Salado UIL Symposium

2023 — Salado, TX/US

Salado High School Presents the Salado UIL Symposium

In-Person at Salado High School on October 10th and 11th 2023

We cordially invite you to attend the Salado UIL Symposium. All events will be held at Salado High School. Tuesday, October 10th will be a purely instructional day for students. We will offer instructional sessions for all events (Interp, Extemp, Congress, LD and CX). For LD and CX, we will offer a session for novice and experienced debaters. Novice students will be given beginner packets for debate.

On October 11th students will participate in a traditional UIL invitational tournament. We will offer 4 debate rounds and 3 IE rounds.

Schools may elect to only participate in one of the two days if they so choose.

When registering for the event be sure to be mindful of Instructional Events (October 10th) and Tournament Events (October 11th). All Instructional Events have the word instructional in front of them.

We will post hotel information on the tabroom page.

*** Salado may also open October 10th up for academic events as well, but those conversations are still in their infancy. Stay tuned for updates regarding academics. ****

We will offer all traditional UIL speaking events (CX debate, LD debate, Congress, Persuasive, Information, Prose and Poetry. These tournaments are intended for schools or teams that prefer "UIL style" forensics.

We will be using tabroom for registration and balloting.

For information on how to make a tabroom account check out this video:

For information on how to register for the tournament after creating an account is here:

Keep in mind students will need to have their own tabroom account created and linked to the school/institution they attend and an email address attached/linked to their account.

For any further questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Tim Cook at or Julian Erdmann at

Instructional Staff

Varsity LD - John Anderson

Novice LD - TBA

Varsity CX - Chris O'Brien

Novice CX - Colby Menefee

Congress - Debby Haren

Extemp - Terri Robinson

Interp - Michael Donaldson

Entry Fees

Instructional Fees for Students: $30 per student per event

Tournament Fee for Congress, Interp, Extemp: $20 per competitor

LD: $25 per competitor

CX: $40 per team

Judge Fees

1 judge for every 2 entries or less for CX or a missing judge fee of $150

1 judge for every 4 entries or less for LD or a missing judge fee of $125

1 judge for every 6 entries or less for IE/Congress or a missing judge fee of $125


CX Debate: Policy debate will use the 2023 - 2024 topic.

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase fiscal redistribution in the United States by adopting a federal jobs guarantee, expanding Social Security, and/or providing a basic income.

LD Debate: LD Debate will use the UIL Fall 2023 topic.

Resolved:Wealth inequality in the United States is detrimental to democracy.

Congress Docket: Texas Forensic Association Fall Docket 2023. Items 1-10

Novice Files can be found here:

Payment Via the Salado Online Store

1. You can find the store here:

2. Please fill out your invoice amount that you will be paying for the respective tournament.

3. Once added to the cart, you may check out by clicking the cart button towards the right of the store page.

4. Select Checkout

5. Select to make an account or checkout as guest

6. Fill out billing info and payment info and select verify order details

7. Once at the checkout screen locate the box that says additional information.

8. Include the following: Tournament Name, Tournament Date, School Name (This will help to make our bookkeeping easier)

NOTE: Due to outstanding balances over the last two years that have been unpaid, we reserve the right to refuse participation to any school that hasn’t paid leading up to the tournament. We request that all payments be made three days prior to the start of the tournament. If we haven't received payment within 30 days of the tournament we reserve the right to charge a $100 late fee. For every additional week it is late it would be an additional $50.

Hotel Information

There are two hotels within a mile of Salado High School.

Holiday Inn Salado Express Address:1991 N Stagecoach Rd, Salado, TX 76571 Phone:(254) 947-4004

Days Inn

Address:10825 I-35, Salado, TX 76571 Phone:(254) 947-4001