Great Salt Lake Invitational

This year, the Great Salt Lake Invitational will partner with Texas Tech University to host the 11th Annual Mile High Swing (the nation’s largest parliamentary debate invitational) on January 5-8, 2017. In addition, The University of Utah and California State University-Long Beach will partner to host the Utah/Long Beach Classic IE/NFA-LD Tournament on January 6-7, 2017. Invitations are available below. Registration will open in late fall.

Mile High Swing Invitation (NPDA Debate)

Utah/Long Beach Classic Invitation (Individual Events)

The Great Salt Lake Invitational

The University of Utah is proud to host the Great Salt Lake Invitational (GSL), our inter-collegiate forensics tournament, on the first or second weekend of January each year. The GSL is one of the oldest and most historic tournaments in the western United States. Currently, the GSL offers competition in NPDA-style parliamentary debate, NFA Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and all AFA individual events. In addition to a full slate of excellent competition, each year the top competitor at the GSL receives the prestigious Royal Garff trophy, a traveling trophy named in honor of a former coach and supporter of the John R. Park Debate Society.

Beginning in 2009, Northern Arizona University joined the University of Utah to host a second tournament at the UofU alongside the GSL. In 2012, the California State University-Long Beach replaced NAU as our tournament partner. This partnership further strengthens the tradition of outstanding competition at the tournament. We hope that you will make the GSL/CSU-LB swing a regular part of your competitive season. In 2014, Texas Tech University partnered to make the Great Salt Lake Invitational the home of the Mile High Swing, the most prestigious invitational tournament of the year.

2017 Elimination Round Videos

The links below provide streaming video from elimination rounds at the 2017 tournament.

Please note: Academic debate is an intellectual endeavor that embraces experimentation with a broad range of ideas and arguments; the positions expressed by the debaters should not be interpreted as the personally held beliefs of those individuals. 

Part One – Texas Tech University 

Semifinals: El Camino vs. Lewis & Clark

Semifinals: UT-Tyler vs. Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley

Finals: UT-Tyler vs. El Camino

Part Two – UofU/Great Salt Lake Invitational

Semifinals: Texas Tech vs. UT-Tyler

Semifinals: Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley vs. University of the Pacific

Finals: Texas Tech University vs. University of the Pacific