Copper Classic

2018 — UT/US

Welcome to the 2018 Copper Classic debate tournament.  We hope that you consider our tournament this January. We aim to be a premier tournament in Utah in terms of competition quality and hosting. 

This year we are proud to announce that we have TOC bid in finals of Policy Debate and semi-finals of Public Forum Debate

Our tournament is a full service tournament that hosts the following Open and Novice divisions of speech and debate:

Policy Debate

Lincoln Douglas Debate

Public Forum Debate


National Extemp

Foreign Extemp

Original Oratory

Impromptu Speaking

Spontaneous Argument

Humorous Interp

Dramatic Interp

Duo Interp

Policy debate will use the 2017-2018 high school topic.

Public forum will use the January topic.

Lincoln Douglas will use the January-February Topic. 

For Congress, there will be as many houses as necessary for debate. No more than 25 students will be permitted in each house. Student bill/resolutions should be appropriate and productive in nature a docket will be released prior to the tournament.


Our tournament will be held at two locations. Policy, LD, and PF will be held at Bingham High School. Speech events and Congress will be held at South Jordan Middle School. The middle school is very close to the High School, but not quite close enough to have students walk in the winter. The times for the tournament will run concurrently according to the schedule. 


The cost is 3.50 per student, per day, and 7.00 per team, per day.

School fees are 15.00 per day.

Double Entry:

Students WILL NOT be allowed to enter into a speech event and debate event at the tournament. Students may double enter in IE events ONLY.


Panel A events:





Panel B Events:

National Extemp

Foreign Extemp



Preliminary Rounds: 

The tournament will offer 6 preliminary rounds in Policy, LD, and PF Debate. The tournament will offer 3 sessions of Congress with one final session. Each speech event will have 5 preliminary rounds and an appropriate number of elimination rounds for the size of the division.


In order to run a timely tournament each school is required to bring their judges. One public forum judge is required for every three public forum teams or a fraction thereof, one judge for every 3 Lincoln-Douglas debaters is required or a fraction thereof, and one policy judge is required for every two policy teams. One judge is required for every 5 individual event entries. There will be a preference system using rankings for policy debate to be completed by each team prior to the tournament. 



 Please contact us with any questions.


Hayden Warren -

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