Crestian Policy Classic

2019 — Fort Lauderdale, FL/US


Dear Colleagues:

It’s my pleasure to invite you to the 2020 Crestian Classic Policy Debate Tournament on Friday, February 14, 2020 to Sunday, February 16, 2020.  The Crestian Classic is a Quarterfinal bid to the University of Kentucky’s Tournament of Champions.  The Crestian Classic has been held for over three decades at Pine Crest Preparatory School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  We have made adjustments to the schedule to start earlier on Friday. (Note Schedule Below). This will enable freer evenings throughout the tournament.  

This year Michael Greenstein will return as tab director.  Returning this year are the Judge’s Lounge shrimp bowl, free lunch Friday and Saturday.   Also returning bagels and cream cheese breakfast Saturday and Sunday for purchase, the best judge pool of any Tournament our weekend (better than Harvard and Berkeley), and a comfortable schedule that gets you out by 7:00 in the evening and gives you President’s day off to enjoy South Florida or to relax and prepare for the work week. As always, the hired judge pool will contain critics highly qualified to judge any type of debate. 

We also retain the Tournament Hotel, The Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek Fort Lauderdale. ( or 954-772-5400 ask for Pine Crest Debate and Forensics 2020 block).  The Sheraton Suites have rooms capable of housing 4 students with ease and more with an additional charge of $10.00 per night per student over two.

There are three international airports less than an hour’s drive from our Tournament Hotel and School.  (MIA about 50 minutes, FLL about 25 minutes and PBI about 45 minutes).

We are again using for tournament registration.  We will also use the electronic ballot feature of that site. 

We pride ourselves on being responsive to the needs of our guests.  If you need help with hotel rooms or have questions about our area, feel free to contact me and I will try to make it easier for you to join us.

I look forward to seeing everyone in Fort Lauderdale in February.


Dan Lewis







All Rounds are on the Fort Lauderdale Campus

Friday, February 14, 2020

10:00am     Pairings Published
10:30am     Round 1 - CX 

12:45pm     Lunch

1:45pm       Round 2 - CX

4:00pm       Round 3 - CX

Saturday, February 15, 2020

8:30am       Round 4 – CX

11:30am     Round 5 – CX [Lunch after this round]

1:00pm       Lunch

2:30pm       Round 6 – CX

5:30pm       First Elimination Round - CX

Sunday, February 16, 2020

8:30am       Continue Elims - CX

11:30am     Continue Elims - CX

2:30pm       Continue Elims - CX, if necessary.

5:30 pm      Continue Elims - CX, if necessary.

Elimination Rounds will continue without interruption, if necessary.

Novice Schedules will mimic the varsity schedule.

*the schedule will be accelerated by the Tab Room when possible.




  • Sheraton Suites Fort Lauderdale at Cypress Creek
  • 555 NW 62nd Street
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL  33309
  • Reservations - (888) 627-8250 and (954) 492-5844
  • Hotel Fax – (954) 493-9250

Hotel e-mail contact:

Ask for the Pine Crest Debate and Forensics 2020 rate.  This is extremely important. Please book early so we can expand the block if necessary. 

The reduced rate for The 2020 Crestian is $159.00/night plus tax. Note that the rooms are suites with pull out sofa beds and double queens allowing four to 6 children comfortably. (Five Dollars extra for the third student and Ten dollars extra per night for each student above three).  Please do business with our Tournament Hotel.  The cut-off date for Crestian Reservations is Friday, January 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. Please book rooms through the above numbers.  Reservations are non-refundable if cancelled within 72 hours of guest arrival.

Dining choices directly across the street from the Hotel include Five Guys Burgers, Hooters, Sweet Tomatoes, Longhorn Steakhouse, and others.  Within three minutes driving time are Chili's, McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy's, Arby's, Grande Pizza and others.  Within ten minutes are Outback, Fridays, Moe's Southwestern, Bonefish Grill and others.



Please make checks payable to Pine Crest Schools.  It is preferred that you forward checks to us prior to the tournament by US mail.  If that is not practical, present Mr. Lewis or Mr. Hammond in the tab room with the check for fees on the First Day of the tournament, Friday, February 14, 2020.