Ziggy+Lasting Impact! 2021 National Championship

Ziggy & Lasting Impact! are excited to announce a partnership for our online tournament, using NCFCA resolutions, open to everyone.

April 20, 2021

     We think collaborating with like-minded people and organizations is an awesome way to continue to give back to the speech and debate community. We know that NCFCA Nationals is in about two months. We also know that (a) not everyone is able to attend Nationals, and (b) for those who are, there’s still a huge gap between when Regionals end and when Nationals begins.

     Enter the Ziggy + Lasting Impact! 2021 National Championship. We use the NCFCA resolutions for LD and TP, but honestly anyone is welcome to compete, no matter your league affiliation (or lack thereof). We want to see students growing and continuing to build their skills, whether they attend NCFCA Nationals or not. This also gives students the chance to get more useful feedback on their cases—and per normal Ziggy custom, debaters will get their ballots as soon as judges submit them (no waiting until the end of the tournament).

     Whether you want another shot at debate success, or want to prepare for Nationals, or just want to have a fun time, this tournament is for you. We will be offering prizes with more details coming soon (stay tuned).

     TP teams also have the option of disclosing their Affirmative case for a tournament-sponsored case list during registration. Although you don’t have to, we do encourage openness as we believe it makes for higher quality debate (for reference, when Isaac was a TPer, he and his partners would regularly tell people their case well before rounds).

Format & Unique Rules

     This tournament will have 6 prelim rounds with 5 days to complete each round, and then about 2 days for each outround (quarters, semis, and finals). That not only gives us room to adjust the outround timing if necessary, but also means that debaters will have more flexibility for their rounds.


Round 1: May 16–May 20

Round 2: May 21–May 25

Round 3: May 26–May 30

Round 4: May 31—June 3

Round 5: June 4–8

Round 6: June 9–13

Quarters: June 14–15

Semis: June 16–17

Finals: June 18–19

     NOTE: Debaters MUST maintain at least 40% of their time available for debate scheduling. Basically, we want to make sure that people are treating this tournament with the seriousness it deserves and aren’t just making a couple hours during the week available. If two teams are unable to find any time to schedule a round, and one of the teams does not offer at least 40% of the time allotted for that round as available, that team may be required to forfeit.

     In the event that both teams have made a good faith effort to schedule a round but cannot find any time to debate at all, both teams will receive a loss/zero speaks for that round.

     Judges are required to meet a quota of rounds (no fewer than 2 and no more than 4 debates)—failure to do so, absent a few exceptions, will result in penalties for the team the judge is registered by. So make sure (a) your judge knows their responsibility and (b) register more judges if you know your judge is busy. See Rule 21 for more details.

     Judges will be free to sign up for rounds on their own like in a normal Ziggy tournament—we will not pre-assign rounds. However, a limited number of judges may request in advance to judge outrounds (not all requests will be granted, depending on need).

Early Bird price: $30 (before May 6, 11:59pm ET) – per person/per style entry

Normal price: $35 (on or after May 7, ET) – per person/per style entry

Sign up now!