2014 Samford University Bishop Guild Invitational
Dates: 1/10/2014 - 1/11/2014


Dear Colleague:

Samford University Debate cordially invites you and your students to this year's Bishop Guild Debates, Samford University’s High School Debate Tournament, to be held on Friday and Saturday, 10 and 11th January 2014.  The tournament is hosted in downtown Birmingham, home to numerous historic sites.     

We are excited about the prospect of bringing qualified and talented students to the Birmingham Area to compete in debate events. This year we will be offering competition in Policy Debate (varsity and novice), Public Forum Debate (one division this year), Lincoln-Douglas Debate (varsity and novice).  Specific rules and limitations are found on the following pages. 

Appropriate awards will be presented to those teams and individuals that reach elimination rounds. The number of elimination rounds and speakers will be determined by the size of the divisions.  In addition, we will be awarding the Michael J. Janas cup, our sweepstakes trophy for the school with the best overall showing for the weekend.  Finally, the Tournament of Champions has recognized our tournament as a qualifier for teams reaching the finals in policy debate. 

Following on last year’s success, we will continue to make extra efforts to provide superior judging.  Our goal is that you leave our tournament thinking that you enjoyed the best judging you have had all year. 

Please let me know if I can be of assistance to you. I would love to talk with you about Samford University or the tournament itself. 


Ryan Galloway                                                             

Tournament Director                                                                 

(205) 726-2695 (office)                                                                         

(205) 254-4367 (phone)

(205) 726-4280 (fax)


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