Theodore Roosevelt Tournavelt

2021 — NSDA Campus, IA/US

Welcome to Tournavelt! Friday February 26 and Saturday, February 27, 2021. This is a VIRTUAL TOURNAMENT hosted by Theodore Roosevelt High School. We invite schools from in state and out of state to compete!

All times are in Central Standard Time (CST). 

Special thanks to our partners at The John Dee Bright College at Drake University. Roosevelt Speech and Debate thanks the college for supporting and recognizing the power of critical thinking skills. Go Bulldogs! Go Riders!



 Link will be live on Friday, February 26 @ 3:30 PM CST
and Saturday, February 27 @ 7:35 AM CST



All speech will be held Friday only. Double entry is permitted.

**Speech events will be synchronous. DUO INTERPRETATION will be asynchronous.** 

DUO teams should be prepared to upload a video of their piece through a youtube link or similar, with access permissions granted. (And, uh, please practice safety measures and don't give each other COVID :-) ) 

Tournavelt! is a speech bid for the UK Speech Tournament of Champions (we are listed as DM Roosevelt). Bids are awarded based on the actual entries in a given event. If 24 or fewer competitors enter, the top three receive bids. If 25-72 people compete, all finalists receive bids.


Policy will be Friday and Saturday; Round 1 and Round 2 will be Friday, remaining Policy rounds will be Saturday.

Lincoln Douglas, Novice Public Forum, Varisty Public Forum, and Congress will be held Saturday only. Double entry is not permitted. These events are dependent on having enough viable entries. 

Rounds will be single flighted and break to the appropriate elim round. There will be novice and varsity divisions of PF and open divisions of CX and LD. 


Congress will be held on Saturday only. Please have Congress bills submitted through Tabroom by February 18th @ 6 PM CST.


Hired judges are not readily available. You are expected to fulfill your full judging obligation; the tournament is not set up to allow half judges. If you need a judge, request one via email to Loan Nguyen as soon as possible. Tabroom will show the fee, but do not assume the judge is covered until it has been confirmed by Nguyen. 


We will be using NSDA campus for the tournament except Congress, which will be through zoom. Please make sure all your contestants and judges can access these two platforms before registering. If you do not check for access to Campus before the tournament you run the risk of forfeiting rounds.  


Please make checks out to: [Roosevelt Speech and Debate. 4419 Center Street, Des Moines, IA 50312] Invoices are on but if you need one directly, message Loan Nguyen. 

Mailing address is: [Roosevelt Speech and Debate, c/o Loan Nguyen. 4419 Center Street, Des Moines, IA 50312]

Out of state schools: if there are concerns in delayed mail, email to let me know you've sent the payment & I'll be on the look out for it. 


Please register as early as possible to help us plan :-) We are so excited to host Tournavelt and we're sad you won't enjoy our concessions stand this 20-21 school year. 


Loan Nguyen


Head of Speech and Debate