Samford University Bishop Guild

2017 — Birmingham, AL/US

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Dear Colleague:


Samford University Debate cordially invites you and your students to this year's Bishop Guild Debates, Samford University’s High School Debate Tournament, to be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday January 13th 14th & 15th, 2017.  The tournament is hosted in Birmingham, home to numerous historic sites.      


We are excited about the prospect of bringing qualified and talented students to the Birmingham Area to compete in debate. This year we will be offering competition in Policy Debate (varsity and novice), Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and Public Forum Debate.


Appropriate awards will be presented to those teams that reach elimination rounds.  Speaker awards will also be presented to individuals in each division.  The number of elimination rounds and speakers will be determined by the size of the divisions.  Finally, the Tournament of Champions has recognized our tournament as a qualifier for teams reaching the finals in policy debate.


Following on last year’s success, we will continue to make extra efforts to provide superior judging.  Our goal is that you leave our tournament thinking that you enjoyed the best judging you have had all year.


Please let me know if I can be of assistance to you. I would love to talk with you about Samford University or the tournament itself.





Ryan Galloway                                                              

Tournament Director                                                                   

(205) 726-2695 (office)                                                                             

(205) 253-4367 (cell phone)

(205) 726-4280 (fax)