The Longhorn Classic Online
2020 — Austin, TX/US
The LHC will not use Novice Packets in the Novice debate events.
At the Longhorn Classic a policy team may enter the novice division if it meets one of the following criteria:
1. It is the first full year of debate competition for both debaters.
2. Both debaters are still in middle school. They have not entered 9th grade.
*Note: For a year of debate competition to count toward the novice quota the debater should have competed in at least 3 tournaments.
1. If my 9th-grade debater competed in middle school debate and attended at least 3 debate tournaments do they have to compete in the varsity division? Yes, we do not consider this team a novice.
2. If I have 8th-grade students who debated all 7th-grade year and attend 3 or more tournaments do they have to compete in varsity? No, they are currently in middle school so they may stay in the novice division.
3. If my 9th-grade debater debated in middle school but only attended two tournaments do they have to debate in varsity? No, they did not meet the 3 tournament threshold to qualify for a year of novice debate so they may stay in the novice division.
4. If my 9th-grade debater attended 1 tournament in 7th grade and 2 tournaments in 8th grade do they have to compete in the varsity division? Yes, they have competed in 3 total tournaments during middle school so that counts as a full year of competition.
5. Does attending a tournament in LD or Public Forum count toward my novice policy experience? Yes, debate is debate. While the events are different they share many of the same skill sets: flowing, line-by-line argumentation, calculating impacts, etc.
Currently enrolled High School students are not considered qualified judges and MAY NOT BE ENTERED AS JUDGES, even in Novice CX.