2020 TJSDA Middle School State
Dates: 4/3/2020 - 4/4/2020



For the safety of students and coaches this event has been cancelled for 2020. Please see the communication below that was sent out earlier today (3/12/20).

"Good afternoon, 

As I am sure you are all aware, the situation is quickly erring toward caution when it comes to the containment of COVID-19. I have been collaborating with medical experts, peer institutions, and leadership from regional and national educational associations. I remain in contact with local and state public health officials and watch for alerts from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. This situation presents unique challenges.

At this point it only seems prudent to officially cancel this year's TJSDA State Tournament. While I am open to reassessing and trying to host later in the school year if the situation stabilizes and the host is available, it pains me to say that this may not happen this year. 

This comes on the heels of the AFA-NIET cancelling, UIL postponing all activities, school closures in the Houston area, travel restrictions in districts across the state, the UKTOC pivoting to a digital tournament, and many other professional cancellations.

I remain committed to the educational experience of all students and while it cannot replace the experience of the round - I am happy to help facilitate the feedback that would normally happen. If this is something that you are interested in pursuing, please reach out to me directly at cmalinak@smhall.org. I'm not 100% sure what this might look like but I imagine submissions of performances via secure youtube uploads and ballots written by high school students across the state.

Please stay safe, 

Colin Malinak
TJSDA Founder"


Dear Director of Forensics:

The Texas Junior Speech and Debate Association invites you and your students to attend the Second Annual Middle School State Tournament to be held on the campus of Cypress Park High School on April 3 & 4, 2020. For more information about the organization, you can visit the official website at tjsda.org.

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, Program of Oral Interpretation, Prose and Poetry Interpretation, Extemporaneous and Impromptu Speaking, Duo Interpretation, Storytelling, Original Oratory, Informative Speaking 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 the 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. We will allow limited 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. For any questions, you can reach out to Colin Malinak at cmalinak@smhall.org.


Colin Malinak
Saint Mary's Hall
Upper School Debate
TJSDA, Founder
TSCA, Immediate Past President


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