Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV

2019 — Las Vegas, NV/US


On BOTH Saturday and Sunday, the tournament will provide all participants a light breakfast, snacks throughout both days, and two delicious catered lunches. We have altered our tournament fee structure slightly in order to bring our fees closer to other tournament fees and to more closely align with tournament hosting expenses, labor, and other outlays. THESE FEES DO NOT APPLY TO INDEPENDENT ENTRIES. PLEASE SEE THE “INDEPENDENT ENTRIES” SECTION OF THE INVITATION FOR MORE INFO ON INDEPENDENT ENTRY FEES

 Varsity Policy Team-$120/team

Novice Policy Team-$120/team

Varsity LD -$80/debater

Novice LD-$80/debater

Varsity Public Forum-$110/team

Congressional Debate-$55/debater

 Fees must be paid in advance to move your registration from “wait list” to “confirmed” status.  If you have entries on the wait list after January 7, 2019, and have not yet paid, those entries will be removed. 

DROP FEES: Drops may occur with full refund until midnight January 6, 2019. Note: processing refunds through the UNLV accounts payable office is likely to take a painfully long time.  Beginning January 7, 2019, drops will accrue the loss of entry fees and a $10 per contestant drop fee (teams will be charged $20).  After midnight January 20, 2019, the drop fee will increase to $20 per contestant ($40 per team).

HIRED JUDGING: (must be requested by Dec. 16, 2019): $60 covers 1 round of policy debate or 1 round (2 flights) of Lincoln-Douglass Debate. You may only hire up to one full commitment judge (6 total rounds). Hired judging requests must be made by midnight December 16, 2019, and must be paid for at the time of the request. No hired judging fees will be refunded, even if you drop the entry/entries that the hired judge is covering.

SCHOOL FEE: A $200 per school fee will automatically be added to your tournament invoice on  The purpose of this fee is to encourage tournament attendees to stay in our host hotels.  If you do so, and contact me, I will happily remove this fee from your invoice. Please email me at with the “TOURNAMENT HOTEL FEE” in the subject heading, include name of the tournament hotel where you are staying, as well as the name that the reservations are under, and I will remove the fee from your invoice. Our intention is not to make any money from this fee.  We just need to fill our hotel blocks so we can continue to utilize them for tournament competition space on Monday, and are not charged for not meeting our attrition rate.

CHECKS: Make all checks payable to: “Board of Regents, UNLV”

UNLV’s federal tax ID number is 88-6000024.

Checks must be mailed to:

Dr. Jacob Thompson

Dept. Comm. Studies, UNLV

4505 S. Maryland Pkwy

Box 454052

Las Vegas, NV 89154-4052


A copy of UNLV's most recent W-9 paperwork is available at a link on this website.