[eDebate] ADA Invitation

Kris Willis kristopherwillis
Wed Jan 28 11:07:53 CST 2009

Below is the Official Invitation to this years ADA National Debate Tournament. We are working diligently with the ADA executive team in an attempt to cut costs as much as we can. It is also attached for easy download and print.

We welcome all to Boone and look forward to Hosting You in March!!

2009 American Debate Association National
Championship Tournament Invitation 

January 20, 2009 

Dear Colleague, 

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the American Debate Association, Appalachian
State University is pleased to invite you to participate in the twenty-second
annual American Debate Association National Championship Tournament on March 13th-15th.
The tournament is sanctioned by CEDA and will abide by CEDA's policy on sexual
harassment. Our goal is to host a competently managed tournament with all three
divisions of debate. As has been past practice, the tournament tab room will be
run by independent administration and Rich Edwards has agreed to manage this

This year's tournament will feature six preliminary rounds and an appropriate
number of elimination rounds of debate in three divisions. The tournament will
be conducted in accordance with the rules of the American Debate Association. A
copy of these rules is available upon request. They will also be distributed in
the pre-tournament booklet. Tournament entries must be received by March 9th,
2009. Entries after that date are subject to campus room availability. Please
note that hotel reservations must be made by February 20th, 2009 to guarantee
the special rate. 

We hope you will plan to enter teams in all three divisions. This year we will
use the Bruschke tournament entry system. 

Fees will be $50.00 per participant (debater, judge or coach). Observers may
attend for $50.00 per person (an observer is any person attending the
tournament that is not debating or judging at least two preliminary rounds or
officially providing service to the tournament). We provide dinner on Friday,
breakfast and lunch on Saturday, breakfast and banquet lunch on Sunday and
extensive snacks in our hospitality room. This means low food costs for your
teams attending the tournament. The tournament also provides outstanding
awards, including sweepstakes awards for all three divisions, traveling
trophies for the top speaker in each division and first place teams and team
awards for all teams reaching the elimination rounds. 

Kris Willis Mariam Willis Brent Brossman Rich Edwards

Tournament Hosts President, ADA Tournament Director

22nd ADA Championship Tournament 

March 13-15, 2009 

Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina 

Format: The debate topic for the tournament will be the national policy topic: 

Resolved: that the United States Federal Government should substantially reduce
its agricultural support, at least eliminating nearly all of the domestic
subsidies, for biofuels, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, corn, cotton,
dairy, fisheries, rice, soybeans, sugar and/or wheat.

limits for speeches are 9-3-6 with ten minutes of preparation time. There will
be six preliminary rounds. Rounds one and two will be pre-set. Rounds three
through six will be power matched. Three divisions of debate will be offered:
novice, junior varsity, and 


Mutual preference judging, per the ADA rules, will be employed by the tournament.
An appropriate number of elimination rounds will be offered in accordance with
the ADA rules and based on the size of the tournament. 

Entries: Enter as many teams as you like in each of the three divisions. If
entries exceed room availability, latecomers may be restricted to two teams per
school per division of debate. Eligibility for participation in the division is
governed by the ADA rules. 

1. ELIGIBILITY FOR DEBATE DIVISIONS-- Tournaments will define eligibility for
particular divisions of debate in the following ways: 

A. Varsity Debate--open to all students; 

B. Junior Varsity Debate 

1. Open only to students who are competing in their first two academic years of
intercollegiate debate beyond the novice level. 

2. Progression during the year. Debaters competing in JV must progress to open
or varsity debate: 

a. if they advance to the final round of three JV, open, or varsity tournaments
(no matter where) in which there are 20 or more teams in the division, or 

b. if they qualify to attend the National Debate Tournament 

3. ADA Nationals. The aforementioned progression requirement based on advancing
to the final rounds of three junior varsity, open, or varsity tournaments does
not apply to ADA Nationals and Round Robins. 

A. Novice Debate--This division is designed for debaters who are truly in their
first year of competitive debate or who have so little previous experience that
they are functionally first-year debaters. 

1. Eligibility. This division is open to debaters who: 

a. have no more than a combined total of 50 rounds of Lincoln Douglas and
policy debate prior to the current academic year of which no more than 18
rounds can be policy debate. 

b. have competed in the novice division in a previous year but have not
advanced into the elimination rounds at two tournaments. 

2. Forced progression into the JV division in the middle of the academic year
does not count against the two years of JV eligibility ADA Nationals. The
aforementioned progression requirement based on advancing to the final rounds
of three novice, junior varsity, open, or varsity tournaments does not apply to
ADA Nationals or Round Robins for which participants are invited based on the
current year's record of competition. 

B. Any program director seeking an exemption from the above standards shall
submit a request to the Vice President who, in conjunction with the Executive
Committee or subcommittee thereof, shall rule upon it. Appeals, once granted,
may be revoked based on tournament performance. 

2. ADA Nationals. For the purposes of the ADA National tournament only, a
debate team is defined as the two-person team that begins the first rounds of
the tournament and who debate together throughout the course of the tournament.
If one of the debaters of a team cannot debate in any given round, that round
will be forfeited. Teams that forfeit rounds will be given average speaker
points, but are ineligible to clear to elimination rounds if speaker points are
the determining factor for their clearing. Debaters who forfeit rounds are
ineligible for speaker awards 

Entry: Please enter the tournament by March 9th, 2009 using the Bruschke Entry
System (www.debateresults.com or http://commweb.fullerton.edu/jbruschke/web/index.aspx). After that 

date e-mail or phone entries must be sent directly to Kris Willis (kristopherwillis at hotmail.com; 828-719-7705).
Entries after this date are subject to campus room availability. Enter early as
our room space may be limited. 

Judging: Each school should provide a qualified judge for each one or two teams
entered in the tournament. A judge will be responsible to cover three
preliminary rounds and at least one elimination round for each team entered.
All judges will be required to judge through the quarter final elimination
round or one round after your last team is eliminated whichever occurs later.
Some hired judging may be available at the rate of $25.00 per round. ADA rules
stipulate that all judges must "1) have attained a baccalaureate degree or
2) have no remaining intercollegiate debate eligibility and be enrolled in
their last year of undergraduate studies. Tournament directors may make individual
exceptions to this rule in the case of persons who enrolled in their last two
semesters of undergraduate study and are no longer competing in intercollegiate
debate. Undergraduate students are eligible to judge for a maximum of two
semesters. Any person who judges at an ADA tournament forfeits the right to
compete in any ADA tournament 


All judges should post their judge philosophy to the Bruschke website 

by March 9th, 2009. 

Fees: Entry fees are $50 per participant (debater and judges), $50.00 for an
observer (anyone not debating or judging). Sorry, but all our costs are going
directly to the cost of the tournament. Make checks payable to the American
Debate Association. Extra banquet tickets may be purchased for $25 per person (for
persons attending the banquet only, such as parents). Drops after March 10th
will still be assessed the entry fee. 


Tournament Hotel:

LaQuinta Inns &

165 Highway 105 Ext

Boone, NC 28607


Ask for Brenda Fisher, General Manager, 

$63.75 rate. www.LQ.com


Sleep Inn (This is in the same parking lot as the

163 Hwy 105 Extension 

Boone, NC, US, 28607 

Phone: (828) 262-0020     Fax: (828) 262-9818

$63.75 rate

Best Western Feb. 20th
$63.75 (50 rooms combined)

840 E. King Street (Hwy. 421)

Boone, NC 28607

(828) 266-1100 ? Fax: (828) 266-1115

Toll Free (888) 573-0408

Inn Feb. 20th

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Boone, NC

818 East King Street , Boone NC 28607 

Reservations: (888) 201-1746 US Toll Free 

Telephone: (828) 264-4234 Fax: (828) 264-4104 


Comfort Suites (NC052)

1184 SR 105, Boone, NC, US, 28607

Phone: (828) 268-0099     Fax: (828) 268-0023


Thursday & Sunday: 73.75 Queen Double

Friday & Saturday 109.00 Queen Double



Airports: If you are flying to the tournament, the closest option is the Greensboro
airport approximately 1 hours and 15 minute drive to Boone. Charlotte airport
is approximately 2 hours and Raleigh is approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes to
Boone.  Please let us know if you need
any assistance making travel arrangements. 

22nd Annual ADA Championship Tournament 


Thursday, March 12th

Pre-tournament Hike to Scenic Destination within
Watauga County. We will be leaving at two separate times to accommodate groups
different arrival times and schedules. We will coordinate these times with
those interested in the hike. If you are interested, please contact Mariam
Willis @ razianwillis at hotmail.com

Pre-tournament Ski Trip. At your own expense
(although with a substantial discount) we will also be hosting a trip to the
Sugar Mountain Ski Resort for a day of snowboarding and skiing. Please contact
us quickly so we can make appropriate reservations with the resort if you want
to come. Please contact Mariam Willis @ razianwillis at hotmail.com

There has also been rumor of a football game between
Liberty and JMU. If this does in fact happen, I will send the details for a
large crowd to observe.

Registration at the LaQuita from 8-10pm in the
Conference room.


Friday, March 13th 

9:00 am-12:00 pm Lobby, Raley Hall Registration (Lunch on your own) 

1:00pm Round One 

3:30pm Round Two 

5:30pm Dinner (provided) 

6:30pm Round Three

Saturday, March 14th 

8:00am Pairings and Continental Breakfast 

9:00am Round Four

11:30am Round Five 

1:30pm Lunch (provided) (Sponsored by Lowe?s Hardware and Georgia Pacific)

2:30pm Round Six

*6:00pm First Elimination Round (If Necessary ? we will have an elimination
round if there is going to be 5 or more rounds of elimination in a division) 


Sunday, March 15th 

8:00am First Elimination Round 

11:00am Awards Banquet (Broyhill)

1:30pm Elimination Rounds Continue 

Kris Willis and Mariam Willis 

Co-Directors of Debate 

Appalachian State University


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