Stanford Invitational Tournament

Stanford Invitational Speech & Debate Tournament

36th Annual Stanford Invitational | February 6-8, 2021



The Stanford Debate Society is pleased to invite you to the 36th annual Stanford National Invitational, which we currently anticipate will take place fully online (no one should plan to travel to Stanford for the 2022 tournament absent explicit guidance in writing from Director of Debate Rich Boltizar). Students from around the world 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 registration details!


2022 DATES: February 12-14, 2022


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


Every competitor 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 must be uploaded via in advance of 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 "e-registration" process.  More information can be found on the "Individual Waiver" page of the tournament invitation (will be available closer to the tournament itself).


Stanford Debate does not provide any chaperones or supervision for competitors attending the tournament: all entries, including Non-School entries, must have a responsible adult chaperone accompanying them at all times during the tournament, no exceptions!


All payments for the Stanford Invitational must be made via the ASSU ePay system: more information and instructions are contained on your invoice and on our Making Payment & Fees page of the invitation, but we are not accepting any paper checks mailed to the Stanford Debate address.


Tournament Dates & Timeline: Satuday, February 12th, 2022 through Monday, February 14th, 2022


Debate events: no cross entry with other events; all competition takes place synchronously


Speech eventsno cross entry with other events (but up to triple entry in speech events is possible); all competition takes place synchronously with the exception of Duo which will be asynchronous


Eligibilityentries into a given event & level are subject to the following eligibility requirements


TOC Bids in 2022 include: note that in any event with a division named 'TOC' bids are awarded only in the TOC division (for example, bids are awarded in 'Public Forum - TOC' and bids are not awardewd in 'Public Forum - Open')


Required Friday E-Registration Check-in: Mandatory tournament re-confirmation will take place electronically via on the afternoon/evening of Friday, February 11th (details to be announced closer to the tournament).


Champion Awards:


Questions: Questions about the 2022 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 receive many voicemails and are generally unable to return missed calls as staff may be working through requests outside of normal business hours).


We view this tournament as an opportunity to provide a service to the 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 and all other arrangements as soon as posible. This will ensure a pleasant and trouble-free tournament for everyone, and allow us to host you in the way you deserve!

Best regards,


Rich Boltizar

Director of Debate, Stanford University

Executive Tournament Director, Stanford Invitational