2019 University of North Texas Tournament
Dates: 11/8/2019 - 11/9/2019


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 11th Annual John S. Gossett Memorial High School Speech & Debate Tournament this November 8-9, 2019. This year's tournament will be hosted on the University of North Texas campus located in Denton, Texas.

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, IMP, 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 are 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 Tabroom.

The LD topic will be the NSDA topic for November/December.

The CX topic will be the high school 2019-2020 Policy topic.

The PFD topic will be the NSDA topic for November/December.

The Congressional Debate legislation can be found at www.txfa.org and we will be using the Fall 2019 Legislative Docket.

Legislation will be debated as follows (order to be determined by chamber):

Preliminary Round: 2, 5, 16, 20, 27, 30

Finals: 7, 24, 26, 29


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

Louis Petit, Associate Director of Debate

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