[eDebate] GSU Tournament Invitation
Thu Jul 22 09:20:26 CDT 2004
Please make sure to read the hotel information, as we are using a
different hotel this year!
22 July, 2004
I am writing to invite you and your students to attend the fifth annual
GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY NATIONAL DEBATE TOURNAMENT, to be held in
Atlanta, September 25-27, 2004. Last year our tournament drew over a
hundred teams from across the country. This year, we will work even
harder to make Georgia State a regular start-of-the-season destination
for your debate teams. This invitation contains all the information you
will need to register, including hotel info.
We are committed to providing you and your students with a wonderful
debate experience. We have moved to a hotel location that is closer to
campus and accessible via public transportation with rates under $80 a
night, kept registration costs low, and kept the entire tournament
centrally located within a single building complex on our campus.
Here are some of the major tournament FEATURES I hope will entice you
to visit us in Atlanta:
**** A FULL SERVICE tournament. Open and JV divisions (assuming enough
JV teams register). 8 prelim rounds in Open and 6 in JV, with elims for
both divisions. We normally break to a full doubles bracket in Open and
semis in JV. If fewer than 70 open teams register, however, we may move
to modified doubles.
**** High QUALITY COMPETITION. We expect to equal our national draw
from last year. Most of the best programs in the southeast have
committed to attend, often with their top teams. We are eager to
welcome programs from around the nation to attend our tournament.
**** A full and COMPREHENSIVE tournament CASE and argument LIST
provided for all teams.
**** A TAB ROOM staff that reflects the DIVERSITY of our CIRCUIT,
dedicated to making all participants feel welcome, regardless of their
program's historical commitments to either the old CEDA or NDT
circuits. This year, Mike Davis will be running our tab room. We're
committed to enthusiastically implementing CEDA policies on sexual
harassment and inclusion. We are seeking placement on the official CEDA
calendar, and commit to implement all the policies necessary to have
the tournament accredited for inclusion in the CEDA and NDT rankings
**** An ongoing COMMITMENT TO HOSPITALITY. We will offer breakfast and
extensive snacks on Saturday and Sunday, including high quality coffee
all day long. The tournament is located within one block of Underground
Atlanta, a subterranean mall with a major food court that makes lunch
cheap and convenient both prelim days.
**** Great FACILITIES. We've reserved rooms to accommodate 100 teams
in ONE MAJOR CLASSROOM COMPLEX, so as to minimize room moves. No
cross-campus hikes! Additional rooms will be added if necessary.
**** ON-LINE TOURNAMENT ENTRY. We will be using Jon Bruschke's on-line
tournament entry system, making it easy for you to add and revise teams
**** WELCOME TO ATLANTA. A wonderful international city, Atlanta
underwent major citywide improvements in anticipation of the 1996
Olympics. Great hotels, wonderful restaurants and nightlife, easy to
get around, tons of great things to do within an easy drive from campus
or the tournament hotel. Oh, and the parties don't stop til 8 in the
mornin. They actually shot that video across the street from the
location of our prelim debates.
**** Typically GREAT FALL WEATHER. September usually offers wonderful
early fall weather. Last year, the weather was perfect. A recent check
of the long range weather forecasts for our tournament weekend shows
temperatures projected in the low 70's.
Information about the other logistics of this event are enclosed.
Please move quickly to secure your reservations at the Renaissance
Atlanta Hotel Downtown.
Please join us in Atlanta this September!
Director of Debate
Department of Communication
Georgia State University
1 Park Place
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
tournament e-mail: gsudebate at mindspring.com
non-tournament e-mail: jbellon at mindspring.com
HOTEL. The tournament hotel is the Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown,
located at 590 West Peachtree Street, NW, in Atlanta. We have reserved
a block of 100 rooms at the tournament rate of $79 per night for
double-doubles. For reservations, call 1-888-391-8724 and ask for the
"GSU Debate" group reservations. Please make your reservations as soon
as you reasonably can.
This hotel is remarkably well located. It is about a 5 minute drive
from campus, and is accessible via MARTA?s North Avenue station. It is
also within walking distance of a number of restaurants, including
Atlanta?s famous Varsity restaurant, the largest fast-food
establishment in the world. The hotel offers high-speed internet access
as part of its normal phone usage fee. You can self-park your vehicle
unless it is a large van, in which case you must valet park. In either
case, the fee is only $10 per day, which is amazing for downtown
For schools who wish to claim a tax exemption, the hotel prefers to
receive a copy of the tax exempt form, a purchase order, and to receive
payment via Government issue credit card or state check. Feel free to
call the information number at the Renaissance for details about this
issue - the hotel is eager to work with you.
DIRECTIONS TO THE HOTEL. The hotel's web site is:
This web site includes a "driving directions" option which will give
you excellent directions to the hotel.
TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATION DETAILS. We will debate the official CEDA
resolution. Any student meeting AFA eligibility requirements may enter
the open division. The JV division is restricted to AFA eligible
students in their first or second year of intercollegiate debate. Given
the earliness of the season, hybrid teams will be accepted AND will be
allowed to debate in elims. 9-3-6, 10 minutes prep. We will use
existing side constraints and flip-for-sides procedures in the
elimination round debates. The first two prelim debates will be preset
randomly. We will pair rounds 3 and 4 off the results of rounds 1 and
2. We will pair rounds 5 and 6 off the results of 1-4. Debates after
that (rounds 7-8) will be power matched high-low within brackets.
Clearing teams and speakers will receive awards. We expect all judges
at the tournament to make a decision at the end of the round signifying
that one team has won and the other team has lost the debate, and to
fill in appropriate speaker points and ranks. Ballots attempting to
award a double win or loss will be adjusted to this procedure by use of
a coin toss. We will not break brackets in elimination rounds.
ALL JUDGES are obligated to judge through octafinals, or one round
after their school's last team exits the tournament, whichever comes
CASE LIST: We ask that at registration you provide us with an exact
plan text for the case each of your teams is running, plus the 1AC
outline and 1AC citations. In fact, we would really appreciate it if
you could e-mail us this information earlier in the week preceding the
tournament, but we understand if you're not able to comply. We are
collecting this information for the purpose of producing a
comprehensive case list given a small support staff. The information
you provide us will be kept absolutely confidential, and will not be
released to tournament participants until the morning of the second day
FEES: Entry fees of $100 per Open team and $85 per JV team. Schools
should supply 1 judge for every two teams, regardless of division.
Contact Joe Bellon if you need to hire judges, with as much lead time
as possible. We expect each school to cover their own judging
obligations, and we strongly encourage teams to bring judges whose
reputation will allow them to judge their entire commitment of rounds.
Judges are obligated through the octafinal debate, or one round beyond
the elimination of their teams. If you are willing to be hired, please
contact Bellon immediately - it is likely we will want your services.
ENTERING: We are using Dr. Jon Bruschke's online tournament entry
system. This system can be accessed at
http://commweb.fullerton.edu/jbruschke/web/index.aspx. Please enter
your teams and specify your judging by midnight Tuesday, September 21.
Please contact Joe Bellon if you are planning to enter more than 6
teams in a single division. REGISTRATION: Will occur at the Renaissance
Atlanta Hotel Friday from 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
6:00 - 9:30 p.m. Registration, Marriott Century Center Hotel
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
7:30 - 8:30 Pairings available at GSU Campus
8:30 ROUND 1
10:30 ROUND 2
12:30 Lunch on your own
2:30 ROUND 3
5:00 ROUND 4
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
7:00 - 8:00 Pairings available at GSU Campus
8:00 ROUND 5
10:30 ROUND 6
12:30 Lunch on your own
2:30 ROUND 7*
5:30 ROUND 8*
Teams clearing announced at the tournament hotel
* Elimination rounds in the JV division may begin during rounds 7 and
8, depending on the size of the division and our judging constraints.
If necessary, another JV elim round will be held on Sunday, during the
second elimination round in the Open division.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
7:00 - 8:00 Pairings available, Marriott convention center
8:00 First elimination round in open
AWARDS ASSEMBLY TO FOLLOW the first elimination round.
Rest of elimination rounds to follow, through finals.
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