University of Houston Cougar Classic

2018 — Houston, TX/US

The University of Houston Cougar Classic

4th Annual, January 12-13, 2018

Updated 12-27-178:Adjusted IE schedule and entry patterns (see updated invite).

On behalf of the Speech and Debate Program, the Honors College, and the University of Houston, we would like to invite you to the 3rd Annual Cougar Debate Classic at the University of Houston, which will be held on January 12 & 13, 2018 on the main UH campus. The tournament is a TOC semifinal bid in Lincoln-Douglas and Policy debate, and a final bid in Public Forum (Silver Bid in Semifinals), and will be a TFA qualifier in all TFA events. NEW FOR 2018: Reduced entry fees in individual events and, due to the tournament falling on a different weekend this year, elimination of the per-student fee.

We will again offer a full complement of Individual Events, Duo & Duet, and Congressional, Lincoln Douglas, Policy, and Public Forum debate. We are excited to host this tournament to showcase our team, our campus, and our commitment to a thriving culture of debate in the city of Houston and the state of Texas. Initial entries may be limited, but it is likely that the tournament will let in a substantial number of waitlist entries (please contact us with questions).


We are committed to providing an enjoyable and sustainable tournament experience for all participants. We have worked to ensure that students and coaches will feel at home and focus their energy on debate and competition. Since the majority of campus dining options will be open on this year’s weekend, we will be eliminating the $25 per-student fee of previous years (a change we hope will be permanent). We will provide a map of dining options on campus and their hours, and will continue to serve coffee in the mornings in designated tournament buildings. In addition, UH has a robust guest network that should easily handle any Internet access needs for tournament guests.

Please let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing you on campus.  


Richard A. Garner

Director, Speech & Debate

The Honors College
University of Houston 

Twitter: @HoustonDebate

Instagram: @uhdebate