Welcome to the home page for the 2023 Nicholas F Burnett "Hornet Cup" Invitational tournament hosted by CSU Sacramento on Mar 24-26, 2023 for College students.

Status: Tournament Completed


Livestream Links

NFA-LD Quarter-Finals Sunday at 1:30PM

NFA-LD Quarter-Finals Sunday at 3:00PM

Important Locations

Tabroom - AIRC 1010
IPDA Topic Strike - AIRC 1009 (Friday only)
Hospitality Room - AIRC 1009 (Saturday/Sunday)
Extemp Prep - AIRC 1007
Awards - Library 11

Tournament Schedule


9:00 am: Registration

10:00 am: IPDA Round 1

11:30 am: IPDA Round 2

LUNCH (on your own)

2:00 pm: IPDA Round 3

3:30 pm: IPDA Bronze Round



8:00 am: Registration & Pairings released

8:30 AM: IPDA Gold/Silver Round

9:30 AM: Pattern A Round 1 – POI, DI, Info, Imp, Duo, CA

11:00 AM: LD - Round 1

12:00 PM: Lunch

1:00 PM: Pattern A Round 2 - POI, DI, Info, Imp, Duo, CA

2:00 PM:  LD - Round 2

3:00 PM: Pattern A Finals – POI, DI, Info, Imp, Duo, CA (DECLAMATION)

4:00 PM: LD – Round 3

5:15 PM: LD – Round 4



8:00am: Extemp Draw (round 1)

8:30 AM: Pattern B Round 1 – ADS, Poetry, Prose, Pers, Extemp

9:45AM: LD – Round 5

11:00 AM: Extemp Draw (round 2)

11:15 AM: Pattern B Round 2 – ADS, Poetry, Prose, Pers, Extemp

12:30 PM: Lunch

1:30 PM: LD ELIM 1

2:45 PM: Extemp Draw (finals)

3:00 PM: Pattern B Finals – ADS, Poetry, Prose, Pers, Extemp  ** LD ELIM 2 (after they do IEs)



The Sacramento State University speech & debate team and the Department of Communication Studies invite you to participate in the 2023 Nicholas F. Burnett "Hornet Cup" Invitational  to be held on March 24-26, 2023.

This tournament is named to honor Professor Emeritus Dr. Nicholas F. Burnett, who was the Director of Forensics at Sacramento State from 1987 to 1996. Dr. Burnett coached Sacramento State teams to consecutive quarter-finals appearances at CEDA Nationals in 1988 and 1989 in addition to leading the team as it won many regional and national debate awards. After his nearly 10 years coaching the Sac State team, Dr. Burnett served as chair of the Communication Studies Department for five years and finally retired as the Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Letters in 2012.  Dr. Burnett was a major supporter of this great activity and has touched the lives of many college debaters through the years. He had an enthusiasm for nurturing novices while at the same time coaching varsity debaters as they sought national titles. And as an administrator, he was a staunch supporter of the debate program, ensuring continued funding through the years of economic strain that hurt so many programs in the CSU. Sadly, Dr. Burnett passed away on December 1, 2021. To recognize him for his dedication and service to debaters across the nation, we host this tournament in his name.

The Hornet Cup will feature:

·       NFA-LD Debate

·       IPDA Debate

·       All 11 NFA individual events

·       Our own limited-prep “Triathlon”


We will offer a novice and open division in all Individual Events and a novice, junior, and open division offered for all forms of debate. We will do our best to protect divisions, but will collapse as needed. This year we will be using Forensic Tournament (forensicstournament.net) for all entries. Please make sure that everyone on your team has a verified account and that their ballot preference is set for email.

More tournament information can be found at our website


Jared Anderson                                                                                 

Tournament Director/Host

Head Coach at Sacramento State University                       



Ryan Guy – Debate Tab

Director of Forensics at Modesto Junior College



Mark Faaita – Individual Events Tab

Director of Forensics at CSU Chico



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