Athens TFA and UIL Swing

2021 — Athens, TX/US


Please Note the schedule change for Duet Acting and Duo Interpretation. To balance the judging needs between debate and speech events, they have been moved alongside the debate events. This should also ease cross entering. We have also added an hour to finals of Congress.


Hello Friends, Neighbors and Colleagues:


The students of Athens HIgh School Speech and Debate, along with Nicole Cornish and I, would like to invite you back to our community for a quality face to face forensic experience. We will again be returning to our TFA/UIL swing format with a full TFA tournament Friday November 12. The UIL Prep portion of the tournament has been postponed until next semester.  Athens High School, our parents and students, and the community of Athens,Texas would hope that you all will come and experience our open armed welcome as we show off the best hosting experience our community has to offer. 

The details:

Deadlines: We would appreciate completed entries by Thursday, November 4th.  Drops for speech & debate events made after Tuesday, November 9th at 5:00 pm will result in the loss of your entry fee.  Drops made the day of the tournament will result in a $100.00 drop fee. 

Cross Entering: You may only enter one debate event as well as one extemp speaking event.  We would discourage students from entering Debate and the speaking events, but entering one debate event and one speaking event is permissible. In addition, students may enter as many individual events as they would like, but we would discourage over extending young people with too many cross-entries. We are going to be able to offer Big Questions Debate and this we are going to be able to schedule flexibly so that students entered in debate events will be able to also compete in Big Questions.


Judging: Each school will be required to provide reasonably qualified judges. More details are on the Tournament Information Page. We will be balloting through tabroom, so your judges need to have tabroom accounts and a device for entering the ballots. We can accommodate a degree of judge tabroom training, if you let us know with enough time before the round begins. Also, note that judges ought to write a little about their paradigms on tabroom, even if it is only to say that they are parents judging in support of their team. First Year out judges definitely need to be noted on the paradigms.


            CX Debate:  One judge per two teams or part thereof

            LD Debate:  One judge per two entries or part thereof

            PFD:  One Judge per two teams or part thereof

            Speaking Events:  One judge for each 6 entries or part thereof



If you have any questions, please feel free to call us. We are also available by email:


Nicole Cornish                                                              Walter Willis

School phone: 903-677-6920                                           School Phone: 903-677-6920

Cell: 903-570-4949                                                        Cell: 713-819-2082                                     

Hospitality and student meals. As forensics sponsors and debate coaches, Mrs. Cornish and I are both characterized largely by our East Texas roots. Hosting is something we take seriously, and particularly hospitality. Our community is eager to host you and your kids and we expect you to leave with great memories of the competition, the collegiality and the food. Similarly,, we are making every effort to be sure the food offerings in concessions are wholesome and priced reasonably.

Coronavirus Protocols. We are going to recommend masking and social distancing where possible and common sense above all. It is our hope that all who attend are comfortable with the face to face experience and our prayer that the only thing ‘spread’ is a neighborly spirit and the educational rigor of a fine forensic competition.


Warm Regards,

Nicole and Walter