Cottonwood Classic

2021 — NSDA Campus, NM/US

The Third Annual Cottonwood Classic Speech and Debate Tournament

January 26-30, 2021

Online Tournament on NSDA Campus

Registration is online at


Pre-recorded Events, recordings due Tuesday, January 26 by 4:00PM MST with links in Tabroom registration:
Oratory, Informative, Storytelling, Humorous, Dramatic, Duo, and POI
*Videos must be uploaded to any website: YouTube and Google Drive are two options


Live Events, Friday afternoon-evening, Jan. 29:
International Extemp, United States Extemp, and Impromptu


Live Events, Saturday morning-afternoon, Jan. 30:
LD (novice & varsity), CX , PF (novice & varsity), BQ (single division), and Congressional Debate 

Congress Legislation: Up to two per school, due to Bill Torres by Friday, Jan. 22, at 5:00 PM. Email to

All student participants and all judges must have linked Tabroom accounts. 

Asynchronous judging MUST be completed between 7:00PM MST Tuesday, January 26 and 3:00PM MST Friday, January 29th. Finals (if enough entries) asynchronous judging MUST be completed between 6:00PM MST Friday, January 29 and 5:00PM MST Saturday, January 30th.


Contact Bill Torres at or at 505-280-9437 if you have any questions.

We will also have a judges' training session run by the NMSDA at 6PM MST on Tuesday, January 26th.  Please use the following link to attend  


Events Offered:


Program Oral Interpretation

Dramatic Interpretation

Humorous Interpretation

Duo Interpretation

United States Extemporaneous

International Extemporaneous 


Original Oratory

Impromptu Speaking


Novice/Varsity Lincoln-Douglas


Big Questions Debate

Novice/Varsity Public Forum Debate

Congress (limited to first 30 entries)



Extemp Topics 

Domestic Extemp Round Themes:

Round 1: Constitutional Issues

Round 2: US Foreign Policy

Round 3: Economics

Finals: The Biden-Harris Administration



International Extemp Round Themes:

Round 1: Genocide

Round 2: Cybersecurity

Round 3: International Trade

Finals: China's Growing Global Influence



Storytelling Theme: A Fresh Start


Tournament Specifics:

Students may enter one debate event and as many asynchronous speech events as they want.  Students may enter only ONE of the following USX, IX, or Impromptu.  Congress entries may ONLY enter Congress.

Entry fees of $9/student, Duo/Team Debate is $18/team

Drop fee of student entry fee plus a $25 drop fee will be assessed if drops are made after 9pm 1/26.

Please pay attention to judging requirements on Tabroom. 

Please make checks payable to CCPS with Speech and Debate in the memo line.

Schools may submit up to TWO (2) pieces of legislation for Congress, due by 3pm MST 1/22.

Top 3 in each event will receive awards, with finalists being recognized.

LD will use the January/February topic.

CX and BQ will use the 2020-2021 topics.

PF will use the January Topic.