SECTION 1: Points Eligibility

A. Only results from varsity/open divisions will be used.

Only invitationals that meet the criteria in Article I Section 7 and championships that meet the criteria in Article XXI Section 5 and state qualifying tournaments shall count for points.

C. Only two-person teams are eligible.

SECTION 2: Unique Teams

A. A unique team is a team where neither member is also a member of a higher ranked unique team. In the event that a debater is a member of two equally ranked teams, one of those teams shall randomly be named unique.

B. Non-unique teams shall be ranked, but their ranks will be enclosed in parentheses on the rankings.

C. A team’s rank equals the number of unique teams that rank higher than it plus 1.

SECTION 3: Invitational Tournaments

A. Adjusted field size shall be calculated using the following formula:

(Open Field Size) + (JV Field Size) / (3) + (Novice Field Size) / (3)

B. Points shall be awarded for reaching elimination round at an eligible tournament based on the chart below:


C. A tournament should break between 27% and 45.3% of its open field. The following penalties are applied (to breaking teams only) if this percentage is different:

[3.4% - 4.7%] 6 point penalty

[4.8% - 6.7%] 5 point penalty

[6.8% - 9.5%] 4 point penalty

[9.6% - 13.4%] 3 point penalty

[13.5% - 19.0%] 2 point penalty

[19.1% - 26.9%] 1 point penalty

If a tournament breaks over 45.3% of the field to elimination rounds, the first elimination round will count as an additional preliminary round for point purposes. No other changes will be made to the points earned by advancing teams.

D. A tournament should have a minimum of 5 prelims. The following adjustments are applied (to breaking teams only) if the number of prelims is different:

7 or more prelims: 3 point bonus

6 prelims: 1 point bonus

4 prelims: 3 point penalty

3 prelims: 6 point penalty

2 prelims: 10 point penalty

E. No team will lose points from attending a tournament.

SECTION 4: Unusual Circumstances at Invitationals

A. Invitationals without elimination rounds shall award points as follows:

2-1 = 2 points

3-0 = 5 points

3-1 = 4 points

4-0 = 9 points

3-2 = 3 points

4-1 = 8 points

5-0 = 12 points

5-1 = 11 points

4-2 = 5 points

B. Tournament that do not hold a final round, but break to semifinals, will be assigned points based on the “Without Elimination Rounds” scale. Semifinalists will receive points based on their record, including the semifinal round as a loss or a win.

C. Teams advancing after walking over a team from the same school will earn half of the points normally granted for advancing to the next elimination round. The other half of the points will be added to the total points earned by the non-advancing team.

D. Non-advancing teams receive the points normally allotted for tournaments without elimination rounds. Advancing teams receive points according to normal invitational rules.

E. If a tournament fails to break at least 1/3 of teams in competition to elimination rounds, teams placing in the top 1/3 of competitors will receive points based on their preliminary round record, following the points which would be allocated to them in a tournament without elimination rounds.

F. If a tournament does not break teams to elimination rounds that reasonably should have broken, and the Tournament Director confirms the improper break, those teams excluded will receive points for the first elimination round.

SECTION 5: Championship Tournaments

A. The NPDL Tournament of Champions shall award points as follows:

ballot = 2 points

break = 2 points

elimination round win = 4 points

championship = 2 bonus points

B. State championship tournaments shall award points as follows:

win = 3 points

championship = 2 bonus points

SECTION 6: Team Rankings

A. The total point value for each team shall be calculated using the diminishing marginal returns formula, as follows:

(points from best tournament performance)(1) + (points from second best tournament performance)(0.9) + (points from third best tournament performance)(0.6) + (points from fourth best tournament performance)(0.3) + (points from fifth through seventh best tournaments)(0.1)

Points will not be factored into the formula from tournaments beyond the seventh best.

B. Each team shall be listed on the rankings under the name of the school the debaters on that team attend (including non-member schools). Hybrid teams shall list both schools.

SECTION 7: Individual Rankings

A. A debater's individual rank equals the hypothetical team rank that debater would have obtained had they attended all tournaments with the same partner.

B. NPDL will only publish the individual rank of debaters whose point values put them in the top 30 of the overall rankings.

SECTION 8: School Rankings

A. Only NPDL member schools are eligible to be listed on school rankings.

B. Each member school shall be ranked based on the sum of all unweighted points of all its teams (including non-unique)

C. The points for hybrid teams shall be split between the debaters' schools.

SECTION 9: Reporting Results

A. NPDL will calculate rankings based on the results made publicly available on by the tournaments. NPDL does not commit to independently verifying whether these results are accurate. If a student does not compete under their school name, NPDL does not commit to independently verifying that student’s actual school unless this information is reported to NPDL (see sub-section B).

B. If results from a tournament are not publicly available on or if the publicly available results are inaccurate or incomplete, tournaments and members of the public are encouraged to report the correct tournament results to . If NPDL determines that the information provided in these reports is correct, it will revise the rankings accordingly.

C. The NPDL will provide a window of 30 calendar days from the date of the end of a tournament to report results. Results received after 30 calendar days will be ruled ineligible for inclusion in the national rankings.


SECTION 1: Point Cut-offs

A. A first-round qualification requires earning 27 points by January 1st.

B. A second-round qualification requires earning 33 points by March 1st.



To be eligible to vote in Board elections, a school must register for NPDL membership at least 72 hours prior to the start of Board elections.


At least 24 hours prior to the Board elections, all candidates in those elections must be provided a list of representatives eligible to vote in the election.


SECTION 1: Videoconferencing

Representatives from schools that are located in the same region that a regular league meeting is held in may not vote in that meeting remotely.

If a regular league meeting is held at a tournament, representatives from schools that attend that tournament may not vote in that meeting remotely.

All other representatives may participate in and vote in regular league meetings via a teleconferencing platform chosen by the Chair.