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.
Note: because of the coronacrisis, these events will not be held (in their current format). Do you want to know whether one of these tournaments will be held in another way? Then you can send a message to the organising committee of that tournament.
|Date||Tournament Name||Format||Language||Miscellaneous remarks||Registration|
|August 8, 2020||Online Zomer Debattoernooi||American Parliamentary||Dutch||Open|
|November 7, 2020||Dutch Debating Championships (NK Debatteren) (Utrecht)||British Parliamentary||Dutch||Open (individual)|
|June 5, 2021||NK Eloquentia||Eloquentia||Dutch and English|
The following tournaments are only open to high school students, but everyone is welcome to judge.
|November 28 & 29, 2020||Online Dutch Schools Debate Tournament||World Schools||English|
|Date||Tournament Name||Format||Language||Miscellaneous remarks|
|October 4, 2019||Benelux Debattoernooi Den Haag||Lagerhuis+, Hogerhuis, Retorica||Dutch||Only open to high school students but everyone is welcome to judge|
|November 16, 2019||Maastricht Novice||British Parliamentary||English||Only open to novice debaters but everyone is welcome to judge|
|November 23, 2019||Cicero Toernooi (Tilburg)||American Parliamentary||Dutch|
|November 30, 2019||Leiden Novice||British Parliamentary||English||Only open to novice debaters but everyone is welcome to judge|
|November 30, 2019||Benelux Debattoernooi Rotterdam||Lagerhuis+, Hogerhuis, Retorica||Dutch||Only open to high school students but everyone is welcome to judge|
|December 7 and 8, 2019||Amsterdam Open||British Parliamentary||English|
|January 18, 2020||Finals Day NK Scholieren (Nijmegen)||Parliamentary debate format||Dutch||Only open to high school students but everyone is welcome to judge|
|January 24, 2020||Benelux Debattoernooi Veenendaal||Lagerhuis+, Hogerhuis, Retorica||Dutch||Only 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, 2020||Bonapartiaans 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 due to coronavirus|
|March 21 and 22, 2020||Erasmus Rotterdam Open||British Parliamentary||English||Cancelled due to coronavirus|
|March 28, 2020||NK Beleidsdebatteren||Policy Debate||Dutch||Cancelled due to coronavirus|
|April 4, 2020||Benelux Debattoernooi Hilversum||Lagerhuis+, Hogerhuis, Retorica||Dutch||Cancelled due to coronavirus|
|April 11||DSDC Open||World Schools||English||Cancelled due to coronavirus|
|May 2 and 3, 2020||Kalliope Groningen Open||British Parliamentary||English||Cancelled due to coronavirus|
|May 9, 2020||Benelux Debattoernooi Hoofddorp||Lagerhuis+, Hogerhuis, Retorica||Dutch||Cancelled due to coronavirus|
|May 10, 2020||Online Scholieren Debattoernooi (links to our Dutch website)||American Parliamentary||Dutch||Only open to high school students but everyone is welcome to judge|
|June 13, 2020||Brabants Debattoernooi (Breda)||American Parliamentary||Dutch|
|June 20 and 21, 2020||Delft Open||British Parliamentary||English|
|June 27, 2020||Benelux Debattoernooi Finals Day||Lagerhuis+, Hogerhuis, Retorica||Dutch||Cancelled due to coronavirus|