2018 University of Wyoming Tournament
Dates: 2/16/2018 - 2/17/2018
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2018 Pokes Invitational: Feb 16-17. Laramie Wyoming


Greetings! The University of Wyoming Speech and Debate Union cordially invites you to the first annual Pokes Invitational, hosted on the UW campus in Laramie, February 16 and 17.

Events: We will offer four preliminary rounds in all events.  All events will be in the varsity division. Due to the tight schedule, all events will clear to semi-finals. There will be awards for the top 3 competitors in all speech events and awards for all semi-finalists and finalists in debate.

The HOPE pattern will consist of Humor, Oratory, Poetry, Extemporaneous (both foreign and domestic topics), and Congress.  The D pattern will consist of Policy debate, LD debate, PF debate, Drama, Duet, and Congress.

Doubling policy: Students will be allowed to double enter within and across patterns, with the exception of debate events. Students double at their own risk and accept any hardship (including the loss of extemp prep time).  Judges will be instructed to wait 5 minutes before declaring a no-show.

Debate resolutions:

Policy debate will be the 2017-2018 NSDA topic: Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States.

Lincoln-Douglas will be the January/February NSDA topic: Resolved: Plea bargaining ought to be abolished in the United States criminal justice system.

Public Forum will be the February NSDA topic: Resolved: The United States should abolish the capital gains tax.

Student Congress: Legislation for student congress should be submitted to wyomingdebate@gmail.com by February 12th.  Please bring at least 30 copies of legislation that is not submitted in time. 

Registration information & deadlines: Registration will be handled online at Joyoftournaments.com. Entries will be accepted until noon on February 14 or until tournament space is filled.  After the deadline, entries will be closed and fees will be assessed.  Any drops or changes after the deadline should be communicated to wyomingdebate@gmail.com.

Entry limits: There will be an initial cap of 5 entries per event for every school.  Space at the University is very limited. Depending on entry levels by February 7, this cap may be lifted and students can be moved off the waitlist.

Entry fees:

Individual events (H,O,P,E,C, Drama, LD): $8.00
Team events (CX, PF, Duet): $15.00 

Judging: Finding reliable, qualified judging in Laramie is difficult and your entry fees will go towards procuring judges.  Hosting on the University also creates a very tight schedule.  In order to avoid excessive tournament delays, the following judging policies will be in place:

1.     All accompanying coaches will be required to judge at least one round.

2.     There must be one accompanying judge available for both days for every 7 individual events slots and every 4 debate slots.  I imagine many of you have former students in Laramie and it would be a great time to begin guilting them into judging for you.

3.     Uncovered entries will be assessed a fee of $25 for every 7 IE slots and $50 for every 4 debate slots. 

Meals: Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide any meals this first year given classroom use restrictions. We will have a small concessions stand with drinks and snacks. Please plan accordingly. There are food services in the Wyoming Student Union that are available on Friday until 7pm (Panda Express, Pita Pit, pizza, convenience store, etc.) There are a variety of restaurants within walking distance and several delivery options. A food guide will be disseminated closer to the tournament.

Classroom policies and etiquette: Hosting on the UW's campus is a privilege and is contingent on your students agreeing to abide by some very important policies. First, there are no food or drinks permitted inside classrooms in the Business Building, with no exceptions. Second, each classroom will have a central technology kiosk/podium. This technology is very expensive and sensitive to disruption. Students attending the tournament must agree not to touch the technology kiosks in any way, not unplug anything, and keep the competitions rooms clean and free of garbage. Garbage must be picked up and spills must be cleaned up. Failure to abide by these policies will result in a loss of classroom use for the UW debate team, ending future abilities to host. Beyond that, UW is an incredible place where your students can make contacts and build relationships with experts and professors. Needless to say, that can be jeopardized by those who cannot act like reasonable human beings out in public.

Contact information: Please direct any questions or concerns to Travis Cram at traviscram@gmail.com or wyomingdebate@gmail.com.

Tentative Schedule:


R1 Wave1: 4:00-5:30
R2 Wave1: 5:30-7:00
R1 Wave2: 7:00-8:30
R2 Wave2: 8:30-10:00 


R3 Wave1: 8:00-9:30
R3 Wave2: 9:30-11:00
R4 Wave1: 11:00-12:30
R4 Wave2: 1:00-2:30
IE Semifinals: 3:00-4:30
Debate Semifinals: 4:30-6:00
Final rounds: start at 6:15pm 

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