[eDebate] [CEDA-L] Novice at CEDA Nationals 2009

Sandoz, M L ML.Sandoz
Tue Oct 28 11:28:34 CDT 2008

My memory is that the previous vote to which you are probably referring
was to establish the support of a different category of debate -
Non-policy.  This required amending the resultion process and perhaps
points calculations.  I don't think this is the same.

Sandoz, M L
Director of Debate
Vanderbilt University
Email: mary.l.sandoz at Vanderbilt.Edu

On Sun, October 26, 2008 7:03 pm, Shawn Whalen wrote:
> I remember a day when the addition of an event at the national
> tournament required a vote of the membership. My how things change.
> Shawn
> On Oct 25, 2008, at 8:39 PM, "Darren Elliott" <delliott at kckcc.edu>
> wrote:
>> Greetings friends!
>> I am pleased to announce a new addition to CEDA Nationals beginning
>> 2009, and something I hope will continue beyond my year as President.
>> It strikes me as odd that part of our mission and purpose is to
>> cultivate new debate programs, new debaters, and encourage and
>> support Novice debate, yet as an organization we do not officially
>> recognize Novice competition in its own right at the National
>> Tournament.  Many programs bring Novices to CEDA Nationals.  For
>> some programs, year to year, Novices may be the majority of their
>> program.  It seems like CEDA should make it a point to celebrate and
>> reward Novice Debate by crowning a Champion among Novices at the
>> CEDA National Tournament.
>> It is with that in mind that CEDA Nationals 2009 will, for the first
>> time, offer a Novice breakout bracket, culminating in the crowning
>> of a CEDA recognized Champion among Novice Debate Teams.  Once
>> preliminary rounds are concluded, a separate bracket will be created
>> among Novice eligible teams.  Both debaters must be eligible based
>> on CEDA's definition of Novice.  I will work with Tab Room Director
>> Gary Larson to determine the appropriate number of teams (hopefully
>> at least Quarters) and when the best time to begin these rounds
>> based on room availability and judges.
>> I have engaged this conversation during tournaments throughout the
>> country.  Some Directors wanted a separate Novice division.  Others
>> liked the idea of a breakout bracket.  No one I have talked to was
>> in opposition of having some sort of Novice elim rounds.  For a few
>> programs they indicated it would be the only way they could justify
>> coming to CEDA in years when they only had Novices.  It seems
>> important to me to recognize and reward those Novices who come to
>> the National Tournament.  This, in my opinion, is long overdue.
>> Looking forward to Pocatello!
>> Sincerely,
>> chief
>> Darren Elliott
>> Director of Debate and Forensics--KCKCC
>> CEDA President
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