[eDebate] Las Vegas Classic--the UNLV Debate Tournament Invite

Jacob.Thompson at unlv.edu Jacob.Thompson
Mon Jul 30 18:05:03 CDT 2007

An MS Word version of the invitation is attached to this email.  We look 
forward to seeing you in October.

Dear Colleagues:

The Sanford I. Berman Debate Forum at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas 
is proud to announce its return to NDT/CEDA competition and welcomes the 
entire community to come to UNLV for the first annual Las Vegas Classic 
Debate Tournament.  Registration for the tournament will be held Friday 
October 5, 2007 and competition will occur Saturday October 6 through 
Monday October 8, 2007. 

Please join us in beautiful Las Vegas.

Jacob Thompson
Director, Sanford I. Berman Debate Forum

Joey Battocletti
Assistant Debate Coach

Justin Eckstein
Assistant Debate Coach

For additional information, please contact Jake at

jacob.thompson at unlv.edu
(office) 702-895-3474
(cell) 702-809-9670


The Tournament Hotel for the UNLV Las Vegas Classic tournament will be the 
Alexis Park Resort Hotel located at 375 E. Harmon, Las Vegas, NV 89109. 
Please make reservations by calling the hotel directly toll-free: 
800-582-2228 fax: 702-796-4334.  The tournament rate (just ask for the 
UNLV Debate block rate) is a mere $92 per night, which is an excellent 
deal during peak tourism season in Las Vegas.  Registration for the debate 
tournament (Friday, October 5), release of debate pairings each morning, 
and the Bacchanalian tournament reception on Friday evening, will all be 
held at the Alexis Park.  The cutoff date for block-rate reservations is 
September 19, 2007, so make your reservations early. 

The Alexis Park has set up an entire ballroom with a T1 internet line and 
a wireless router exclusively for visiting debate team to use.  There also 
is high speed internet access available in each of the rooms, but access 
in the ballroom is guaranteed to be fast and free.  In addition, the 
Alexis Park honors every states? higher education tax exemption; please 
bring the appropriate documentation if you wish to receive the tax 


General Information:

We will use debateresults for tournament entries and judge preferences. To 
enter the tournament, go to: 

We will offer varsity, junior varsity, and novice divisions in policy 
debate.  Given any viability for a novice-only division, we will not 
collapse the novice and JV divisions.  We will compile an exhaustive list 
of each school's affirmative and negative arguments, and distribute a 
printed or electronic copy of the case list to each school attending the 
tournament.  Jeff Jarman will run the tab room for the tournament.

We will use the NDT/CEDA policy topic.  There will be seven preliminary 
rounds; rounds 1 and 2 will be preset, 3 and 4 will be paired off 1 and 2. 
 All remaining rounds will be straight power matched.  The time limits 
will be 9-3-6, with 10 minutes of preparation time per team.

We will use the Classroom Building Complex (CBC) as the tournament 
headquarters.  There are technology carts in these rooms.  If you move 
them, disturb them, or otherwise harm them we will be forced to take 
drastic measures.

Deadline: The entry deadline is Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 4:00 p.m., 

Fees:  Entry fees will be $125.00 per team.  As an ?introductory offer? to 
the community, we are offering a one-time discount: Bring four teams to 
our tournament and we will completely waive the entry fees for one of 
those teams (bring 4 teams and 1 competes for free).

Judging: Each school is expected to provide qualified judges to accompany 
their teams. Each school is responsible for providing four rounds of 
judging for each team entered. All judges are committed through the first 
elimination debate on Monday, or one round beyond which their team is 
eliminated.  Judges should be able to cover a school's commitment despite 
potential constraints.  We can not provide hired judging.  If you have 
extra judges available from your school, please let us know?we will almost 
certainly be able to point them toward some school that needs hired 

We will use preference/strike sheets for preliminary and elimination 
debate rounds.  Preferences will be available on the Bruschke system.  All 
judges at the tournament are expected to render a decision where they 
indicate one, and only one, team that won the round (did the better job of 
debating). Judges' ballots not adhering to this principle will be 
"corrected" by the tab room through use of a coin flip.

Elimination rounds: Given an adequate number of teams, and available 
judging for the first and second elimination debates, we will clear up to 
half of the field (although not more than 32 teams) in the varsity 
division, as long as those teams have (at least) a .500 record.

We will not break brackets in elimination rounds. 

Awards: Our awards will be awesome!  They will include large poker chip 
sets for the finalists and champions in all three divisions; additional 
awards will include silver flasks, gigantic Las Vegas belt buckles, and 
other classic Vegas accoutrements. 

Hybrid Teams: We believe in maximizing the competitive opportunities for 
eligible students. Thus, if two schools each have an extra debater, we 
would allow a combined team from two institutions to compete in the 
preliminary rounds of the tournament, and would allow those individuals to 
be eligible to receive speaker awards. They will not be allowed to advance 
to elimination debates in the open division.

Transportation Information:

Fly in to the McCarran International Airport (LAS).  Every major 
air-carrier has regular flights into and out of McCarran.  McCarran does 
happen to be a hub for both Southwest Airlines and Allegiant Air?check 
these carriers? websites for incredibly cheap flights.

Parking: Parking at the tournament hotel is free as is parking at UNLV on 
the weekend.  The tournament will purchase 1-day temporary parking passes 
for all participants on Monday October 8.  In order to receive a free 
parking pass for Monday you will need to send an email to 
battocle at unlv.nevada.edu with a subject line ?UNLV Debate Tournament 
Parking,? and indicate the number of permits that your team needs.  These 
requests must be received no later than noon (CST) on Monday October 1, 
2007.  Please try to minimize the number of permits that you request as we 
are paying for them.

Tournament Schedule:

Friday, September 15

7:00 p.m. ? 9:00 p.m. Registration Alexis Park Hotel Resort.

9:00 p.m. ? 12:00 a.m. (or later/earlier?) Bacchanalian Tournament 
Reception, Alexis Park Hotel Resort.

Saturday, October 6

8:00 a.m. Pairings Released, Rounds 1 & 2, Alexis Park Hotel Resort

8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast, UNLV Campus, Classroom Building Complex 

9:00 a.m. Round 1 Required Starting Time

11:30 a.m. Round 2 Required Starting Time

1:30 p.m. Lunch

3:00 p.m. Round 3 Required Starting Time

5:45 p.m. Round 4 Required Starting Time, All Round 3 ballots should be in

Sunday, October 7

8:00 a.m. Pairings Released, Round 5, Alexis Park Hotel Resort

8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast, UNLV Campus, Classroom Building Complex 

9:00 a.m. Round 5 Required Starting time

11:00 a.m. a bevy of delicious snacks will be available?lunch following 
round 6

12:00 Noon Round 6 Required Starting time

2:00 p.m. Lunch

3:00 p.m. Round 7 Required Starting Time

6:00 p.m. 1st Elimination Round Required Starting Time (both open and 
junior varsity)

9:00 p.m. All ballots should be in

Monday, October 8?Elimination Round Schedule?all elimination rounds take 
place in the Student Union on the UNLV Campus

8:00 a.m. Pairings Released, Alexis Park Hotel Resort

9:00 a.m. Second Elimination Round Required Starting Time

11:30 a.m. Awards Assembly

12:30 Third Elimination Round Required Starting Time

3:00 p.m. Fourth Elimination Round Required Starting Time

6:00 p.m. Fifth Elimination Round Required Starting Time

In case you missed them before?here are our top 11 reasons to consider 
coming to the Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament

1)        IT?S IN LAS VEGAS?This point requires no further explanation. 

2)        HIGH QUALITY COMPETITION?We already have early commitments from 
dozens of schools?all of D9, the bulk of the west, and several schools in 
the Midwest (D3 and D4).  We?re working on other folks? In the past I?ve 
heard rumors that Dallas Perkins and Ken Strange are ?fond? of Las Vegas; 
these are just rumors though.   

3)        LOW COST?You can find incredibly cheap flights to Vegas 
(especially on Southwest and Allegiant Air, but also on all other major 
carriers).  In addition, we?re discounting our entry fees as an 
?introductory offer? to the community.  Bring four teams to our tournament 
and we?ll completely waive the entry fees for one of those teams (bring 
4?1 plays for free).  Our tournament hotel is a mere $92 per night at peak 
season in Las Vegas?that?s one heckuva? deal too. 

4)        HOSPITALITY THAT IS OFF THE HOOK!?Seriously, we?re going ALL 
OUT.  Our goal is to convince you that this is and will continue to be the 
most hospitable tournament in the nation.  There will be a Bacchanalian 
style reception on Friday evening.  We will serve serious breakfasts (no 
stale doughnuts here) and lunches on both Saturday and Sunday.  We will 
provide a TON of snacks throughout all 3 days of competition.  We also 
will hire Elvis Presley (or perhaps an impersonator if the King is 
unavailable) to entertain the tournament.  We already have set up a 
private poker tournament on Monday evening at one of the local casinos 
(professional dealers, cool casino poker room setting, details TBA). 
Finally, we were going to plan a big post-tournament party for Monday, but 
then we realized there is already a party going on....it's Vegas. 

5)        COMPS?One hallmark of classic Vegas is the comps system 
(basically, ?you come here, we give you free stuff?).  To introduce our 
tournament to the NDT/CEDA community, we are going to give you a TON of 
free Vegas-related schwag. 

6)        CENTRALIZED LOCATION?The airport, campus, and tournament hotel 
are all within 5 minutes of one another (they all also are 5 minutes from 
the Las Vegas strip).  Almost all of our rooms will take place in the 
Classroom Building Complex in the center of campus which is 100 yards from 
the UNLV Library and a 2 minute walk from our brand new student union 
(with 5 good restaurants, a Starbucks, and a Jamba Juice) 

7)        WIRELESS?In the hotel and at the tournament, plus access to 
UNLV?s new Lied Library. 

8)        AWESOME TROPHIES?Although most of what happens in Vegas stays in 
Vegas, public evidence of your success at our tournament will be both 
gaudy and fashionable as we will be awarding the winners and finalists in 
all 3 divisions very nice poker chip sets.  Other classic Vegas 
accoutrements like dice sets, stainless steel flasks, and gigantic belt 
buckles, etc will round out the trophy selections. 

9)         SUPPORT A NEW PROGRAM?Despite recent lamentations about the 
decline of NDT/CEDA debate, we just started, and we?re here to stay.  All 
of those who purport to support new and/or beginning debate teams should 
come to our tournament to evince a public display of that support. 

10)        SUPPORT ALL 3 DIVISIONS OF DEBATE?We will offer all 3 divisions 
of competition (N, JV, V)? We expect that the novice and JV divisions will 
stay viable and distinct form one another.  All of you who purport to 
support novice and JV competition should pony up. 

11)         IT?S IN LAS VEGAS?Seriously?your school will pay for you to 
take a trip to America's ultimate vacation destination.  How can you say 

Dr. Jacob Thompson, Ph.D.
Director Sanford I. Berman Debate Forum
Assistant Professor In Residence
Department of Communication Studies
University of Nevada Las Vegas
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