[eDebate] 47th Annual Naval Academy Debate Tournament Invitation
Mon Jan 3 10:41:05 CST 2005
3 January 2005
You are cordially invited to enter the Forty-seventh Annual United States Naval
Academy Debate Tournament. The USNA tournament will take place in historic
Annapolis, Maryland on January 28- 30, 2005. Join us for a weekend of
exceptional team policy debate competition between some of the nation?s premier
The USNA tournament will utilize the 2004-2005 national debate topic:
Resolved: the United States federal government should establish an
energy policy requiring a substantial reduction in the total
non-governmental consumption of fossil fuels in the United States.
The USNA tournament will include Varsity, Junior Varsity and Novice level
competition and feature six preliminary rounds of debate followed by
elimination rounds.* All debates will use the 9-3-6 minute time format. Teams
will receive 10 minutes of preparation time during each debate.
The deadline for entering the USNA tournament is January 15, 2005. The
registration fee is $45.00 for each participant (coaches, debaters and
observers). Please make checks payable to the ?Midshipmen Welfare Fund?.
Each college or university debate program entering the USNA tournament must
provide a qualified critic to judge three preliminary rounds of competition for
each team it enters in this tournament. Entering programs are further required
to provide a critic to judge up to two break rounds of debate beyond the
elimination of their teams from the tournament. In the event your program
cannot fulfill these requirements, a very limited number of ?for-hire? critics
will be available at $125 per two-person team. Please let us know in advance
if you will need to hire judges.
Trophies will be awarded to all teams advancing to the quarter final round.
Trophies will also be awarded to the top ten individual speakers in each
division of debate. The John Jay Pierpont Trophy, an eighteenth-century
silver cup, will be presented to the college or university forensic program that
sponsors the winning the Varsity-level-debate-team. The Pierpont Trophy may be
displayed at the victorious college or university for one calendar year.
Tournament accommodations are available at the Radisson Hotel Annapolis
located at 210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, Maryland 21401 telephone (410)
224-3150 website: www.radisson.com. A special double room rate of $70.00 per
night plus tax is available. The Radisson has guaranteed room rate and availability for tournament participants until January 15th. After January 15th, the Radisson will
only offer rooms subject to availability and only at the going rate. Tournament
registration and coaches? meetings will be held at the Radisson Hotel Annapolis. Contact the Radisson Hotel Annapolis directly to arrange accommodations.
When making reservations request the ?USNA Debate Tournament? room rate.
To ensure a memorable and pleasant experience at the USNA debate tournament
please inform your participants of the following:
1. The tournament will be conducted in academic facilities that will be used
for classes shortly after the conclusion of the event. To help keep the rooms
clean, please dispose of trash in appropriate receptacles.
2. There is absolutely no smoking in any Naval Academy building. Smoking
areas are located outside all USNA buildings. Please dispose of smoking materials
3. Tournament participants are welcome to visit the Officers and Faculty Club
(O&F Club) aboard the Naval Academy. When visiting the O&F Club, be aware that while casual dress is permitted, athletic clothing, jeans or t-shirts are
inappropriate attire. The O&F Club serves lunch daily from 11:00 AM until 2:00
PM. Dinner is served Tuesday through Friday from 5:00 until 9:00 PM. A large
brunch is served on Sunday from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Reservations are always recommended. You may direct questions or reservation requests to (410) 293-2611
4. The Fifteen-Minute Forfeit rule will be in effect. If a team is not ready
to debate 15 minutes after the announced start time of a debate they forfeit
the round. All judges are asked to finish coaching their team 5 minutes before
round start time and get to the rounds they are judging. Judges holding up the
tournament who are fifteen minutes late to their rounds will cause the top team
of the school they are representing to forfeit a debate. It is very important
that this tournament run on time, please help us in this regard.
5. As you register, please be aware that we need security information for each vehicle entering the Naval Academy including: Make, Model, License plate, Driver name, and Driver?s license number.
If you have any questions, please contact me at 410.293.6853. Entry is through the Bruschke system (preferred) or through email and those emails should be addressed to overbey at usna.edu .
Daniel Overbey Keith Gibeling Jonathan Smith
Director of Debate Officer Representative Tournament Logistics
United States Naval Academy
* The USNA Debate Tournament will utilize the following American Debate
Association (ADA) definitions for Novice and Junior Varsity Debaters. Half of competing teams will clear, up to a maximum of 16 per division, as we have room constraints on Sunday evening.
Naval Academy Debate Tournament
January 27-30, 2005
Thursday, January 27
8:30 - 10:00 PM: Early registration, Radisson Hotel Annapolis
Friday, January 28
12:00 - 3:00 PM Registration * Location to be announced
3:30 PM General Meeting - Mahan Auditorium
4:00 PM Round I
6:15 PM Round II
10:00 PM Coaches Reception - Sheraton Barcelo Annapolis Hotel
Saturday, January 29
7:30 AM Continental Breakfast - Mahan Hall
8:00 AM Parings Distributed
8:30 AM Round III
10:45 AM Round IV
1:00 PM Luncheon - Mahan Hall
2:00 PM Round V
4:15 PM Round VI
7:30 PM USNA Tournament Banquet - King Hall
Sunday, January 30
7:30 AM Continental Breakfast - Mahan Hall
7:45 AM Parings Distributed
8:00 AM Elimination Rounds Begin
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