Waco Connally HS TFA and UIL Set A Tournament

2024 — Waco, TX/US


The Waco Connally High School UIL Academic team invites you to join us on Saturday, January 13 to the first ever CADET STANDARD TOURNAMENT. We are pleased to announce that we are an invitational qualifying tournament for the Texas Forensics Association. In addition to serving as an IQT, this tournament will also competition for academic competitors using UIL Set A Materials. We will offer all academic events including the hands-on portion of the Computer Science contest. We look forward to hosting your team to a day of great food, educational rounds, and FRIENDLY competition!


Our tournament will offer three preliminary rounds of competition in debate events and will feature one guaranteed preliminary round in all TFA division individual events. For schools that are not interested in competing for TFA points, we are offering UIL divisions of competition for students pursuing competition opportunities in Extemporaneous Informative/Persuasive Extemp and Prose/Poetry.

We recognize that this tournament holds the potential to serve two different purposes depending on the needs of your students, program, and community. To accommodate this, we are offering one competition for schools that are seeking competition for IQT points and another for schools that are looking for more of a "UIL style" speech and debate competition experience. In the event that one of these divisions do not make, we will consolidate into one group in order to keep the competition pool as large and varied as possible. This decision will be made at least one week in advance of the tournament and will be communicated to all competitors. In the event of consolidation in LD debate, whichever resolution has more entries will become the division that serves as an IQT point event.

Students will be allowed to cross enter except in CX. CX may NOT do any other event. LD/PF may cross enter in Extemp.

CX Debaters will be debating the 2023 - 2024 Resolution - Resolved:

PF Debaters will be debating the January/February Resolution - Resolved:

TFA division LD Debaters will be debating the January/February Resolution - Resolved:

UIL division LD Debaters will be debating the UIL Spring 2024 Resolution - Resolved:

Congressional Debaters will be debating the TFA Spring 2024 Docket. The morning session will feature debate over items 1-5. The afternoon session will use items 6-10.


Please make all checks payable to:

Connally ISD

ATTN: Michael Donaldson, UIL Director

200 Cadet Way

Lacy Lakeview, TX 76705

School Custodial Fee - $30.00 per school

CX Debate and World Schools Debate - $50.00 per entry

LD and PF Debate - $25.00 per entry

Individual Event (and Congressional Debate) - $15.00 per entry

Academic Event - $15.00 per entry

Missing Debate Judge Fee - $150.00 per judge

Missing IE Judge Fee - $125.00 per judge

Missing High Needs Academic Judge - $75.00 per judge

**Any school who has not completed the payment process after 30 days of the tournament is subject to a $100.00 late fee.**


CX Debate - 1 judge for every 2 entries or portion thereof

LD Debate and PF Debate - 1 judge for every 4 entries of portion thereof

IEs (and Congress)* - 1 judge for every 6 entries or portion thereof

High Needs Academic Event** - 1 judge for every 3 entries or portion thereof

*If you have a judge that is only qualified to judge some of the individual events, please indicate this in the notes section of the entry along with what events that are qualified for. If there is no note present, we will assume that the judge is qualified for all IEs and they will be placed in all pools.

**The following events are considered HIGH NEEDS: Ready Writing, Computer Applications, Journalism. We ask that schools bring judges for any academic event that they have entries in, but we desperately need judges in these events in order to ensure that the tournament runs on time.


If you are an individual that wishes to pursue a judging contract at this tournament, please contact Michael Donaldson at mdonaldson@connally.org. Please include a brief summary of your qualifications along with what events you are comfortable with judging.

Judges are encouraged to give an oral critique after debate rounds, but this form of feedback should NOT replace a well-written ballot. Additionally, all oral critiques should be short and to-the-point, and all ballots should be submitted within 5 minutes of the round's completion.


Any questions should be addressed to Michael Donaldson at mdonaldson@connally.org or at (254) 640 - 5785.