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8 November 2011

2012 Hart House North American Debating Championship Invitation

On behalf of the Hart House Debates Committee, it is our pleasure to formally invite you to the 2012 North American Debate Championships, taking place on January 27-January 29, 2012 at the University of Toronto.


We will have 6 rounds of preliminary debate (2 on Friday, 4 on Saturday), according to the CUSID/APDA MoU. We will break to octofinals, but this is contingent on our tournament reaching its cap. Our initial team cap will be 80 teams. As per the CUSID-APDA MoU, all members in good standing are eligible to send two teams to the tournament. If there are sufficient numbers, there will be a novice final.

Awards will be given to the top 8 teams, top 10 speakers, top novice team, and top novice speaker.


Richard Lizius has agreed to served as the CA for Hart House Norams. In addition as serving as North American DCA for 2010-2011 Botswana Worlds, Richard’s accomplishments include: KoƧ WUDC 2nd speaker and quarter-finalist, Cork WUDC 9th speaker and octo-finalist, North American Top Speaker, 2 time CUSID national champion and top speaker, and 2009 Yale IV champion and top speaker. Richard has an extensive knowledge of both the Canadian and American judging pools, and has served as CA for the Hart House IV three times.

Steven Penner will serve as Assistant Chief Adjudicator. Steve is a CUSID British Parliamentary National Champion, a two-time winner of the Seagram Invitational, HWS/IDEA Round Robin Finalist, and has broken at numerous CUSID tournaments. He has served as Chief-Adjudicator of the Hart House IV.

APDA will appoint a DCA shortly.

We intend on securing funding to subsidize as many qualified American and out-of-region adjudicators as possible. However, Hart House’s own legendary internal and Alumni judging pool will, on its own, provide international quality judging panels in every room. Toronto is home to multiple World, National, and North American debating champions, and a staggering number who have broken as judges or adjudicators at previous Worlds and North Ams.

We have a strong enough internal judging pool that we will not be imposing a significant n-judging requirement. The judging requirement will be n/3, rounded down.

Food and Socials

Debaters and judges will be provided with a dinner on Friday evening and breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Our traditional formal banquet will be happening on Saturday evening. If you require special dietary requirements (veggie, vegan, halal, kosher, allergies), we can make arrangements for you if we are notified by the Stage II registration deadline, December 15.

There will be socials on both Friday and Saturday night, as well as an informal social for those arriving on Thursday.


We will be negotiating three hotel deals and these will be finalized very soon. Details to follow.

For those who wish to billet, billeting is allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Registration is $160 per team, and $80 per adjudicator, all prices in Canadian dollars.

Stage I of Registration begins on November 15 at 10am EST and will take place through <>

PLEASE NOTE: We will not consider registration attempts before the above time.

You'll receive a confirmation email within 48 hours of registering. If you don't, please contact us.

Full payment will be due by December 15. Credit card is our preferred form of payment, and due to policy constraints, is unfortunately the only form of payment that we can accept from American participants. Details of stage II registration will follow shortly.

Hope to see lots of you there!

Sam Greene & Jake Brockman,
Tournament Directors, NorAms 2012

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