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This is a High School tournament in Virginia.

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Patriot Games Classic

2023 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 2 & 3, 2023. After positive feedback, we are pleased to announce we have added impromptu to our in-person event offerings.

The deadline for entry is Friday, November 10th 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  Thursday Oct. 10h at noon. Registration will take place through the website: https://www.speechwire.com/c-info.php?tournid=14673                       


We have been able to reserve a block of rooms at the Fairfax Marriott for this tournament. 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. 



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

                                    Emma Redden & Freya Hutton                                       





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     11/19               Entry Fee (EF)

Entry Drop/Change     11/21               EF + $25.00

Entry Drop/Change    11/26               EF + $35.00

Entry Drop/Change    11/27               EF +$50.00

Judge Drop                 11/26               $100.00

Judge Drop                 12/1                 $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 17th 2023.

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. A block of rooms has been reserved here for the tournament weekend. The hotel will host tournament registration Friday night December 1st from 7 to 9 PM.  Kings rooms are priced at $95 and doubles are priced at $119.



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. The following note is from the hotel regarding making reservations:



Reservations for the Event will be made by Rooming List to be provided directly to the hotel on or before:

Friday, November 3rd, 2023 by 4:00pm (EST).

·         Each submitted Rooming List must be fully complete at the time of submission.

·         Rooming Lists with blank name spaces or unknown dates will not be uploaded or guaranteed.

·         Mandatory Information – Room First & Last Name / Arrival & Departure Dates / Room Type / Email Address

  • Upload List Template has been attached with the required information in red.
  • Please issue this template to all attending schools and request they use this template for reservations.

·         Submit Rooming List to the Sales Office – seth.weiner@fairfaxmarriott.com

  • Once the rooming list has been confirmed, each school will be given the chance to submit a master method of payment and receive individual support from the accounting office.

·         Please do not call the Hotel directly for reservation assistance.

  • All reservation details of any kind must go through the Sales Office via email to Seth Weiner.


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.





































19th Annual Patriot Games Tournament Schedule


Friday December 1st, 2023

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


Saturday December 3rd, 2023

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, 2023

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. Monday November 13, 2023. 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 Friday, November 17th, 2023. 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 2023 NSDA Topic as published on the NSDA website.


Lincoln/Douglas Debate: NSDA Rules

LD will use the November/December 2023 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

Extemp Prep - HUB Ballroom
Judges Lounge - JC Dewberry Hall
Tab Room - Johnson Center G19
Tab Room - Johnson Center Georges

Manager contact information

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

Mailing address

Fairfax, VA

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