Copper Classic

2020 — South Jordan, UT/US

Welcome to the 2020 Copper Classic Debate Tournament. We hope that you consider our tournament this February. We aim to be a premier tournament in Utah in terms of competition quality and hosting. The tournament is February 14 - 16, 2020.  ONLY policy and pf will have rounds scheduled on Sunday.  

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

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

Policy Debate

Lincoln Douglas Debate

Public Forum Debate

Novice Lincoln Douglas Round Robin (2 per school max)

Novice Public Forum Round Robin (2 per school max)

Novice Policy Round Robin (please note that teams are not constrained by novice argument list). 


National Extemp

Foreign Extemp

Original Oratory

Impromptu Speaking

Spontaneous Argument

Humorous Interp

Dramatic Interp

Duo Interp

Policy debate will use the 2019-2020 high school topic.

Public forum will use the February 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.


Policy and PF teams are $30 for Utah teams, and $70 for out of state schools.  

The cost for all other events is 4.0 per student, per day, and 8.00 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:


National Extemp


Panel B Events:


Foreign Extemp





LD/PF Debate & novice round robin schedule:


Round 1 3:15 pm

Round 2 5:30 pm

Round 3 7:30 pm


Round 4 7:30 am

Round 5 9:45 am

Round 6 12:00 pm

Elims ASAP


Elims for PF ONLY as needed

*Round Robins will break to a finals only 



Round 1 3:30 - 5:30 

Round 2 6:00 - 8:00


Round 3 8:00 - 10:30

Round 4 11:00 - 1:30

Round 5 1:45 - 4:00

Round 6 4:30 - 6:45

Octofinals 7:45 


Quarterfinals 8:00

All other elims to follow



Round 1 3:30 pm

Round 2 6:30 pm


Round 3 8:30 am

Finals 12:30 pm




Panel A Round 1 3:30 pm

Panel B Round 1 4:30 pm

Panel A Round 2 5:30 pm

Panel B Round 2 6:30 pm

Panel A Round 3 7:30 pm


Panel B Round 3 8:00 am

Panel A Round 4 9:30 am

Panel B Round 4 10:45 am

Panel A Round 5 12:00 pm

Panel B Round 5 1:30 pm

Breaks ASAP (IMP and OO will break to Semi Finals all others will break to Finals.)

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 me with any questions.

Carol Shackelford -