Welcome to the home page for the 2022 Sunset Cliffs Classic tournament hosted by Pt Loma on Oct 21-23, 2022 for College students.

Status: Tournament Completed

NPDA Debate Topics

Round 1: The United States should a adopt a policy or policies to substantially increase domestic oil production. PMC @ 9:22

Round 2: The United States federal government should adopt a policy or policies to substantially reduce crime in major US cities.. PMC @ 11:00

Round 3: Over the next generation, the cost of banning gas vehicles would outweigh their benefits.. PMC @ 12:53

Round 4: For America, the benefits of a strong border would outweigh its detriments. PMC @ 2:30

Quarterfinals: Emergency declarations have become a greater threat to America's health than Covid. PMC @ 4:38

Semifinals: Strong NATO actions are more likely to increase rather than decrease nuclear actions by Russia.. PMC 6:26

Finals: This house would impeach President Joe Biden. PMC at 8:44


Oct 8th update,

Friends, A few corrections were made to the tournament set up, that I do not believe impacts many programs, but if it does feel free to change your entries around to correct it.

- The Ext and Imp events in the invitation were correctly stated, but initially showed up in the wrong A/B patters.  This has been corrected.

- NFA LD should not have had a category for Jr NFA LD, so that has been deleted.

- TPDA only offers one division in tournaments per our understanding so this will only have one combined division, though with its more communicative emphasis that should not pose to large a burdent for Novice and Junior Teams . . .  Accordingly we will have only one open division of TPDA, which at this writing only has one of our PLNU teams entered.  

- And the invitation now appears on the entry page for this tournament in FTN's web page.

Also, we are still interested in hiring guest critics if you have some extra folks to send our way.

Likewise, please send me topic ideas for the various Parli events that seem fairly divided.  

Finally, please make sure that all of your judges have their divices and that you have sent us thier email addresses, etc. . . 

Thanks, and looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks.



Cover Letter to the Invitation from September  below:

Dear Colleagues:

The Point Loma Nazarene University forensics squad is pleased to invite you to our annual SUNSET CLIFFS CLASSIC Invitational forensics tournament.  The tournament will be Friday through Sunday, October 21-23, 2022.  We hope you can come enjoy our beautiful seaside campus and the typically sunny weather.   

We are excited to be offering face to face competition in accordance with State, County and Campus rules, attempting to follow CDC guidelines.  

We will offer open and novice division competition in all eleven AFA individual events (collapsing some events and or divisions should numbers so dictate); four preliminary rounds of Novice, Junior and Senior divisions of IPDA, TPDA and NPDA Parliamentary Debate with appropriate elimination rounds; four preliminary rounds of junior and senior divisions of NFA LD debate if numbers allow; plus one division of British Parliamentary Debate, with a possible break out Novice elimination round should those numbers allow.  There are still some unknowns given the questions surrounding people’s travel constraints, so we thank you for your patience should this be a little ambitious in preserving so many divisions, if numbers do not justify those moves.

British Parliamentary Debate Note:  This year we will again offer a combined division of British Parliamentary Debate as it has gone so well the last few years.  Due to the longer scheduled number of and time of rounds though, students and judges in BP debate cannot be involved in other forms of debate or individual events at the Sunset Cliffs on Saturday or Sunday, but are welcome to do IEs or NFA LD on Friday. 


Electronic Debate Balloting this year: IPDA, TPDA, NPDA, and NFA LD will again be using electronic ballots.  So judges for these debate formats are required to have an electronic phone or tablet or lap top capable of receiving emails to qualify as judges, and please bring a charger.  Judges should not be on-line during the actual debate rounds though, for any reason, including but not limited to social media, fact checking, etc. . . You may flow on your electronic device if you are a judge. This added note:  Additional instructions about email balloting will be provided once registration has closed. However, please ensure that you supply an email address in the judge notes for each judge you enter AND please be sure it is an email that can be accessed throughout the tournament.


Topic Areas and Recommendations:  You are encouraged to provide a list of debatable, fairly worded resolutions for tab staff to consider for all formats of debate, except NFA LD which is of course locked in to one topic for the year.  There are ballot issues on the California ballot during this time frame, so some of those topics may be debated in various events.


Some noteworthy attractions of the Sunset Cliffs Classic include:

Strong competition with diverse regional and national representation and quality judging.

A picturesque ocean front campus.

Two $3,000.00 scholarships for the top community college competitors (one each for debate & IE’s) for tuition remission at PLNU the following year.

Attractive trophies.

Enjoyable food nearby, and especially in the judge’s area for judges and coaches.

Did I mention the ocean proximity and view?  It bears repeating.

No guarantee on chamber of commerce, postcard weather, but it will likely be better than where y’all come in from. ☺

And we are happy to offer IPDA and TPDA (team IPDA) Debate this year.


We look forward to you joining us.  Please let me know of any questions or concerns.



Dr. Skip Rutledge, Director of Forensics Nathaniel Hosmer, ADOF        


Cell  (619) 655-0112

Office (619) 849-2391