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Congress Bid Tournaments

Congress TOC Bid Tournaments 2019-2020

NEW for 2019-2020---Congress bid tournaments will fall into four tiers. The tiers are:

1 - Top 6

2 - Top 16 

3 - Top 60

4 - Top 120 

This new policy is designed to provide hard caps for previously ambiguous bid levels like "Finals", which could be anywhere from 12 students to 24 students. In the new system, the "Top 6" bid level remains unchanged. The Finals, Semifinals, and Quarterfinals bid levels are now capped. For example, a tournament that previously had a "Finals" bid would now have a "Top 16" bid; we anticipate those tournaments holding a 16 person final round. If the tournament chooses to hold a final round with a different number of competitors, the tournament director will need to decide how to determine the top 16 competitors at the tournament. 


Automatic Qualifiers
Debaters who broke (semifinals or finals) at the previous season’s TOC
Final Session at the previous season’s National Speech & Debate Association National Tournament
Top Six at the previous season’s NCFL National Tournament

Tier 4
Harvard (MA)
Tier 3
Emory (GA)
Florida Blue Key (FL)
Glenbrooks (IL)
NSDA Nationals (previous season)
Sunvitational (FL)
Yale (CT)
Tier 2
Apple Valley (MN)
Arizona State (AZ)
Bronx Science (NY)
Cypress Bay (FL)
Durham Academy (NC)
George Mason (VA)
Katy Taylor(TX)
NCFL Nationals (previous season)
Nova Titan (FL)
Princeton (NJ)
Stanford (CA)
University of Texas (TX)
Tier 1
CSU Long Beach (CA)
Bellaire (TX)
Berkeley (CA)
Bethel Park (PA)
Blake (MN)
Clear Lake (TX)
Dowling Catholic (IA)
Foley (WA)
Grapevine (TX)
Har-Ber (AR)
Illinois Congressional Debate Association Tournament (IL)
Isidore Newman (LA)
La Costa Canyon (CA)
Lindale (TX)
Millard North (NE)
Mountain View (AZ)
Peninsula (CA)
Pennsbury (PA)
Plano West (TX)
Rose City (OR)
Saints Classic (MS)
University of Kentucky (KY)
University of Pennsylvania (PA)
Villiger (PA)
Winston-Churchill (TX)