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NYPDL Rankings and Championship

Parliamentary Debate, or Parli, is unique because there is no outside preparation! Parli debaters prepare their arguments for only fifteen minutes before the round and have no access to outside sources. Within a single Parli tournament, debaters can have topics ranging from international relations to complex moral dilemmas, allowing them to improve their rhetoric, logic, critical thinking, and knowledge of current events. Parli's intriguing, fun, and challenging style has made it the most widespread form of debate at the collegiate and international level, and our goal is to popularize the style at the high school and middle school levels as well.

Please visit our Resources page for introductory guides and videos to Parli, fun training games, our equity guide, and many other resources!​

  • Overview
    In May 2021, the New York Parliamentary Debate League will host a Championship Tournament with an Overall division and a Novice division. Unlike other NYPDL tournaments, in which any high school team is encouraged to compete, the NYPDL Championship will be invite-only. Throughout the year, individuals will accrue points which will allow them to qualify for the end-of-year Championship. “Qualifying points” can be earned by winning preliminary rounds and elimination rounds at NYPDL-sanctioned tournaments. Speaker points at a tournament do not contribute to an individual’s point total. While speaker points are based on individual success, qualifying points are based on team success. At the end of the year, the top 32 Overall individuals and the top 32 Novice individuals will be invited to compete in their respective division at the NYPDL Championship. The format of this Championship will be different from other NYPDL tournaments. Each division in the Championship will have its own double elimination bracket and there will be no preliminary rounds. A team is out of the tournament once it has lost two rounds. Pairings for rounds will be determined by seeding based on qualifying points — the team with the highest number of points will face the team with the lowest number of points, and so on. Please email any questions to
  • Process of Acquiring Points at an NYPDL-Sanctioned Tournament
    All NYPDL-sanctioned tournaments are featured on our schedule page, and the page only features NYPDL-sanctioned tournaments. At these tournaments, teams will have the opportunity to accrue qualifying points. Points can only be earned based upon the team’s performance; speaker points and speak er awards do not earn teams any qualifying points. Teams will accrue points for winning debate rounds. There are two components involved in calculating how many qualifying points a team will accrue at a particular tournament. Preliminary Rounds First, points can be earned through winning preliminary rounds. The number of qualifying points accrued will depend on the team's record at the tournament. The following table details the points accumulated based on the record of a team at a tournament: Elimination Rounds Second, points can also be earned by qualifying for, and progressing through, elimination rounds. Qualifying points for winning elimination rounds are not based upon a team’s seeding, but rather the size of the division in which the team competes. The number of points a team will earn for reaching a particular elimination round is computed as follows: Note: The points listed above are not additive. For example, a team that finishes as Semifinalists in a division of 45 teams earns 16 points, and not 8 + 16 points. A runner-up in the same division of 45 teams would earn 24 points, and not 8 + 16 + 24 points.
  • Novice Multipliers and “Number of Teams in Division”
    Certain multipliers may be applied to Novice teams depending on whether the tournament has split divisions — in that Varsity and Novice teams cannot debate against each other — or if the tournament has one open division — in that Varsity and Novice teams can debate against each other. These multipliers reflect the difference in difficulty of winning elimination rounds between the Novice and Varsity bracket — an average team will find it easier to win the Novice Championship than the Varsity Championship. The two cases are listed below with examples for clarification. 1. Split Divisions: Varsity and Novice teams cannot debate against each other a. A multiplier of 0.75x is applied to Novice teams for their qualifying points accrued in both their preliminary rounds and elimination rounds. i. For example, a Varsity team that has a record of 4-1 (10 points) and finishes as quarterfinalists in a division of 45 Varsity teams (10 points) should expect 20 total points. A Novice team in the same scenario — 4-1, quarterfinalists, 45 Novice teams — would earn 0.75 * 20 = 15 points. b. To determine the “Number of Teams in Division” to calculate qualifying points accrued from elimination rounds for both Novice and Varsity teams, only the number of teams in their respective division will be considered. i. For example, for a tournament with 35 Varsity teams and 35 Novice teams, if there is one open division, the points accrued will fall under the “61-80” team category. However, if the tournament has split divisions, then teams will earn points through the “40 teams or less” category. 2. Open Division: Varsity and Novice teams can debate against each other a. The Novice multiplier of 0.75x will apply only to points accrued through winning elimination rounds, NOT to the preliminary rounds. i. For example, a Novice team that has a 4-1 record (10 points) and wins the Novice Championship in a pool of 45 Novice teams (0.75 * 22 points) will accrue 26.5 points at the tournament. b. The “Number of Teams in Division” to calculate qualifying points accrued from elimination rounds is different for Varsity and Novice teams. To calculate points for Varsity teams, the “Number of Teams in Division” will be equal to the number of teams at the entire tournament — Varsity + Novice. To calculate points for Novice teams, the “Number of Teams in Division” will be equal to the number of Novice teams at the tournament. This is because Novice teams can qualify for the Varsity bracket, but the Novice bracket is exclusive to Novice debaters.
  • Distribution of Points and Maintenance of Ranking System
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  • Selection, Formation and Placement of Championship Teams"
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