2017 Prosper High School Tournament
Dates: 10/27/2017 - 10/28/2017

Prosper High School 

Eagle Autumn Games

You are cordially invited to the “Eagle Autumn Games” on October 27 - 28, 2017 at Prosper High School (301 Eagle Drive, Prosper, Texas 75078). Our tournament is a Texas Forensics Association (TFA) Qualifier in all events not otherwise indicated as such. For the benefit of those schools in our area who focus on the “UIL Circuit,” we are also offering several UIL-specific events.

We will offer the following:

  • Debate (4 guaranteed rounds):
    • Cross Examination Debate (CX)
    • Novice Cross Examination Debate (NCX)
    • Lincoln-Douglas Debate - two divisions:
      • “LD” and “NLD” (novice LD) uses the NSDA topic and the varsity division is a TFA qualifier
      • “UIL LD” uses the fall 2017 UIL topic. This event is NOT a TFA qualifier
    • Public Forum Debate (PFD)
    • Congressional Debate 
  • Interp:
    • Dramatic Interpretation (DI)
    • Duo Interpretation (Duo)
    • Duet Acting (Duet)
    • Humorous Interpretation (HI)
    • Program Oral Interp (POI)
    • UIL Poetry (not a TFA qualifying event; no documentation check)
    • UIL Prose (not a TFA qualifying event; no documentation check)

  • Speech:
    • Domestic Extemp (DX)
    • Foreign Extemp (FX)
    • Original Oratory (OO)
    • NSDA Informative
    • UIL Informative Extemp (not a TFA qualifying event)
    • UIL Persuasive Extemp (not a TFA qualifying event)


Key Rooms:

  • Upon arrival, students can make their way to the Cafeteria, which is located at the main entrance of the campus. Buses can pick up/drop off from the front circle driveway.
  • Extemp draw for FX, DX, UIL Informative, and UIL Persuasive will take place in the Library, which is located immediately to your right upon entering the main entrance.
  • Hospitality will be offered in the large group instruction (LGI) room.
  • Hallways used for competition are identified on the master schedule. Please take note that our hallway numbering is somewhat irregular, so please take a look at the maps provided.
  • The Tab Room will be along our main corridor opposite the Cafeteria on the west end of the main hallway in our “College and Career Center” office.
  • The Judge’s Table will be located directly outside of the Tab Room.


General Guidelines:

  • Students may never enter a room without a judge present, which includes Congressional Debate and all speech and debate events.
  • Please take note that some Prosper High School teachers have both “Promethean Boards” and dry erase boards in their classrooms. Please inform your students so that they do not accidentally use dry erase marker on the wrong surface.
  • As a courtesy, guest Wi-Fi is being arranged for our tournament. However, please note that teams who fail to disable Wi-Fi access on their devices during a round may be disqualified in accordance with current TFA guidelines. TFA rules regarding Wi-Fi access will still apply to all UIL-specific events offered.
  • Despite our use of power strips, there will NOT be enough outlets in our Library for each competitor to plug in their laptops. Thus, we encourage students to put their laptops in “standby” mode after they leave for their room in order to reduce power consumption
  • Our building has many cell phone “dead zones”. Please be aware of this fact if you use text-based communication with your students.
  • We will use TFA tabulation methods for all TFA events and UIL tabulation methods for the few UIL-only events (e.g., Persuasive Extemp, UIL LD, etc.).



  • Congressional Debate: Will use the TFA State Docket. Initial limit of 6 entries per school
  • CX Debate: $40/team; initial entry limit of 4 teams per school.
  • LD Debate: $20; initial entry limit of 4 per school.
  • PFD Debate: $20, initial entry limit of 4 teams per school.
  • FX/DX/HI/DI/DUI/Duet/POI/INFO: $15 per entry; initial limit of 4 entries/teams per school.
  • UIL Prose/Poetry/Informative/Persuasive: $15 per entry; initial limit of 4 entries per school. We will not be checking documentation in interp (readers' choice).


Speech/Debate event cross-entries will be allowed, but rounds will NOT be scheduled around conflicts nor will rounds be held for conflicts.



Entries must be submitted by Friday, October 20 at 4pm. This is also the first drop deadline. Drops made after this time will result in a forfeited entry fee.

Drops made after Wednesday, October 25 at 4pm will result in an additional drop fee equal to the initial entry fee.



Each school will be required to provide judges. Uncovered Judge Fee: $150 per judge obligation.

  • CX Debate: One judge per two teams or part thereof
  • LD Debate: One judge per three entries or part thereof
  • PFD: One Judge per four teams or part thereof
  • Speaking Events: One judge for each 6 entries or part thereof

To facilitate an efficient tournament, we encourage judges to upload their judging paradigms to the National Debate Coaches Association (NDCA) Judge Paradigm Wiki located at



Additionally, while oral critiques are a mainstay of TFA tournaments, they should be brief and efficient. Please take no more than 5 minutes total for any critique. We highly encourage written comments on all ballots and will facilitate ballot distribution via copying and/or online posting.

Judging obligations extend one round after the last competitor from that school is eliminated.

Panels will be used for all rounds after prelims. When more than one judge adjudicates the same round, each judge should render their decision independently and without collusion. No judges should confer with each other before their decision is rendered and written on the ballot. 

For speech and interp event semis and/or finals, in order to provide competitors with a diverse judging pool, we may have some “super panels” with five judges. Such panels may include a mix of Prosper VIP judges, coaches, and hired judges.


Elimination Rounds:

High-low power-matching in blankets will be used where indicated on the master tournament schedule or as required by TFA rules. We will break brackets to avoid conflicts, as prescribed by TFA rules.



Presiding Officer candidates shall identify themselves as such during the registration process. Students may run for presiding officer in all sessions. A student’s interest in being a presiding officer will be taken into consideration when competitors are distributed among the chambers.


Drops on the day of the tournament:

Please email drops to slphillips@prosper-isd.net and text (903) 316-9946.




Seth Phillips, J.D.
Speech & Debate Coach
Prosper High School
P: (469) 219-2180 ext. 80209
E: slphillips@prosper-isd.net


Racy Grant
Associate Principal
Prosper High School
P: (469) 219-2180 ext. 80165
E: rlgrant@prosper-isd.net

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