Southwest Championship at Arizona State

2016 — AZ/US






Greetings all,

Tomorrow morning we'll be using the whole campus again at 8am as speech has its 4th preliminary round and all the debate events hold elims. In order to help prepare everyone for where they will be on campus during this time, I wanted to list the relevant buildings. We will use these buildings for the first elim only. All events will be run out of the Southwest portion of campus surrounding Discovery after this first elim.

Public Forum will be held in Engineering Complex (ECA, ECG), Physical Sciences (PSF, PSH)

Varsity LD and Novice LD will be held in the Memorial Union (note this opens at 8am, so rounds will start slightly after 8)

Varsity Policy will be held in Social Sciences (SS) and Cowden Family Resources (COWDN)

Novice Policy will be held in West Hall (WHALL) and Social Sciences


After the first debate elim, debate awards for all LD, PF, and CX will be held in LSA 191 at 11am.


Finals of Congress at 930 will be in SS 229


When speech moves to elims after the Congress finals, ALL rounds will be in Farmer Education (ED).








Dear High School Forensics Colleagues,

The Arizona State University Forensics Team and The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication cordially invite your team to attend the Southwest Championship Tournament, January 7th through January 9th, 2016 on the Arizona State University Main Campus in Tempe, Arizona.

We are excited about the opportunity to host you on our campus. As the largest tournament in the state of Arizona, this tournament provides teams from all over the nation a chance to enjoy excellent competition in the Valley of the Sun in January. Last year, our tournament typically featured over 50 schools from more than 10 states, pushing the tournament over 1200 people.

Competition will feature six preliminary rounds of Policy, Public Forum, and Lincoln-Douglas debate. Congress competition will feature three preliminary assemblies and finals assemblies as entries warrant. There will be four preliminary rounds of speech and elimination rounds will begin with a quarterfinal round for events over 55 entries and a semifinal for events over 27 entries. Awards will be presented to all finalists, semi-finalists, and quarterfinalists in each individual event, to each member of debate teams reaching the octa-final or double octa-final, and the top three speakers overall in individual events. For 2016, the Southwest Championship Tournament will have Tournament of Champions bids for participants reaching the FINALS in Student Congress, the octafinals of PFD, and the semifinals of Policy Debate. The tournament is also a qualifier for the 2016 NIETOC, which you can read more about here:


Key features:

--This year we are adding a Novice-only division of speech events on Saturday morning. We are still working with local area high school coaches to finalize the events offered, but each novice event will be $5.

--All entries handled at This is the future home of all NSDA tournament registrations.

--Schools that register and pay by December 1 will pay NO SCHOOL FEE.

--All schools enter a waitlist, your entries will be removed from the waitlist and entered in the tournament upon receipt of registration fees (we will accept Purchase Orders)

--We will have judge preferences for both Varsity LD and TOC Policy Debate.

--Congressional Debate competitors may compete in Speech Events and vice versa.

--Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, Congressional Debate, and Policy Debate begin Thursday afternoon. PF and LD are flighted.

--No judge bond. We will charge schools $20 per missed ballot and will not clear students until the fees are paid.

--All questions should be directed to

You should make your hotel reservations as early as possible as this is a busy time of year in Phoenix. For your convenience, we have negotiated tournament contracts for hotel accommodations at hotels nearby campus. We are finalizing hotel contracts, and we’ll post them to the website and update this invitation as those become available.


Also, we expect schools to cover all of their entry as we are typically tight on hired judges. We would much rather have your judges than your money, so please make every effort to cover your entry.

Due to limited space, entries will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Please enter early to ensure your students’ participation. Finally, in an effort to reduce printing and waste, we will make the tournament packets available online January 2 at


We look forward to hosting you in January!

Adam Symonds                               

Director of Forensics


Izak Dunn                                            John Grimm                                    

Assistant Director of Debate           Assistant Director of Speech          


Kendra Doty                                       Bria Woodyard

Traveling Debate Assistant              Speech Assistant



All checks should be made out to ASU FORENSICS and mailed to


Adam Symonds

Hugh Downs School

PO Box 871205

Tempe, AZ 85287-1205