[eDebate] elim pairing question

Mike Davis davismk13
Thu Nov 1 13:59:49 CDT 2007

You only break brackets within a given round. I have always treated the 8/9
debate as the only ocots debate. If you had two debates occurring then you
could break them, but if there is only one then there are no other ocots
debates to draw from.


On 11/1/07, Darren Elliott <delliott at kckcc.edu> wrote:
> Interesting question.  Why in the world would you break brackets?  I
> mean...just kidding : )
> In all seriousness though, without such a clarification in the invite, it
> would probably be best to break the bracket as the invite said, even if it
> means forcing the 6 and 7 to now debate.  Not fun for the 6 and 7 but it
> preserves the rules of the tournament for the 8 and 9.  Of course you could
> always ask the 8 and 9 if they would prefer to just hit each other.  It
> guarantees one of them in Quarters, whereas breaking the brackets means they
> both could lose.
> my .02
> chief
> Darren Elliott
> Director of Debate and Forensics--KCKCC
> CEDA 1st VP
> >>> "Jim Hanson" <hansonjb at whitman.edu> 11/01/07 11:50 AM >>>
> okay--please don't use this as an opportunity to get into a break brackets
> versus don't break brackets debate (really--please):
> but let's say a tournament breaks brackets (just go with that)
> seeds 1-7 are set to bye through partial octas
> seeds 8-9 are set to debate but are from the same school
> do you have seed 6 debate seed 9 and seed 7 debate seed 8 or do you say
> that in this case--sorry, while we break brackets, we will not force teams
> with byes to debate in a partials so no partial octas will occur.
> jim :)
> hansonjb at whitman.edu
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Dr. Michael Davis
Director of Debate/Assistant Professor
James Madison University
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