Bentonville Wild West Invitational

2020 — Centerton, AR/US

Bentonville Wild West




Bentonville West High School

1351 Gamble Rd.

Centerton, AR 72719

Dept. Phone: 479-286-9800


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The Wild West Invitational tournament will take place on Friday, January 31st and Saturday, February 1st. We will have trophies for finalists in High School. Junior High divisions will receive trophies, medals and certificates. Sweepstakes trophies will be presented in all divisions.

We will utilize a two-fold method of tabulation. One method will be cumulative. This is the most common method used in Arkansas. Each of your entries dependent on their rank, win-loss record, and placement will receive points for your school. This is not capped by a ‘sweep-slate” The other method will be based upon squad efficiency. This will be determined based upon the ratio of breaks per individual student competing for your school. Therefore we will be offering the following sweepstakes categories; Cumulative Sweeps, Squad Efficiency Sweeps, Junior High Sweeps. Junior High Schools will not be included in the calculation of Cumulative and Squad Efficiency Sweeps. If you have specific questions about this method, please contact Julia Rine.

Deadline for entries will be FRIDAY, JANUARY 24TH  by 4:00 p.m

After this time, drops and adds will need to be emailed directly to Julia Rine at and you will be charged a drop/add fee. There will be a $10 fee for every add or drop to your entries/judges after this date.



1 Judge Per 10 IE Entries. 1 Judge Per 10 JH Debate Entries. 1 Judge Per 2 HS Debate Entries. 1 Judge Per 10 Congress Entries. There will be $10 fee for every judge you fail to provide.  Judge shortages are ALWAYS a problem, so we will be grateful for any “extra” judges you can bring! Unfortunately, entries may be limited for schools that do not provide the required number of judges. Please state any times your judges are unavailable on Tabroom with your registration. If your judge’s time commitment changes, please contact Julia Rine.


Students may enter multiple events in a given round, but double entry policies must be followed, and rounds will not be held late to accommodate students with multiple entries.  Students may only enter one debate event, and policy debate students will not be able to individual events. High School students in other styles of debate will be able to enter both Pattern A and B events, with the understanding that if they miss those rounds, refunds will not be granted.  Please be aware of the schedule and that we will not hold rounds for students in multiple events. There will not be refunds provided if your students fail to attend a round.


Inclusivity Statement: For our transgender students, we provide a gender neutral bathroom. Our gender neutral bathroom is located by the PAC near the ticket booth. Also, if anyone needs handicap accessible rooms, please reach out so we can make our tournament as accessible to everyone as possible! We have an elevator located in the commons area for anyone to use throughout the tournament.


New Rules: We will be utilizing the new updated rules by NSDA. This includes the rule about internet usage in debate rounds and extemp. We are currently trying to secure internet access from the school, but at this time can’t guarantee that. We will keep you updated on this endeavor. Be sure to be aware of the new NSDA rules and times regarding certain events such as for duet improv. If you have any questions about these rules, please email Julia Rine.


Registration:  We will be using Tabroom for registration and tabulation purposes! Registration open January 7th, at 8:00am. Tabroom will have public access to tournament related documents, pairings, and results for the tournament. Please contact Julia Rine if you have questions or concerns about Tabroom.


Congressional Debate We will be accepting legislation submissions until Wednesday, January 22nd at 4:00pm.  We will accept up to three pieces of legislation from each school and if needed the tournament docket with be supplemented with legislation from the Spring TFA Docket. In session, School authored legislation will be debated before legislation that is supplemented from the Spring TFA docket. The docket will be posted on Tabroom by Friday, January 24th at 4:00pm.

Our schedule does not allow for a break, so we provide a great concession stand!  We ask that you please help support our program by eating from the concession stand we provide rather than bringing outside food into our buildings.  Please inform your students AND parents of this request.

Please arrive at our campus for registration between 2:45pm and 3:30pm. You will need to enter  through the main school driveway off of Gamble Rd. and continue straight to student parking. Students will be there to direct you where unload. 

Our school releases at 3:55pm. We have bus drivers who have  to evacuate our campus around 4:00pm taking our 2,000 students home.  Registration in the Performing Arts Center Lobby will be between 2:45pm and 3:45pm.   Traffic can be a headache, so please allow enough time to arrive on campus in time for your first events, which will begin promptly.

Please review the new TOC Qualifying tournament guidelines for the 2019-2020 school year at 

Please also keep in mind that Bentonville Public Schools will not grant Wi-Fi access to guests. We will abide by ACTAA Sanctioned Rules followed by NSDA Rules. We will be piloting the new rules in regards to internet usage, but can’t guarantee internet access at this time. We will also be using paper ballots for all events at this time. The attached schedule is tentative.  



 Coach: Julia Rine, Director of Forensics and Debate