Desert Hills Thunder

2019 — St George, UT/US

Desert Hills Tournament 2019


Open divisions for each event.

Friday debate, three rounds – Policy, PF, LD, Congress

Saturday IEs, three rounds -- Due Interp, Humorous Interp, Dramatic Interp (if Interp numbers are low, all Interps may be put into a round to compete together), Mixed Extemp, Oratory, Impromptu, Spar

Double entries are acceptable for Saturdays IEs (except no double entry for extemp).  Students must sign in at second event before going to first. Make sure students know efficient double entering strategy such as going to smaller round before more crowded round, faster event before sluggish event (eg spar before oratory), etc.

Extempers will draw from choice of foreign or domestic topics but will compete in mixed rounds. Topics will be drawn from the monthly list released to Utah schools for the month of November. 

Congress participants bring own copies of all bills to the tournament.

Spar: 1) Winner of coin flip decides ahead of seeing topics whether he/she will select topic or select speaking order. 2) Three topics are drawn and one is then selected -- like impromptu. 3) Other speaker chooses to speak first or second.


NSDA November/December topics and rules will be used

Congress docket will be similar to legislation at:  An official docket will be on the web site by November 8.  

PF will be using the updated timings.


School Fee $15 per day

Student Fee $4.00 per event

Payable at check-in Friday, based on registration numbers at Tuesday deadline.


Judge requirements: 1 judge per six i.e. entries Friday; 1 per four teams ld/pf entries and 1 per 2 for cx.

Please fill judge requirements; penalty of $15 per judge-forfeiture round.

Judges training will be at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and 8:15 a.m. on Saturday.  Food and drinks will be provided for judges.  


Students should follow the NSDA Code of Honor.  Encourage classiness and cleanliness from your kids and make sure they respect property by keeping areas clean, not touching classroom items, and staying out of rooms with no adults. Students in classrooms without adult will forfeit events for student and sweepstakes for team.

Where should students go when they arrive at the tournament?

The common area for our tournament is in the high school commons, just past the main entrance.  


Where can I find pairings/postings?

All pairings/postings will be made in the commons.


Where is extemp draw?

In the computer lab next to the library.


Where is the judges/coaches lounge?  

In the faculty lounge, go through the main office downstairs to the door at the end of the hallway. 


Where is the Tabroom?  

Room 218.


Where is the help desk/judge’s table?

Near the main office.


How do I access WIFI?

See instructions:  Hard copy with be provided at tournament.



There will be pizza for $1.50 a slice on Friday evening and Costco muffins for $1.50 on Saturday morning, sold in the commons.  Please, NO FOOD IN THE LIBRARY! There are also vending machines downstairs in the commons.  





3:00-3:10 Check in (our school day isn’t over until 2:45)

3:30     Debate Rd 1                 Congress -- 4:00 orientation/swearing in

5:15     Debate Rd 2                                         4:15ish-8:30 with half hour recess at midpoint 

7:00     Debate Rd 3



7:45-8   Check in

8:15      Extemp prep for 1st rd

8:30   IE Rd 1

10:00    IE Rd 2

11:30    IE Rd 3


1:30     Awards – Lecture Hall B