[eDebate] Planned speaker point scale changes?

A Numbers Game edebate edebate
Wed Jul 22 15:28:35 CDT 2009

Georgia State is moving to a 100-point speaker point scale next year.
This will make them the third large [*] tournament to use a
non-standard scale. I have put up some charts of how changing the
scale affected point distributions at Wake and USC:


Summary: Changing the scale helped differentiate performances, but
judges didn't use the whole range of points. At Wake (100-point
scale), points clustered around multiples of 5. At USC (30-point
scale, finer granularity), points clustered around the old half-point

Question: Are any other tournament directors planning on switching
point scales? If you considered doing so, but decided not to, what
stopped you? If you are switching, why did you choose the scale you

[*] Two other (smaller) tournaments changed speaker point granularity
since '03-'04: the Weber State round robin used a granularity of 0.1
at their '08-'09 tournament, and the Northern Illinois tournament
seems to have changed from the usual half-point granularity to a
full-point granularity for their '05-'06 tournament.

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