General Policies

Debaters will only be allowed to compete under their own school’s name and if accompanied by a responsible adult as defined by the Massachusetts Speech and Debate League. Those home schooled may be entered under their town/association name and accompanied by a parent/guardian in accordance with MSDL rules. Entering our tournament accepts these rules and those below.

Registration for Big Lex is entirely online. You can register at under the National Circuit or MFL circuits; or you can follow the Register link off of our tournament website at Registration opens November 5 and new entries are due by Wednesday, January 3 at 3:00 PM, though we usually fill long before then so please register early.

Online tournament pairings and email/text updates will also be available online on the “Pairings” and “Live Updates” tabs at during the tournament. We will also use the online balloting system in all divisions so advise your judges to bring a laptop, tablet or smartphone. This page is also linked off of the “Register” tab on the tournament website.

Fees are fixed and frozen on Friday, January 5 at 11:00 AM. Drops are possible after this deadline, but that will NOT affect the fees due at registration; entry fees and judge hires must still be paid for if dropped after the 5th because that is the day we are locked into our dining contract, and into our contracts with hired judges.

Onsite registration can be done either in person on Saturday morning, or online through Tabroom. To do onsite registration online, log into after 5PM on Friday evening and click “Onsite Registration” next to the tournament name to confirm your entry.

A $25 per change nuisance fees may be assessed at the registration table for last minute drops. Invoices are available on PO payment plans are available with prior approval only. You must have full payment at registration to be allowed to compete.

Contact us: Any questions can be emailed to us at . We cannot accept email or telephone registrations.