Yale IV 2023


Sat Oct 28 2023 at 08:00 am


Yale University | Hamden, CT

The Yale Debate Association invites you to the 2023 Yale IV, North America's premier WUDC prep competition! We will be fully in-person at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
Dates: October 28-29, 2023
Tab: Étienne Beaulé and Valerie Pang
CA’s: Dennis Su, Ye Joo Han, Jacquelynn Lin, Amaar Jeyasothy
Equity: Wajeeh Maaz, Tanay Patri, Gaveal Fan, Maia Decker
TD’s: Matt Song, Lauren Cho, Chris Sylvester, and Ryan Gumlia
Please direct all inquiries to [email protected].
IA application here (October 9 deadline, subsequently rolling): https://forms.gle/Z1MheFPqAtBz643V7
Institutional Reg (due Oct. 13): https://forms.gle/o3XNeNN5mCfueDyB6
Team Info (due Oct. 13): https://forms.gle/WuriLJ8zau1MP7uV7
Judge Info (due Oct. 20): https://forms.gle/x87WomPyurKTJzERA
September 25: Team pre-registration due.
September 29: Initial team slots allocated.
October 9: IA applications due (subsequently rolling).
October 13: Institutional registration and team information due.
October 20: Judge information due.
October 22: Deadline for final registration changes and updates to names of debaters.
October 25: Deadline for team drops (afterwards, there will be a drop fee).
October 25: Payments due.
October 28-29: Tournament!
In general, we will be reasonable with deadlines and fees. Communicate with us, and we will work with you.
Cap: 140
Fees: $180 USD per Team. Financial assistance is available for teams in need; reach out to [email protected].
Pre-Registration Form: https://forms.gle/Qv4T69LCUZPqz1Qq8
We do allow hybrid / cross teams at the Yale IV (ie, the speakers are from different universities) in keeping with the US, rather than the international, definition of IV.
Requirement: n-1 (e.g. 4 teams = bring 3 judges). Information on Institutional Judges forthcoming.
Missing Judge Fees: the penalty for failing to meet the judge requirement is $50 for the first missing judge, and an additional $100 for each subsequent missing judge.
Teams will be expected to make payment by Wednesday, October 25 at 11:59pm. We will offer financial aid for teams with demonstrated need. Teams concerned about the cost of attendance should contact us at [email protected]. The deadline to request financial aid is Sunday, October 15 at 11:59PM.
Our tournament is pay-to-play. Your team will NOT be eligible to compete without proof of payment. We offer Zelle/PayPal/credit card/check options for payment. Please reach out to [email protected] with questions.
Registration for the Yale IV includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. Please include any dietary restrictions in the registration forms. For the pre-reg form, provide an ESTIMATE we can use for planning purposes. We will then consider dietary restrictions on the team registration form (to be released later) final.
We will provide crash housing for Friday and Saturday night on a limited basis. There will be priority given to teams who register and pay earlier and who demonstrate greater need for crash housing. More information will be out later.
- 8:30 AM - Check-in Closes
- 8:40 AM - Announcements + Briefings
- 9:15 AM - Round 1
- 11:45 AM - Round 2
- 1:45 PM - Lunch
- 2:30 PM - Round 3
- 5:00 PM - Round 4
- 8:30 AM - Check-in closes and breakfast
- 9:00 AM - Round 5
- 11:30 AM - Brunch
- 12:15 PM - Break Announcement + speaker awards
- 12:30 PM - Open Quarterfinals/Novice Semifinals (TBD on
Novice Semis)
- 2:30 PM - Open Semifinals/Novice Final/ESL Final (TBD on
Novice and ESL Finals)
- 4:30 PM - Open Final
- 6:30 PM - Awards
Per the Yale administration’s COVID-19 policy, all participants are “visitors” and are encouraged to be up to date with their vaccines. All participants are expected to follow university health and safety guidelines. These will be communicated closer to the tournament, but you can find more information on Yale’s Visitors Policy here: https://covid19.yale.edu/visitors-policy.
Tournament staff is working to help provide support to teams that need visas. Please contact tournament staff via email at [email protected] if you need assistance.

Where is it happening?

Yale University, Hamden, United States

Event Location & Nearby Stays:

Yale Debate Association

Host or Publisher Yale Debate Association

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