Northern Lights Challenge follows the Stoa Transparent Tabulation Policy and uses the standard Stoa tabulations procedures set forth in the Stoa Joy of Tournaments Tabulation Instructions 2019-20.

Power Matching: Yes, we intend to power match preliminary debate rounds starting in either the second or third round.

Affirmative/Negative Arguments: As is customary, every debate team should have an equal number of affirmative and negative preliminary rounds. In very rare instances, the computer will give a team four affirmative rounds and two negative rounds (or vice versa). If this happens, feel free to contact the tab room if you have any questions or concerns.

Club Protection: We use standard club protection to the maximum extent possible in speech and debate rounds. In some circumstances, club protection is not possible in late preliminary debate rounds. In debate outrounds, the outround bracket is seeded without club protection. In speech outrounds, club protection occurs except in finals.

Sibling Protection: We also provide sibling protection in both speech and debate to the maximum extent possible. In some circumstances, sibling protection is not possible (i.e. in finals rounds) or difficult (sometimes in quarter-finals or semi-finals).

Club Protection and Mixed TP, Parli and Duo Teams: If a team policy team, parliamentary debate team or duo team consists of two people from different clubs, we maximize club protection by allocating club protection to the club of the team member who has the most other teams in that particular event and list the team under that club name on tournament postings, at break announcements and during the awards ceremony. We would be very grateful if you would not request special individual exceptions to this procedure.

Mixed Teams and Speechranks: Neither we nor any other tournament can control how mixed team policy teams, parliamentary debate teams or duo teams are listed on Speechranks. We have no control over which club Speechranks uses when listing the mixed team. After the tournament, we upload the club data for each member of each mixed team to Speechranks and then Speechranks picks which club name to use for the mixed team when listing it on Speechranks. Our understanding is that the Speechranks computer program uses the club name for the team member who had a Speechranks account first (i.e. the team member who started competing first). This is explained on the Speechranks website.

Feel free to come to the tab room to inquire about any tab procedures. We welcome questions.