[eDebate] The eligibility rule
Tue Apr 11 21:43:43 CDT 2006
I have noticed no one is discussing the new eligibility rule, to bring the
CEDA rule in conformity with the NDT standard. I have heard no complaints
about the rule, so I hope that means there is strong support. It needs to
pass by a 2/3 majority, so please support this change.
There is no reason to not support the change, giving students ten semesters
while limiting them to 4 NDTs and 4 CEDAs. That ensures people won't
needlessly stay around and debate. I think it also gives students who had
less experience going into college a better opportunity to become nationally
competitive. Coming out of Ozark, Missouri, I spent most of my frosh year
in JV. I didn't have a chance to attend the NDT as a frosh. I decided to
debate another year because I knew I wouldn't graduate until my 5th year
anyway, and I wanted to become a 4-time qualifier to the NDT. It sounds
dumb, but I still think attending the NDT is an honorable achievement.
Giving students who begin their careers in the JV/Novice division the
opportunity to have two more semesters could really make a difference in the
level of competition they succeed at.
I also think the rule will help out students who begin in 2-year college
programs. Even if they debate for 2-3 years, the eligibility rule means
they will have another 2-3 years when they transfer. This could help
encourage more recruiting for transfers from 2-year schools.
I know these may not seem like overwhelming benefits, but it doesn't matter
because there is no good reason NOT to support the rule. Many students
don't graduate until their 5th year, and they won't be able to attend more
NDTs or CEDAs than anyone else, so the playing field is mostly equal. The
only thing the rule serves as it is now is to prevent people from debating a
full semester both their 4th and 5th years. Don't limit access in such an
arbitrary manner, let them debate!
We gotta stop the ZP of the HC! HOLLA!
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