2020 Championship Bid Status

 

  UKTOC

The Tournament of Champions (or UKTOC) is an annual competition, hosted by the University of Kentucky, of the best competitors in Speech and Debate. To qualify, a competitor must earn “bids” by placing highly at certain tournaments (marked on the calendar with a dagger - †). Two bids are required for full qualification (see At-Large Qualification below). NOTE: Novice- or JV-division entries can not qualify. Bids are not transferrable between partners.

In speech, finalists at the previous year's UKTOC, or semifinalists and finalists at the previous year's NSDA national championship are automatically qualifed. For all debate events, quarterfinalists at the previous year's UKTOC are automatically qualified. In PF, the top 14 at the previous year's NSDA national championship also auto-qualify.

 

Tournaments Awarding UKTOC Bids:

Jack Howe Invitational @ CSU Long Beach Sep 21–23 GPF [Q]   SP[*]
Stephen Stewart Invitational @ Milpitas Sep 28–29 GPF [S] LD [Q]  
Voices Invitational @ Presentation HS Oct 11–12 GPF [Q]    
MinneApple Debate Invitational @ Apple Valley [MN] Nov 8–10 GPF [O] LD [O]  
(SCU) Dempsey Cronin Invitational Nov 22–24 GPF [S]   SP[*]
Hugh Downs Invitational @ Arizona State (Tempe, AZ) Jan 10–13 GPF [O] LD [F] SP[*]
MLK Invitational @ James Logan HS Jan 18–20 GPF [Q]   SP[*]
Stanford Invitational Feb 8–10 GPF [O] LD [Q] SP[*]
Berkeley Invitational Feb 15–17 GPF [O] LD [O] SP[*]

 

BIDS EARNED

For PF, students must earn two gold bids to compete in the gold division (one gold qualifies for silver division). For all other events, you must have two bids to fully qualify. For speech, only NSDA events award bids (DI, HI, Duo, POI, INF, OO, EX, PRO, and POE only).

Student(s) Event Bid 1 Bid 2 Extra Bids
FULLY QUALIFIED (Speech / PF Gold)
 Krish Kothari  EXT  Auto-Qualified (NCFL '19)  LongBeach, ASU, Stanford [x2]
 Ayush Agarwal    POI  Auto-Qualified (NSDA '19)  
 Ayush Agarwal  DI  ASU  Stanford  
 Swetha Naidu  DI  Stanford  Berkeley  
 Nihar Duvvuri  DI  LongBeach  Bronx  ASU
 Tavish Mohanti  HI  SCU  ASU  
 Yash Dalmia & Tushar Dalmia  PF  Pres  Minneapple  ASU, Berkeley [Silver]
 Rithvik Koppurapu & Dylan Zhang  PF  LongBeach  ASU  Berkeley
 Ayush Agarwal & Swetha Naidu  DUO  MLK  Stanford  Berkeley
 Nihar Duvvuri & Tavish Mohanti  DUO  SCU  ASU  
 Alison Zhang  EXT  Milpitas  SCU  
 Aditi Chhangani  HI  Milpitas  SCU  
FULLY QUALIFIED (PF Silver)
 Serena Mao & Sabrina Cai  PF  Minneapple [Gold]  Berkeley  
PARTIALLY QUALIFIED
 Derek Zhang & Tiffany Zhang  PF  SCU [Silver]    
 Darren Tang & Raj Saravanan  PF  Stanford [Silver]    
 Arushi Munjal & Megh Basu  DUO  Stanford    

*Speech bids awarded based on number of competitors in event:    ≤24, top 3;  25–72, finalists;  72+, semifinalists   

 

AT-LARGE QUALIFICATION

Speech: Students with a single bid may apply to compete at UKTOC, but you are not guaranteed entry (though it's rare that they decline a speech entry).

PF silver division: Students with only a single silver bid, or who have earned 600+ NSDA points and completed 24+ rounds of debate in the current year, may apply to compete in the silver division.

Note: Requires a $50 nonrefundable fee, and at-large entries are not guaranteed (depending on available space, those with single bids are usually have first priority). This fee is waived for speech entries.

 

 

  STATE CHAMPIONSHIP — LEAGUE WILDCARDS

To enter the State Championship, students must compete at a league qualifier tournament. The qualifiers for speech and debate are handled separately, but have similar requirements. Speech finalists and undefeated debaters at each league tournament (CFL) are awarded a “wildcard”, which guarantees you a spot to compete by making your entry not count against either entry cap. Extra wildcards may not be transferred to another competitor.

Speech: Every team in the league gets 22 speech entries to the state qualifier, with a maximum of five per event, not counting wildcards. Every competitor must have competed at a CFL tournament during the year (including novice). The top 7 (±1) in each event will qualify to compete at state.

Debate: Every team may enter a combination of 9 LD or PF entries, not counting wildcards. All competitors must have won at least one varsity-level round at a CFL tournament during the year (coaches may waive this requirement for a maximum of one team per event). All debaters with a 10-0 record auto-qualify to the state championship, with the remaining qualifiers (~8/event) determined by elimination.

 

WILDCARDS EARNED

Student(s) Event CFL#
 Nihar Duvvuri  DI  CFL 2
 Nihar Duvvuri & Tavish Mohanti  DUO  CFL 2
 Ayush Agarwal & Swetha Naidu  DUO  CFL 3

 

 

  NIETOC (Speech Only)

NIETOC is an annual competition of the best performers Interp and Oratory (DUO, HI, DI, POI, OO, INFO, EXT and DUET entries only). All entrants must qualify either by earning two bids in their event from specific tournaments (marked on the calendar with an asterisk - *). Bids are not transferrable between partners. NOTE: Novice- or JV-division entries can not qualify.

NEW THIS YEAR — NIETOC is now doing Extemp!

Semifinalists and finalists at the previous year's NIETOC or national championship, or the top three at the current year's state championship auto-qualify to NIETOC.

 

Tournaments Awarding NIETOC Bids:

Jack Howe Invitational @ CSU Long Beach Sep 21–23
Stephen Stewart Invitational @ Milpitas Sep 28–29
(SCU) Dempsey Cronin Invitational Nov 22–24
Hugh Downs Invitational @ Arizona State (Tempe, AZ) Jan 10–13
MLK Invitational (Logan HS) Jan 18–20
Berkeley Invitational Feb 15–17

Octafinalists and quarterfinalists at the previous year's NIETOC, as well as the top three at the previous or current year's state championship will also receive a bid.

 

BIDS EARNED

Student(s) Event Bid 1 Bid 2 Extra Bids
FULLY QUALIFIED
 Ayush Agarwal   POI  Auto-Qualified (NSDA '19)   NIETOC '19, ASU
 Kriti Vajjhula & Ayush Agarwal  DUO  Auto-Qualified (NIETOC '19)  
 Krish Kothari  EXT  Auto-Qualified (NCFL '19)  CSULB, ASU
 Nihar Duvvuri  DI  CSULB  Milpitas  ASU, MLK
 Swetha Naidu  DI  ASU  MLK  Berkeley
 Tavish Mohanti  HI  NIETOC '19  SCU  ASU
 Aditi Chhangani  HI  Milpitas  SCU  Berkeley
 Ayush Agarwal & Swetha Naidu  DUO  ASU  MLK  Berkeley
 Alison Zhang  EXT  Milpitas  SCU  
 Nihar Duvvuri & Tavish Mohanti  DUO  SCU  ASU  
 Arushi Munjal & Megh Basu  DUO  SCU  Berkeley  
PARTIALLY QUALIFIED
         

Bids awarded based on number of competitors in event:    <20, winner;  20-34, top 3;   35-50, finalists;   51-70, semis;   71-99; quarters;  100+,  octas

 

POTENTIAL AT-LARGE QUALIFIERS

If you have placed at any 3 tournaments during the year such that the sum of your final ranks is 10 or less, you can qualify under the at-large system. (DUO, HI, DI, POI, OO, EXT, INFO and DUET entries only.) All three scores must be from the same event. Novice- or JV-division entries can not qualify.

Note: Requires a $25 nonrefundable fee, and at-large entries are not guaranteed (depending on available space, those with single bids are usually have first priority).

Student(s) Event Score 1 Score 2 Score 3
FULLY QUALIFIED AT-LARGE
PARTIALLY AT-LARGE QUALIFIERS
         

Teams are also allowed to enter two unqualified Duet entries, provided at least one of the competitors is fully qualified in another event.

 

 

  NSDA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

To enter the National Championship, students must compete at a league qualifier tournament. Entries for the national qualifier are very limited — each team may enter a maximum of four entries per event, with the total number of team  entries around 25-30, shared between speech and debate. Entrants will be selected by the coach and officers, based on performance and contributions to the team, subject to script submission deadlines.