Key Info

  • March 12-14, 2021
  • Virtual (Discord)

Key Dates

First Round Bids Announced
January 1
Finalized five topics released
January 15
First Round Bid confirmation due
January 15 by 5:00pm CST
Second Round Bids Announced
February 1
Second Round Bid confirmation due
February 14 by 5:00pm CST
Enrollment Certification and Program Responsibility forms due
February 22 by 5:00PM CST
At-Large Bid requests due
February 22 by 5:00PM CST
Judge preferences due
March 11 by 12:00PM CST
Tournament Registration Online
March 11 from 4:00PM – 5:00PM
NPTE Tournament
March 12-14


Dear Colleagues,

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!


Adam Testerman
NPTE President and Tournament Director

Tournament Administration

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:

  • NPTE Tournament Rules can be found here
  • NPTE Qualifying Rules can be found here

Tournament entry will be on Tabroom. Be sure to enter your judge’s judging philosophy as you register your teams. If you have any difficulty entering the tournament, please contact Adam Testerman.

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 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.

Each program must also submit the Program Responsibility Form. That form is also due on February 22, 2021. That form can be found here, and can also be emailed to

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.

Entry Fees

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.

Judging Requirements

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.

Further details, judging qualifications, and tournament guidelines can be found here and here.

Tournament Schedule

March 11, 2021

12:00pm Judge Preferences Due
4:00-5:00pm Online Registration

March 12, 2021

9:15am Opening assembly
9:45am Pairings released
10:00am Round 1 (pre-matched)
12:00pm Lunch break
1:15pm Round 2
3:30pm Round 3
5:45pm Round 4

March 13, 2021

9:45am Pairings released
10:00am Round 5
12:30pm Lunch break
1:15pm Elim 1
3:30pm Elim 2
5:45pm Elim 3

March 14, 2021

9:45am Pairings released
10:00am Elim 4
12:00pm Lunch break
1:15pm Elim 5
3:30pm Elim 6
5:45pm Finals followed by awards