[eDebate] Shirley Classic Invitation
Mon Oct 1 21:31:18 CDT 2007
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Intercollegiate policy debate programs are invited to enter two teams in
the 2007 Franklin R. Shirley Classic, November 10-12, 2007, hosted by
Wake Forest University. Schools may enter more than two teams subject to
the conditions listed below.
There is a bunch of new and nifty stuff, including a pre-tournament
conference and a celebration in honor of Allan Louden. Read on.
Entries of two teams per school will be accepted until midnight October
16 on a first come, first served basis until we have reached our 150
team limit (this limit is necessary due to classroom and other facility
Schools may apply for more teams by adding them to the waitlist subject
to the following:
As space permits, we will take additional teams, up to a total of four
teams per school, as long as ALL THREE OR FOUR teams have cleared to
elims in TWO varsity tournaments this fall. If both debaters on the team
EITHER cleared twice this fall OR qualified for NDT in the past OR
reached elimination rounds at CEDA Nationals in the past, the team is
considered to have met the "cleared twice" requirement. No fourth team
from a school will be accepted until all eligible third teams from other
schools have been accepted.
Waivers of the entry rules may be granted at the discretion of the WFU
JUDGING (note, there are some new wrinkles here):
Each school must provide 4 rounds of prelim judging for each of their
first two teams and 5 rounds of judging for each additional team.
If you are hiring judging from outside of your school?s staff/alumni,
and the tournament cannot place your judges into the required number of
rounds, the tournament reserves the right to: 1) adjust the judging
obligations of your judges (adding rounds of commitment to those of your
judges who are easier to place), and/or 2) charge your school $30.00 per
round of unmet obligation.
As a norm, all coaches are expected to make themselves available for at
least some judging.
Prelim rounds must be decided within two hours and forty-five minutes of
the posted start time of the debate. The tab room will flip a coin to
determine the winner when the judge cannot decide in time.
Judges must vote for one and only one team in each debate and must
assign speaker points and ranks.
A 50 point scale will be used. Descriptions of the scale?s ?meaning?
will be provided (and contested, no doubt)
CASELIST and SCOUTING
Participating teams and schools are expected to contribute to
http://opencaselist.wikispaces.com/ and should provide their most recent
affirmative and negative information by the Tuesday before the
tournament at latest. Teams and schools should cooperate with Wake
Forest students and staff assigned to gather the material.
All debates are open to the public and observers are free to use audio
or video recording of the debates for their own personal use and for
inclusion in tournament caselist and scouting media.
TABULATION and PAIRING STUFF
We will use an ordinal MPJ system run on STA. Rounds one and two preset.
All other prelims power paired hi-low within brackets. Round 6 paired
off results of 1-4. No other powered rounds are lag paired. Top 32 teams
clear on basis of adjusted points, opp wins, total points, twice
adjusted points, ranks, random number. Brackets broken in elims. Side
equalization procedure used for elims.
Tournament fees are $60.00 per person (debaters, coaches, judges, scouts).
The Sundance, 3050 University Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Flat rate: 79.99 per room per night plus taxes and fees
Includes wireless internet (they have increased their capacity),
parking, and continental breakfast daily.
All elims will be held here.
Deadline: rates available until 10-16-2007.
Special needs or problems re hotel? Sales contact there is Sheila Small,
shefaysmall at yahoo.com <mailto:shefaysmall at yahoo.com>
For vans of all sizes, ask for the Wake Forest Debate rate at Triangle,
Krispy Kreme, coffee, juice, bagels in the mornings. Water, sodas,
aspirin, snacks throughout. Lunch on Sunday. Banquet Sunday night.
Special party to honor Allan Louden (see below) plus the usual Survivors
Party? on Monday night after the start of the final round.
SPECIAL RECEPTION HONORING ALLAN LOUDEN
Allan Louden deserves a good party and he?ll get one. He came to Wake in
the fall of 1977. He was Director of Debate until July of 2007. All
coaches are invited to a party in Allan?s honor from 7 to 9 pm on
Friday, November 9. No pairings will be released until 9 pm.
Join us for the pre-tournament ?(Un)conference? with sessions Friday
from 10 until noon, and 1 pm to 3 pm. Both debaters and coaches are
welcome to participate at no charge.
A public debate will be held at 4 pm (subject to schedule/travel
glitches, Glenn Greenwald will debate Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on the
subject of civil liberties and the ?war on terrorism?).
The conference will have a wiki where participants can brainstorm ideas
for break out ?panels? and create supply and demand for talks and small
Some ideas for sessions: 2008-9 topic proposals, tournament management
and hosting best practices, how to save money on travel, innovative use
of web and internet technology, how to publicize debate, how grow your
budget, open source evidence and briefs, what works (and doesn?t) in
outreach efforts to middle and high schools, how to grow and groom your
alumni base, building bridges to local and national politics.
Ultimately, the sessions will be shaped by the participants. The
(un)conference is motivated by the belief that debaters and coaches get
too little time to step back and share ideas, questions, and concerns
with one another.
Friday, November 9
Pre-tournament conference morning and afternoon sessions
Public Debate, 4 pm
Registration 6-9 pm
Party honoring Allan Louden, 7-9 pm
Pairings, rounds 1 and 2, 9 pm
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Four debates, rounds begin at 8 am
Rounds 1 and 2 are pre-set.
Rounds 3 and 4 are individually paired, high-low.
Four debates, rounds begin at 8 am
Rounds 5 and 6 are lag paired high-low.
Rounds 7 and 8 are individually paired, high-low.
Banquet, 8:30 pm
Elims (side equalized, brackets broken) begin with double octas at 8 am
LOOK FOR MORE DETAILS coming soon at http://groups.wfu.edu/debate/
Ross K. Smith
Director of Debate
Wake Forest University
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