Just a quick interjection.
Isaiah McPeak put on a parli tournament back at the beginning of April (the Fun Tournament for those of you who may have heard of it) and it went fabulously.
Isaiah filmed a parli tutorial (and posted it on YouTube) that was about an hour long and everyone debating was advised to watch it.
We had about 15 teams, I think, and these teams ranged from finals-caliber debaters to not-previously-broken-before debaters, from freshman (maybe a couple middle-schoolers) to seniors, and I think only two debaters (Peter Voell and Josiah McPeak) had debated at an official parli tournament and everyone else had either only done one or two in-club rounds or nothing at all.
Like I said it went very well; you had good arguments from both sides and all teams, smooth outrounds, and prep was always on time. Our res's were varied from policy, to fact, to value, to metaphor covering a wide range of issues from the ME intervention, to imminent domain, to the war on drugs.
There were, of course, some issues with forgetting protected time or forgetting speech order, but as a whole it was smooth and productive for all of the debaters.
I definitely think this is something to be said for the pro-parli side.
This is sort of the experience we had. Obviously it won't be perfect right away, but you have to start somewhere.
According to a dude on FB name Alexander James it is official that STOA is doing parli next year. Not sure where he got his info but I will continue to look into it.
I am so stoked I will get to judge it even if I couldn't debate it.
I have no idea where he got that...but that's GREAT if its true!
We need to clarify what is meant by "official" parli. Tournaments have already been doing parli, Speechranks has info on parli tournaments, and there's even a parli national champion team this year (McPeak/Voell represent!!!)
I think the only more "official" it could get is for it to be a NITOC event.
If it was a NITOC event, I think more tournaments would consider implementing it.
Josh T. Debate and Speecher
Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing.
Let There Be Parli.