester, you will need to complete and submit a separate form from that school.
Note: The NPTE expects excellence in the behavior of our participants during the tournament. As part of your responsibility, you are expected to receive and maintain written notice from each debater, coach, judge, and observer associated with your program that they understand and will follow the NPTE Expectations noted in the PowerPoints posted at: NPTE Everyone Participates Page
Tournament Location and Details
The tournament will be held online, utilizing the Discord platform. Details/specifics will be released 1-2 weeks out from the tournament.
Anti-Harassment & Violence Policy
The NPTE worked closely with NPDA over the last couple of years to ensure a comprehensive harassment policy to protect students and coaches alike and promote a safe space for competition. The NPTE policy can be found here.
This year, I'm happy to announce that Lauran Schaefer will be serving as the NPTE's Equity Officer. She will be on location during the entire tournament. Her contact information will be disseminated during the tournament.
The following fees will be assessed as of Monday, March 8, 2021. Teams may pay their fees by credit card on the NPTE website, or by mailing a check to Zach Schneider, 636 Wild Horse Creek Dr, Fairview Heights, IL 62208. Checks must be made out to "National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence".
Each team is responsible for:
- NPTE Membership Fee: $50 per school
- Team Registration Fee: $150 per team
- Additional Observers or Judges Fee: $40 per person
- Hired Judging Fee: $500 per uncovered team.
We would rather have your judges than your money! Please avoid hiring judges.
Each school must bring one qualified judge for each team that qualifies to and attends the NPTE. Judges must submit judging philosophies. As stated in the fees section, you may hire a judge from the NPTE for $500, but we would rather have your judges than your money!
Just as with students, judges are also required to adhere to the guidelines under the NPTE Everyone Participates Page, found here.
March 11, 2021
|12:00pm||Judge Preferences Due|
March 12, 2021
|10:00am||Round 1 (pre-matched)|
March 13, 2021
March 14, 2021
|5:45pm||Finals followed by awards|