Duke Invitational

2022 — NSDA Campus, US


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Applicable Rule Manuals at the Duke Invitational:

2022-2023 NSDA HS Unified Manual

Fall 2021 NCFL Bylaws



The Duke Invitational is committed to providing all community members with the opportunity to pursue excellence in their endeavors. This opportunity can exist only when each member of our community is assured an atmosphere of mutual respect. Duke University is committed to maintaining an environment that is free from all forms of harassment and discrimination.

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September 2nd, 2022

Dear Forensic Coaches, Judges and Participants:

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 4th Annual Duke Invitational at Duke University on Saturday, October 8th and Sunday, October 9th, 2022.

The tournament will consist of competition in a variety of events.  Our hope was to give you an outstanding experience and atmosphere on our beautiful campus, however due to the nature of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this tournament will be an online tournament.  We look forward to welcoming you back on the Durham for the 5th Annual Duke Invitational in 2023.

In debate events, we will offer Congressional Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate (both Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions), and Public Forum Debate (both Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions).  In LD and PF, we will be offering six preliminary rounds and breaking all winning records.  In Congressional Debate, we will hold three preliminary sessions which will then break to a Semifinal Round.

In speech events, we will offer Declamation, Duo Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking, Humorous Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking, Informative Speaking, Oral Interpretation, Original Oratory, and Program Oral Interpretation.  Each event will have four preliminary rounds and will advance no more than 1/3 of the entries.  We are happy for the return of Duo Interpretation for the 2022 Duke Invitational.  However, we encourage all participants and coaches to follow current CDC guidance concerning physical distancing, masking and vaccination.

The 2022 Duke Invitational has been recognized as a qualifying tournament for the 2023 Tournament of Champions.  In speech events, bids will be rewarded in conjunction with the TOC regulations on bid levels for speech events.  In Lincoln-Douglas debate, bids will be rewarded to the debaters reaching the Final Round.

This packet should answer any questions you may have about the tournament.  If you need any additional information, please email us at dukeinvite@gmail.com. 



Crawford Leavoy

Tournament Director