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2020 Big Red Tournament of Love

The Cornell Speech and Debate Society welcomes you to Ithaca for the revival of the previously titled, "Tournament of Love." After nearly a decade since hosting this tournament, we are excited to share some Big Red love with the forensics community. Our tournament is a part of a swing co-hosted with SNAFU. While both halves are hosted on Cornell's campus, the Sunday half will be hosted by SNAFU staff. To help spread the love, we will be providing lunch for our portion of the tournament....for FREE! Don't worry, we will try to accommodate most allergies/food restrictions. Also, we have a hotel block at the Best Western in Ithaca for $117 per room for those that are interested. Just tell them you are with the Big Red Tournament and they should apply the discounted rate! If you have questions about accommodations or tournament logistics shoot me a text or email at 6308656108 or bj272@cornell.edu. Please see below for tournament specifics.

Brandon Johnson
Assistant Director of Speech and Debate Programs
Speech Team Director


1.  Each school may enter an unlimited number of students per event.


2.  Each student may enter up to 3 events per pattern. However, STUDENTS ENTERED IN DEBATE MAY ONLY BE CROSS ENTERED IN ONE IE EVENT (not extemp).


3.  Patterns will be as follows:

            PATTERN A: Extemp, Drama, ADS, CA, Prose, POI

            PATTERN B: Impromptu, Persuasive, Duo, Poetry, Informative

*4 Rounds of IPDA


4.  Registration will be via Speechwire. All schools must submit their entry by Tuesday, February 18th @ Noon EST.



Cornell University 




1.  The following slot fees shall be assessed:


            School fee               $25 per school 

            I.E. slot                     $8 each

            IPDA                       $20 per debater


2.  Fees for uncovered slots/debaters will be assessed as follows:

            Uncovered IE slot = $10 per slot

            Uncovered Debate = $ 30 per debater or team

3. Fees will initially be calculated on Tuesday, Feb. 18th at Noon. Add/drop fees will be assessed as follows:


            Add/drops on Wednesday, Feb. 19th: $15 per change plus entry fee

            Drops on Thursday, Feb. 20th incur a $30 per drop plus entry fee

            NO ADDS ALLOWED ON FRIDAY, Feb 21st !!!

            Drops on Friday, Feb 21: $50 per drop plus original entry fee

            Drops on Saturday, Feb. 22nd: $100 per drop plus original entry fee


3.  Each judge can cover 8 slots and 2 debaters/teams. Please make every attempt to cover your entry. As the saying goes, we’d MUCH rather have your judges than your money.  Schools are responsible for entering their judges as the right judge type when it comes to calculating fees.


4.  Judges who fail to pick up ballots will render their students ineligible for elimination rounds.


5.  Judges will be used in both debate and individual events unless otherwise noted.  Judges are obligated to judge one round past their student’s elimination.

Competition Rules

1.  AFA-NIET rules and descriptions will govern all AFA-NIET events. Phi Rho Pi rules will govern IPDA. Please make note of these rules, as they may differ from tournaments in your region.  There will be no C/X in the final round of Extemp.


2.  As per new AFA-NIET language, the use of the Internet and/or electronic files are permitted in Extemp. Cornell will attempt to provide Internet access, but cannot guarantee it.

3.  We will offer one division of Individual IPDA debate. Please make note of the following rules:

            a. 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 set forth by the IPDA: 5-2-6-2-3-5-3.

            b. During prep time, students are allowed to access any prepared material and/or electronic materials.  This includes access to the Internet. In addition, students are allowed to prep with other students, but NOT COACHES.

            c. All preliminary rounds will be randomly preset.  Brackets will NOT be broken in elimination rounds.

            d.  Topic draw will take place in IPDA prep. Further info can be found at www.ipdadebate.info or just call me!

5.  NO disclosure in debate rounds.  Please turn in ballots before offering any oral critiques.



1.  Awards will be presented to each finalist in individual events.

2.  In debate, there will be two elimination rounds. Debaters reaching the first elimination round receive gavels. The winners of the second elimination round also receive gavels....Don't worry they are cute!

3.  In individual events, sweepstakes points are awarded as follows:

            12 points – 1st place in finals

            10 points – 2nd place in finals

            8 points – 3rd place in finals

            6 points – 4th place in finals

            4 points – 5th place in finals

            2 points – 6th/7th place in finals


4.  In debate, sweepstakes points are awarded as follows:

            5 points for each prelim win

            2 points for reaching Semi's

            2 points for reaching Final

5.  In addition, the top speakers and schools will be recognized.  Students must be entered in four events to be eligible for individual sweeps. There will be sweepstakes for IE, Debate and Limited Team Entries.

Tournament Schedule
8:00am    Registration (IVES)

8:30am    Extemp/IPDA Draw

9:00am    Round 1A

10:15am  Round 1B

Noon    Extemp/IPDA Draw

12:30pm  Round 2A

1:45pm    Round 2B

3:00pm   Extemp/IPDA Draw

3:30pm    Finals A

4:30pm  IPDA Draw

4:45pm    Finals B

6:30pm    Awards (IVES)

 Further tournament logistics will be sent along with confirmation of your entry.

Manager contact information

Brandon Johnson
Email address: bj272@cornell.edu
Phone number: 6308656108

Mailing address

620 Tower rd
Suite 615B
Ithaca, NY 14853

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