[eDebate] CEDA: Exec Sect Report

NEIL BERCH berchnorto
Mon Oct 29 18:22:00 CDT 2007

A couple of amendment-related thoughts:  I'm sure most of the discussion will be on Jeff's conference proposal, but I'd like to talk about something else (and it would also be cool if amendment sponsors were identified).  Amendment #10 (Final Round Provisions) is a fine idea (leveling the playing field between larger and smaller tournaments by only counting JV or open finals against your quota of three for continued JV eligibility if there are at least full quarters in that division).  The reason I'm posting is that I'm hoping someone will offer a friendly amendment to further specify the phrase "An exception will be made for Junior Varsity national tournaments."  As someone who hosted the largest JV Nationals the past two years, I had to interpret that clause.  I received poison pen emails for my interpretation (which was "The number of finals you've been in or whether you've ever qualified for the NDT doesn't matter; if you are otherwise eligible for JV, you're eligible for JV Nationals.").

I think the interpretation that Towson is using this year ("if a debater begins the year with junior varsity eligibility that person is eligible to compete at this tournament.") and that Georgetown used in 2005 is the best one for competitive equity.  It lets you compete in JV Nationals if you were in your third final or qualified for the NDT during the current competitive season (avoiding the "I bought plane tickets but then qualified for the NDT a week before JV Nationals" problem), but it says that if you qualified for the NDT or were in your third final last season (in your first season of JV eligibility), you're not eligible for JV Nationals this season.  I didn't use that interpretation because I didn't see how it was supported by the wording of the by-law.

I'm hoping that folks will discuss this and perhaps amend this otherwise fine proposal to clarify the "exception" issue in whatever way they deem appropriate (but clarify it for sure).  Perhaps the author of Amendment #10 (Maybe Jim Hanson, who has raised this issue before) would consider adopting Towson-like language as a friendly amendment.

--Neil Berch
West Virginia University

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jeffrey Jarman<mailto:jeffrey.jarman at wichita.edu> 
  To: eDebate eDebate<mailto:edebate at ndtceda.com> 
  Sent: Monday, October 29, 2007 5:52 PM
  Subject: [eDebate] CEDA: Exec Sect Report

  Hello Everyone:  Several items to report.

  First, the business meeting is scheduled for Friday, November 16 at  
  9:30am during the NCA annual meeting in Chicago.  A very full slate  
  of amendments has been submitted.  You can find the amendments, a  
  proxy form, and agenda online.  A complete list of all CEDA-sponsored  
  panels is also available under the Business link on the webpage.

  Second, sweepstakes points have been calculated and a third ranking  
  has been produced.  PLEASE check your points and let me know if there  
  is a problem.  Like last year, I will continue to post the updated  
  points by date so you can see how your standing changes throughout  
  the year.  A comprehensive list of points also is available.  Open  
  the file, scroll to your school, and check out how many points you  
  earned at each tournament.

  Third, several offices are open for nominations.  Please consider  
  running for an office in CEDA.  Mike Davis is the chair of the  
  nominations committee.  He must have your name by the close of the  
  business meeting in Chicago.  You do not need to be present to be  
  nominated.  The positions up for election include 2nd VP, Topic  
  Committee, Treasurer, Executive Secretary, and Regional Reps from  
  Northeast, Mid Atlantic, Rocky Mountain, Southern California, North  
  Central and South Central.

  If you have questions, please let me know.


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