Duke Invitational

2021 — NSDA Campus, US

Dear Forensic Coaches, Judges and Participants:

On behalf of the Duke Speech & Debate Team, it is our pleasure to invite you to the 3rd Annual Duke Invitational at Duke University on Friday, October 1st through Sunday, October 3rd, 2021. 

The tournament will consist of competition in a variety of events.  Our hope was to give you an outstanding experience and atmosphere on our beautiful campus, however due to the nature of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this tournament will be an online tournament.  We look forward to welcoming you back on the Duke University campus for the 4th Annual Duke Invitational in 2022.

In debate events, we will offer Congressional Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate (both Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions), and Public Forum Debate (both Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions).  In LD and PF, we will be offering six preliminary rounds and breaking all winning records.  In Congressional Debate, we will hold three preliminary sessions which will then break to a Semifinal Round. 

In speech events, we will offer Declamation, Duo Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking, Humorous Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking, Informative Speaking, Oral Interpretation, Original Oratory, and Program Oral Interpretation.  Each event will have four preliminary rounds and will advance no more than 1/3 of the entries.  We are happy for the return of Duo Interpretation for the 2021 Duke Invitational.  However, we encourage all participants and coaches to follow current CDC guidance concerning physical distancing, masking and vaccination.  Duo will be held live, and teams can decide to compete from the same room or on split-screen camera.

The 2021 Duke Invitational has been recognized as a qualifying tournament for the 2021 Tournament of Champions.  In speech events, bids will be rewarded in conjunction with the TOC regulations on bid levels for speech events.  In Lincoln-Douglas debate, bids will be rewarded to the debaters reaching the Final Round.

This packet should answer any questions you may have about the tournament.  If you need any additional information, please email us at dukeuspeech@gmail.com.


Luke Truitt & Crawford Leavoy

Tournament Co-Directors