[eDebate] 2008 NDT Invitation

John Fritch john_fritch
Fri Feb 8 14:17:10 CST 2008

                        62nd  NATIONAL DEBATE TOURNAMENT, 2008
February, 2008
Dear Colleague:
Plans are nearing completion for the 62nd National Debate Tournament to be held on the campus of California State University-Fullerton. Registration for the tournament will take place on Thursday, March 27. Competition will take place on Friday, March 28, through Monday, March 31. 
This brief letter will provide information on the tournament location, qualifying processes, eligibility certification, and entry for the tournament 
TOURNAMENT HOTEL.  The tournament hotel will be the Wyndham Anaheim Park.  Reservations may be made at 714-992-1700 with the block for the "National Debate Tournament."  Deadline is 3/10/2008.  Rate is $99.  If you encounter difficulties, ask for Mary Ferguson or Diane Medlin.
TOURNAMENT WEB SITE.  Information about the tournament may also be found at http://commweb.fullerton.edu/jbruschke/web/home.aspx.
1.                          All debates are governed by the rules of the National Debate Tournament and the American Forensics Association. The documents governing the administration of the National Debate Tournament may be found at http://groups.wfu.edu/NDT/Documents/goveringdocs.html. 
2.                          Effective with the 2007 NDT, teams qualifying for the tournament must provide THIRTEEN rounds of judging. This is an increase from the twelve that was required previously.
3.                          Individuals in attendance at the National Debate Tournament who provide significant coaching to, or argument production for, any team participating in the NDT should be required to enter the judging pool on a supplemental strike sheet for at least four debates or, if it is more appropriate, provide a significant equivalent contribution to the tournament as defined by the tournament host or director.
QUALIFICATION PROCESS.  The selection process, altered before the 1994 NDT, remains in place for the 2008 NDT.  Beginning in 1999, any unfilled second round at large bids may be awarded to third teams from a school which has applied for second round bids.  An even number of teams will be maintained in the tournament, but more than six schools may have a second team if second round bids are not filled in the normal process.  A complete set of the NDT rules and procedures may be found at www.wfu.edu/organizations/NDT/.
AT LARGE APPLICATION PROCESS.  The process for first and second round at large bids will be the same as that established in 2004.  The number of preliminary rounds required for a team to count toward bid allocations is 18.  All teams selected through the Second Round At-Large process must have a 50% or greater preliminary round win-loss record in rounds on the fall CEDA topic or its NDT topic parallel immediately prior to the District tournament or at the time of submission for second round bids.  Those subscribing schools wishing to nominate their teams for At-Large consideration must submit copies of their completed electronic Official NDT At-Large Application (without covering letters or other supplementary materials). Applications must be received by the dates listed below. Schools submitting at-large applications must have paid their NDT subscription fee prior to submitting their application for the bid to be considered. In addition, all teams wishing to be considered for an at-large bid must pay $50.00 to the treasurer of the NDT Board of Trustees. A system has been set up to pay using Paypal at www.americanforensics.org, or the treasurer also will accept a check or money order made out to the NDT, RECEIVED BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE, sent to the following address: 
Sherry Hall
324 Franklin Street
Cambridge, MA  02139
The electronic at-large bid form may be found at: http://commweb.fullerton.edu/jbruschke/web/index.aspx.
ENTERING THE TOURNAMENT.  ENTRIES ARE DUE MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2008.  The process for entering the tournament will be the same as for the 2006 National Debate Tournament.  Online entries will be accepted using the web site and methods used for many invitational tournaments during the year.  The web site may be found at http://commweb.fullerton.edu/jbruschke/web/index.aspx.
JUDGING PHILOSOPHIES. Judging philosophies should be posted to www.debateresults.com no later than March 17, 2008. The NDT may impose a $50 fine on institutions which have not supplied judging philosophies by March 17. The NDT may impose an additional $50 fine if judging philosophies are not available at the time of registration.
FEES.  The Board of Trustees has set the fees for the 2008 NDT. The fees are $100.00 per team. Participant fees will be established before the tournament for debaters, judges, and observers. Persons traveling with the team will be charged for the banquets and other meal functions. 
        Attached you will find a tournament schedule, a list of the NDT Committee members and their addresses, and a copy of the NDT judge philosophy form.
Please join us in Fullerton for the 62nd National Debate Tournament.
John Fritch
Director, National Debate Tournament
                                TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Thursday, March 27
        9:00-11:00           Registration
        11:00 - 2:00         NDT Board of Trustees Meeting
        1:00-4:00             NDT Committee Meeting
        4:00-5:00             Late Registration
        7:30                     Reception and Pre-Tournament Awards
Friday, March 28         
            7:45 AM         Continental Breakfast
            8:00                 Announcement of Round I
          11:45 PM           Announcement of Round II
            2:00                 Lunch
            4:00                 Announcement of Round III        
Saturday, March 29
            8:00 AM          Announcement of Round IV
            11:15               Lunch
            12:30 PM         Announcement of Round V
            5:15                 Announcement of Round VI
Sunday, March 30
            8:00 AM          Announcement of Round VII
            11:15               Lunch
            12:45 PM         Announcement of Round VIII
             5:00                Announcement of First Elimination Round
             8:00                Awards Banquet
Monday, March 31      
            7:15 AM          Drawing of Octofinal judges
            7:30                 Announcement of Octofinals
            8:30                 Octofinal round begins
                                    (Rounds continue throughout the day)
                        FIRST ROUND AT LARGE BIDS
Must be received by
        Committee Members                                February 14 (5PM CST)
Committee calls or e-mail to Director                February 16-17
Director Announces                              February 18
                        DISTRICT PROCEDURES
Declaration of intent to attend District                February 19
Announcement of district bids                           February 20
                        SECOND ROUND AT LARGE BIDS
Must be received by
        Committee Members                                March 6 (5 PM CST)
Committee calls or e-mail to Director                March 8-9
Director announces                               March 10            
Dr. Timothy O?Donnell, NDT Chair
University of Mary Washington
Department of English, Linguistics, and Speech
1301 College Ave.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
timothyodonnell at gmail.com
Office Phone: 540-654-1252
Revised 2-16-94
NAME _______________________  INSTITUTION _____________________________
POSITION _______________________       YEARS OF COACHING _______________
NUMBER OF TOURNAMENTS THIS YEAR _______________________
The following questions represent some of the issues you may want to discuss in your judge philosophy.  They serve as a guideline.  Please try to make the philosophy relevant AS APPLICABLE to the current topic.  It is understood that many of your positions may be altered by specific situations.  Please limit yourself to ONE photocopy ready page.  The left hand margin should be one (1) inch.
Theory: 1. What decision making paradigm do you use?  2. What are your standards for the evaluation of T?  3. What are your standards for counterplans (especially topical Cps, conditionally, international fiat, Agent of Action, and permutations)?  4. How do you react to new cases at the NDT?
Topic Specific Arguments: 1. Which T violations do you like/dislike? How is T evaluated?  2. What are your preferences for disads? Counterplans?
Critiques/Deontology: 1. Do you like them?   2. What standards do you use to evaluate them?  3. How do they weigh against other impacts?
Evidence: 1. Do you read evidence after a round?  2. What are your standards of evaluation?  3. Do you require full cites to be read?  How does that affect your evaluation of evidence?  4. What are your standards for an evidence challenge?
Style: 1. What, if anything, do you do to encourage comprehensible speaking?  2. What constitutes an argument?  3. Do you find tag-team CX objectionable?  4. What behavior or mannerisms do you find objectionable?
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