Department of Communication Studies l Forensics Programs
1 University Station A1105 l Austin, Texas 78712-0115
Phone: (512) 471-1918 (Debate) (512) 471-1957 (Speech) l FAX (512) 232-1481
Dear Director of Forensics:
The University of Texas speech & debate programs invite you and your students to attend the 21st Annual Longhorn Classic Tournament to be held on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin on December 7 & 8, 2018.
In keeping with our commitment to a well-rounded forensics education, we will offer students the opportunity to compete in a variety of events, including both Championship and Novice Cross-Examination Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, multiple Speech categories, as well as the Longhorn Student Congress and NCFL style Oral Interpretation. The Longhorn Classic is a TOC qualifier in Extemporaneous Speaking, a qualifier for the IE TOC in all relevant categories, as well as a Kentucky TOC qualifier in all relevant debate and individual event categories.
There will be six preliminary rounds in CCX, five in CLD and Public Forum, and four in NCX. Individual events will feature four flighted patterns each with two preliminary rounds, followed by extended semi-finals (top 24-32 students advancing depending on rank cutoffs, maximum of 50% in events under 48) and finals. Due to logistical constraints and the massive size of the Longhorn Classic, we can not 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 again this year. Please submit your entries directly through that website.
There are two changes of note for the 2018 contest:
First-- the last few years we have had to turn away schools completely due to reaching room capacity. We want to provide as many opportunities as we can, but we must start the registration process with a school cap of ten 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.
Second-- The Longhorn Classic will implement a judge preference system this year in CCX and CLD using a 1-6 group ranking system. The ranks will be entered into JOT and the tab administrators will transfer the ranks to Tabroom.com for online balloting. To facilitate this change, each judge must have an active Tabroom account and fill out a judge paradigm in their Tabroom profile. Prefs will close at 9 PM CST on Tuesday, December 4.
All debate divisions will operate through Tabroom.com during the course of the tournament to allow for online balloting.
We look forward to having everyone here in Austin once again for one of the largest and most competitive tournaments in the country.
Martin "Randy" Cox
Director of Debate
Director of Individual Events