Dear Forensic Colleagues,
The Speech & Debate Teams of Cypress Creek High School and Cy-Fair High School gladly invite you to join us for the BIG CAT SWING Texas Forensic Association State Qualifying Tournament to be held on the weekend of November 22-23, 2019 on the campus of Cypress Creek High School. We will provide for you a first-rate competition and great amenities during your visit to our campus.
The tournament will be held at Cypress Creek High School located at 9815 Grant Rd, Houston, TX 77070. We have once again secured a tremendous team of area coaches who will run tab, judges, and extemp draw to ensure that we provide the best of the best for your teams.
We will offer all TFA events (except Worlds Schools Debate) as well as Impromptu, Prose, and Poetry. We will follow all TFA rules for events. These rules can be accessed on the TFA web page. All students who advance to finals in IE’s will receive an award and all debaters advancing to elimination rounds will receive awards as well. Please see the event sections and guideline pages for explanation of event offerings. We reserve the right to collapse novice divisions into varsity to better serve the community in our attempt to maximize TFA qualifying points.
We offer one of the only swing debate tournaments in the region, with the Cy-Creek Debate Tournament starting on Friday night and finishing up on Saturday around noon. This is tournament will have three preliminary rounds and break to the top 16. The Cy-Fair Debate Tournaments will begin at 12:00 PM on Saturday, offer three preliminary rounds, and break the top 16 to single flighted eliminations. Please keep a record of your students' ballots so that you are able to meet the hard deadlines for debate challenge for each tournament.
Beacuse this is a swing tournament, all coaches should be expected to judge 4-6 rounds. Additionally, students who cross enter in events do so at their own risk. We will not have an opportunity to re-run rounds or accomodate speakers who are late to rounds due to the tightness of the schedule. In extemp, students do have the opportunity to enter BOTH FX and DX or NX and DX at BOTH TOURNAMENTS. Finals Draw for Extemp will be structured so that finalists in both even have an opportunity to speak and prep in both FX nd DX or NX and DX.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us:
Perry Beard (Cy-Fair HS) or Dustin Kay (Cypress Creek HS)
We look forward to seeing you!
The Cy-Creek and Cy-Fair Speech & Debate Teams
*All interested judges please follow the link to the Google Doc under the Contract Judges tab.