Janet Melton Memorial UIL Invitational

2021 — NSDA Campus, TX/US


We are pleased to announce the Inaugural Janet Melton Memorial UIL tournament. Our goal is to provide a day full of debate to help your students get one last chance to get some rounds before UIL districts begin the following week. We will be offering SIX PRELIM rounds of LD* followed by out rounds. We will also be offering a prelim and finals for extemp and interp. As of now students may cross-enter. 

*(Due to us offering 6 prelim rounds of LD, numbers will be capped at 40 in order to guarantee that rounds are single flighted)

We will be using tabroom for registration and balloting. We will use NSDA campus for virtual rounds. 

For information on how to make a tabroom account check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyTqMwhRJpo

For information on how to register for the tournament after creating an account is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rc3pdZi5WXM

Keep in mind students will need to have their own tabroom account created and linked to the school/institution they attend and an email address attached/linked to their account. 

Here is a video to help you link your students to their accounts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YNrHUweRPA&feature=youtu.be


Please use campus.speechanddebate.org to test both the practice space and the competition space before Saturday. If you have issues, let me know ASAP.


For any further questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Tim Cook at tim.cook@saladoisd.org or Julian Erdmann at Julian.T.Erdmann@gmail.com 


Here is a document with a list of FAQs that have come up over the past few weeks. FAQs


Here is a document with some helpful tips from the Texas Forensic Association for competitors regarding their events. Competitor Guide




RESOLVED: When in conflict, digital privacy ought to be valued above public security.

CX: Resolved: The United States federal government should enact substantial criminal justice reform in the United States in one or more of the following: forensic science, policing, sentencing.

Prose and poetry competitors need only one category for this tournament. 


Debaters are allowed to cross enter in any event except Congress. 

ALL Rounds in ALL events will be LIVE!!!

LD/CX will do four rounds of debate and then will be ranked based off record, speaker points, etc. 

We will offer two guaranteed practice rounds of extemp/interp for competitors. We will then have a final round based off cumes. 

Entry Fees

Interp, Extemp                        $15 per competitor

LD                                          $25 per competitor

CX                                          $40 per team 


Judge Fees

1 judge for every 4 entries or less for LD OR missing judge fee of $125

1 judge for every 2 entries or less for CX or missing judge fee of $125

1 judge for every 6 entries or less for IE OR missing judge fee of $100