UNT John S Gossett Memorial High School Tournament

2022 — Denton, TX/US

Dear Colleagues,

The University of North Texas William DeMougeot Debate Forum and the Department of Communication Studies at UNT are pleased to invite you to attend the 12th Annual John S. Gossett Memorial High School Speech & Debate Tournament this October 28-29, 2022. This year's tournament will be IN PERSON and hosted on the UNT Denton Campus

Policy Debate will have 4 preliminary rounds and the appropriate amount of elimination rounds. Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglas will have 4 preliminary rounds before going into the appropriate number according to the division size. Congress will have Prelims and Finals on Friday. Congressional Debate will run on a schedule that allows Congressional Debate entries to enter all Individual Events.

We are excited to offer a World School Debate division. World School Debate motions can be found at www.txfa.org

The LD topic will be the NSDA topic for September/October.

The CX topic will be the high school 2022-2023 Policy topic.

The PFD topic will be the NSDA topic for September/October.

The Congressional Debate legislation can be found at www.txfa.org and we will be using the Fall 2022 Legislative Docket. The legislative docket will be announced a month prior to the tournament

Policy, Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglas debate may not enter IE events EXCEPT FOR extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking. Brackets will not be broken in any debate event.  We are planning to have panels in elimination rounds, if possible. For IE, Duo, and Duet, we will have 8 in finals for the events that meet the TFA standard for 8 in a final round.

We will be offering HI, DI, DX, IX, OO, DUO, POI, INFO, PROSE, IMPROMPTU and POETRY.  

Should you have any questions regarding tournament logistics, please contact, Louis Petit. He can be reached by email – louis.petit@unt.edu

Thank you for joining us, and please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your experience more enjoyable.

Best Regards,


Dr. Brian Lain, Director of Debate


Louis Petit, Associate Director of Debate


Colin Quinn, Student and Program Coordinator

**Tournament Schedule** 

CX, LD and PF Debate:

Friday, October 28th  

  • 4:30pm – Round 1
  • 6:30pm – Round 2

Saturday, October 29th  

  • 8:30am – Round 3
  • 10:30am – Round 4
  • 2:15pm – Quarterfinals
  • 5:15pm – Semifinals
  • 7:30pm – Finals

Congressional Debate:

Friday, October 28th  

  • 4:30pm – Session 1
  • 6:30pm – Session 1 ends
  • 7:00pm – Finals
  • 9:00pm – Final Session Ends

World Schools Debate:

Friday, October 28th

  • 4:30pm – Announce Round 1 motion
  • 5:30pm – Round 1
  • 7:30pm – Round 2

Saturday, October 29th

  • 8:30am – Announce Round 3 motion
  • 9:30am – Round 3
  • 11:00am – Round 4
  • 1:00pm – Announce Quarterfinals motion
  • 2:00pm – Quarterfinals
  • 4:00pm – Semifinals
  • 5:30pm – finals

Individual Events

  • Pattern A: DI, Duo, Prose, OO, USX, POI
  • Pattern B: HI, Duet, Poetry, Informative, IX, NX

Saturday, October 29th

  • 8:00am – Extemp Draw-Flight A
  • 8:30am – Round 1 Flight A
  • 9:30am – Extemp Draw Flight B
  • 10:00am – Round 1 Flight B
  • 11:00am – Extemp Draw-Flight A
  • 11:30am – Round 2 Flight A
  • 12:30pm – Extemp Draw Flight B
  • 1:00pm – Round 2 Flight B
  • 2:00pm – Extemp Draw Flight A
  • 2:30pm – Semifinals Flight A
  • 3:30pm – Extemp Draw Flight B
  • 4:00pm – Semifinals Flight B
  • 5:00pm – Extemp Draw Flight A
  • 5:30pm – Finals Flight A
  • 6:30pm – Extemp Draw Flight B
  • 7:00pm – Finals Flight B
  • 8:30pm – Awards