Olle Owl Middle School Invitational

2023 — Houston, TX/US

Dear Middle School Speech and Debate Coach:

We would like to invite you to Olle Middle School’s eleventh annual speech, drama, and debate tournament. After one cancelled tournament and two years of virtual competition, we are excited to welcome middle school students back to our campus for face-to-face competition. Olle Middle School is located in southwest Houston at 9200 Boone Road, Houston, Texas 77099.

Preliminary debate rounds will occur on Friday, February 24, with debate elimination rounds occurring on Saturday, February 25. All other events will occur on Saturday only! If your school is not debating, you do not have to attend the tournament on Friday, February 24. 

Deadlines

Registration will open at 8:00 am on Monday, January 9, 2023. Once we reach capacity, new schools will not be able to register. Traditionally, our tournament fills quickly, so we encourage you to register as soon as possible.  

Because our campus is small, we must limit the size of our tournament. To give schools an equal opportunity to enter their students, we will implement the following procedures:

  • When registration opens on Monday, January 9, each school will be initially limited to... 
    • 6 entries per event in individual events and Congressional Debate.
    • 4 entries per event in Lincoln-Douglas and public forum debate. 
    • 2 entries in world schools debate.
  • On Monday, January 23, we will take entries off of the waiting list as space allows. To maintain competitive balance, we will pull evenly from all schools, and we will not accept more than 10 entries per event from any school.

New entries will not be accepted after 4:00 pm on Thursday, February 16.

The drop deadline is 4:00 pm on Tuesday, February 21. Drops after this deadline will forfeit the original entry fee. You can make name substitutions during registration. 

Judging

Since our tournament is limited in size, we focus on providing the best judging possible. We believe that quality, constructive judging is crucial to the development of middle school performers. Consequently, our judging pool consists of trained adults from our faculty, our alumni, and our community, as well as carefully selected high school students who have successfully competed in high school speech and debate. 

Additional Information

A plethora of important tournament information may be found to your right. For example, event rules may be found by clicking the Events & Divisions tab and clicking on each event.

Coaches are responsible for the information posted under Tournament Pages & Forms. In particular, please read the information on the Safety Procedures page.  

Questions

If you have any questions, you may contact George Tennison at (281) 983-8455 or George.Tennison@aliefisd.net. We look forward to seeing you in February.

Sincerely,

Mr. George Tennison—Director of Speech and Debate