Mustang Debate Invitational

2022 — Jackson, MS/US

We are excited to invite you to our 3rd-ever (definitely not annual) Mustang Debate Invitational on October 7-8, 2022. 

 Our tournament will offer the following competition events for students in grades 9-12: 

  • Novice Lincoln-Douglas (Civil Disobedience topic)

  • Novice Public Forum (SepOct NSDA Topic, TBA August 8)

  • Varsity Public Forum (SepOct NSDA Topic, TBA August 8)

  • Varsity Lincoln-Douglas (SepOct NSDA Topic, TBA August 8) 

  • Open Policy (NFHS 2022-2023 Topic - NATO)

  • Open Big Questions (2022-2023 Topic, TBA August 8)

  • Open Congressional Debate (MHSAA-submitted legislation)


If you have serious interest in entering a team in World Schools Debate (teams must have at least 3 competitors), please contact me directly at your earliest convenience to express that ( I do not currently plan to hold WSD, but I’m open to the idea if there is sufficient interest.


We will also offer the following events for students in grades 5-8, depending on interest:

  • Public Forum (SepOct NSDA Topic, TBA August 8) 

  • Big Questions (2022-2023 topic, TBA on August 8)

  • Congress (legislation will be provided by tournament director)


In high-school PF, CX, and LD, the Mustang Invitational is a qualifier for the MHSAA State Speech & Debate Tournament (April 28-29, 2023, at Oak Grove High School). 

 Note that with no speech events, our schedule will be a bit different from the typical MHSAA tournament. Please pay special attention to the schedule and other details below.

 There will be NO DOUBLE-ENTRY at the tournament. All high-school events will run simultaneously on Friday and Saturday. Middle-school events will run on Saturday only.


Email Micah Everson with any questions at

 We hope to see you in Jackson in October!


Each school should provide judges based on their number of entries:

 In Public Forum, Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, and Big Questions:

1 judge for every 2 entries in each event

 In Congress:

Every school entered in Congress should provide 1 judge


Note that judges are not limited to judging a single event. Judges signed up to fill a quota in one event will likely be asked to judge another event. This will help us balance judge needs with school-affiliation conflicts.

 All judges are obligated to judge one round past the round in which their school has been eliminated. A judge that can only judge one day will count towards ½ of a judging requirement.

Schools with an odd number of entries in high-school PF, CX, BQ, or LD may provide a single-day judge to cover their odd-numbered entry. (Example: If Helena High School has 3 entries in LD, they should provide at least one full-tournament judge and an additional judge who can judge at least one day.)


For middle school Public Forum and Big Questions, judges MAY be high-school debaters. They should have earned at least 250 NSDA points (Degree of Distinction) in order to be considered eligible judges. A student competing in high-school divisions at the tournament, however, should not be signed up to judge, since they would be double-booked for competing and judging. (Middle-school event judges are only required for Saturday.)

Entry Fees

High School

$10.00 per solo entry (LD, BQ, Congress)

$12.00 per team entry (Policy, PF)


Middle School

$5.00 per solo entry (BQ, Congress)

$10.00 per team entry (PF)

 All tournament fees should be paid to Murrah Debate Quiz Bowl Boosters. Contact me by email (below) if a W9 or Vendor form is needed.

Registration on Tabroom will remain open until 11:30pm on Monday, October 3rd. No additional entries will be allowed after that deadline. Any drops after that deadline should be e-mailed to Micah Everson at and will be charged a double entry fee. 

Judge Fees

There are no judge fees to consider. Your entries must be covered by judges. Uncovered entries will not be accepted.


Judges may be added on Tabroom until 11:30pm on Tuesday, October 4th. Uncovered entries will be dropped on Wednesday, October 5th.



Friday, October 7


4:15pm - School Dismisses


Please do not arrive on campus before 4:45pm.


High School LD, PF, BQ

5:30pm - Round 1

7:00pm - Round 2

8:30pm - Round 3


5:30pm - Round 1

7:30pm - Round 2


5:45-8:45pm - Session 1


Saturday, October 8


High School LD, PF, BQ

8:30am - Round 4

10:30am - Round 5

12:30pm- Quarterfinals

2:30pm - Semis

4:00pm - Finals


8:30am - Round 3

10:30am - Round 4

12:30pm - Round 5

2:30pm - Semis

4:00pm - Finals


8:45am-11:45am - Session 2

1:30pm-4:30pm - Finals

Middle School PF, BQ

9:00am - Round 1

10:30am - Round 2

12:30pm - Round 3

2:30pm - Semis

4:00pm - Finals

Middle School Congress

9:00am-11:30am Session 1

1:00pm-3:30pm Session 2

(no final round)



6:00pm - Awards