[eDebate] ceda forum forum

Josh jbhdb8
Wed Oct 22 20:23:36 CDT 2008

If the point is that the tournament staff wants less total time at the
tournament/tournament hotel I certainly understand that having a less
massive tournament with a smaller break would be great.

This, however, is the Dixie, the biggest first semester tournament...the
ONLY tournament that is common for virtually every program regardless of
district, style of debate, etc.  If the Dixie no longer wants to be that
tournament that makes sense.  If 100 teams attend the Dixie 68 of those
teams will pay a LARGE amount of money to get two less rounds of debate then
they usually get.  32 of those teams will have the same outround start times
the next morning.  For 8 of those teams getting one less round on outround
day will make a huge difference.....I guess, all I am saying is that maybe
the value of 8 prelims for the 68 teams is more important then the late
outround comfort of the 4/8 teams in at the end....especially given the
massive costs of travel for most everyone to the tournament.

Now, Ross has the right to run his tournament anyway he wants to....In
particular, the innovations to debate, the caselist, and every other great
thing he has done for the community gives him carte blanche...I am only
saying that maybe this one time, the idea wasnt so good,


On Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 9:06 PM, Brad Hall <hallbrad at gmail.com> wrote:

>  Everyone should also keep in mind the humane treatment of the people
> running the tournament. For the squads who do actually host tournaments,
> they spend even longer at the tournament than participants do. They arrive
> much earlier to make sure rooms are unlocked, cleaned, ballots out, etc and
> leave much later. Of 6 Dixies (so far), I only made it to the banquet once
> and often room cleaning, updating the scouting and other tasks keep debaters
> and coaches up even later. At the very least, we should keep all of this in
> mind when trashing rooms, irresponsibly starting debates late and
> interacting with those who host tournaments.
> Also note that the JV breakout will actually result in more debates for
> some younger teams (and with more judges).
> Brad Hall
> On Oct 22, 2008, at 6:56 PM, Josh <jbhdb8 at gmail.com> wrote:
>   Ross et al,
> The problem is that the people who want more elims are not the same people
> who want more prelims.  As you probably have noticed, some coaches get more
> than a little frustrated when tournaments are put together on the basis ONLY
> of serving the best and brightest because a great deal of people who debate
> never get the benefits of said treatment.
> In addition, schools with young debaters who are trying to get them to
> "bid" level generally try to get them as many rounds as possible against the
> GOOD teams - two less rounds in prelims for a team that likely will not
> clear is two less rounds they can debate good teams.
> Now, that said, usually I agree with most of your "innovations and
> experiments" and like that you are always trying new ways to make the
> tournament experience and/or debate experience better.
> Josh
> On Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 5:44 PM, Ross Smith <smithr at wfu.edu> wrote:
>> Repko created a thread there. No commenters. People just use edebate
>> (even though it was down for a long time).
>> Meanwhile, I can't create an account at the CEDA forum because it wants
>> some damn code I do not have and there is not even a "contact us" or FAQ
>> at that website.
>> Oh well.
>> Gary Larson is right about prefs.
>> People do not want 13 4 hour (including pre-round prep, decisions,
>> post-round, bathrooms, smoking, lunch . .  .) debates in 3 days time.
>> Everyone says they want more prelims except when they want more elims.
>> --
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>> Wake Forest University
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