Welcome to the home page for the 2023 Vanderbilt BP Tournament tournament hosted by Vanderbilt University on Feb 4-5, 2023 for College students.

Status: Tournament Completed

Dear Colleagues,


The Vanderbilt University Debate Team and the Department of Communication Studies invites you and your teams to the 4th Annual Vanderbilt British Parliamentary Debate Tournament to be held February 3-5, 2023. All schools are welcome.


The CA team for the tournament will be headed by Gina Iberri-Shea (Air Force).


Will Silberman has graciously agreed to run the tab room.


The tournament will have an Open division of BP debate. If numbers warrant, we will have separate elimination rounds and speaker awards for Novice and English-as-a-Second-Language speakers. Entries will be due by 5pm Central on January 27, 2023. Entries will be done through forensicstournament.net. We will post to the BP in North America page on Facebook when we are ready to accept entries.  


We will provide breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Snacks will also be provided throughout the tournament.


We have secured a rate of $159 a night at the Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt (link for reservations below). This is a good rate for the Vanderbilt area and I encourage you to make reservations there. The deadline to make reservations in the room block is Tuesday, December 20, 2022. This hotel is within walking distance (10-15 minutes) of competition rooms, close to several good places to eat, and a quick Uber/Lyft ride away from most of Nashville.


We look forward to seeing you all in January.




M. L. Sandoz                                                John P. Koch

Director of Forensics                                   Director of Debate 

(615-) 322-8669 Office                                (615) 343-6989 Office

(615) 500-6184 Cell                                    (330) 280-3310 Cell

(615) 343-7918 Fax                                     john.p.koch@vanderbilt.edu








Entries: We will be using Forensics Tournament for entries. Registration link will be available soon. Deadline is 5pm Central on January 27, 2023.


Divisions: Open BP. Please send novice (within first year of college debate) and ESL designations to john.p.koch@vanderbilt.edu before January 27 at 5pm Central. If numbers warrant, we will have separate break rounds and speaker awards for those divisions.


JUDGES: We will use n-1 for determining judging commitment, except all teams are required to provide one judge. For example, if you have 1 team, you will need to provide 1judge. If you have 2 teams, you will need to provide 1 judge. If you have 3 teams, you will need to provide 2 judges, etc. All judges are obligated 1 break round after their teams are eliminated.


AWARDS: All teams reaching elimination rounds will receive awards. In addition, speaker awards will be given to the top 10 speakers (in each division, if numbers warrant).


FEES: Entry fees of $80 per person (including judges and observers) will be collected at registration. We will be able to accept cash, check, or credit card. These fees help cover the cost of four meals, snacks, trophies, and hiring judges. If these fees will prevent you from attending, please contact ML Sandoz (ml.sandoz@vanderbilt.edu) to discuss the possibility of fee reductions and waivers for your program.   


DEADLINES: 1.) All teams must be entered on Forensics Tournament by January 27, 2023 at 5pm Central, 2.) All designations of novice and ESL must be sent to john.p.koch@vanderbilt.edu by 5pm Central on January 27, 2023, and 3.) All dietary restrictions or accommodation requests should be communicated to john.p.koch@vanderbilt.edu by January 27, 2023 at 5pm Central. 


TRANSPORTATION: Nashville and Vanderbilt are easily accessible by I-24, I-40, and I-65. In addition, Nashville Airport (BNA) is serviced by most major airlines. You are likely to find the best rates and times through Southwest Airlines, as roughly 60% of all flights in and out of BNA are through them.


AIRPORT SHUTTLE to HOTEL: We recommend using Airport Express (615) 275-1180. Lyft/Uber are also readily available in Nashville.


RENTAL VEHICLES: As noted above, Lyft/Uber are readily available at all times of the day in Nashville. Additionally, the tournament hotel is within walking distance of competition buildings/rooms. It is possible then to not rent a vehicle for this tournament. If you want one though, BNA has most major rental car company options. 



TOURNAMENT HOTEL: We have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt from 2/3-2/6. This hotel is within walking distance of the tournament and dining establishments. It is also an Uber/Lyft ride away from the restaurants and night life of downtown Nashville. The room rate is $159 a night and must be booked by 12/20. Rooms can be booked here: VU BP Debate  If you would prefer to call: 615-327-4707 and reference the block code VDT.




Friday February 3


6pm-8pm: Public Debate between Vanderbilt and the University of Mississippi. All are invited.  


8pm-10pm: Registration and Coaches Reception at the Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt Hotel



Saturday February 4


8:45am: Sign-in and Breakfast (Students will be in lobby of hotel at 8:30am to walk you to competition rooms)


9:15: Judge and Debater Briefing


9:45: Round 1 Motion


11:45: Round 2 Motion


1:45: Lunch


2:30: Round 3 Motion


4:30: Round 4 Motion



Sunday February 5


9am: Sign-in and Breakfast


9:30: Round 5 Motion


11:30: Round 6 Motion


1:15: Lunch, Breaks, and Awards


2pm (or earlier if we are able): Quarters, Novice (semis or finals), ESL (semis or finals)


TBD (as early as possible after quarters): Semis for Open BP (Finals if necessary in other break-out divisions)


TBD (as early as possible after semi’s): Open BP Finals