[eDebate] Western States Forensics Tournament Invite, Feb. 16-18, 2007
Derek T Buescher
Fri Oct 6 16:05:53 CDT 2006
Along with Whitman College, I am pleased to invite you (officially) to attend the 2007 Western States Forensics tournament to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Seattle, Washington February, 16-18, 2007.
The invite (with the exception of the schedule) is pasted below.
A few highlights:
1. The tournament hotel is in a fantastic location in downtown Seattle and a mere two blocks from the WSCA conference hotel. The proximity of tournament and conference will enable you and your students greater access to the conference and, hopefully, your colleagues greater access to the tournament. This represents a wonderful opportunity for you to showcase you and your students' work to your colleagues.
2. We currently plan to offer World's Style debate. This will be contingent on sufficient entries, but we hope this event makes.
3. The tournament hotel is the Crowne Plaza in downtown Seattle. You will be able to make reservations between October 18, 2006 and January 26, 2007 for the tournament dates (+/- 3 days). You MUST stay at the hotel to participate in the tournament. Please make your reservations early as after January 26, 2007 the rates will increase markedly.
4. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail at dbuescher at ups.edu.
5. Please pass this information along to those you know who may be interested but are not on this board.
Western States Communication Association Forensic Tournament
February 16-18, 2007
In conjunction with Whitman College, the Western Forensics Association is pleased to invite you to the Western States Communication Association Annual Forensic Tournament to be held in Seattle, Washington February, 16-18, 2007. Many forensic directors attend the WSCA conference following the tournament and some even provide an opportunity for some of their students to do the same. The WSCA tournament is designed to provide excellent competition for your students as well as academic enrichment for yourself, other members of your forensic staff, as well as your students. We hope you will be able to take advantage of this excellent opportunity.
This year's WSCA forensic tournament will be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Seattle, Washington. The hotel location, two blocks from the conference hotel, enables faculty and student integration between the tournament and the conference. We will continue to work with the WSCA Executive Council to enable you and your students opportunities to participate in both the tournament and the conference.
NB: We will likely offer World's Style debate at the tournament. The exact details on judges, fees, etc. will be forthcoming.
The tournament hotel is the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Seattle. We have negotiated a rate of $129.00 per room (plus tax). This rate applies for one or four persons per room with a surcharge of $20.00 for each additional person and $25.00 rollaway charge. Although the rate is higher than we have paid in the past, it is an exceptional rate for a downtown location. In addition, the Crowne Plaza was the only hotel in the greater Seattle area that could accommodate the tournament needs for space. Group rates are available three days prior to and three days post the actual meeting dates. You may wish to take advantage of the Crowne Plaza rates (less than the conference hotel) if you plan to stay in Seattle for the WSCA conference. Because competition takes place in the hotel, all schools are required to stay at the Crowne Plaza provide hotel and provide rooms for competition use. You must supply one room for every grouping of 1-2 debate teams and 1-6 individual event entries. Rooms to be used for competition must be available from 8:00 am on Friday, February 16 through the end of the tournament. Accordingly, the room must be reserved starting no later than Thursday, February 15, 2007.
Each school is responsible to make their own reservations at the hotel. The reservation deadline is January 26, 2007. Our block of room will be released on after this date and the rates will become much more expensive. To make reservations call the Hotel reservations department at 800-521-2762. To receive the contract rates, the attendees should identify the group as "Western States Forensics Speech and Debate Tournament."
The WSCA Speech Activities Coordinator is Derek Buescher. Jim Hanson will run parliamentary debate tab. Matt Taylor will run individual event tab. Melissa Franke and Robert Trapp will assist tabulation. In the event "World's Style" debate is offered a tab manager will be announced.
The entry deadline is 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 12, 2007. Entries should be emailed to dbuescher at ups.edu or faxed to 253-879-6111. Any changes after Wednesday, February 15 should be e-mailed to the above address or faxed to Derek Buescher at the Crowne Plaza Hotel-206-223-3750.
Eligibility and Divisions
Any regularly enrolled undergraduate college student may represent the school at which they are pursuing a degree. In individual events, students may participate in open division, but only those students with less than four semesters of collegiate competition in individual events may participate in junior division. Similarly, all debaters may compete in open division. Only those students with less than four full semesters of college debate experience may participate in junior division.
The WSCA tournament follows the rules of the AFA NIET. Students may enter a maximum of three individual events per pattern, and only two if one of the events is extemp. Students with multiple entries in a pattern are responsible for getting to their competition rooms on time. Please keep in mind this is a "vertical tournament" dependent upon elevators to access rooms. The tabulation staff will make every effort to localize competition rooms, but this may be out of our control. It is the student's responsibility to make it within the allotted time to their events.
Pattern A: Extemp, Informative, CA, DI, POI, Poetry
Pattern B: Impromptu, Persuasive, ADS, Prose, Duo
As an experiment, this year we will offer two styles of debate. We will offer the standard NPDA debate along with 4-team debate (also called World Universities Debate or British Parliamentary Debate). Only four total teams, designated at registration, may earn sweepstakes points. NPDA Debate will follow the rules of the National Parliamentary Debate Association. World's Style debate is contingent upon sufficient entries.
Finding qualified judges is frequently a problem at the WSCA tournament. We will gladly hire you if you can judge beyond your commitment. If you know of qualified individuals who would like to be hired, please have them contact the Speech Activities Coordinator.
Each institution must provide at least one qualified judge. Judges must possess a BA or equivalent degree, or obtain Speech Activities Coordinator's prior approval. One judge covers two debate teams and six IE slots. Each school must provide a judge to cover the first two debate teams and the first four IE slots. A judge may be hired through the tournament to cover an institution's additional entries. In the event the tournament is unable to provide judging to cover a school's entries, the school may be required to withdraw students from competition. If you have a particular problem meeting your institution's judging requirements contact the Speech Activities Coordinator.
We are trying to keep fees low, but hired judges are very expensive. In addition, we were unable to negotiate free access to the tab room and meeting rooms in the hotel. For this reason, we have been forced to add a facilities fee to cover this expense.
School fee $50.00 per school
Facility fee $50.00 per school
Debate entry fee $50.00 per team
Individual event entry fee $ 7.00 per contestant per event
Hired debate judges $75.00 per uncovered debate team (one judge covers two teams)
Hired events judges $15.00 per uncovered IE slot (one judge covers 6 slots)
Fees will be assessed as of 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Please make checks payable to University of Puget Sound.
Awards will be presented to finalists in all events. Sweepstakes awards will be presented for debate, individual events, and overall excellence. Sweepstakes awards will be based on the following point system:
1st place IE 9 points
2nd place IE 7 points
3rd place IE 4 points
Finalists IE 2 points
Worlds or Parli debate First Place 20 points
Worlds or Parli debate Second Place 16 points
Worlds or Parli debate semi-finalist 10 points
Worlds or Parli debate quarter-finalist 6 points
Worlds or Parli debate octa-finalist 2 points
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