Welcome Packet

January 4, 2018

Dear Forensics Colleague,

Thank you so much for joining us for the 2017 Hugh Downs School of Human Communication (HDSHC) Invitational!  On behalf of the ASU Forensics team and the Hugh Downs School of Communication, we would like to welcome you to our beautiful campus.  We value your participation and if there is anything we can do to help make your tournament experience more worthwhile, please don’t hesitate to let us know.  This year’s tournament has some of the largest competition at the tournament in recent memory, with 116 schools and 17 states represented.

Below you will find relevant logistical information.

Campus map: use the ASU mobile app OR http://www.asu.edu/map/pdf/asu_map_tempe_current.pdf

Tournament Headquarters: Social Sciences Building (SS)

Registration: ONLINE if you are paid or have provided a PO … otherwise, SS 105 5-7pm

****Please encourage your students to stop by LSA 191 (student lounge) between 2-4pm Friday where representatives from Access ASU will be available to answer questions and share college readiness information. Students will be able to try out ASU’s new free career/college readiness tool, me3: asu.edu/me3. There will also be a photo op which may include a special guest appearance by Sparky!

Student Help Desk: LSA 191 (Concessions will also be here)

Parking information: You can pay to park in Lot 20 Visitor Parking located on the northwest corner of campus on University & Mill. This lot will remain open until 10pm. On Sunday, you can park for free in the Gammage Hall Lot (Lot 3) at the intersection of Mill, Apache, and Forest Ave. The Apache and Rural Road structures are also open for paid visitor parking on Thursday/Friday but they close at 9pm. 10th Street, Apache, and Rural Road structures should be open to park for free on Saturday and Sunday.

Bus drop off information: Closest to tournament HQ: Forest Avenue L, southwest corner of campus, next to Gammage Hall. Next closest: The Myrtle/10th Street L on the Northwest side of campus. Least convenient: north section of McAlister Avenue, runs through eastern half of campus. NOTE: if your bus needs to park near campus during the day, contact us directly at hdshcforensics@gmail.com and we can provide information.

Rooms: Here is a list of important rooms to know.  Please share these with your students and staff.  This list of rooms is also highlighted on the enclosed campus maps. (For campus maps see: http://www.asu.edu/map/interactive/)

  • Posting for all events, all times West Exterior Wall of LSA 191
  • Helpful links for students: hdshcinvitational.com/student-info
  • Helpful links for judges: hdshcinvitational.com/judge-info
  • Online RegistrationIf you are fully paid or have provided a complete Purchase Order to the tournament, you do not need to physically attend registration. Go to asu.tabroom.com, click the Onsite Registration tab, and confirm that all of your events and judges are accurate.
  • Registration – Thursday, 5-7pm, SS 105 (you may register your entire team at this time). Schools that are fully paid may use the Online Registration system and bypass registration entirely. Schools that have submitted a Purchase Order, who do not have a check, and have NO changes may email hdshcforensics@gmail.com to confirm that they have no changes and bypass in-person registration as well.
  • Extemp Prep – LSE 104
  • Student Lounges LSA 191 – All postings will be available here. This is immediately adjacent to tournament HQ and central to most events, minus Policy Debate.
  • Policy, PF, LD, and Speech Ballots – Online only. The ballot assistance table and judges lounge will be SS 105. Instructions for signing up, receiving, and entering ballots will be posted at asu.tabroom.com. Additional instructions at hdshcinvitational.com/judge-info
  • Speech judge training, including online ballot demonstration 11am Friday, SS 105
  • ALL judges must check in at SS 105 each morning, or when they arrive
  • Snacks for judges (SS Atrium): We will provide breakfast and unlimited snacks all three days. Coffee and water all weekend as well. It’s important that judges and students not eat in competition rooms.
  • ALL pairings will be available at asu.tabroom.com in addition to hard copies posted at LSA 191
  • Varsity LD debate locations North/East campus: Engineering Center (ECG), Physical Sciences Complex (PSF, PSH), Wexler Hall (WXLR, formerly PSA)
  • Novice LD debate locations: Art, College of Design (CDN/CDS), Physical Education (PEBW, PEBE), School of Human Engineering and Social Change (SHESC),
  • Varsity Policy debate locations: Southwest campus: Discovery (DISC), Farmer Education (ED), Payne Hall (EDB),
  • Novice Policy debate locations: West campus: Art, Discovery (DISC), Music (MUS), Neeb, Stauffer (STAUFF)
  • Varsity Public Forum debate locations: North Campus: Cowden Family Resources (COWDN), Durham Language and Literature Building (LL)
  • Novice Public Forum debate locations: Central/South Campus: Discovery (DISC), Social Sciences (SS), West Hall (WHALL)
  • Congressional Debate locations: Central/East Campus: Engineering Center A-Wing (ECA), Schwada Classroom Building (SCOB)
  • Speech locations: South/Central Campus: Engineering Center G-Wing (ECG), Physical Sciences (PSF/PSH), West Hall (WHALL), Wexler Hall (WXLR),
  • ELIMS all events on Sunday: Mainly Farmer Education (ED) and Durham Language and Lit (LL)
  • PF/LD/Policy awards – No awards ceremony to hand out speaker awards. We will publish a list and students can pick up their awards in the tabroom. This is designed to speed up debate elimination rounds on Sunday.
  • Congress/Speech awards will be held in Murdock 201 at the completion Speech Finals.

Special Tabroom.com features. We strongly encourage all judges and students to create accounts at Tabroom.com to get the most out of the online features it has to offer. This is required for ALL LD, PF, CX, and Speech judges. Anyone with an account can receive texts and/or emails of the pairings or look them up at asu.tabroom.com. Students can claim their entry at the tournament and receive online notifications of their pending rounds. Judges will receive their ballots online. Coaches can choose to receive notifications for any of their students. Detailed explanations for these functions appear at www.hdshcinvitational.com/judge-info as well as http://docs.tabroom.com/Main_Page

ASU Mobile App: For all judges and competitors with smartphones, we highly recommend downloading this app for its detailed campus map. It uses GPS to give you walking directions straight to your building.

Please ask your students to help us take care of our campus!  We have been very fortunate in the past few years and have been able to return damage deposits to participating schools.  Please ask your students to clean up after themselves and encourage students in the rounds you judge to pick up their own trash.  We really appreciate your diligence in this regard.

Thank you again for your support of the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication Invitational!

Wishing you and your team all the best in 2018,

Adam Symonds & the ASU Forensics Team


Schools, 2018 Hugh Downs School of Human Communication Invitational

Advanced Technologies Acad

Albuquerque Academy

Amador Valley High School

American Heritage HS – Delray Beach

American Heritage HS – Plantation

Amy Gaudet Independent

Arizona College Prep – Erie Campus

BASIS Ahwatukee

BASIS Chandler HS

BASIS Flagstaff HS

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley


BASIS Scottsdale

Basis Mesa

Bellarmine College Preparatory

Brophy College Prep

Campbell Hall HS

Canyon Crest Academy

Capitol Debate

Casady School

Catalina Foothills

Chandler Preparatory Academy


Clark HS

Coconino HS

College Prep

Copper Hills HS

Coral Academy Of Science Las Vegas

Corona Del Sol HS


Damien HS

Davis Senior HS

Desert Oasis HS

Desert Ridge HS

Desert Vista HS

Dougherty Valley High School

Durham Academy

El Camino Real Charter High School

Eldorado High School

Fairmont Prep

Flintridge Preparatory

Foothill HS

Fullerton Union High School

Gabrielino High School (Independent)

George Washington CO

Gilbert Classical Academy

Grand County High School

Grantsville HS

Green Valley High School

Hamilton High School


Horizon HS

Intermountain Christian School

Irvington HS

Jillian Kahn independent

John F. Kennedy

Juan Diego Catholic High School

Kent Denver School

La Cueva HS

La Reina

La Salle HS

Lake Mary Prep

Layton HS

Leland High School

Lift Academy

Lone Peak HS

Los Alamos High School

Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies

Mayfield Senior School


McQueen Academy

McQueen HS

Mesquite HS

Mira Loma Matadors

Mission San Jose HS

Mountain View HS

North Hollywood High School

Northridge High School

Northwest Career And Technical Academy

Northwood Independent

Oak Grove HS

Oakwood School – North Hollywood

Odyssey Institute For Advanced & International Studies

Palo Alto HS

Palo Verde HS

Paradise Valley HS

Park City High School Debate

Perry (Independent)

Phoenix Country Day School

Pinnacle HS

Poly Prep Country Day School

Polytechnic School

Presentation HS

Red Mountain High School

Riverside STEM Academy

Rocky Mountain HS

Saint Francis HS

Salpointe Catholic HS

Salt Lake City West HS

San Marino HS

Saratoga HS

Scottsdale Preparatory Academy

Sky View

Skyline Independent

Skyridge HS

Starrs Mill High School

Tempe Preparatory Academy

The Altamont School

The Harker School

The Meadows School

The Nueva School

The Quarry Lane School

University High School, Irvine

Valor Christian High School

Westridge School