[eDebate] Las Vegas Classic Round Robin and Invitational Tournament Invitation
Jacob.Thompson at unlv.edu
Wed Jul 2 13:05:51 CDT 2008
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.
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
WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS.
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!
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
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
the tournament hotel, so PLEASE MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS AT THE
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
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:
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
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.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
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
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
Tuesday September 30, 2008
7 p.m.-9 p.m. Las Vegas Classic Round Robin tournament registration (at
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
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
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
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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