[eDebate] USNA Tournament Invitation--January 25-27, 2008

Danielle Verney daisy_verney
Mon Nov 19 11:04:38 CST 2007


Dear Colleague, You are cordially invited to enter the Fiftieth Annual United States Naval Academy Debate Tournament. The USNA tournament will take place in historic Annapolis, Maryland on January 25-27, 2008. Join us for a weekend of exceptional team policy debate competition between some of the nation?s premier forensic programs. The USNA tournament will utilize the 2007-2008 national debate topic. The USNA tournament will include Varsity, Junior Varsity and Novice level competition and feature six preliminary rounds of debate followed by elimination rounds.* All debates will use the 9-3-6 minute time format. Teams will receive 10 minutes of preparation time during each debate. The deadline for entering the USNA tournament is January 15, 2008. The registration fee is $50.00 for each participant (coaches, debaters and observers). Please make checks payable to the ?Midshipmen Welfare Fund?. Each college or university debate program entering the USNA tournament mustprovide a qualified critic to judge three preliminary rounds of competition for each team it enters in this tournament. Entering programs are further required to provide a critic to judge up to TWO break rounds of debate beyond the elimination of their teams from the tournament. In the event your program cannot fulfill these requirements, a very limited number of ?for-hire? critics will be available at $125 per two-person team. Please let us know in advance if you will need to hire judges.  (PLEASE NOTE: We are committed to assisting new programs and programs with limited budgets.  Please contact us if you are interested in attending the USNA tournament but your program?s budget cannot accommodate it?we will do all we can to assist you.) Trophies will be awarded to all teams advancing to the quarter final round.  Trophies will also be awarded to the top ten individual speakers in each division of debate. The John Jay Pierpont Trophy, an eighteenth-century silver cup, will be presented to the college or university forensic program that sponsors the winning the Varsity debate team. The Pierpont Trophy may be displayed at the victorious college or university for one calendar year. Tournament accommodations are available at the Doubletree Hotel Annapolis located at 210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, Maryland 21401 telephone (410)224-3150. A special double room rate is available. The Doubletree has guaranteed room rate and availability for tournament participants until January 15th. After January 15th, the Doubletree will only offer rooms subject to availability and only at the going rate. Tournament registration and coaches? meetings will be held at the Doubletree Hotel Annapolis. Contact the Doubletree Hotel Annapolis directly to arrange accommodations.  When making reservations request the ?USNA Debate Tournament? room rate. To ensure a memorable and pleasant experience at the USNA debate tournament please inform your participants of the following: 1.      The Tournament will be governed by ADA rules.2.      The tournament will be conducted in academic facilities that will be used for classes shortly after the conclusion of the event. To help keep the rooms clean, please dispose of trash in appropriate receptacles. It has become difficult to obtain rooms lately at the Academy so please respect both the cleanliness of the room and the materials within it.3.       There is absolutely no smoking in any Naval Academy building. Smoking areas are located outside all USNA buildings. Please dispose of smoking materials responsibly.4.      Tournament participants are welcome to visit the Officers and Faculty Club (O&F Club) aboard the Naval Academy. When visiting the O&F Club, be aware that while casual dress is permitted, athletic clothing, jeans or t-shirts are inappropriate attire. The O&F Club serves lunch daily from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Dinner is served Tuesday through Friday from 5:00 until 9:00 PM. A large brunch is served on Sunday from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Reservations are always recommended. You may direct questions or reservation requests to (410) 293-2611.5.      The Fifteen-Minute Forfeit rule will be in effect. If a team is not ready to debate 15 minutes after the announced start time of a debate they forfeit the round. All judges are asked to finish coaching their team 5 minutes before round start time and get to the rounds they are judging. Judges holding up the tournament who are fifteen minutes late to their rounds will cause the top team of the school they are representing to forfeit a debate. It is very important that this tournament run on time, please help us in this regard.6.      If you have any questions, please contact me at 410.293.6853. Entry is through the Bruschke system (preferred) or through email, and those emails should be addressed to verney at usna.edu .  We look forward to enjoying the fine Annapolis-in-January weather with you this year!   Sincerely,Danielle Verney O?Gorman LT Matthew Sullivan MIDN Sean HurleyDirector of Debate Officer Representative Tournament LogisticsUnited States Naval Academy
 
 * The USNA Debate Tournament will utilize the American Debate Association (ADA) definitions for Novice and Junior Varsity Debaters. Half of competing teams will clear, up to a maximum of 16 per division, as we have room constraints on Sunday evening.
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