[eDebate] Las Vegas Classic Round Robin and Invitational Tournament Invitation

Jacob.Thompson at unlv.edu Jacob.Thompson
Wed Jul 2 13:05:51 CDT 2008

Hi all... 

I am pasting and attaching the invite for the 2008 Las Vegas Classic Round 
Robin and Invitational Tournament.  Once again we will try to host the 
most hospitable and enjoyable college debate tournament in America. 

We are excited to see all of our friends in Las Vegas again this October. 

Dear Colleagues:

The Sanford I. Berman Debate Forum at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas 
is proud to host the second annual Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament. In 
2007, 88 teams in 3 divisions competed at the Las Vegas Classic; this year 
we expect to surpass 100 teams. As always, we promise to provide classic 
Vegas hospitality and excellent competition. This year, we are very 
excited to announce four important improvements to our tournament! 

1)      The creation of the 8 team, 7 round Las Vegas Round Robin 
Tournament, with NO ENTRY FEES, which promises to employ an OPEN AND 
TRANSPARENT APPLICATION PROCESS.  The round robin tournament will precede 
our regular-season tournament with rounds occurring on Wednesday October 1 
and Thursday October 2, 2008. 

2)      A new tournament hotel with FREE WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS 
THROUGHOUT.  In addition, this is the closest possible hotel to the UNLV 
campus (just across the street).  If you wish to save money and not rent a 
car, you can easily walk to the campus each morning. 

3)      Tournament rounds will only occur in rooms on campus with FREE 

4)      Following the tournament (on Tuesday) we will host an afternoon 
Argumentation and Debate conference, to which students, coaches, and 
directors are welcome to submit papers, abstracts, panel discussion 
proposals, etc.  I will work with the CEDA leadership to ensure that this 
is a strong professional development opportunity.

Once again we are happy to welcome all of our friends to beautiful and 
exciting Las Vegas!

Jacob Thompson
Director, Sanford I. Berman Debate Forum

Joe Battocletti, Ian Beier, Justin Eckstein, and Grace Saez
Assistant Debate Coaches

For additional information, please contact Jake at
jacob.thompson at unlv.edu
(office) 702-895-3474
(cell) 702-809-9670


General Information:

We will use debateresults for tournament entries and judge preferences. 

The invitational tournament will offer varsity, junior varsity, and novice 
divisions in policy debate.  Given any viability for a novice-only 
division, we will not collapse the novice and JV divisions. 

We will compile an exhaustive list of each school's affirmative and 
negative arguments, and distribute a printed or electronic copy of the 
case list to each school attending the tournament. 

Jeff Jarman will run the tab room for the tournament.

We will use the NDT/CEDA policy topic.  The time limits will be 9-3-6, 
with 10 minutes of preparation time per team. 

The round robin tournament will accept eight teams and there will be seven 
rounds of competition.  We will have an eighth round runoff if it is 
necessary to break a tie.

The invitational tournament will have seven preliminary rounds; four 
prelims will occur on Saturday and three will occur on Sunday.  The first 
elimination debate also will occur on Sunday night.  Rounds 1 and 2 will 
be preset, 3 and 4 will be paired off 1 and 2.  All remaining rounds will 
be straight power matched. 

Deadline: The entry deadline to enter the invitational tournament is 
Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 4:00 p.m.

In order to ensure that teams have adequate time to make travel 
arrangements, the deadline to apply for admission to the round robin 
tournament is Sunday August 24, 2008.  We will notify the community of 
those teams admitted to the tournament by Wednesday August 27, 2008.

Fees:  Entry fees for the invitational tournament will be $125.00 per 

We will charge NO ENTRY FEES for the round robin tournament, as long as 
the team agrees to stay and participate at the invitational tournament. 
Round robin teams who do not wish to participate in the invitational 
tournament will be assessed a $200.00 entry fee.


We have a new tournament hotel with incredibly nice accommodations and 
FREE WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS THROUGHOUT. The tournament hotel will be the 
Hyatt Place located at 4520 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169.  It is 
important to the viability of our tournament that you make reservations at 
TOURNAMENT HOTEL!!!  It is the closest hotel in Las Vegas to the UNLV 
campus, and it is an bargain during peak tourism season in Las Vegas.  The 
tournament rate is $89 per night Tuesday through Thursday night (for the 
round robin) and a mere $109 per night Friday through Sunday (for the 
invitational tournament). 

Registration for the round robin and regular debate tournament and release 
of debate pairings each morning will all occur at the Hyatt Place.  The 
cutoff date for block-rate reservations is September 20, 2008, so make 
your reservations early. 

To book your room online at a special group rate go to:
1. www.lasvegas.place.hyatt.com 
2. Choose your check-in date and check-out date. Your arrival and 
departure dates must be between the group dates of September 30, 2008 and 
October 5, 2008. 
3. Enter group code G-DEBA for the UNLV Debate group rate in the box 
labeled Group/Corporate #.
4. You then hit the check availability button.
5. From here verify that your group name is specified next to rate details 
and if everything matches then hit book.

** If you would prefer to book by phone please call 702-369-3366 or 
1-888-444-0611 just ask for the UNLV Debate block rate or mention group 
code G-DEBA. 

The Hyatt Place has a FREE hotel shuttle that will take you to and from 
McCarran International Airport.  Given that the Hyatt Place is adjacent to 
the campus (it?s only a five minute walk to the buildings you will compete 
in), you may choose to forego a rental car at our tournament.  However, at 
this time we cannot provide an evidence shuttle to and from the tournament 
hotel.  The Hyatt Place shuttle runs from 5 am until midnight.  It leaves 
for the airport once every hour arriving at approximately 15 minutes past 
the hour.  To have the shuttle pick you up, please notify the hotel when 
you are making reservations and call the hotel directly (702-369-3366) or 
call them from the free phone on the ?phone board near luggage carousel 9. 


Judging: Each school is expected to provide qualified judges to accompany 
their teams.  Every judge entered must have a judging philosophy posted on 
debateresults.  If we believe that a judge representing your team proves 
him or herself to be unqualified, we may ask another judge from your 
school to increase their judging commitment to compensate the tournament 
for lost rounds. 

Each team participating in the round robin tournament is expected to 
provide five rounds of judging (we?ll most likely only use four, but just 
in case?).  We will (to the best of our ability) use judge preferences to 
place round robin judges.

Each team participating in the invitational tournament is expected to 
provide four rounds of judging.  All judges are committed through the 
first elimination debate on Monday, or one round beyond which their team 
is eliminated.  Judges should be able to cover a school's commitment 
despite potential constraints.  We can not provide hired judging.  If you 
have extra judges available from your school, please let us know?we will 
almost certainly be able to point them toward some school that needs hired 

We will use judge preferences for preliminary and elimination debate 
rounds.  Preferences will be available on the Bruschke system.  All judges 
at the tournament are expected to render a decision where they indicate 
one, and only one, team that won the round (did the better job of 
debating). Judges' ballots not adhering to this principle will be 
"corrected" by the tab room through use of a coin flip.

Elimination rounds: Given an adequate number of teams, and available 
judging for the first and second elimination debates, we will clear up to 
half of the field (although not more than 32 teams) in the varsity 
division, as long as those teams have (at least) a .500 record.

We will not break brackets in elimination rounds. 

Awards: Our awards will be awesome!  They will include large poker chip 
sets for the finalists and champions in all three divisions; additional 
awards will include silver flasks, gigantic Las Vegas belt buckles, and 
other classic Vegas accoutrements. 

Hybrid Teams: We believe in maximizing the competitive opportunities for 
eligible students.  Thus, we will accept hybrid teams at the invitational 
tournament.  If two schools each have an extra debater, we would allow a 
combined team from two institutions to compete in the preliminary rounds 
of the tournament, and would allow those individuals to be eligible to 
receive speaker awards. Hybrid teams will not be allowed to advance to 
elimination debates at the invitational tournament, and hybrid teams will 
not be allowed to apply for admission to the round robin tournament.

Transportation Information: Fly in to the McCarran International Airport 
(LAS).  Every major air-carrier has regular flights into and out of 
McCarran.  McCarran is a hub for both Southwest Airlines and Allegiant 
Air?check these carriers? websites (www.allegiantair.com) for incredibly 
cheap flights.

Parking: Parking at the tournament hotel is free as is parking at UNLV on 
the weekend.  The tournament will purchase 1-day temporary parking passes 
for all participants on Monday October 6.  In order to receive a free 
parking pass for Monday you will need to send an email to 
battocle at unlv.nevada.edu with a subject line ?UNLV Debate Tournament 
Parking,? and indicate the number of permits that your team needs.  These 
requests must be received no later than noon (CST) on Monday October 1, 
2007.  Please try to minimize the number of permits that you request as we 
are paying for them.

Round Robin Application Procedure: We are hosting an open and transparent 
application-based round robin tournament.  The decision-making process 
that determines which teams are admitted to this tournament will be 
impartial and based on a mathematic formula.

Round robin debate tournaments are a unique and proven forum for high 
quality debate competition.  Existing invitational round robin debate 
tournaments are, without a doubt, some of the most prestigious tournaments 
in America.  Unfortunately, invitational round robin tournaments sometimes 
leave out deserving or qualified teams, and they sometimes include teams 
that do not deserve the invitation.  We believe that a round robin debate 
tournament with a transparent application process and an impartial 
admission process will make for better and more credible NDT first and 
second round applications.

Our goal is to have the best debate teams in America apply for our round 
robin tournament and be admitted based on their merit.  To achieve that 
goal we already have sought input from many members of the debate 
community to refine the application process.  Given that this is the first 
year of our round robin tournament, we believe that the application 
criteria could become more refined and precise in the future.  That being 
said, we also believe that we the initial application process that we are 
developing is very good and will help us to select/invite the best 
possible teams that apply. 

The application process for the 2008 Las Vegas Round Robin Debate 
Tournament will be available online at debateresults.com by the end of 
July.  Dr. Jon Bruschke will set up debateresults to accept applications, 
and to allow anyone to view those applications by the end of July.  The 
delay in posting the application criteria is to allow Jon to write the 
programming for the application and to allow us to run simulations to 
ensure that it is as accurate as possible.  Remember, the deadline to 
apply for admission to the round robin tournament is August 24, 2008.  We 
will notify the community of those teams admitted to the tournament by 
August 27, 2008.

Briefly, the application process will operate in the following way:
1.      Debaters apply and earn points based on their performance and 
rankings last year
2.      The formula is set up to accept any of the following: a team of 
two debaters who debated together last year, a team of two debaters who 
were on the same squad but debated with different partners last year, or a 
team that includes one or two freshpersons.
3.      Any ties for the eighth place application will be broken using 
Bruschke?s RPI system.

We will accept the top 8 point-earning teams to our round robin 
Tournament Schedule:

Tuesday September 30, 2008
7 p.m.-9 p.m. Las Vegas Classic Round Robin tournament registration (at 
Hyatt Place)

Wednesday October 1, 2008
10:00 a.m. Round 1
12:30 p.m. lunch (at Hyatt Place provided by tournament)
1:30 p.m. Round 2
4:00 p.m. Round 3
6:30 p.m. Round 4

Thursday October 2, 2008
10:00 a.m. Round 5
12:30 p.m. Lunch (at Hyatt Place provided by tournament)
1:30 p.m. Round 6
4:00 p.m. Round 7

Friday, October 3, 2008
7 p.m.-9 p.m. Las Vegas Classic Invitational tournament registration (at 
Hyatt Place)

Saturday, October 4, 2008
8:00 a.m. Pairings Released, Rounds 1 & 2, Hyatt Place
8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast, UNLV Campus
9:00 a.m. Round 1 Required Starting Time
11:30 a.m. Round 2 Required Starting Time
1:30 p.m. Lunch
3:00 p.m. Round 3 Required Starting Time
5:45 p.m. Round 4 Required Starting Time, All Round 3 ballots should be in

Sunday, October 5, 2008
8:00 a.m. Pairings Released, Round 5, Hyatt Place
8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast, UNLV Campus
9:00 a.m. Round 5 Required Starting time
11:00 a.m. a bevy of delicious snacks will be available?lunch following 
round 6
12:00 Noon Round 6 Required Starting time
2:00 p.m. Lunch
3:00 p.m. Round 7 Required Starting Time
6:00 p.m. 1st Elimination Round Required Starting Time (both open and 
junior varsity)

Monday, October 6, 2008?Elimination Rounds in the UNLV Student Union 
8:00 a.m. Pairings Released, Alexis Park Hotel Resort
9:00 a.m. Second Elimination Round Required Starting Time
11:30 a.m. Awards Assembly
12:30 Third Elimination Round Required Starting Time
3:00 p.m. Fourth Elimination Round Required Starting Time
6:00 p.m. Fifth Elimination Round Required Starting Time
In case you missed them before?here are our top 11 reasons to consider 
coming to the Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament.

1)        IT?S IN LAS VEGAS?This point requires no further explanation. 

2)        HIGH QUALITY COMPETITION?Last year our tournament hosted 88 
teams with 55 in the open division.  This year we expect that we will have 
over 100 teams competing.  The Round Robin tournament will definitely add 
a deeper element of competition.  We already have early commitments from 
dozens of schools?all of D9, the bulk of the west, and several schools in 
the Midwest (D3 and D4).  We?re working on other folks? 

3)        LOW COST?You can find incredibly cheap flights to Vegas 
(especially on Southwest and Allegiant Air, but also on all other major 
carriers).  In addition, we?re charging ABSOLUTELY NO ENTRY FEE for our 
round robin tournament.
4)        HOSPITALITY THAT IS OFF THE HOOK!?Seriously?we?re going ALL IN 
on the hospitality front.  Our goal is to convince you that this is and 
will continue to be the most hospitable tournament in the nation.  We have 
a professional massage therapist giving free massages.  We will serve 
serious breakfasts and lunches on both Saturday and Sunday.  We will 
provide a TON of snacks throughout all 3 days of competition.  We also 
will hire Elvis Presley (or perhaps an impersonator if The King is 
unavailable) to entertain the tournament (this year entertainment will 
occur at the awards assembly on Monday).  This year we will again try to 
set up a private poker tournament on Monday evening at the Monte Carlo 
Casino (professional dealers, cool poker room setting, one of Jake?s 
favorite places to play).  Finally, we WERE going to plan a big 
post-tournament party for Monday, but then we realized there is already a 
party going on....it's Vegas. 

5)        COMPS?One hallmark of classic Vegas is the comps system 
(basically, ?you come here, we give you free stuff?), we are going to give 
you a TON of free Vegas-related schwag. 

6)        CENTRALIZED LOCATION?The airport, campus, and tournament hotel 
are all within 5 minutes of one another (they all also are 5 minutes from 
the Las Vegas strip).  Almost all of our debates will take place 2 
buildings in the center of campus just a 1 minute walk to our brand new 
student union (with 5 good restaurants, a Starbucks, and a Jamba Juice) 

7)        FREE WIRELESS?In the hotel and at the tournament. 

8)        AWESOME TROPHIES?Although most of what happens in Vegas stays in 
Vegas, public evidence of your success at our tournament will be both 
gaudy and fashionable as we will be awarding the winners and finalists in 
all 3 divisions very nice poker chip sets.  Other classic Vegas 
accoutrements like dice sets, stainless steel flasks, and gigantic belt 
buckles, etc will round out the trophy selections. 

9)         SUPPORT A NEW PROGRAM?Despite recent lamentations about the 
decline of NDT/CEDA debate, we just started, and we?re here to stay.  All 
of those who purport to support new and/or beginning debate teams should 
come to our tournament to evince a public display of that support. 

10)        SUPPORT ALL 3 DIVISIONS OF DEBATE?We will offer all 3 divisions 
of competition (N, JV, V)? We expect that the novice and JV divisions will 
stay viable and distinct from one another.  All of you who purport to 
support novice and JV competition should pony up. 

11)         IT?S IN LAS VEGAS?Seriously?your school will pay for you to 
take a trip to America's ultimate vacation destination.  How can you say 

Dr. Jacob Thompson, Ph.D.
Director, Sanford I. Berman Debate Forum 
Assistant Professor In Residence
Greenspun College of Urban Affairs
Department of Communication Studies
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 Maryland Parkway Box 45052
Las Vegas, NV 89154-4502
office (702) 895-3474
fax (702) 895-4805
cell (702) 809-9670

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