About The Tournament

Every year, the Yale Debate Association is pleased to welcome over a thousand competitors from all across the country for a weekend of premier forensics competition. The Yale Tournament is one of the best chances for all-events early competition, allowing students to get their forensics season off to a great start.

The YDA tries its best to provide a sound educational and competitive experience for all its participants. The tournament is directed by a core of experienced coaches who are intimately familiar with tabulation, tournament direction, and the ins and outs of high school forensics. We hire a strong pool of judges across divisions to ensure students are adjudicated by experienced judges, not random college students. YDA members without experience in high school forensics do not judge the Yale Tournament. Our schedule is designed to fit in as much competition as possible without making for an unpleasant and difficult experience. Students and guests are also invited to observe rounds once they are done competing.

Yale is hosted by the YDA, an undergraduate debating society at Yale University. One of the oldest college groups of its kind in the United States, past members range from President and Chief Justice William H. Taft to current US Secretary of State John Kerry. Each year, the YDA, a member of the American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA), competes in dozens of tournaments around the country and the world. In the 2013-14 season, Yale debaters won first place at the APDA National Championship, among many other awards and titles. For the past nine years, the YDA has been recognized as the best club in APDA.

The Yale Invitational is the largest annual undertaking of the YDA by far. We strive to always improve this service to the high school forensics community. If you have any feedback or questions, or are interested in attending Yale but need assistance to make it work, please don’t hesitate to send email year-round to yale@tabroom.com, or yaleinvitational@gmail.com