2019 TJSDA Middle School State Tournament
Dates: 4/5/2019 - 4/6/2019




Dear Director:


The Texas Junior Speech and Debate Association invites you and your students to attend the First Annual Middle School State Tournament to be held on the campus of Klein High School on April 5 & 6, 2019.


In keeping with a commitment to a well-rounded forensics education, we will offer students the opportunity to compete in a variety of events, including Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, Congressional Debate, Humorous and Dramatic Interpretation, Prose and Poetry Interpretation, Extemporaneous and Impromptu Speaking, Duo Interpretation, Storyteling, Original Oratory and Declamation, along with Solo and Duo Improvisation. 


The TJSDA State Tournament is an “open-tent” tournament, meaning there is no qualifying standard in order to compete. We want to provide as many opportunities as we can, but we must start the registration process with a school cap of four entries per individual event category, with remaining entries placed on the waitlist and pulled in once we have confirmation of room availability. We hope to be able to pull in all students, but hopefully this will help coaches make decisions about which entries to prioritize to meet the needs of your students, with additional entries to be included as a bonus where it is possible.


There will be four preliminary rounds in Lincoln Douglas and Public Forum Debate. Individual events will feature two flighted patterns each with three preliminary rounds, followed by quarterfinals (top 24 students advancing depending on rank cutoffs, maximum of 50% in events under 48), semifinals, and finals. Due to logistical constraints and the untried nature of the tournament, we cannot allow cross-over between individual events and the various debate categories.


Also, we are delighted to be using www.joyoftournaments.com as our registration mechanism this year. Please submit your entries directly through the website.



Thank you,


Colin Malinak

Upper School Debate

Upper School Swimming

SMH-MUN Director

TSCA, President

TJSDA, Co-Founder



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