[eDebate] WFA/WSCA 2008 Tournament February 14-17, Boulder CO

Derek T Buescher dbuescher
Thu May 24 14:29:56 CDT 2007

Western States Communication Association Forensic Tournament

Boulder, Colorado

February 14-17, 2008


The Western Forensics Association is pleased to invite you to the Western States Communication Association Annual Forensic Tournament to be held in Boulder, Colorado February, 14-17, 2008. 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, and students.  We hope you will be able to take advantage of this excellent opportunity.      


This year's WSCA forensic tournament will be at the Millennium Harvest House Hotel in downtown Boulder, Colorado. The hotel location, across the street from the CU Boulder campus, provides an ideal venue for our tournament. A short distance from the Convention hotel in Broomfield, the location also 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. 


The 2008 Tournament will feature CEDA/NDT, NPDA style parliamentary, and Worlds Style debate. 



Tournament Hotel

The tournament hotel is the Millennium Harvest House Hotel in Boulder. We have negotiated a range of room rates from $99.00 per room (plus tax) single/double occupancy, $109.00 per room (plus tax) triple occupancy and $119.00 per room (plus tax) for quadruple occupancy. "Superior level" rooms are an additional $30.00/night and a rollaway charge is $15.00/night. Group rates are available three days prior to and three days post the actual meeting dates. You may wish to take advantage of the Millennium rates (less than the conference hotel) if you plan to stay in the Boulder/Broomfield area for the WSCA conference. Because competition takes place in the hotel, all schools are required to stay at the Millennium Harvest 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 15 through the end of the tournament.  Accordingly, the room must be reserved starting no later than Thursday, February 14, 2007 if you are competing in IEs. Schools competing in debate only may arrive on Friday.


Each school is responsible to make their own reservations at the hotel.  The reservation deadline is January 24, 2008. Our block of room will be released after this date and the rates will become more expensive. Individual reservations must be made by 5:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on the cut off date.  The hotel is going to create a forthcoming URL to expedite the reservation process.  Guests may call 1(800) 545-6285 or 1(303) 443-3850 and ask for the Reservations Department.  Guests may be also send e-mail reservations directly to the Hotel at millboulderres at mill-usa.com.  When making your reservations indicate you are with the "College Forensics Speech & Debate Tournament." A valid major credit card or other satisfactory deposit must secure reservations.  Each reservation for which the required deposit or guarantee has been received is guaranteed for arrival until 6:00am the day following the scheduled arrival date.  Deposits are refundable to the guest if the Hotel receives notice of cancellation no later than 24 hours before the scheduled arrival date.




The entry deadline is 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 11, 2008.  Entries should be emailed to dbuescher at ups.edu or faxed to 253-879-6111. Any changes after Tuesday, February 12 should be e-mailed to the above address or faxed to Derek Buescher at the Millennium Harvest Hotel-303-442-3821. 


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.



Individual Events:

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. 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




We will offer the standard NPDA and CEDA 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 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 12, 2008

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 First Place                                                        12 points

World Second Place                                                     10 points

Worlds Third Place                                                       8 points

Worlds Fourth Place                                                     6 points

Policy, or Parli debate First Place                                  20 points

Policy, or Parli debate Second Place                             16 points

Policy, or Parli debate semi-finalist                                10 points

Policy, or Parli debate quarter-finalist                6 points

Policy, or Parli debate octa-finalist                                2 points


Tournament Schedule

Friday, February 15, 2007

8:30                 Pattern A, Round 1

10:00               Pattern A, Round 2

11:30               Pattern A, Round 3

1:00                 Lunch

2:00                 Parli and Worlds Round 1

3:30                 Pattern B, Round 1

5:00                 Parli and Worlds Round 2

6:30                 Pattern B, Round 2


Saturday, February 16, 2008

8:30                 Parli and Worlds Round 3 and Policy 1

10:00               Pattern B, Round 3

11:30              Parli and Worlds Round 4 and Policy 2 

1:00                 Lunch

2:00                 IE Finals

2:30                 Policy Round 3

3:30                 Parli Round 5 and Worlds Round 4

5:30                 Parli and Worlds Round 5 Policy Round 4


Sunday, February 17, 2006

8:30                 First Debate Elim

10:00               Parli and Worlds 2nd Elim 

11:30               Awards (IE Awards may occur on Saturday evening prior to Round 6)

12:15               Policy 2nd Elim, Parli and Worlds 3rd Elim 

2:00                 Parli and Worlds 4th Elim (continue Elim debates as necessary)

3:00                 Policy 3rd Elim 

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