Grapevine Classic

2022 — Grapevine, TX/US

34th Annual Grapevine Classic

Speech and Debate Tournament

(817) 251-5210


July 05, 2022


Dear Colleagues,


Please accept this as your personal invitation to attend the 34th Annual Grapevine Classic TFA, TOC, and NIETOC qualifier to be held September 9-10, 2022 as an in-person tournament. We will be hosting all events at Grapevine High School and Cross Timbers Middle School, which share a parking lot.  


This year, we will continue to have one of the best Tabrooms in the country. We are excited about the schedule of events, level of competition, quality of judging and unique opportunities provided this year. We hope you can participate!


We are happy to offer all the TFA events, as well as Prose and Poetry. This year we will offer Junior Varsity divisions for Policy, Lincoln Douglas, Public Forum Debate; and Novice Divisions for Extemp, and Interp (Prose/Poetry). To qualify for Junior Varsity, and in consideration that many new students did not get a full competitive experience last year, a student may have up to one year of participation in any event. We believe in providing quality educational experiences and are committed to providing all students with a positive tournament experience with feedback to help them learn and grow. Entries in the Junior Varsity/Novice divisions will not be eligible for TFA state points or bids to NIETOC or TOC.  


Debate Events


Please note that The Grapevine Classic is a Quarter-Finals qualifier for the National Tournament of Champions (TOC) in Policy, Public Forum, Lincoln Douglas Debate, and a Top 6 qualifier in Congress.  


World Schools Debate Motions:

Rds 1 and 2 (Teams will debate both sides):  This House supports rent control legislation.
Rd 5 (and 6 or partials, whichever is necessary): This House supports a maximum age limit for national office holders in the United States.
Semis: This House believes that the environmental rights of future generations supersede the economic interests of current generations.


Individual Events


Please note that The Grapevine Classic is a NIETOC and TOC bid tournament for individual events, based on total event entry. All IE competition will take place on Saturday, September 10 at Cross Timbers Middle School.


Independent Entries


We do not accept independent entries.  A school coach or adult authorized by a school administrator to serve as the school sponsor must enter students to the Grapevine Classic on Tabroom and be in attendance at all times at the Grapevine Classic. Students may not register themselves and cannot be registered by parents - they must be registered by an appointed school employee. 


Jonathan Brody Service to Debate Award


Please remember to nominate a Senior Debater for the Jonathan Brody Service to Debate Award given since 1997.  Information is included on this site. Nominations are due on Friday, September 2 by 5:00 pm. We are proud that Jon's parents continue awarding a scholarship to the Brody Award Winner each year.


Grapevine Classic Scholarship Awards


For the first time, we will be awarding five small scholarship awards at this year's tournament. One award will go to the top-scoring competitor in Individual Events. Four will be randomly drawn from students who competed in outrounds in debate or IEs at the Grapevine Classic. Two will be awarded to those competing in IEs, two will be awarded to those competing in Debate, as our awards ceremonies take place at different times. Student winners must be present at awards to receive their scholarship prize.


Covid Safety Protocols


Masks - While we cannot force a mask mandate on our participants, we do encourage the wearing of masks.


Sanitization - Student volunteers will regularly wipe down surface areas in competition rooms and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the school. 


Questions? Reach out!


We know that you have many tournaments to choose from on any given weekend - we are so grateful if you choose to join us. While we work hard to provide all necessary information, there will always be questions that pop up. The best way to have your questions answered is to email us!



Stef Cambra, Director of Speech