Speech and Debate

Welcome to the Herriman High Speech and Debate homepage!


Tournament Make-Up Assignment & Tournament Reflection Assignment
Both of these are available to download in the "Documents" tab of my website. Look for them under the "Debate" Label.

The season is upon us! Here's our new team mission statement:
Resolved: The Herriman High School Debate Team will build new traditions of excellence through hard work, sportsmanship, and respect.

Tournament Sign Up!
This space is for students and judges to sign up electronically for tournaments. Follow the links to a Google Drive Spreadsheet with more information. As always, if you have questions or concerns, please email me: randall.seltz@jordandistrict.org or Ms. Morris: lesli.morris@jordandistrict.org

General Information

First, there is a $100 participation fee for taking the class or being on the team. This fee is set by the district and is designed to cover expenses incurred by registering and traveling to tournaments as well as enrolling in the National Forensics League, which allows students to keep track of their accomplishments and apply for scholarships to college.

Second, this is both an elective course at Herriman High School and a traveling, competitive team. Students enrolled in the course are expected to participate in the competitions and work hard towards earning medals and trophies. Aside from traveling, competing, and winning trophies, students are also able to earn an athletic letter and enhanced diploma by participating in debate. That's right, debate is technically an athletic event and it can help you earn TONS of scholarships to elite colleges and universities, such as Harvard, Standford, UCLA, BYU, UofU, and many more. If you are thinking about going to college to earn a law, English, or business degree this is definitely the program you want to be in.

In addition to competing, debate participants are also required to help staff judges at some of the tournaments. I will be happy to train any family member or friend to judge in the tournaments.

While at debate tournaments, students are expected to dress and act professionally, as they are there representing Herriman High School and the community. Good sportsmanship and decorum is the standard and nothing but that will be tolerated. 

Questions, comments, concerns, or cries for help? E-mail Mr. Seltz.

Here is our TENTATIVE 2013-2014 Schedule:






September 14

Novice Clinic



Clinic for novice debaters to get some tips and insight into CX, PF, or LD, as well as IEs.

October 11-12

Beehive Bonanza

University of Utah

Salt Lake City



October 11-12

Pirate Opener

Cyprus High School


NOVICE tournament.


October 25-26

Hunter Haunting                

Hunter High School

West Valley City

IEs: Friday

Debate and Congress: Saturday

Tournaments below this line count toward 2nd Quarter grade

November 1-2

Stansbury Stampede



IEs Friday,

Debate Saturday

November 8-9

Speech Arts

West High School

Salt Lake City

Limited enrollment.

Novice, JV, Varsity, and Champion divisions.

November 15-16

Leopard Invitational

East High School

Salt Lake City

Varsity and novice open

Debate and IE’s both days.

December 6-7

Silver and Blue

Juan Diego


IEs only.


December 13-14

Knight’s Joust

Lone Peak High School


Policy, LD, PF, Congress. Varsity and novice open.

January 10-11

Copper Classic Round Robin


South Jordan

Limited enrollment.

January 17-18

Copper Classic


South Jordan

Limited enrollment.


Tournaments below this line count toward 3rd Quarter grade

January 31 - February 1

Mustang Madness    

Herriman High School    


Friday: IEs and SPAR

Saturday: Debate and Congress

All students must volunteer one day.

February 7-8

Jacob’s Memorial

West High School


Policy, LD, PF, Congress. Varsity and novice open.

February 22-23 (subject to change)

March Topic!

5A Region



Lone Peak


Varsity and novice open.

Must be willing and able to compete in State tournament to compete.


Thursday, March 6


Friday, March 7



Saturday, March 8



Sundance Regional Tournament

(Nat Quals) 




Congress Only


IEs Only


Debate Only

Must be member of NFHS

March 14-15

5A State Tournament

Weber State University


Varsity and novice open – Must qualify to compete

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