University of Houston Cougar Classic

2017 — Houston, TX/US

The University of Houston Cougar Classic

3nd Annual, January 6-7 2016


On behalf of the Speech and Debate Program, the Honors College, and the University of Houston, we would like to invite you to the 3rd Annual Cougar Debate Classic at the University of Houston, which will be held on January 6 & 7, 2016 on the main UH campus. The tournament is a TOC semifinal bid in Lincoln-Douglas and Policy debate, and a final bid in Public Forum, and will be a TFA qualifier in all TFA events. 

All events will be held on the UH campus this year. All registration will be done through


We will offer a full complement of Individual Events, Duo & Duet, and Congressional, Lincoln Douglas, Policy, and Public Forum debate. We are excited to host this tournament to showcase our team, our campus, and our commitment to a thriving culture of debate in the city of Houston and the state of Texas. Initial entries may be limited, but it is likely that the tournament will let in a substantial number of waitlist entries (please contact us with questions).


We are committed to providing an enjoyable and sustainable tournament experience for all participants. We have worked to ensure that students and coaches will feel at home and focus their energy on debate and competition. In striving to provide first-class hospitality to our guests, we intend to provide several amenities to competitors, coaches, and judges:

Food: The UH tournament will provide Breakfast and Lunch on Friday & Saturday and a Pizza Dinner on Friday. There will be abundant coffee at all times. 

Lounge: A judge’s lounge will be available for coaches and judges.

Facilities: After completing nearly a billion dollars of construction in the last few years, the UH campus will be turned over in near entirety to the Cougar Classic. We will attempt to locate each division in a particular “neighborhood” of campus, clusters of closely and conveniently located buildings. Each of the neighborhoods is only a short walk from the coaches’ and judges’ lounge in the Honors College. Ample free parking is available (we will send out a map prior to the tournament), and the campus is easily accessible from the Metro light rail line to campus.

Internet: UH has a robust guest network that should easily handle any Internet access needs for tournament guests.

Judging: We will have the highest quality judge pool that we can gather, and will continue to make this a priority as we have in years past. 

Please see the full invitation with schedules, rules, and logistics to the right of the screen. Please let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing you on campus.



Richard A. Garner

Director, Speech & Debate


Joshua Gonzalez

Assistant Director, Speech & Debate


The Honors College

University of Houston


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