LD, PF, & CX Debate Bid Tournaments

What is a bid?

A bid is synonymous to a qualifying leg. Competitors need 2 qualifying legs, or bids, to attend the post-season national championship, popularly referred to as the Tournament of Champions (TOC). Regular season tournaments offer “bids” to competitors. For example, a tournament that is a “finals” bid will offer bids to the finalists (i.e. top 2 competitors). A semi-finals bid will offer bids to the semi-finalists (i.e. top 4 competitors).

What is the TOC?

The TOC is referred to as the Tournament of Champions. It is by invitation only to competitors who qualify by receiving 2 or more bids during the regular season. Around 80 competitors annually qualify to the TOC and it is considered the most prestigious high school debate tournament in the United States.

How do tournaments get bid status?

Tournaments get bid status based on a variety of factors, including strength of competition pool, caliber of judging, geographic location, community approval, and historical importance. Tournaments are classified as finals (top 2), semi-finals (top 4), quarter-finals (top 8 ) or octo-finals (top 16) bid tournaments.

How many bids do you need to qualify for TOC?

Competitors need 2 bids to be guaranteed a spot at the TOC. Competitors that receive 1 bid can apply for a special exemption at the end of the regular season.

How do I get a bid?

Competitors earn bids by attending bid-granting tournaments and performing well at them. Our club teams, online camps, and tutoring services are all designed to help improve competitive performance and we are the most successful private debate coaches in TOC debate history. Our students have received over 150 bids in the last 5 years.

Octafinals Qualifiers

  • Apple Valley (MN)
  • Berkeley (CA)
  • Bronx Science (NY)
  • Emory (GA)
  • Glenbrooks (IL)
  • Greenhill (TX)
  • Harvard (MA)
  • Harvard-Westlake (CA)
  • St. Mark's (TX)
  • Valley (IA)

Quarterfinals Qualifiers

  • Blake (MN)
  • College Prep (CA)
  • Florida Blue Key (FL)
  • Grapevine (TX)
  • Lexington (MA)
  • Loyola (CA)
  • Meadows (NV)
  • Peninsula (CA)
  • Presentation (CA)
  • Stanford (CA)
  • University of Texas (TX)
  • Yale (CT)

Semifinals Qualifiers

  • Alta (UT)
  • Durham Academy (NC)
  • Golden Desert (NV)
  • Holy Cross (LA)
  • Isidore Newman (LA)
  • Long Beach (CA)
  • Newark (NJ)
  • Notre Dame (CA)
  • Princeton (NJ)
  • Scarsdale (NY)
  • Strake Jesuit (TX)
  • University of Houston (TX)
  • University of Puget Sound (TX)
  • University of Southern California (CA)
  • Winston Churchill (TX)

Finals Qualifiers

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Arthur School (LA)
  • Bethel Park (PA)
  • Colleyville Heritage (TX)
  • Columbia (NY)
  • Cypress Bay (FL)
  • Dowling Catholic (IA)
  • Duke (NC)
  • Heritage Hall (OK)
  • Kansas City Invitational (MO)
  • Lewis & Clark (OR)
  • Middleton (WI)
  • Millard North (NE)
  • Mullen High School (CO)
  • Myers Park (NC)
  • North Allegheny (PA)
  • Pennsbury (PA)
  • Ridge (NJ)
  • Seattle Academy (WA)
  • Sunvitational (FL)
  • University of Kentucky (KY)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Octafinals Qualifiers

  • Apple Valley (MN)
  • Arizona State (AZ)
  • Berkeley (CA)
  • Blake (MN)
  • Bronx Science (NY)
  • Emory (GA)
  • Florida Blue Key (FL)
  • Glenbrooks (IL)
  • Harvard (MA)
  • Princeton (NJ)
  • Sunvitational at the University School (FL)
  • Stanford (CA)
  • University of Kentucky (KY)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Yale (CT)

Quarterfinals Qualifiers

  • Alta (UT)
  • Bellaire (TX)
  • Columbia (NY)
  • Cypress Bay (FL)
  • Dowling (IA)
  • Durham Academy (NC)
  • George Mason (VA)
  • Golden Desert (NV)
  • Grapevine (TX)
  • James Logan (CA)
  • La Costa Canyon (CA)
  • Lexington (MA)
  • Long Beach (CA)
  • Millard North (NE)
  • Myers Park (NC)
  • Presentation HS (CA)

Semifinals Qualifiers

  • Bingham (UT)
  • Carrollton (GA)
  • John Lewis (CA)
  • Manchester Essex (MA)
  • Middleton (WI)
  • Milpitas (CA)
  • Nova Titan (FL)
  • Pennsbury (PA)
  • Plano West (TX)
  • Ridge (NJ)
  • Scarsdale (NY)
  • University of Texas - Austin (TX)
  • Valley (IA)
  • Villager - St. Joseph's (PA)

Finals Qualifiers

  • Beltway/Capitol Classic (MD)
  • Bethel Park (PA)
  • Cheyenne East (WY)
  • Colleyville Heritage (TX)
  • CSU Fullerton (CA)
  • Evanstown Township (IL)
  • Georgetown (DC)
  • George Washington (CO)
  • The Hockaday School (TX)
  • Holy Cross (LA)
  • Isidore Newman (LA)
  • Katy Taylor (TX)
  • Lakeland (NY)
  • Lewis and Clark (OR)
  • Lincoln-Southwest (NE)
  • Millard West (NE)
  • Mount Vernon (WA)
  • Peninsula (CA)
  • Puget Sound (WA)
  • Puyallup/Pacific Lutheran (WA)
  • Seattle Academy (WA)
  • SF Roosevelt (SD)
  • Smoky Mountain (TN)
  • St. Andrew's (MS)
  • St. James (AL)
  • University of Houston Cougar Classic (TX)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • University of the Pacific (CA)
  • Winston Churchill (TX)

Octafinals Qualifiers

  • Berkeley (CA)
  • Blake (MN)
  • Emory (GA)
  • Glenbrooks (IL)
  • Greenhill (TX)
  • Montgomery Bell (TN)
  • St. Mark's (TX)
  • University of Michigan (MI)

Quarterfinals Qualifiers

  • Alta (UT)
  • Arizona State (AZ)
  • Bronx Science (NY)
  • Dowling (IA)
  • Golden Desert (NV)
  • Grapevine (TX)
  • Harvard (MA)
  • Lexington (MA)
  • Long Beach (CA)
  • Mamaroneck (NY)
  • Meadows (NV)
  • New Trier (IL)
  • Notre Dame/Harvard Westlake (CA)
  • Pine Crest (FL)
  • University of Kentucky (KY)
  • University of Texas (TX)

Semifinals Qualifiers

  • Colleyville (TX)
  • Georgetown Day (DC)
  • Gonzaga (WA)
  • Heritage Hall (OK)
  • Iowa Caucus (IA)
  • Lakeland (NY)
  • Niles Township (IL)
  • Peninsula (CA)
  • Pennsbury (PA)
  • Samford University (AL)
  • Stanford (CA)
  • University of Georgia (GA)
  • University of Houston (TX)
  • Valley (IA)
  • Westminister (GA)

Finals Qualifiers

  • Arthur School (LA)
  • Bingham (UT)
  • Blue Valley Southwest (KS)
  • Cypress Bay (FL)
  • Evanstown Township (IL)
  • Iowa City West (IA)
  • Isidore Newman (LA)
  • Kansas City Community College (KS)
  • La Costa Canyon (CA)
  • Lewis and Clark (OR)
  • Marist (GA)
  • Omaha-Westside (NE)
  • St. George's (WA)
  • Urban Debate Dragon (DC)
  • Washburn Rural (KS)