2023 — Riverton, WY/US

Dear Coaches,

The Riverton High School Speech & Debate Team invites you to our Speech Tournament to be held on Friday and Saturday, Feb 3 & 4, 2023. Schools wishing to attend our meet will be entered on a first come, first served basis. There will be an initial registration limit of 4 entries per event. We will let in as many waitlisted entries as we can but the tournament will have a maximum of 400 entries allowed.

Registration will take place at


CX Debate, LD Debate, PF Debate (4 prelim rounds, flighted)

Drama, Duet, POI, Humor, Oratory, Poetry, Extemp, Congress, Info (3 prelim rounds)


The topics are as follows:

Lincoln Douglas: Resolved: Justice requires open borders for human migration.

Public Forum: Resolved: In the United States, right-to-work laws do more harm than good.

Policy: Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its security cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in one or more of the following areas: artificial intelligence, biotechnology, cybersecurity.

Manuscript/visual aid usage: Poetry and POI competitors must use a manuscript. All other events are memorized. Informative Speaking competitors may use visual aids.

Congress. Congressional Debate will be in the HOPE pattern.

The legislation will be chosen from the State database corresponding to the competitors who are registered for the tournament on tabroom on 1/22/23. Please make sure your student’s legislation is in the database prior to that date if you would like it to be on the docket.

We will release the docket to registered schools on 1/23/23.

Super Congress legislation will be taken from various sources, and will be released along with the regular docket.

Extemporaneous Speaking. Questions will be taken from November, December, January NFHS (available through the link in the State Newsletter Londe sends out each month) and NSDA questions (available on NSDA site) but also in the same linked document. The format will be that of the new state rule passed last fall, and judges will have copies of the speakers' questions. Draw will take place at 7-minute intervals, and will be embedded into the HOPE pattern.

Internet usage:

Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, and Congressional Debate may all use the Internet in strict adherence to the following rules:

Additionally, Extemporaneous competitors may use the Internet as permitted by those same rules.

Judging. Many judges will be Riverton community members but we will have a requirement of accompanying judges for each team. If bringing accompanying judges is an issue for your team, please contact tournament director Annette Thornton ( Most likely, we will need to use some coaches for back-up in case of "no-show" judges. Please register your judges on tabroom no later than Wednesday 2/1/23.


In general, our tournament format encourages double entering. Students who double within a pattern do so at their own risk. However, Policy Debaters cannot double within pattern. Students may not double in 2 debate events. Students that are doubling in Debate and another D pattern event (Drama and POI) must prioritize Debate - meaning if they are in the first flight of Debate they must debate first then go to their D interp event.

Initial registration numbers are due on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 Please get them in sooner rather than later!

Final registration entry adds are due on Tuesday, Jan 31, 2023.

Only drops or substitutions will be allowed after the final registration deadline (no adds). Registration will be through tabroom. All changes and drops should be done online, in accordance with the stated deadlines.

Drops on Friday, 3 February 2023, the first day of the meet, may be made by calling or texting Becca Pierson at 307-203-7710. Please do not rely on email.


  • Registration will be held from 2:30 pm-3:30 pm on Friday 3 February


Entry fees are $10 for individual events and $20 for partner events


Event Plaques will be awarded to 1st-3rd - Certificates for all finalists 4th through 6th (7th). place finishers

First, Second, & Third Place Sweepstakes awards will be awarded in 4A, 3A, and 1A/2A categories as determined by WHSAA.

All team entries count as a single entry towards sweepstakes.

Sweepstakes points will be awarded for semi and final round placements only

We look forward to seeing you at the tournament! Sincerely, The Riverton High School Speech and Debate Team

TOURNAMENT CONTACT INFORMATION Annette Thornton - // 307-840-1655 Becca Pierson - // 307-203-7710

SCHEDULE - (Extemp Draw is embedded in the HOPE pattern) :

2:30-3:30 pm

Registration - Friday, February 3rd

3:00 PM

Humor, Oratory, Poetry, Extemp, Info, Congress

Rd 1

4:30 PM

PF Debate, LD Debate, CX Debate, Drama, POI, Duo

Rd 1

6:00 PM

Humor, Oratory, Poetry, Extemp, Info, Congress

Rd 2

7:30 PM

PF Debate, LD Debate, CX Debate, Drama, POI, Duo

Rd 2

Saturday, February 4th

8:30 AM

PF Debate, LD Debate, CX Debate, Drama, POI, Duo

Rd 3

10:00 AM

Humor, Oratory, Poetry, Extemp, Info, Congress

Rd 3

11:30 A.M.

PF Debate, LD Debate, CX Debate Round 4 // Drama, POI, Duo Semis

Rd 4 / Semis

1:00 PM

Humor, Oratory, Poetry, Extemp, Info, - Congress Supers 1


2:30 PM

PF Debate, LD Debate, CX Debate Semis// Drama, POI, Duo Finals

Semis / Finals

4:00 PM

Humor, Oratory, Poetry, Extemp, Info, - Congress Supers 2


5:30 PM

PF Debate, LD Debate, CX Debate Finals

7:00 PM


or sooner if possible