[eDebate] ADA Nats Invite
Sat Jan 19 22:50:44 CST 2008
2008 American Debate Association National Championship Tournament Invitation
January 17, 2008
On behalf of the Executive Committee of the American Debate
Association, James Madison University is pleased to invite you to
participate in the twenty-first annual American Debate Association
National Championship Tournament on March 14th-16th. The tournament is
sanctioned by CEDA and will abide by CEDA's policy on sexual
harassment. Our goal is to host a competently managed tournament with
all three divisions of debate. As has been past practice, the
tournament tab room will be run by independent administration.
This year's tournament will feature six preliminary rounds and an
appropriate number of elimination rounds of debate in three divisions.
The tournament will be conducted in accordance with the rules of the
American Debate Association. A copy of these rules is available upon
request. They will also be distributed in the pre-tournament booklet.
Tournament entries must be received by March 10th, 2008. Entries after
that date are subject to campus room availability. Please note that
hotel reservations must be made by February 15th, 2008 to guarantee
the special rate.
We hope you will plan to enter teams in all three divisions. This year
we will use the Bruschke tournament entry system.
Fees will be $40.00 per participant (debater, judge or coach).
Observers may attend for $50.00 per person (an observer is any person
attending the tournament that is not debating or judging at least two
preliminary rounds or officially providing service to the tournament).
We provide dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, a
coaches' reception at a restaurant downtown, breakfast and buffet
lunch on Sunday and extensive snacks in our hospitality room. This
means low food costs for your teams attending the tournament. The
tournament also provides outstanding awards, including sweepstakes
awards for all three divisions, traveling trophies for the top speaker
in each division and first place teams and team awards for all teams
reaching the elimination rounds.
In addition to hosting the ADA National Tournament we will be hosting
the Madison Cup Public Debate Tournament on the 13th of March. There
is a cash purse of $15,000 and several slots are still available.
Hope to see you at JMU,
Michael Davis John Morello John Katsulas
Tournament Host Tournament Director President, ADA
22nd ADA Championship Tournament
March 14-16, 2008
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
Format: The debate topic for the tournament will be the national policy topic:
Resolved: that the United States Federal Government should increase
its constructive engagement with the government of one or more of:
Afghanistan, Iran, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, and Syria, and
it should include offering them a security guarantee(s) and/or a
substantial increase in foreign assistance.
Time limits for speeches are 9-3-6 with ten minutes of preparation
time. There will be six preliminary rounds. Rounds one and two will be
pre-set. Rounds three through six will be power matched. Three
divisions of debate will be offered: novice, junior varsity, and
Mutual preference judging, per the ADA rules, will be employed by the
tournament. An appropriate number of elimination rounds will be
offered in accordance with the ADA rules and based on the size of the
Entries: Enter as many teams as you like in each of the three
divisions. If entries exceed room availability, latecomers may be
restricted to two teams per school per division of debate. Eligibility
for participation in the division is governed by the ADA rules.
1. ELIGIBILITY FOR DEBATE DIVISIONS-- Tournaments will define
eligibility for particular divisions of debate in the following ways:
A. Varsity Debate--open to all students;
B. Junior Varsity Debate
1. Open only to students who are competing in their first two
academic years of intercollegiate debate beyond the novice level.
2. Progression during the year. Debaters competing in JV must
progress to open or varsity debate:
a. if they advance to the final round of three JV, open, or
varsity tournaments (no matter where) in which there are 20 or more
teams in the division, or
b. if they qualify to attend the National Debate Tournament
3. ADA Nationals. The aforementioned progression requirement
based on advancing to the final rounds of three junior varsity, open,
or varsity tournaments does not apply to ADA Nationals and Round
A. Novice Debate--This division is designed for debaters who are
truly in their first year of competitive debate or who have so little
previous experience that they are functionally first-year debaters.
1. Eligibility. This division is open to debaters who:
a. have no more than a combined total of 50 rounds of Lincoln
Douglas and policy debate prior to the current academic year of which
no more than 18 rounds can be policy debate.
b. have competed in the novice division in a previous year but
have not advanced into the elimination rounds at two tournaments.
2. Forced progression into the JV division in the middle of the
academic year does not count against the two years of JV eligibility
ADA Nationals. The aforementioned progression requirement based on
advancing to the final rounds of three novice, junior varsity, open,
or varsity tournaments does not apply to ADA Nationals or Round Robins
for which participants are invited based on the current year's record
B. Any program director seeking an exemption from the above
standards shall submit a request to the Vice President who, in
conjunction with the Executive Committee or subcommittee thereof,
shall rule upon it. Appeals, once granted, may be revoked based on
2. ADA Nationals. For the purposes of the ADA National tournament
only, a debate team is defined as the two-person team that begins the
first rounds of the tournament and who debate together throughout the
course of the tournament. If one of the debaters of a team cannot
debate in any given round, that round will be forfeited. Teams that
forfeit rounds will be given average speaker points, but are
ineligible to clear to elimination rounds if speaker points are the
determining factor for their clearing. Debaters who forfeit rounds are
ineligible for speaker awards
Entry: Please enter the tournament by March 10th, 2008 using the
Bruschke Entry System (www.debateresults.com or
http://commweb.fullerton.edu/jbruschke/web/index.aspx). After that
date e-mail or phone entries directly to Michael Davis
(davismk at jmu.edu; 540-246-1919). Entries after this date are subject
to campus room availability. Enter early as our room space may be
Judging: Each school should provide a qualified judge for each one or
two teams entered in the tournament. A judge will be responsible to
cover three preliminary rounds and at least one elimination round for
each team entered. All judges will be required to judge through the
quarter final elimination round or one round after your last team is
eliminated whichever occurs later. Some hired judging may be available
at the rate of $25.00 per round. ADA rules stipulate that all judges
must "1) have attained a baccalaureate degree or 2) have no remaining
intercollegiate debate eligibility and be enrolled in their last year
of undergraduate studies. Tournament directors may make individual
exceptions to this rule in the case of persons who enrolled in their
last two semesters of undergraduate study and are no longer competing
in intercollegiate debate. Undergraduate students are eligible to
judge for a maximum of two semesters. Any person who judges at an ADA
tournament forfeits the right to compete in any ADA tournament
All judges should post their judge philosophy to the Bruschke website
by March 10th, 2007.
Fees: Entry fees are $40 per participant, $50.00 for an observer. Make
checks payable to the American Debate Association. Extra banquet
tickets may be purchased for $25 per person (for persons attending the
banquet only, such as parents). Drops after March 12th will still be
assessed the entry fee.
Hotel Accommodations: We have blocks of rooms at two hotels currently
and will have more to announce by the end of January.
Best Western - $54 rate for a double/double
45 Burgess Rd.
Harrisonburg, VA 22801-9731
Comfort Inn - $75 rate for a double/double
1440 E. Market St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Airports: If you are flying to the tournament, the closest option is
the Shenandoah Regional Airport in Staunton. Charlottesville,
Richmond, Both of the DC airports and BWI are all within driving
distance of JMU. Please let us know if you need any assistance making
22nd Annual ADA Championship Tournament
Friday, March 14th
1:00 pm-3:00 pm Lobby, Convocation and Conference Center
4:00pm Round One
6:00pm Dinner (provided)
7:00pm Round Two
Saturday, March 15th
8:00am Pairings and Continental Breakfast
9:00am Round Three
11:30am Round Four
1:00pm Lunch (provided)
2:30pm Round Five
5:00pm Round Six
9:00pm Coaches Reception (Clementine Restaurant)
Sunday, March 16th
8:00am First Elimination Round
11:00am Awards Banquet
1:30pm Elimination Rounds Continue
Dr. Michael Davis
Director of Debate/Assistant Professor
James Madison University
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