Stanford Invitational Tournament

Stanford Invitational Speech & Debate Tournament

35th Annual Stanford Invitational | February 6-8, 2021



The Stanford Debate Society is pleased to invite you to the 35th annual Stanford National Invitational. Students from across the nation have been joining us for this national level competition since 1987, and we hope that you'll help us build on this tradition and join us this year!


Please visit for our full tournament invitation!


2021 DATES: February 6-8, 2021


2021 DETAILS: we will post the full 2021 invitation in the fall of 2020; details below are from the 2020 tournament but left visible to help demonstrate the character of the annual tournament


FUTURE DATES (additional details will be released in the fall prior to each year's tournament); future dates subject to change


2020 Stanford Invitational airfare discount:

We have arranged a special group discount with United Airlines for tournament attendees, which is available with promotion code ZHNY748703.  To take advantage of this discount, you can use any of the following booking methods:

1) Enter ZHNY748703 in the “promotions & certificates” box when searching for airfare on, or follow this link to where you can enter code ZHNY748703.

2) Provide code ZHNY748703 to a United booking agent by phone.

3) Provide code ZHNY748703 to your travel agent.

This discount is available for a wide range of dates to accommodate squads traveling before and after the 2020 Stanford Invitational, and also includes the dates for the Berkeley tournament so that you can still get the discount if you're staying in California for the week and attending both tournaments!  You can also use this discount code even if you are attending just the Berkeley tournament.  Note that discounts are in the range of 2% for the cheapest tickets (and should at a minimum make economy about the same price as basic economy); discounts increase to over 10% for more expensive tickets!


Every student attending the Stanford Invitational must have their parent/guardian sign an "Individual Waiver" in order to attend the Stanford Invitational.  Squad coordinators bringing students to the Stanford Invitational must ensure that each student has completed this required document, which is to be remitted on-site upon arrival at the tournament.  By registering to attend the tournament, coaches agree that they are responsible for overseeing completion of this requirement and understand that they will be asked to certify completion as a component of the final "on site" or "e-registration" process.  More information can be found on the "Individual Waiver" page of the tournament invitation.


All entries, including Non-School entries, must have a responsible adult chaperone with them at the tournament at all times.  Stanford Debate does not provide any chaperones or supervisions for students attending the tournament.


Tournament Dates: Satuday, February 8th, 2020 through Monday, February 10th, 2020




Questions: Questions about the 2020 Stanford Invitational should be directed to tournament director Rich Boltizar or our other staff by e-mailing You may also try calling the Stanford Debate office at (650) 723-9086, however email is the most efficient way to reach our staff, and likely will receive a much quicker response.

We view this tournament as an opportunity to provide a service to the high school speech and debate community, and hope that is apparent to past attendees. We welcome feedback about how we can continue to improve the Stanford Invitational. So that we may accommodate all of your students who wish to compete, please take care of your tournament registration as soon as posible, and please book your hotel as soon as is feasible. This will ensure a pleasant and trouble-free tournament for everyone, and allow us to host you in the way you deserve!


Rich Boltizar

Director of Debate, Stanford University

Executive Tournament Director, Stanford Invitational