Tournament Contact Spreadsheet by Kim Hsun

Every debater in the community should have someone to turn to at every tournament, but unfortunately, they don’t. The debate space can be hostile at times, especially when you’re traveling to an unfamiliar place with a ton of new people you don’t know, or when you’re just starting out on the circuit.

This spreadsheet is a resource for anyone looking for someone to contact at a tournament in times of need. If you feel unsafe, need someone to talk to, or you just need a hug and someone to rant to, contact someone here and hopefully you’ll get the help you need! It’s also a place where you can find contact information for people at tournaments so you can network and make friends. The goal of this project is to make the circuit be a safer and less hostile environment for everyone. The circuit can be intimidating (mainly approaching debaters you don’t know) but we promise that those signed up will be happy to help you out. The spreadsheet also has a judges tab to help disadvantaged debaters looking for judges around their area.

Each tab includes a tournament (as of now, we’ve only put in September-October tournaments) with contact information for those at tournaments open to being approached by debaters with their problems. Each tournament is also split by those who aren’t debating (judges, coaches, people helping to run, etc.) and those competing so you have an easier time choosing someone to contact.

While this is targeted at female debaters in the community, you don’t need to identify as female to use this page or to sign up as a judge. However, as of now, the contacts are restricted to female identifying debaters, who are juniors, seniors and alumni, just to make the process easier as this starts up. To be a part of this spreadsheet, simply fill out the form linked on the home tab. The first link is to be a tournament contact, and the second is to be a judge. (Please don’t ask to be added to the spreadsheet— it’s on view only to make sure formatting/contact information stays safe) After that, your information will be inputted by our team of girls and public for everyone to see.

Please spread this around, especially if you know coaches/older alumni who would be happy to help out at each tournament— the more open we make the community, the less hostile it will be. If you have any questions, suggestions, or edits, send them to kimberlyhsun@gmail.com, or contact Kim (Kim Brûlée) on Facebook. And, of course, any of the lovely girls mentioned on the home page would also be happy to take your messages!

  • Defender of Justice

    I think this particular service should extend to all debaters, not just to those who identify as female. Exclusion is not limited on the lines of gender–sometimes, the “novice-varsity” or “big school-small school” divide may be just as big as the male-female divide in terms of producing exclusion. The debate space is actively hostile towards those who attend small schools or may be financially less well-off, so why not extend this excellent idea to them as well?

    • Kim Hsun

      I agree; if you read a lot of the disclaimer stuff on either this post or on the spreadsheet, I discuss how this is a resource that I hope all people can use– it’s just the contacts themselves are limited to women in debate. Obviously, a lot of those who identify as female will be small school debaters, which will be helpful for those who need it. There are a lot of reasons why the contact list is specific to females, and I don’t think that this has to be mutually exclusive with helping out other debaters– I don’t find a unique reason why a female small school debater couldn’t empathize just as well as any other small school debater. Additionally, I added the judging portion specifically for small school debaters to find judges in their area if they don’t have the opportunity to hire judges from their school. So, hopefully, the spreadsheet can be used for both!