Welcome to the home page for the 2021 Joseph J. Cardot Forensics Invitational tournament hosted by Abilene Christian University on Dec 3-5, 2021 for College students.

Status: System shutdown (No new schools, changes, adds, or drops )


Welcome to the virtual 2021 Joseph J. Cardot Forensic Invitational at Abilene Christian University.  We'll be featuring four rounds of TIPDA debate and six preliminary rounds of IPDA Debate in all four divisions on Friday and Saturday with elimination rounds for IPDA and awards on Sunday.

When making your entries, please remember that:

  • All entries must be covered. 1 judge covers 2 debaters.
  • You are only allowed 2 extra observers (1 Coach and 1 additional observer). 
  • If you have the need for additional observers, please contact the tournament host at least one week in advance. 
  • Current caps are set at 8 competitors per school for all divisions. At the discretion of the tournament director, adjustments may be made to those caps to ensure a quality competition. 
  • Please make certain that you include working email addresses for all competitors, judges, and coaches to allow us to push ballots in both prelim and Elim rounds.  Please have ALL competitors, coaches, and judges VERIFY their email addresses in FTN.
  • Remember that all programs are committed to judging for the full tournament, including all elimination rounds.


We would also ask that ALL competitors be listed as judges in your program's entry portal.  This will aid the tournament greatly during elimination rounds for accessing non-advancing competitors.  To clarify, you will not be entering them as judges for prelims of the tournament, but including them in your judging list. This will aid the tournament in keeping things running smoothly as we enter elimination rounds and begin assigning ballots to non-advancing competitors.  Please encourage all students and staff to personally verify their email addresses prior to the tournament.

  • Mon 09/20/21 12:00 am Central
    Start registration (schools can begin registering competitors and judges)
  • Tue 11/30/21 9:00 pm Central
    Limit adds, changes, drops to existing schools only (no new schools can register)
  • Wed 12/01/21 1:00 pm Central
    Close registration (schools can not edit their registration)