[eDebate] UPDATE! Las Vegas Round Robin Application

Jacob.Thompson at unlv.edu Jacob.Thompson
Wed Jul 2 14:44:15 CDT 2008

The Application "form" for the Las Vegas Classic Round Robin Tournament is 
now active on debateresults.  We are still in the process of 
refining/programming/testing the mathematical formula for selecting the 
best applicants, BUT that should NOT stop you from applying now!!!

The more early interest and applicants that we have, the better the 
competition will be at our round robin, so please apply as soon as you 

Applying for our round robin for the tournament is simple:

1) go to www.debateresults.com, log in, and select the "Vegas RR" link at 
the bottom of the "Tournament Participants" box
2) On the round robin application page, select the "Apply to the Vegas RR" 
3) Enter your team according to the directions at the top of the page. 
Please note that you may apply a team that already has debated together by 
selecting them from the droppdown menu in the first row, or you may apply 
a team that has not debated together in the past by selecting the 
individual debaters names from the dropdown menu in the second row (if you 
choose the latter option, please do not forget to click the "create 
record" button).
4) Once you have added your team to the application page, simply click the 
"create application" button and you are done.

The competitive records for all applicants (from the previous season) is 
available to view by clicking the "View Bid Applications" button on the 
main application page.

In case you missed it before--here is additional information on the Las 
Vegas Classic Round Robin Tournament and our rationale for using an 
application procedure:

1.  There is NO entry fee for the round robin tournament as long as the 
team applying stays to compete at our invitational tournament.
2.  We will accept the top 8 point-earning teams to our round robin 
3.  Registration for the round robin will occur on Tuesday September 30, 
from 7-9 pm in the tournament hotel (The Hyatt Place--for more information 
see the official tournament invitation).
4. There will be 7 rounds of round robin competition, four rounds will 
take place on Wednesday Oct.1 and three rounds will take place on Thursday 
Oct 2.  We will have a run-off debate after round 7 in the event of a tie.
5. All rounds for the round robin will take place in the tournament hotel
6. We will provide hearty continental breakfasts and catered lunches for 
round robin teams on Wednesday and Thursday

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 is available online at debateresults.com NOW, thanks to Dr. Jon 
Bruschke.  Debateresults is now set up to accept applications, and to 
allow anyone to view those applications.  We will not be able to post the 
mathematical formula that will decide who is invited until the end of 
July.  This small delay will allow Jon to write the programming for the 
decision criteria and will 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.

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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