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This information is from a tournament in a past season!

This is a High School tournament in Virginia.

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All GMU Hired and School Speech Judges must report no later than 8:15 a.m. Sunday.

All School Debate Judges must report no later than 9:45 a.m. Sunday.



Patriot Games Classic

2022 Invitation


George Mason University cordially invites you to attend the 19th Annual Patriot Games Classic to be held on the George Mason University Campus in Fairfax, Virginia on December 3 & 4, 2022. After positive feedback, we are pleased to announce we are trying to add impromptu to out in-person event offerings.

The deadline for entry is Thursday, November 17th at 5:00pm EST, but we strongly encourage people to enter early, as once we are filled, we will no longer be able to accept entries. Registration will be open as of Wednesday Oct. 12th at noon. Registration will take place through the website:                       


We are working with the Fairfax Marriott to arrange a room rate, although a specific block has not been preset. We will update a link on the Speechwire homepage for this tournament. This weekend promises to be full of high energy and stress, which sometimes can effect students adversely. As a reminder, please bring all relevant medical forms with you in case a medical professional needs them. As a public state institution, we cannot mandate masks or vaccine checks.  We will ask everyone to mask indoors. Students may take off their masks to perform. We will also have signs up to that effect. Fortunately, Fairfax has a large percentage of its population with vaccinations, and about half our students are wearing masks, even with a mask mandate in place.  I have several immunocompromised students; I know that this will be an important factor for many schools to consider.  



We look forward to seeing you all in December!



Tournament Co-Directors


Dawn Lowry

Director of Forensics


Tyler Watkins

Assistant Director of Forensics


Student Tournament Co-Directors

                              Gustavo Lanz & Prem Ganesan                                            





Pattern A

EXT          Extemporaneous Speaking     8

HI              Humorous Interpretation        8

OI              Oral Interpretation                  8

DUO          Duo Interpretation                  8

INFO         Informative Speaking             8

IMP           Impromptu                              8


Pattern B/Debate:

OO            Original Oratory                     8

DI              Dramatic Interpretation          8

DEC          Declamation                           8

POI            Program Oral Interpretation   8

PF              Public Forum Debate              6         

LD             Lincoln-Douglas Debate        6

CD             Congressional Debate             8


Additional slots may be requested via Speechwire’s wait list feature. After positive feedback, we are attempting to add Impromptu to our in-person tournament. As this does impact room availability, we cannot guarantee being able to increase event size.  Schools will be notified which entries have been accepted from the wait list no later than Monday, Nov. 21st, 2022.




Competitors at most may enter:

2 speech events per pattern; or

1 form of debate and 2 speech events in Pattern A.



IE Entry, Duo (per team)                                $45.00

IE Judge (per uncovered entry)                      $25.00

Congress, LD, PF (per team)                         $70.00

Debate Judge (per uncovered entry)              $45.00



Entry Drop/Change     11/21               Entry Fee (EF)

Entry Drop/Change     11/23               EF + $25.00

Entry Drop/Change    11/28               EF + $35.00

Entry Drop/Change    11/29               EF +$50.00

Judge Drop                 11/28               $100.00

Judge Drop                 12/2                 $200.00




  • A qualified judge should be provided for every 6 entries or fraction thereof in individual events. 
  • A qualified judge should be provided for every 2 entries or fraction thereof in PF and LD.
  • A qualified judge should be provided for every school with Congressional Debate entries.  
  • Judge pools are separate; no judge may cover more than one obligation.


Entry fees will be calculated at 5pm on Thursday November 14, 2019.

All additional fee changes take place at 5:01 pm of the specified date on pg.1.

Fees are due at or before registration: School or personal checks should be made payable to George Mason University. Hold checks are not accepted. Schools can also pay online. Information regarding online payment will be emailed out on request.

Fees assessed once the tournament has started (for no-show students or no-show judges) should be paid immediately at the ballot table.  Schools with outstanding fees risk preventing their students from participating in elimination rounds.


Marriott Fair Oaks will once again serve as the official tournament hotel for the GMU Patriot Games. The hotel will host tournament registration Friday night December 6th, 2019 from 7 to 10 PM.  



Marriott Fairfax at Fair Oaks:

11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway

Fairfax, VA 22033

(703) 352-2525

*10 minute drive from campus


Room rates have been reserved for us under GMU Patriot Games. A reduced rate will be available through the first week of November. Fairfax is home to numerous hotels, so if you need to find one that suits your team’s needs, it wouldn’t be hard to find. We can also make recommendations if you need them.


2021 AWARDS:

            So we thought we could prevent breakage caused by shipping by purchasing local, but multiple purchases from the same types of establishments across country was ultimately disallowed by the institution. We will be ordering duplicate awards and will have trophies available for pick-up or shipment at the tournament. We apologize for the confusion and will do all we can to make sure everyone gets awards, albeit a little delayed.




19th Annual Patriot Games Tournament Schedule


Friday December 2nd, 2022

7:00-9:00  Registration, Marriott Fair Oaks


Saturday December 3rd, 2022

8:00           LD Round 1, PFD Round 1, Congress 1 (8:00-11:00)

9:00           LD Round 2, PFD Round 2

10:00         Round 1B (OO, DEC, DI, POI)

11:15         Draw

11:45         Round 1A (EXT, HI, OI, DUO, INF)

1:30           LD Round 3, PFD Round 3, Congress 2 (1:30-4:30)

2:30           Round 2B

4:00           LD Round 4, PFD Round 4

5:00           Draw

5:30           Round 2A

7:00           Round 3B, Congress Semis

8:30           LD Round 5, PFD Round 5

10:30         Posting of Congress, PFD, and LD elimination round participants online and at the Marriott


Sunday December 4th, 2022

7:30           Triple Octo PFD

8:15           Draw

8:45           Round 3A

10:15         Double Octo-Finals PFD and LD, Quarter-Finals B Pattern, Congress Final 1 (9:30-11:30)

11:30         Draw

11:45         Quarter-Finals A Pattern

12:45         Octo-Finals PFD and LD

1:15           Semi-Finals B Pattern, Congress Final 2 (1:15-2:45)

2:00           Quarter-Finals PFD and LD

2:45           Draw

3:15           Semi-Finals PFD and LD, Semi-Finals A Pattern

4:45           Finals LD, Finals PFD, Finals B Pattern

5:45           Draw

6:00           Finals A Pattern

8:30           Awards (ASAP)














Each school entering Congress must provide a bill or resolution for debate. The bills should be emailed to dlowry4@gmu.edu no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 16th, 2022. Please see use the template posted under files to download at Speechwire.com under GMU Patriot Games.  We will post the legislation packet for all schools on the website no later than 5:00 pm Monday, November 17th, 2022. Schools who enter Congress students without submitting legislation risk their students being removed from the competition. All applicable rules will be published with the legislation packet.

Public Forum Debate: NSDA Rules
Public Forum will use the December 2022 NSDA Topic as published on the NSDA website.


Lincoln/Douglas Debate: NSDA Rules

LD will use the November/December 2022 NSDA Topic as published on the NSDA website.

Duo Interpretation: NSDA Rules

Declamation: NCFL Rules

Freshman and Sophomore competitors only.

Oral Interpretation: CFL Rules


Dramatic Interpretation: NSDA Rules

Humorous Interpretation: NSDA Rules

Original Oratory: NSDA Rules

Extemporaneous Speaking: NCFL Rules
Please note that the final round will feature an open 3-minute cross-examination period.

Informative Speaking: NSDA Rules


Program Oral Interpretation: NSDA Rules


Impromptu: NSDA Rules **


** Round Themes will be announced once registration closes.


Team and Individual Sweepstakes: TBA via Speechwire email.






Important tournament rooms

Judges Lounge - JC - Georges
Extemp Prep - Lecture 1

Manager contact information

Dawn M Lowry
Email address: dlowry4@gmu.edu
Phone number: 3093702911

Mailing address

Fairfax, VA

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