[eDebate] West Point Tournament Invite

Scrocca, J. MAJ SOCSCI Joseph.Scrocca
Sun Aug 20 08:18:26 CDT 2006

39th Annual West Point Debate Tournament


I am pleased to invite you to the 39th annual West Point Debate
Tournament from 27 October to 29 October, 2006.  This year's tournament
will feature six preliminary rounds, two on Friday and four on Saturday,
with elimination rounds on Sunday in open, junior varsity and novice
divisions.  Tournament entries must be received by October 25, 2006.
Entries after that date are subject to room availability.  By tradition
we will host the awards brunch on Sunday morning at the West Point Club
overlooking the Hudson River.  Entry fees will cover continental
breakfast and lunch on Saturday and brunch on Sunday as well as snacks
throughout the tournament. 

Tournament fees: $90 per team. Meal fee for judges (to cover breakfast,
lunch, brunch and snacks) is $25.  New programs with limited budgets may
submit a request for their fees to be lowered for the tournament. 

Our tournament is CEDA sanctioned and will comply with the underlying
principles of CEDA's Statement on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination
and the Statement of Ethical Principles. 


If you have any questions, please call me at (845) 938-3383 (office),
(845) 661-4477 (cell) or by e-mail at joseph.scrocca at usma.edu. On the
day of the tournament you should contact the Tab Room at (845) 938-7503
as cell phones do not work in our academic facility.  Hope to see you at
West Point. 



Joe Scrocca
Tournament Director 





39th Annual West Point Debate Tournament 
October 27 - October 29, 2006
United States Military Academy at West Point, NY 


*         Entry and Deadlines: Tournament entries, including all
contestant and judge conflicts should be made through Jon Bruschke's
www.debateresults.com website.     Please enter the tournament by
October 25, 2006. Be sure to phone or e-mail late entries or any last
minute changes. 


*         Resolution: The tournament will be debating the 2006-07 CEDA
Resolution, which is:


Resolved: The United States Supreme Court should overrule one or more of
the following decisions: Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833
(1992); Ex parte Quirin, 317 U.S. 1 (1942); U.S. v. Morrison, 529 U.S.
598 (2000); Milliken v. Bradley, 418 U.S. 717 (1974). 


*         Format: Three divisions of debate will be offered: novice,
junior varsity, and varsity.

o       Time limits for speeches are 9-3-6 with ten minutes of
preparation time. 

o       There will be six preliminary rounds. Rounds one and two will be
pre-set. Rounds three through six will be power matched. 

o       We will use random judging.  

o       An appropriate number of elimination rounds will be offered in
accordance with applicable rules and based on the size of the

o       Entries: Enter as many teams as you like in each of the three
divisions.  If entries exceed room availability, latecomers may be
Eligibility for participation in the division is governed by the
CEDA rules. 

*         Awards: Awards will be awarded for the top sixteen teams in
each division and for the top ten speakers in each division. The first
place varsity team will also take home the traveling trophy (saber) for
one year. 


*         Fees: Entry fees are $90 per team, $25 per coach, judge and/or
observer. Make checks payable to Directorate of Cadet Activities. Fees
include trophies, food, and the awards brunch on Sunday for all team
participants, coaches, and judges.  


*         Judging:  One judge is required for every two teams entered
and must be entered on the Bruschke site with their conflicts and any
division qualifications.  Uncovered teams will be charged an additional
$100 judging fee. Judging obligations extend through the octa-final
round or one round beyond that in which your team is eliminated. IF YOU
unless the team has made other arrangements.  All judges must render a
decision no later than two hours after the scheduled start of the round.
If 2 hours and 15 minutes have  elapsed we will flip a coin to determine
the next round's pairing.


*         Hotel information: Note -- West Point is "geographically
challenged." The best selection of hotels is in the Newburgh area,
approximately 30 minutes from the tournament.  If you'd prefer a closer
hotel book early because many hotels are already sold out.   


1) Clarion Hotel, Newburgh, 1-845-564-9020

Approximately 30 minute from USMA

Group Rate $95-115 depending on occupancy, Breakfast Included

"West Point Debate Tournament"  80 rooms reserved


2) Comfort Inn Newburgh, 1-845-567-0567
Approximately 35 minute from USMA
Approximate Rate: $90 a night, Continental Breakfast Included
3) Hampton Inn Newburgh, 1-845-567-9100
Approximately 40 minutes from USMA
Approximate Rate: $135  

4) U S Academy Motel
618,17523179522678885082> , (845) 446-2021

Highland Falls, NY, Approximately 1 mile from USMA

Limited availability

5) West Point Motel
618,8748017386877056930> , (845) 446-4180

Highland Falls, NY, Approximately 1 mile from USMA

Limited availability

6) Palisade Motel
618,8614606736973930147> , (845) 446-9400

Highland Falls, NY, Approximately 1 mile from USMA 

Limited availability



*         Directions: To West Point: West Point is in the Hudson Valley
approximately one hour north of NYC. Access via the NY Thruway (84) to
9W South, exit at 218 and follow signs to West Point or, the New Jersey
Turnpike (I-95) to the Palisades Parkway to Bear Mountain Bridge then
follow the signs to West Point. 
* Enter through Thayer Gate. 


*         Tournament Registration: Registration will be held in Thayer
Hall Friday 
afternoon from 1:00 pm to 4:00 p.m. Off load tubs and evidence on Thayer
Roof. Parking will be in the parking lots around the ball field.  Please
be aware classes will be in session during registration and we ask all
teams to please be quiet in the halls.  


*         Transportation:   The closest airport is Stewart International
Airport in Newburgh New York. Other airports in the region include
Newark (1.5 - 2 hours), LaGuardia and JFK (1.5 - 2 hours depending on
traffic). Consult your travel agent and MapQuest for driving directions.
The closest train is Garrison (approx. 11 miles across the river). 


*         Post security is in effect. Please ensure that all debaters
carry a photo ID with them at all times. Vans will be subject to a
routine search at the gate (plan on an extra 10 minutes). Enter post at
Thayer Gate. 



 ** We're using military time to indicate that we will start rounds


Friday, 27 October 
1300-1600 Registration 
Thayer Hall 
1700-1900 Round 1 
Thayer Hall 
1900-2100 Round 2 
Thayer Hall 


Saturday, 28 October 
0700-0800 Continental Breakfast 
Thayer Rotunda 
0800-1000 Round 3 
Thayer Hall 
1015-1215 Round 4 
Thayer Hall 
1215-1315 Lunch and District Coaches' Meeting (LOC TBA) 
Thayer Rotunda 
1330-1530 Round 5 
Thayer Hall 
1600-1800 Round 6 
Thayer Hall 

(If Double Octs are needed they will take place on Saturday from


Sunday, 29 October
0700-0800 Coffee and Juice 
Thayer Rotunda 
0800-1000 Octafinals 
Thayer Hall 
1000-1130 Brunch and Awards 
Thayer Hall 
1200-1430 Quarterfinals 
Thayer Hall 
1500-1700 Semifinals 
Thayer Hall 
1800-2000 Final Round 
Thayer Hall 





Joe Scrocca

Joe Scrocca

Major, US Cavalry

United States Military Academy

Department of Social Sciences

West Point, NY 10996

Office: 845-938-3383

Cell: 845-661-4477

Fax: 845-938-4563


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