Lakeland Westchester Classic

2022 — Classrooms.Cloud, NY/US


The March 4-6, 2022 tournament is online (Parli is March 5 only; 

PF & LD March 4-5 only;  (it's possible that varsity PF semis and finals will be held on Sunday (the 6th), depending on the size of the division)).

Entry fees are $30/entry.  Varsity Policy teams are $60/entry in order to help offset the high cost of implementing judge preferences (hiring more judges than what would otherwise be needed).

The tournament is open to non-school participants as long as their own school is not competing in the tournament or their coach/school doesn't object to their participation.

MS Parli -- Saturday Only

This house believes it is unethical to eat meat.
This House believes that mandatory school uniforms are beneficial for students and schools.
 This House believes the USA should mirror the EU’s prohibition on the future production of combustion engines.

8am -- MS Met-up (coach-led), Registration
8:30am -- Deadline for squad check in
9am -- Morning meeting for students in the auditorium, training in the Judges' lounge
9:15 -- R1 pairings
9:45 - R1
10:45 R2 pairings
11:00 R2
1pm R3 Pairings
1:15 pm R3
2:30 pm R4 Pairings/elims (everyone will debate in R4, but the top 8 teams after r3 will debate in elims)
4pm Semifinals
5:30 Finals


February PF League topics.

If we have any elimination rounds beyond the 4 rounds, we'll repeat 1-2 of these topics

Public Forum -- All Divisions Except the NYCUDL Saturday Only Division


The topic is the February NSDA topic (NATO-Turkey)





6:30 -- Pairings released

7 PM ET R1

8:30 ET R2




10 AM ET -- Round 3

12:00 PM -- Round 4

2:00 PM -- Round 5,

4:00 PM -- Round 6
6:00 PM -- Elim 1

7:30 PM-- ELim 2

8:30:9 PM -- ELim 3


Sunday Elim 4/5 as needed


NYCUDL Saturday Only Fracking Topic Division

8:00-9:15 AM Registration
9:30 Round 1
11:15 Round 2
1:15 Round 3
2:30 Awards




Round 1 5:00 pm
Round 2 7:00 pm

Round 3 9:00 pm

Round 4 10:45 pm

Round 5 1:00 pm

Octos or Quarters 2:45 pm

Quarters or Semis 4:30 pm

Semis or Finals 6:15 pm

Finals 8:00 pm

Final Numbers will Determine Which Elim Round Each LD Division Will Break To



Round 1 4:30 pm
Round 2 7:00 pm


Round 3 9:00 am
Round 4 12:00 pm
Round 5 2:30 pm
Round 6 Varsity/Novice Quarters 5:30 pm
Octos Varsity/Novice Semis 7:30 pm


Quarterfinals Varsity/Novice Finals 9:00 am
Semifinals 12:00 pm
Finals 3:00 pm

NOTE: Novice is for debaters in their first year of debate.

This does not mean the first year of high school debate.  If you would like to appeal a particular team (for example, if one of the debaters debated at one tournament last year), you can do so by emailing before the tournament. 

JV is for students who have no more than one previous year of debate. Again, appeals process noted above.
All debate events are “switch side” – students will be expected to debate both sides of the resolution. 

PF: February NSDA and February NYCUDL Topic 

You can pick the topic division, but the TOC bid is only available to those competing in the Varsity PF NSDA February topic division.
L-D: January/February L-D (all divisions) 
Policy: Water Topic

We expect that all judges will pay attention in the debates they are judging and will work to provide a fair decision based on the criteria they outline in their judge philosophies.

We also expect judges to behave in a way that is appropriate in a middle school/high school environment. Any judges that exhibit behavior inconsistent with this expectation can and will be removed from the tournament by the tournament director at his discretion. The financial costs of missed rounds will be passed on to the school that entered the judge. 

Unless there is a violation of the Conduct policy by the judge or the team(s) in the debate, the tab room views the judge’s decision regarding all arguments made in the debates as final. If the tabroom determines that a judge or the team(s) violates a Conduct policy expectation, the tabroom may alter the decision in a way that it feels is fairest for the debaters involved.


Judge Assignment

We will use a standard ordinal rankings judge placement system in Varsity Policy. The Varsity L-D numbers are too small to use Prefs.

We will not use preferences in the other divisions.