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Cowtown Classic Swing

Hosted by:
Texas Christian University

&West Texas A&M University October 26-28, 2018

Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

Dear Forensics Community:

The forensics teams of Texas Christian University and West Texas A&M University cordially invite you to the Cowtown Classic Swing, to be hosted on the beautiful sunny campus of Texas Christian University October 26-28, 2018.

We invite you to join us for a weekend of competition featuring two complete individual event tournaments with th eleven AFA events, and a debate tournament with Parliamentary and IPDA debate formats. Each individualevent tournament (TCU Invitational on Saturday and WTAMU Invitational on Sunday) will include two preliminary rounds and a final (semi-finals if necessary). Parliamentary Debate will include five, and IPDA six preliminary rounds on Friday, and out-rounds as needed on Saturday. IPDA will include novice, JV, and varsity divisions if warranted by entry sizes of each event. Divisions may be collapsed if small entry sizes warrant.

Students may enter in either Parliamentary or IPDA on Friday, but not both. Students may enter three individual events per pattern.Two duos counts as two events.

Further details about the Cowtown Classic Swing follow on the next few pages.
We look forward to receiving your entry by the deadline:Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 5:00 p.m. through Joy of Tournaments. Please visit their website to enter.

We can’t wait to welcome you to beautiful Fort Worth in October!


Amorette Hinderaker, Ph.D.
Convener of Debates/Associate Professor Texas Christian University a.hinderaker@tcu.edu

Connie McKee
Director of Forensics
West Texas A&M University cmckee@mail.wtamu.edu

Friday, October 26 Cowtown Debate

9:00 Registration
10:00 Parli/IPDA Round 1,
11:30 Parli/IPDA Round 2
1:00 Parli/IPDA Round 3
2:30 Parli/IPDA Round 4
4:00 Parli/IPDA Round 5
5:30 IPDA Round 6/Parli Elim 1 Coach’s Check and Postings ASAP 7:00 IPDA Elim 1/Pari Elim 2

Saturday, October 27 TCU Invitational

7:00 Registration/Breakfast 7:30 IPDA Elim Round 2 8:30 Extemp Draw
9:00 Flight B Round 1 10:15 Flight A Round 1 11:30 Lunch and

Parli Elim 3, IPDA Elim 4 12:30 Extemp Draw 1:00 Flight B Round 2 2:15 Flight A Round 2 3:30 Extemp Draw

4:00 Flight B Finals
5:15 Flight A Finals
7:00 Awards
8:00 additional IPDA Elims (if needed)

Pattern A

Impromptu Informative
After Dinner Speaking


Sunday, January 22 WTAMU Invitational

8:00 Extemp Draw 8:30 Flight B Round 1 9:45 Flight A Round 1 11:00 Flight A Round 2 12:15 Extemp Draw 12:30 Flight B Round 2 1:45 Flight A Finals 3:00 Extemp Draw 3:15 Flight B Finals 4:45 Awards

Pattern B

Communication Analysis Duo
Extemporaneous Persuasion

Entries should be sent no later than 5:00 on Tuesday, October 23. Entries may be submitted through Joy of Tournaments. Drops and changes may be made without penalty until Wednesday, October 24 at 5:00. Changes after this time will incur an additional fee of $10 per slot.

Debate Limitations: Students may enter either Parli or IPDA, but not both.The tournament directors reserve the right to collapse divisions of debate if entry size warrants this action. Debate divisions offered: Open Parliamentary Debate. IPDA Varisty, JV, Novice.

Individual Event Limitations: Students may enter a maximum of three individual events per pattern. Competitors may enter two duos (with different partners), but this will count as two events in pattern A. Students entered in multiple events will be responsible for making it to their rounds on time, and should endeavor to sign in.The tournament directors reserve the right to limit the number of entries from a school, and to balance rounds to accommodate judging obligations from schools with large entries.

Event Rules

We will follow AFA rules for individual events. Open internet access will be allowed in extemp prep.

Parliamentary teams will be given 15 minutes of preparation time following topic announcement. IPDA debate will follow IPDA guidelines. Debaters will be given 30 minutes of preparation
time following topic draw. Debaters are expected to be in their competition rooms at the end
of prep time, and a late forfeiture rule will be enforced. IPDA will be flighted, and offer three divisions: Novice, JV,Varsity.


Individual Events: $10 (one judge covers 6 slots) Judging Fee Per Uncovered Individual Events: $12 ParliTeams: $75 (one judge covers 2 teams) Judging Fee Per Uncovered Parli Team: $50

IPDA: $30 (one judge covers four debaters)
Judging Fee Per Uncovered IPDA: $25
Drops at Registration: fee + $25. Dropped judges: $100 each.


Awards will be given to the top six competitors in each individual event, and out-round participants in debate. Debate events will also include speaker awards for the top 3 speakers.The top novice competitor in each category will also be recognized.

Individual Sweepstakes: The top three individual students in individual sweepstakes will receive an award. Eligibility requires students to compete in four events,
which must include at least one event from interpretation events (Prose, Duo, POI, DI, Poetry) and one public address/limited preparation event (Inf, Imp, Ext, Pers, CA,ADS).Two duos may not both count toward individual sweeps.

Team Sweepstakes: The top three schools will be recognized with an award for individual events sweeps, debate sweeps, and combined debate/IE.
Sweepstakes awards will be calculated with the following formula:

Individual Event Preliminaries:

1st – 3 points 2nd – 2 points 3rd – 1 point

Individual Event Finals:

1st – 12 points 2nd – 10 points 3rd – 8 points 4th – 6 points 5th – 4 points 6th – 2 points

Tournament Practices

Debate Preliminaries:

Win – 3 points Loss – 1 point

Debate Out-Rounds (except finals):
Win – 6 points
Loss – 2 points

Debate Finals:

Win – 12 points Loss – 6 points

The WTAMU and TCU may enter novice competitors in their own half of the IE swing, but these students will be ineligible for individual sweeps.TCU and WTAMU competitors will be en- tered in debate events.Tournament directors reserve the right to place students from the same team into the same section of IEs to conserve judges.

TCU is a smoke-free campus. Please refrain from tobacco use on campus.

A number of food options are available both on campus, and within walking distance. Information will be provided at registration.The tournament will provide pizza for debaters on Friday evening, and continental breakfast and light lunch on Saturday and Sunday. We will also provide a hospitality lounge with snacks for judges and coaches.

Hotel Suggestions

Fort Worth is home to many hotels that will accommodate all tastes and budgets.We suggest the area around Hulen Mall (south of I-20 on Hulen), the Cityview area (south of I- 20 on Bryant Irvin), or Benbrook hotels (north of I-20 on Winscott Road), which are all near both campus and many food options.The link below will take you to a Google Maps search with hotels in this area highlighted.



A detailed map of TCU is available at http://www.maps.tcu.edu. Registration on Friday will be in Rees-Jones Hall. Registration Saturday and Sunday will be held in Moudy South on the corner of University Drive and N. Cantey. NOTE THAT THIS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO CON- STRUCTION ON CAMPUS. FURTHER INFORMATION WILL BE SENT WITH TOURNAMENT CONFIRMATIONS AFTER REGISTRATION.

Parking information will be forwarded with your entry confirmation.

We hope to see you in Fort Worth in October! Please contact us with any questions: a.hinderaker@tcu.edu or cmckee@mail.wtamu.edu.


Manager contact information

Connie McKee
Email address: cmckee@wtamu.edu
Phone number: 806-433-8569

Mailing address

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