Welcome to the home page for the 2023 Carroll College BP Teaching Tournament tournament hosted by Carroll College on Sep 15-17, 2023 for College students.

Status: Tournament Completed

“The Sir”


2023 Online Edition

“Education before competition. Teaching before trophies”.


Why online? Because we want our friends from Vandy, Rutgers, Miami, Chicago, USAFA and Mississippi to return! We love them!


A Virtual BP Teaching Tournament and Master Class

Friday night, Saturday and Sunday morning/afternoon

September 15, 16 & 17


Come to learn and compete.

Or just to join in the Friday Zoom forum? Free to all.

Or just to join the Saturday Zoom workshops? Free to all.

Or just to watch rounds? (Modest Yaatly fee)


Friday night

A forum with Brent:

A conversation on sportsmanship in BP: Modeling civil discourse & respectful disagreement.

How can judges, debaters, observers cultivate a safe, respectful and spirited round.


A demonstration debate: Enjoyable topic, followed by a critique and discussion


Saturday morning:

Brent for Beginners


 Mark Schmutzler, Carroll Alum, doctoral student in Communication.

Second advanced leader to be announced soon.


Saturday afternoon & Sunday morning

A four-round tournament with separate out-rounds in novice and open


Advanced workshops on Saturday morning.


Brent for Beginners on Saturday morning.


Virtually yours, from the Carroll College Cloud


“The Sir”


A BP Teaching Tournament and Master Class

“Education before competition and teaching before trophies”


A Virtual BP Teaching Tournament and Master Class

Friday night, Saturday and Sunday morning

September 15, 16 & 17, 2023



Carroll College invites you to the 12th annual Montana BP Teaching Tournament. Nothing can top the first edition at Rocky in 2012 when Shelby Jo gave a stirring BP lecture and then raced to the hospital to give birth to Ava Joyce, now 11! That weekend ended with debaters in the Billings maternity ward!


The emphasis is teaching, not competition – but we offer a low-key four-round tournament (breaking to two finals, Open and Novice). We offer a beginner’s workshop and an advanced workshop.


On Friday night, we will feature short showcase debate, followed by a forum hosted by Brent.

“A conversation on sportsmanship in BP: Modeling civil discourse & respectful disagreement.”

How can judges, debaters, observers cultivate a safe, respectful yet spirited round.


After we discuss sportsmanship in BP, we will have a demonstration debate on BP. Debaters yet to be determined. If you have a team interested, let me know.


Saturday morning. Two 75-minute workshops on advanced topics. Debaters can attend both.


Also on Saturday morning, Brent will offer “BP for beginners” designed to introduce students and coaches to BP debate, and to prepare students for the tournament which begins after lunch. A student who knew nothing about BP when the workshop starts will end the workshop brave enough to give BP a go after lunch. They will speak the language of BP – old matter, new matter, whipping - well enough to enjoy the four-round tournament without (much) embarrassment. Judges will be instructed to give constructive critiques during the tournament designed to lift all boats: advanced debaters get stronger, and novice debaters learn skills they can apply during the next rounds. Topics will be substantive, but also novice-friendly, to keep from discouraging beginners.


Brent will offer to keep in touch with novices afterwards as a resource and secret consultant. Once I teach you, I am yours forever. Unlimited warranty. My cell phone number will be made available to all. No need to worry about time zones, I’ll answer 24/7. I love working with novices. We do things upside-down at Carroll: I am the first-year coach, while the upper teams work with my assistants. I help new students with their transition to college, and I try to lay the foundation for success in speech, debate and life.


We will have separate outrounds in open and in novice, although prelims will include all teams. Novice is defined as a debater in their first year of college BP debate. Break ties in favor of moving them to open. Hybrids welcome. A team with one partner missing (illness, etc.) for one round, can break. But if the team competes solo more than one round, the team cannot break.


Fees will be a flat $20 per debater, plus a $50 flat fee for each team uncovered by a judge. Each judge covers two teams. We will use Yaatly, the BP program co-created by Denise Vaughan, former Carroll debater who greeted me when I arrived in 1989!


We are also recruiting honored judges to provide stellar feedback. Stay tuned for updates.


Brent of Carroll College

(406) 459-2371




SCHEDULE, Montana Time,

Mountain Daylight Time

Friday, Sept. 15 (Montana time)


6:30 p.m. Forum, hosted by Brent Northup (non-entered debaters welcome)

7:30 p.m. Showcase debate

8:45 p.m. Critique and discussion


Saturday, Sept. 16     (non-entered debaters welcome for workshops)

“Brent for Beginners” Zero to Hero Workshop    9:30-11 a.m. & 11:15-12:30 p.m.


Advanced I: Master Class                                  9:30-11 a.m.


Advanced II: Master Class                                 11:15-12:30 p.m.


Lunch                                                              12:30-1:30 p.m. Virtual feast!!!

Round 1:                                                          1:30 p.m.

Round 2                                                           3:30 p.m.

Round 3                                                           5:30 p.m.


Sunday, Sept. 17

Round 4                                                           10:30 a.m. (adjusted for Alaska)

NOVICE & OPEN semi-finals                        12:30 p.m. (finals asap)

Start the virtual drive home                                3 p.m.


Entry Fee: $20 per debater, plus $50 fee for each team not covered. One judge covers two teams. Observers may watch rounds, $20 all-weekend fee to cover Yaatly. Workshops/forum free to observers.

Platform: Yaatly

Entry due date: Monday, by 6 p.m., September 11, 2023 on Forensics Tournament. (forensicstournament.net)

Novice: First year of college BP debate

Hybrid teams welcome.

Iron Teams: If we can’t find a partner for a solo debater, that one-person team may still be allowed to compete, but would not be eligible to break.