Friends and Colleagues,

            The University of Georgia Debate Union is pleased to invite you to the Annual Bulldog Debates that will be held in Athens, Georgia, on February 21 (Fri) through February 23 (Sun). We wish to make this year’s Bulldog Debates an enjoyable and educational experience. Last year, our tournament drew a number of teams from around the country. We are a TOC Qualifier in policy debate at the Semi-Final level.

            There will be six (6) preliminary rounds of open and novice, policy debate, followed by an appropriate number of elimination rounds for each division. Last year, the Novice division cleared to the Quarterfinals and the Open division cleared to the Octafinals. The national policy resolution will be used in both open and novice team debate (Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce Direct Commercial Sales and/or Foreign Military Sales of arms from the United States.)

Entry fees will be $60.00 per team. We expect to have a very small pool of hired judges available. Many of our students will be traveling to college tournaments of their own during our tournament and their judging will be limited. 

            We will have distinct Open and Novice policy debate divisions. Coaches will still be able to enter novice teams in the open division if they choose to do so. Such a decision will preclude a team from receiving awards designated for the novice division. The Novice policy division will NOT utilize the Georgia novice evidence packet. High School students will be allowed to judge the Novice Division. There will be a limited preference system used in assigning judges in the Open division.

            We look forward to seeing old friends and welcoming new ones to our campus. Please call us if we can provide you with any additional information. We hope to adhere to the tentative schedule listed below. With the change in date, the size of the entry may result in an amendment of this schedule when we get closer to the tournament date.




Shuntá Jordan and the Georgia Debate Union

Head Debate Coach

Tournament Director






Tournament Details


Registration for the Bulldog Debate Tournament will be handled through the Tabroom website. All entries and fees will be managed through the website as well. Final registration fees will be assessed as of Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Schools that register, but do not show, will be billed. Check-in and fee payment will be held between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 21st in Tate Hall at the University of Georgia. If a team has not checked in by 3:00, either in person or by phone, on February 21st they will not be paired for Round 1.



Because alterations to teams’ original entries have the habit of occurring, we request that you record changes to entries on the Tabroom website promptly. If the registration period has ended, please notify Shuntá Jordan of your changes as soon as possible. An email to is preferable, but Shuntá may also be reached at 404-580-3692 if late changes are necessary. You may also notify us of any changes via fax at 706-542-3245. Please do not contact the tournament director unless the registration period on the Tabroom website has expired.



Presently, we are limiting entries from one school to six teams in varsity and four teams in novice. If it is logistically possible, we will remove this cap. In the past, we have been able to accommodate teams above the cap. Please add your teams to the wait list on the registration website, and we will inform you when we make final decisions about entry limits. If there is room for additional teams, schools on the waiting list will be notified after 4:00 p.m. on Monday Feb 17, 2020. We define a debate team as two individuals debating together. Individuals who must debate alone because of last-minute changes will not be eligible to qualify for elimination rounds.



We will continue the practice of using a preference system for the Open Policy division this year. The preference system will be administered through Tabroom and requires that judging commitments be firmly established as of the registration deadline of Feb 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm.



Permanent trophies will be presented to all teams reaching the elimination rounds. Speaker awards will be given on the basis of the number of entries.



Debate rounds may only be filmed or recorded after the permission of all participants (debaters and the judge) has been received.



Each school is responsible for providing three rounds of judging for every two debaters in the tournament, or six rounds for every four debaters entered. The University of Georgia has a limited number of hired judges available at a fee of $20.00 per round for team debate. Schools needing to hire judges are encouraged to register early. All judging fees will be assessed as of Feb 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Schools needing to hire judges after Feb 17 will be placed on a waiting list. When we exhaust the available supply of UGA judges we will attempt to match schools with interested judges. Schools will be expected to pay these contracted judges directly.



Based upon last year’s tournament, the 2020 Bulldog Debates will be a TOC Qualifier. Teams in the Open semi-final rounds will receive a leg for the TOC to be held at the University of Kentucky in April of 2020. Qualifying teams will need to report their entry before leaving Athens.  We must have that information to the TOC by March 6th.



The rooms blocked for the tournament are at the Holiday Inn – Downtown, which is walking distance to everything – campus, food, etc.

Double-doubles are $99/night

Group Code (online): HSD

Call: (706) 549-4433 and ask for the Code: HSD

Online booking link –


There are also multiple Marriott properties downtown and in the Athens area, a Hyatt, a Hilton Garden Inn, and other cheap options.  If you are chasing cost or points, feel free to use whatever hotel of your choosing.


We have not made any arrangements with these hotels.



Athens is 66 miles east of Atlanta. From the South and West take Highway 316 from Interstate 85 North from Atlanta. Highway 316 will become Epps Bridge Road at Athens Loop Route 10. Continue going straight on what is now Epps Bridge Road which will become Atlanta Highway/Broad Street as you come off the Epps Bridge ramp. At the edge of downtown Athens take a right onto South Lumpkin Street. The Journalism building is located at the corner of Baldwin Street and Sanford Drive.

Tentative Schedule





February 21-February 23, 2020


Friday, February 21, 2020


Registration @

           Tate Hall


Opening Assembly/Pairings released


Round I


Round II




12:00 - 3:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m.


5:00 – 7:00 p.m.


7:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Saturday, February 22, 2020


Breakfast and Pairings – Tate Atrium


Round III


Lunch (Provided by UGA)


Round IV


Round V


Dinner (Provided by UGA)


Round VI


Clearing Teams and Elim Judges Posted





8:15 a.m.


9:00 – 11:00 a.m.


11:00 - Noon


12:15 – 2:30 p.m.


3:15 – 5:15 p.m.


5:15 – 6:15 p.m.


6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


10:00 pm


Sunday, February 23, 2020


Breakfast and Pairings – Tate Atrium


Elimination Rounds Begin



8:00 am