2018 University of North Texas Tournament
Dates: 10/26/2018 - 10/27/2018


Dear Colleagues,

The University of North Texas William DeMougeot Debate Forum and the Department of Communication Studies at UNT are pleased to invite you to attend the 10th Annual John S. Gossett Memorial High School Speech & Debate Tournament this October 26-27, 2018. This year's tournament returns to the University of North Texas campus located in Denton, Texas.

After hosting the tournament for several years, we began annually honoring Dr. Gossett in 2009. This year we will once again honor long-time UNT Director of Debate Dr. Mark DeLoach in the Policy Debate division.

Debate will have 5 preliminary rounds before going into the required elimination rounds depending on entries. Congress will have Prelims on Friday and Finals Saturday morning at 8:00am. Congressional Debate will run on a schedule that allows Congressional Debate entries to enter Individual Events on Saturday. We will be offering HI, DI, USX, FX, NEX, OO, DUO, DUET, POI, INFO, PROSE, and POETRY.  Individual events will be Saturday with two preliminary rounds for each event before going into the required elimination rounds depending on the entry.  ALL Debate may only enter that event only - no cross entries for any debate entries. Brackets will not be broken in any debate event.  We will also be planning to have panels in elimination rounds, if possible. For IE, Duo, and Duet, we will have 8 in finals for the events that meet the TFA standard for 8 in a final round. 

The DEBATE divisions will use online ballots through Tabroom. Judges will need to get a free account at Tabroom.com to access the ballots. School judges must be available for both days (all rounds) or will be charged for a judge for the day (rounds) they are not available. If you have a judge on Friday, you must also have a judge on Saturday or you will pay for a judge on Saturday. Schools must provide 1 judge per section they enter before they may pay for a judge. All judges must have a paradigm available on https://judgephilosophies.wikispaces.com/

The LD topic will be the September/October NSDA topic.

 The CX topic will be the high school 2018-2019 Policy topic.

 The PFD topic will be the NSDA topic for September/October. 

We assure warm hospitality, quality awards, and efficient tabulation & scheduling.  Our tab room staff has decades of experience hosting tournaments. We also promise excellent judging. You will find that individual events will be judged by qualified performance undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty, and we traditionally assemble one of the most diverse and high quality debate judging pools in the area with experience judging TOC, TFA, and UIL events.

Should you have any questions regarding tournament logistics, please contact, Louis Petit. He can be reached by email – louis.petit@unt.edu 

Thank you for joining us, and please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your experience more enjoyable.

Best Regards,

Dr. Brian Lain, Director of Debate


Louie Petit, Associate Director of Debate


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