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

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.

DateTournament NameFormatLanguageMiscellaneous remarksRegistration
November 1, 2020Halloween Pro-Am (online)British ParliamentaryEnglishJudges, Teams
November 28, 2020Amsterdam Open (online)British ParliamentaryEnglish
December 19, 2020Nijmegen Online OpenBritish ParliamentaryEnglish
February 13, 2021Bonapartiaans Debattoernooi (Amsterdam)American ParliamentaryDutch
June 5, 2021NK EloquentiaEloquentiaDutch and English
(postponed)Dutch Debating Championships (NK Debatteren) (Utrecht)British ParliamentaryDutchOpen (individual)

Tournaments for high school debaters

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

DateTournament NameFormatLanguageRegistration
November 28 & 29, 2020Online Dutch Schools Debate TournamentWorld SchoolsEnglish

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
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 due to coronavirus
March 21 and 22, 2020 Erasmus Rotterdam Open British Parliamentary EnglishCancelled due to coronavirus
March 28, 2020 NK Beleidsdebatteren Policy Debate DutchCancelled due to coronavirus
April 4, 2020Benelux Debattoernooi HilversumLagerhuis+, Hogerhuis, RetoricaDutchCancelled due to coronavirus
April 11DSDC OpenWorld SchoolsEnglishCancelled due to coronavirus
May 2 and 3, 2020Kalliope Groningen OpenBritish ParliamentaryEnglishCancelled due to coronavirus
May 9, 2020Benelux Debattoernooi HoofddorpLagerhuis+, Hogerhuis, RetoricaDutchCancelled due to coronavirus
May 10, 2020Online Schools Debate TournamentAmerican ParliamentaryDutchOnly open to high school students but everyone is welcome to judge
June 13, 2020Brabants Debattoernooi (Breda)American ParliamentaryDutch
June 20 and 21, 2020Delft OpenBritish ParliamentaryEnglish
June 27, 2020Benelux Debattoernooi Finals DayLagerhuis+, Hogerhuis, RetoricaDutchCancelled due to coronavirus