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Yaatly Tournament Invite Link: https://app.yaatly.com/e/BOiF3UyRflZSZI2dkUXG/invitation/feEJwAfn7ezhWrM6n25k

Help Desk Link: https://cornell.zoom.us/j/92160344486?pwd=TGxQdVNGYkZuaFo5N0hub2VvNkE5QT09https://cornell.zoom.us/j/92160344486?pwd=TGxQdVNGYkZuaFo5N0hub2VvNkE5QT09

Awards and Special Speaker Link: https://cornell.zoom.us/j/91626970241?pwd=eXZpMmNxZ2JGK21PMTdjaUFpN20wQT09

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2022 Big Red Tournament of Love heart

Hello to our Speech friends from coast to coast!

The Cornell Speech Program is excited to invite you to this year’s Big Red Tournament of Love! Although BRTOL is virtual once again, we promise a day nonetheless jam-packed with impressive advocacy and great community. Hosted just one week after Valentine’s Day, the Big Red Tournament of Love is a Cornell tradition that stretches back several decades. Although these may be uncertain times™, we’re offering some familiar traditions. We’re excited to bring back our BRTOL classics, including the Big Red Heart Award, the Big Red Advocacy Telethon (BRAT), and others. This year, we also have a few new plans that we think you’ll love! Get excited for a powerhouse guest speaker, creative awards that we’ll mail to finalists, and our “Flat Speechie” (a la Flat Stanley) Challenge.

This year’s tournament will offer the traditional 11 AFA-NIET events and IPDA debate. The deadline to register is Wednesday, February 16th at 6:00pm EST. For questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Cornell Speech program at cornellspeechteam@gmail.com.

We can’t wait to see you all in February!

Be well, 

The Cornell Speech Program



  1. There is no cap on the number of students each school can register.
  2. Each IE-only competitor can enter a maximum of three events per flight. IPDA competitors may only be cross-entered in ONE event and may not cross-enter in Extemp.
  3. Patterns will be as follows:
    1. Flight A: IMP, DUO, PRO, POI, CA, INFO
    2. Flight B: EXT, DI, ADS, PERS, POE
  4. Flight A events will take place in the morning and Flight B events in the afternoon to allow students who may only wish to compete in one flight to do so with greater ease.
  5. There will be four rounds of IPDA.
  6. Registration is due on Wednesday, February 16 at 6:00pm EST. Registration is through Speechwire. 


Please do not send checks directly to the Cornell Speech & Debate Program. You will receive an invoice via email from noreply@salesforce.com on behalf of ILR Customer Services (ilrcustomerservices@ilr.mail.cornell.edu) with your invoice.

Please mail all check payments to ILR Accounts Receivable, PO Box 6838, Ithaca, NY 14851-6838.

Payment should be made payable to “Cornell ILR-AR” and should reference the invoice number listed on the invoice. Cornell ILR accepts payment by check, money order, or credit card. To obtain wire transfer payment instructions or make inquiries, please call the Customer Service Department at 1-866-470-1922.

  1. Entry fees
    1. ‚Äč$20 per school
    2. $8 per IE event
    3. $12 per debater
  2. Each judge can cover 6 slots OR 2 debaters. Please make every attempt to cover your entry! Schools are responsible for indicating whether they suggest their judges should cover IPDA or IE events when they register.
  3. Fees for slots uncovered by a judge will be assessed as follows:
    1. $10 per IE event
    2. $20 per per debater
  4. Drop fees
    1. Add/drop on Thursday, February 17 and Friday, February 18: $10 per change plus entry fee
    2. Drop on Saturday, February 19: $30 per change plus entry fee
    3. Drop on Sunday, February 20: $50 per drop plus entry fee

Competition Rules

  1. All IE events will fall under AFA-NIET rules. IDPA will be governed by Phi Rho Pi rules. Please take note of these guidelines, as they may differ from those in your region.
  2. As per AFA-NIET guidelines, there will be a 15-second period in which competitors in impromptu can read their prompt before prep time officially begins.
  3. We will offer one division of IPDA debate. Please make note of the following rules, sourced from www.ipdadebate.info
    1. Debaters will be presented with five resolutions. Both debaters will alternatively strike two resolutions each, starting with the negative. The 30-minute preparation period begins at the first negative strike.  We will follow the time constraints (in minutes) set by Phi Rho Pi: 5-2-6-2-3-5-3.
    2. During prep time, students are allowed to access prepared material and/or electronic material. In addition, students are allowed to prep with other students, but not coaches.
    3. All preliminary rounds will be randomly preset. Brackets will not be broken in elimination rounds.
    4. Topic draw will take place in IPDA competition rooms.
    5. There will be no disclosure, the period of oral critique given by some judges in other formats of debate.


  1. Surprise awards will be mailed to finalists in IE events, semifinalists in IPDA, and the top three teams in both IE-only and combined sweeps.
  2. In individual events, sweepstakes points are awarded as follows:
    1. 12 points - 1st in finals
    2. 10 points - 2nd in finals
    3. 8 points - 3rd in finals
    4. 6 points - 4th in finals
    5. 4 points - 5th in finals
    6. 2 points - 6th/7th in finals
  3. In debate, sweepstakes points are awarded as follows:
    1. 5 points for each prelim win
    2. 2 points for reaching Semi's
    3. 2 points for reaching Final
  4. Individual Sweeps: In addition to finalists, we will recognize the top three students competing in three or more IE events.
  5. Team Sweeps: The three schools with the best IE results, Debate results, and combined results will also be recognized. There will be separate sweeps for Limited Entry teams.
  6. Big Red Heart Award: Each competitor will vote on which of their fellow competitors is most caring. The person with the most votes will win a special prize.



Time (EST)


9:00 AM


10:00 AM


IPDA Round 1

11:15 AM

Round 2A

IPDA Round 2

12:15 PM


1:00 PM

Extemp Prep

IPDA Round 3

1:15 PM


2:30 PM

Extemp Prep

IPDA Round 4

2:45 PM

Round 2B

4:15 PM

Finals A

IPDA Semis

5:45 PM

Finals B

IPDA Finals

7:15 PM

Special speaker

7:45 PM



Manager contact information

MacLain Naumann
Email address: mn497@cornell.edu
Phone number: 6189778038

Mailing address

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Suite 615B
Ithaca, NY 14853

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