University of Houston Cougar Classic

2024 — Houston, TX/US

This is the temporary invite page for the 2024 University of Houston Cougar Classic.

Full invite to come later.

Important changes from previous years:

- Still a Friday - Saturday - Sunday tournament, but we'll be starting earlier on Friday to get 3 Debate Prelims in along with all of Congress. Saturday will have all IEs + 3 Debate Prelims and the first Elim. Sunday will be just debate elims.

- Hybrid Debate entries. We will allow online competition in the debate pools. They will be limited to 20% of the in-person pool. For the first two prelims we will pre-seed online entries against online entries to maximize the number of in-person debates for in-person teams. IEs will becompletely in-person and synchronous.

- Lower fees. We will be cutting entry fees across the board in both IEs and Debate events.

- Judge requirements. All teams are responsible for bringing judging to cover their entries, and schools will not be allowed off the waitlist until they have fulfilled this obligation. Teams that need the tournament to find judging for them will be required to tell the tournament before December 20th how many judges they need. Teams that require the tournament to find them judging after December 20th without contacting the tournament ahead of time will be charged a nuisance fee. The early deadline accounts for Christmas + New Years break and the logistical difficulties this entails. In-person entries cannot be covered with online judging.


For people physically attending the tournament we will be centering the tournament around the Cullen Family Plaza on the UH campus. The main building for the tournament will be the Roy Cullen building. (WARNING: Do not just google "Cullen building" as there are roughly five of them on campus, and the main administrative building, the Ezekial Cullen building, will be where most searches will take you.)

There is a google maps link to the Roy Cullen building here:

For teams/programs using a bus I recommend using UH Entrance 14. You can point your GPS at the "Science Building" to be able to get directions.

If you are looking for parking for smaller vehicles I recommend using the Elgin Street Parking Lot: 4224 Elgin St, Houston, TX 77004


If you or your school are competing online, or you are a judge for a program judging online, we ask that you fill out this form:

We will be using Zoom rooms for online rounds, and will be prioritizing having online teams match against each other in presets. The zoom room will be the same all three days:

Topic: 2024 UH Cougar Classic Online Rooms
Time: Jan 5, 2024 07:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Every day, until Jan 7, 2024, 3 occurrence(s)
Jan 5, 2024 07:30 AM
Jan 6, 2024 07:30 AM
Jan 7, 2024 07:30 AM
Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 880 0798 7691