Tournament Status: Tournament Completed

Welcome to the home page for the 2012 Robert D. Clark Invitational (University of Oregon) tournament hosted by University of Oregon (OR) on Feb 24-25, 2012 for High School students.

The Robert D. Clark Invitational

Speech & Debate Tournament

Hosted by the University of Oregon

Friday, February 24 – Saturday February 25, 2012

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to the 2012 Robert D. Clark Invitational, to be held the weekend of February 24th and 25th,, 2012. This tournament will feature six preliminary rounds of debate in four different formats, as well as three preliminary rounds of individual events. This year the tournament has an NIETOC bid in all qualifying IEs. Continuing the practices from last year, the tournament offers:

  • All OSAA events offered, following all OSAA rules

  • Two-day schedule instead of three

  • Fully catered coaches’ meeting

  • Zero entry fees

The tab staff is quite experienced and promises a well run, on-time tournament with excellent competition and professionalism.


Owen Zahorcak                                 Thomas Schally

Tab Director                                    Tournament Director

Debate Coach                                       Debate Coach

South Eugene High School                University of Oregon

(503) 709-3513                                      (651) 253-8291


Students may enter one debate event and any two individual events, with a single exception: students entered in CX debate may only enter pattern A events, not pattern B.

– Debate

CX will use the 2011-2012 topic. As per longstanding tradition for the Bower Aly tournament, Public Forum will use the March topic, and LD will use the March/April topic. Public topics will be written by the tournament.

We will be offering two divisions (junior and senior) in each of the formats, as long as we have sufficient entries.

Debate will follow OSAA rules. All conflicts and interpretations of the rules will be settled by the tournament director and will be considered final.

– Individual Events

Pattern A:                                                           Pattern B: (CX Debaters may not enter pattern B)

ADS                                                                   ELL-Interp

Expository                                                         Memorized-Humorous

Impromptu                                                       Oratory

Memorized-Serious                                         Dual Interpretation

Prose                                                               Extemporaneous



Radio and Poetry have moved to B.

We will be offering Junior and Senior divisions in all events that have sufficient entries. If an event is collapsed, we will still recognize the top 3 finishers in the junior division.

The tournament reserves the right to collapse similar events if entries are below the OSAA Alternate Qualification threshold.

All individual events will follow OSAA rules and will use OSAA ballots.

Please visit for a detailed description of the events.

With the addition of the NIETOC bid we are very excited to see an incresed entry turnout for the 2012 Clark tournament. Here is more inforamtion about the NIETOC.



School Fee – FREE

Debate entry – FREE  ($10/team for late entry)

Individual Events – FREE  ($5/entry for late additions)

Uncovered public forum and Lincoln-Douglas penalty $15 per entry

Uncovered policy and public debate penalty: $30 per entry

Uncovered IE penalty $10 per entry


One judge can cover 2 CX entries, 2 Public debate entries or 4 LD/PF debate entries; and the same judge can cover up to 6 IE entries (double-entries count as two entries). We are going to try to give coaches a break and use them as sparingly as possible until elimination rounds. However, with a tournament of this size, it is imperative that you either cover your judging obligations, or let us know in advance that you cannot so that we know how many judges to hire. Judges are obligated to stay one round past their last competitor.


Entries will be done via, entry procedures detailed there.

Even if your late drops take your entries to the point where you have met your judging obligations, if your entries as of the Thursday deadline are over your judging commitment, you will still be assessed uncovered entry fees in full. We welcome unexpected judges. However, due to the difficulties in using them immediately, an unexpected judge will only reduce by half the uncovered penalty that he or she would have resolved had he or she been entered properly.




1655 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, OR (541) 683-3669 ‎ ·

Information for other nearby hotels:

 Sleep Inn & Suites

599 East Broadway, Eugene, OR (541) 345-2331 ‎ ·

Phoenix Inn Suites

850 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, OR (541) 344-0001 ‎

Days Inn Eugene Downtown/University

1859 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, OR (541) 342-6383 ‎ ·

Further Information

Please send any questions or concerns to


Friday, February 24th

10:00 Debate, Round 1

12:00 Debate, Round 2

2:00 IE Pattern A, Round 1

3:30 Debate, Round 3

4:45 IE Pattern B, Round 1

6:15 Debate, Round 4

8:15 IE Pattern A, Round 2

Saturday, February 25th

8:00 Debate, Round 5

9:15 IE Pattern B, Round 2

10:45 Debate, Round 6

12:45 IE Pattern A, Round 3

2:15 Debate, Elim 1

3:45 IE Pattern A, Finals + IE Pattern B, Round 3

5:15 Debate, Elim 2 + Coaches’ Meeting

6:45 Debate, Elim 3 + IE Pattern B, Finals

8:15 Awards + Debate, Elim 4

Tournament Links:

  1. Tournament website
  1. Ashland High School (Ashland , OR)
  2. Bandon High School (Bandon, OR)
  3. Bishop O'Dowd High School (Oakland, CA)
  4. Butte Falls Charter High School (Butte Falls, OR)
  5. Butte Falls Charter School (Butte Falls, OR)
  6. Churchill High School (Eugene, OR)
  7. Clackamas High School (Clackamas, OR)
  8. Cleveland High School (Portland, OR)
  9. Corvallis H.S. (Corvallis, OR)
  10. Crescent Valley High School (Corvallis, OR)
  11. Forest Grove High School (Forest Grove, OR)
  12. Glencoe High (Hillsboro, OR)
  13. Glendale High S chool (Glendale, OR)
  14. Grants Pass High (Grants Pass, OR)
  15. Ione Community School (Ione, OR)
  16. Lincoln HS (Portland, OR)
  17. Marist High School (Eugene, OR)
  18. Marshfield High School (Coos Bay, OR)
  19. McMinnville High School (McMinnville, OR)
  20. Mountain View High School (Bend, OR)
  21. Newport High School (Newport, OR)
  22. Newport High School (Bellevue, WA)
  23. North Bend High School
  24. North Eugene (Eugene, OR)
  25. North Valley High School (Grants Pass, OR)
  26. Redmond High School (Redmond, OR)
  27. Sheldon High School (Eugene OR, OR)
  28. Siuslaw High School (Florence, OR)
  29. South Eugene
  30. Sprague High School (Salem, OR)
  31. Summit High School (Bend, OR)
  32. Thurston High School (Springfield, OR)
  33. West Albany High School (Albany, OR)
  34. Willamette High School (Eugene, OR)
  35. Wilson High School (Portland, OR)
  1. C - Junior LD (14)
  2. C - Open LD (23)
  3. C - Junior Pub.-Forum (13)
  4. C - Open Pub.-Forum (29)
  5. D - Junior C-X (7)
  6. D - Open C-X (7)
  7. D - Junior Public-Debate (28)
  8. D - Open Public-Debate (36)

Total Debate Entries: 157

Pattern - Event - (entries)

  1. A - Junior ADS (11)
  2. A - Open ADS (20)
  3. A - Junior Expository (8)
  4. A - Open Expository (14)
  5. A - Junior Impromptu (38)
  6. A - Open Impromptu (49)
  7. A - Junior Memorized-Serious (11)
  8. A - Open Memorized-Serious (18)
  9. A - Junior Prose (21)
  10. A - Open Prose (31)
  11. B - Junior Dual Interp (6)
  12. B - Open Dual Interp (15)
  13. B - Junior ELL (0)
  14. B - Open ELL (0)
  15. B - Junior Extemporaneous (18)
  16. B - Open Extemporaneous (19)
  17. B - Junior Humorous-Interp (10)
  18. B - Open Humorous-Interp (17)
  19. B - Junior Oratory (5)
  20. B - Open Oratory (17)
  21. B - Junior Poetry (15)
  22. B - Open Poetry (25)
  23. B - Junior Radio (27)
  24. B - Open Radio (34)

Total IE Entries: 429

Pattern - Event - (entries)