Tournaments

In the Netherlands, debate tournaments where debaters can cross verbal swords are organised on a regular basis. These tournaments are generally organised by debating societies.

The Nederlandse Debatbond plays a role when allocating and recognising NK (Dutch Debating Championships) titles and is involved in organising the Nederlandse Debatmasters (no longer organised) and the Dutch Mace.

At tournaments organised by the Nederlandse Debatbond and its affiliated societies, the novice regulations are used to determine whether a speaker is a novice debater.

Tournaments that will be held in the Netherlands this year

DateTournament NameFormatLanguageMiscellaneous remarksRegistration
April 11DSDC OpenWorld Schools EnglishOpen
May 2 and 3, 2020Kalliope Groningen OpenBritish ParliamentaryEnglish
May 23 and 24, 2020Delft OpenBritish ParliamentaryEnglish
June 13, 2020Brabants Debattoernooi (Breda)American ParliamentaryDutchOpen
June 20, 2020Dutch Debating Championships (NK Debatteren) (Utrecht)British ParliamentaryDutchOpen (individual)
June 27, 2020NK EloquentiaEloquentiaDutch and English
Not yet knownCicero Combi (Tilburg)American or British ParliamentaryDutch and EnglishTeams consist of one debater and one non-debaterOpen

Tournaments for high school debaters

The following tournaments are only open to high school students but, generally, everyone is welcome to judge.

DateTournament NameFormatLanguageRegistration
April 4, 2020Benelux Debattoernooi HilversumLagerhuis+, Hogerhuis, RetoricaDutchOpen
May 9, 2020Benelux Debattoernooi HoofddorpLagerhuis+, Hogerhuis, RetoricaDutchOpen
June 27, 2020Benelux Debattoernooi Finals Day (location TBA)Lagerhuis+, Hogerhuis, RetoricaDutch

Tournaments that have already taken place this year

DateTournament NameFormatLanguageMiscellaneous remarks
October 4, 2019Benelux Debattoernooi Den HaagLagerhuis+, Hogerhuis, RetoricaDutchOnly open to high school students but everyone is welcome to judge
November 16, 2019Maastricht NoviceBritish ParliamentaryEnglishOnly open to novice debaters but everyone is welcome to judge
November 23, 2019Cicero Toernooi (Tilburg)American Parliamentary Dutch
November 30, 2019Leiden NoviceBritish Parliamentary EnglishOnly open to novice debaters but everyone is welcome to judge
November 30, 2019Benelux Debattoernooi RotterdamLagerhuis+, Hogerhuis, Retorica DutchOnly open to high school students but everyone is welcome to judge
December 7 and 8, 2019Amsterdam OpenBritish Parliamentary English
January 18, 2020 Finals Day NK Scholieren (Nijmegen) Parliamentary debate format DutchOnly open to high school students but everyone is welcome to judge
January 24, 2020 Benelux Debattoernooi Veenendaal Lagerhuis+, Hogerhuis, Retorica DutchOnly open to high school students but everyone is welcome to judge
February 1 and 2, 2020 Eindhoven Open British Parliamentary English
February 9, 2020 Oxford Schools British Parliamentary English Only open to high school students but everyone is welcome to judge
February 15, 2020Bonapartiaans Debattoernooi (Amsterdam) American Parliamentary Dutch
February 29 and March 1, 2020 Leiden Open British Parliamentary English
March 14, 2020 Benelux Debattoernooi Eindhoven Lagerhuis+, Hogerhuis, Retorica Dutch CANCELLED
March 21 and 22, 2020 Erasmus Rotterdam Open British Parliamentary EnglishCANCELLED
March 28, 2020 NK Beleidsdebatteren Policy Debate DutchCANCELLED