Sunflower Swing Part 2 hosted by Kansas State University

2024 — Manhattan, KS/US


Dear Community:

The debate teams of The University of Kansas and Kansas State University are pleased to invite you and your debaters to attend the first annual Sunflower Swing on January 3-9, 2024. The Two Step will feature two 6 rounds tournaments and will include three divisions of debate on the 2023-2024 (Nuclear Weapons) CEDA/NDT topic. The tournaments will clear to an appropriate number of elimination rounds for each division.However, we will collapse the Novice division into the Junior Varsity division if necessary. The tournaments will be in an in-person format.

The University of Kansas tournament will take place 1/3/24 – 1/5/24 in Lawrence, KS. There will be a day off and travel day - 1/6/24. The Kansas State tournament will be held 1/7/24-1/9/24 in Manhattan KS. Participation in both debate tournaments is a prerequisite to winning the Sunflower Swing Award given to the team with the best prelim record at the two tournaments.

Please complete all elements of the entries by 2:00pm on Friday, December 29, 2023. We will submit final orders for all food purchases that afternoon so correct information by the entry deadline is necessary. Please use the for entering the teams, judges, and food preferences.

While we highly encourage people to participate in-person, we will be accepting online entries for this tournament for both debate teams and judges. We will use Zoom for online debates.


Tournament Director – Alex McVey –

Tab Director – Justin Kirk -


Each school will be required to provide 3 preliminary rounds of judging for each team they have entered in the tournament. All schools are required to arrange their own judging. All judges are obligated through the first full elimination round or one (1) round past the elimination of their teams from the tournament. Online judges are acceptable but still contribute to the count for fees for individuals in your party.


Fees will be $50 per participant, including debaters, judges, coaches, and observers. This includes online and in person participants. We will provide awards, two lunches, and light snacks and coffee during breakfast all days. There are lots of dining options in Aggieville which is a five minute walk from campus. For schools that hire judges that are not employed by another program, they are responsible for paying the hired judges entry fee.

You can pay fees here:

Tournament Hotel (KSU):

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn which is directly across from campus. It is a less than five-minute walk from the front door of the hotel to the closest rooms. There is also a Houlihans Restaurant in the Hotel. Breakfast is included in the tournament hotel rate. We have initially reserved 10 kings and 20 queen-doubles at $119.95 a night plus taxes. Please reserve your hotel before December 15, 2023, when any unreserved rooms will be released back to the hotel.

The reservations can be made in any of the methods listed below:

Call Hotel directly at (785) 539-7531

Call Holiday Inn at (888) HOLIDAY 888-465-4329

The Group Code is DEB

It is important to mention the group code in order to receive the discounted rate.

Gender Neutral Restrooms on KSU Campus

Here is a Google Maps link listing Gender Neutral and Lockable/Single Stall Restrooms on K-State’s Campus.


The Manhattan, KS regional airport (MHK) has flights daily from Chicago and Dallas. It is a 15 minute drive from the Manhattan airport to the K-State Campus. The Manhattan airport is a 1 hour 20 minute drive to the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence.

The newly redesigned KCI International Airport (MCI) is a 45 minute drive to Lawrence, KS and a 2 hour drive to Manhattan, KS.


January 7

8:00 AM

Pairings Round 1 & 2 + Breakfast (provided)

9:00 AM

Round 1

11:30 AM

Round 2

1:45 PM

Lunch on campus

3:00 PM

Round 3


January 8

8:00 AM

Pairings for Round 4 (Breakfast Provided on campus)

9:00 AM

Round 4

11:30 AM

Lunch on campus (provided)

12:30 PM

Round 5

3:30 PM

Elimination 6 – OPEN

6:00 PM

Dinner Break (On your own)

7:30 PM

Elimination 1 – OPEN and JV & Novice


January 9

9:00 AM

Coin Flip

10:00 AM

Elim 2

12:45 AM


2:00 PM

Elim 3

5:00 PM

Elim 4