Team Schedule and Debate Events

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Speech and Debate Events 

Southwest Speech and Debate Institute
July 5-19, 2018

The Southwest Speech and Debate Institute is a not-for-profit camp held on the campus of Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University each summer. SWSDI brings together some of the best coaches and former competitors from Arizona and states across the southwest.  For more information, visit Contact info is   

The Arizona Debate Institute  (ADI)
July 15-28, 2018 online Institute
July 29-August 5, 2018 in-person Institute

The Arizona Debate Institute  (ADI) is the nation’s largest and longest-running college policy summer institute. 2018 marks the 41st anniversary of its founding. The ADI is run by the ASU Forensics Team, a division of the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University.

During the online segment of the institute, ADI will provide lectures, conduct and review research assignments, and engage students through question and answer sessions. Lectures will be recorded and uploaded to a firewall for students to review as they have time.

The in-person segment of the Institute will be held on the Tempe campus and will be dedicated to practice debates, rebuttal re-dos, block-writing, and the tournament. Every student will receive at least 10 debates between the practices and the tournament.

For more information on ADI, click here, or contact Adam Symonds, at

Informational Meeting for ASU Forensics 
August 15, 3:00 p.m

(Check back for updates)

College Policy Debate Tournament Winter Trophy Division I
September 15-17, 2018

Debates will take place Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Bob Mukai Invitational
Sep 29-Oct 1, 2018

Weber State University, Ogden, UT – Debate tournament

Kansas State
Oct 20-21, 2018

Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS – Speech tournament. A “swing” tournament with one tournament Saturday and a second tournament Sunday. 

Las Vegas Classic
Oct 20-22, 2018

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV – Debate Tournament – Largest regional tournament in the Southwest. Top competition from the Southwest and all the Pacific and Northwest states.

Jesuit Invitational
Oct 27-29, 2018

Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA – Debate Tournament – One of 7 major national tournaments. Top competition from the entire country. 

Robert Barbera Invitational
Nov 2-4, 2018 

CSU Northridge, CA – Speech and Debate tournament – A rare regional tournament that hosts both speech and policy debate on the same campus. Swing tournament for speech. Novice/JV/Varsity divisions for debate.

L.E. Norton Invitational
Nov 3-4, 2018

Bradley University, Peoria, IL – Speech Tournament – One of a handful of national “showcase” tournaments for speech. Showcase tournaments draw the best of the best from around the country. Comparable to Fall Nationals.

Ray Dahlin/Griffin Invitationals (Not yet scheduled)
Nov 16-17, 2018

Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA – Speech tournament – Regional speech swing tournament.

Winter Trophy Division I Hugh Downs School of Human Communication Invitational
November 30-December 1

HDSHC hosts this Fall Championship tournament for local area high schools. 

Hugh Downs School of Human Communication Invitational
January 4-6, 2019

This is the largest high school tournament in Arizona. In 2018, ASU welcomed 113 schools from 16 states. Approximately 1,500 students participated in the tournament.  Including students, judges, coaches, and parents, this event brought more than 1,900 people to the ASU campus.  Tournament information is available at