2019 University of Texas Longhorn Classic
Dates: 12/6/2019 - 12/8/2019

Moody College of Communication

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 22nd Annual Longhorn Classic Tournament to be held on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin on December 6-8, 2019.


This year will see changes in the structure and timing of the tournament, stretching over a three day time frame from Friday-Sunday, instead of our previous two days. This change was made for both logistical (room) considerations and in preference to improve the health and pacing of the tournament for students and judges. 


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. This year we will also deploy a test version of World Schools debate. 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, CLD and Public Forum, and five in NCX. Individual events will feature three flighted patterns each with two preliminary rounds, followed by quarter-finals (top 24-32 students advancing depending on rank cutoffs, maximum of 50% in events under 48), semi-finals 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.


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. We also must place a hard cap on entries in each individual event category at 105. Once the initial registration deadline of November 13 has passed, we will add students from waitlists to accommodate every entry we can.


Entry limits in the debate categories will be limited as well according to the following:



Total # of Entries

Limit Per School










Worlds School







Debate Waitlist Process:

A) If the total cap is not met we will allow additional school entries in the event and will balance the distribution of schools getting entries off of the waitlist.

B) Following Step A, if events still do not meet their cap their rooms will be redistributed to facilitate other events expanding.

Prefs: The Longhorn Classic will implement a judge preference system 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. Prefs will close at 9 PM CST on Tuesday, December 3.


ALL DEBATE JUDGES should have an active Tabroom account and fill out a judge paradigm in their Tabroom profile. School judges’ contact information on JOT should include the email associated with their Tabroom account.

The LD contest will include a breakout round for otherwise non-advancing students in their first year. Novices in LD should be marked as such in the entry process and will be confirmed at registration.


Prepared Worlds Motions: Rd 2 – political advertising, Rd 3 – climate change, Rd 5 – VAT, first elim – EU-Japan

We look forward to having everyone here in Austin once again for one of the largest and most competitive tournaments in the country, and for these exciting new changes to the contest.


Brendon Bankey

Martin "Randy" Cox

Director of Debate

Director of Individual Events


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