[eDebate] Ranking Teams for Purpose of Presets
Wed Sep 20 11:54:41 CDT 2006
Pre-set rankings prevent EVERY team from debating schedules which are
too hard OR too easy. They equalize the pre-set draw for all teams.
I certainly welcome any system that would prevent one of my teams --
my top team or my fourth team -- from debating two "first round bid"
calibre teams in pre-set rounds. Random pairings, while equal in
process, are incredibly unequal in results.
It should be said that there is a difficulty with pre-set rankings at
the start of the year in that there is little information to base
the rankings on many new teams/debaters.
On Sep 20, 2006, at 12:43 PM, scottelliott at grandecom.net wrote:
> We need philsopher-kings to divine who the top teams are for pre-
> sets. Only, who
> is watching the Guardians of the elite teams? Why is it that only
> elite teams
> deserve "friendly" pre-set draws. For a bunch of leftist academics,
> elitisim and sense of entitlement is sickening. It seems to me
> that this
> strategy of ranking temas for pre-sets gives an unfair advantage to
> teams that
> did well the previous year, or have some type of "rep," and it also
> to keep bottom feeder/new teams on the bottom.
> It seems to me that it would suck for a small/new program to send
> its teams to a
> big tournamnet, to have them be ranked low and have to hit Harvard
> A, Dartmouth
> A and Emory A in the first three rounds, just so that we can
> prevent--horrors--Dartmouth A from hitting Emory A in the first two
> rounds. I
> mean, if there are eight rounds, there is plenty of rounds left
> after rounds
> one and two to work your way up the "back of the bracket."
> Why you all are at it, why not just have a committee of
> coaches/debaters--obviously the ones that are considered to be the
> --establish who the best teams are before the tournamnet, and just
> striaght to octofinals. We could then email or call the other teams
> and tell
> not to bother showing up because the tournament committee has
> already decided
> who the best teams are.
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