St Thomas More Cougar Classic

2022 — Lafayette, LA/US

Please accept this as your invitation to attend the St. Thomas More Cougar Classic in January 2022. We are so pleased to host on our campus for the first time in almost two years.


 It is the current plan to act as a traditional in-person tournament on our campus, however, we are monitoring the Covid-19 issue in our state and may have to transition to virtual tournament in the days leading up to the tournament.  If the tournament becomes virtual, all events will be performed live.


Independent Entries

We do not accept independent entries. A school coach or adult must accompany students. A school-authorized adult must be in attendance at all times during the Cougar Classic.

Covid Safety Protocols

We will utilize several added plans to make sure the tournament remains safe and sanitized throughout the weekend. Those will include:

Masks - While we cannot force a mask mandate on our participants, we highly recommend and encourage all competitors, coaches, and judges to wear masks during the tournament except when they are actively performing or eating. The St. Thomas More Speech & Debate Team and its volunteers will be wearing masks regardless of our vaccination status.

Social Distancing - We will mark seats in competition rooms to best allow for social distancing of competitors, judges, and observers. We will limit room capacity to allow for safe social distancing. We ask all individuals on campus for the tournament to practice social distancing when navigating the hallways and shared social spaces. We know that it is very exciting to see friends face-to-face once again, but please remember to maintain social distancing as you interact. Tables will be assigned for schools in the cafeteria and main mall area to allow for a "pod system". Students should sit at their assigned tables when eating or drinking and should try to stay in their designated areas. Sanitation supplies will be provided at each table to help with sanitization throughout the tournament.

Food Distribution - Food will be sold at concessions and provided in the judges' lounge. Provided food will be individually packaged, such as box lunches, pre-packaged snacks, etc. We will not be distributing any buffet-style items to limit possible spread. Adult volunteers and students working in hospitality and concessions will be gloved and masked.

Sanitation - Student volunteers will wipe down surface areas in competition rooms after every round before the next round begins. Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the school.

We are excited to have your return to our campus in January 2022. We at St. Thomas More want to make this experience one that is fun, exciting, and safe. We encourage you to help us with this by adhering to the guidelines set forth.


Megan Broussard, Director of Speech & Debate