The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston

2021 — Online, TX/US

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The University of Houston Cougar Classic

7th Annual, January 15th-17th, 2021


On behalf of the Speech and Debate Program, the Honors College, and the University of Houston, we would like to invite you to the 7th Annual Cougar Classic Speech & Debate Tournament at the University of Houston, which will be held on January 15th through the 17th in an online format. The tournament is a TOC semifinal bid in Lincoln-Douglas and Policy debate, and a finals bid in Public Forum (Silver Bid in Semifinals), and will be a TFA qualifier in all TFA events. We are also a NIETOC qualifying tournament.


NEW FOR 2021:

—Three Day Schedule – To account for the effect that COVID has on competition, we will be switching to a less demanding three day schedule.

—Online Debate - The tournament will be completely online.

—Novice Divisions – The tournament will have Novice divisions in Policy, LD, and PF.

—Reduced Fees – Reduced fees, in light of the COVID pandemic we will be reducing fees for teams by roughly 25% across the board.


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 and our commitment to a thriving culture of debate both in Texas and across the country.


UDL Participation

The University of Houston is committed to an inclusive vision of debate at all levels, as such we will be offering a series of fee waivers to UDLs that reach out early to request said waivers. Please contact Rob Glass about requesting such a waiver. Waivers will be done through the league and not by individual schools. This waiver will not include reduced judging commitments.


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




Rob Glass

Tournament Director

robglassdebate -at-


Richard A. Garner

Director, Speech & Debate

uh.cougar.classic -at-


The Honors College

University of Houston



Debate Schedule (All Times Central)



Debate (Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum)



3:30 PM

Round 1 + 2 Pairing Released.

4:15 PM

Round 1 (Preset)

6:45 PM

Round 2 (Preset)





10:00 AM

Round 3 Pairing Released

10:30 AM

Round 3 (High-Low within Brackets)

1:15 PM

Round 4 (High-Low within Brackets)

4:00 PM

Round 5 (High-Low within Brackets)

7:15 PM

Varsity (partial-) Double-Octa-Finals. No Novice Elims.




(Subject to change based on final numbers; times will be accelerated where possible)



9:00 AM

Pairings Released

10:00 AM

ALL: Varsity Octofinals, Novice CX Octo-Finals, Novice PF/LD first Elim.

1:00 PM

ALL: Third elimination round (LD and PF flighting cease here)


Rounds continuing as quickly as possible until the end of the day.






 We will be using the TFA legislative docket.



Time Slot

 4:00 PM




7:30 PM





IEs/Congress Schedule


Non-Extemp IEs will be done Asynchronously until Elims, an exception will be made for Duo/Duet which will be completely Asynchronous. A link must be provided to speeches by 11:59 PM Wednesday the 13th.

Elims will take place live starting Saturday at 2PM. Divisions with over 25 participants will break to semi-finals, divisions with 25 and under will break to Finals. All semis will be held simultaneously, as will all finals.

The extemp schedule will be as follows.







11:00 AM

Draw for round 1.

11:30 AM

Round 1

2:00 PM

Draw for Round 2

2:30 PM

Round 2

4:30 PM

Draw for Finals

5:00 PM