[eDebate] How I voted for the First-Rounds
scottelliott at grandecom.net
Tue May 19 23:54:00 CDT 2009
Eric, et al.,
My first concern is always going to be regional tournaments over the
NDT. I do recognize that the NDT serves a valuable purpose withint he
policy debate community. Excellence should always be rewarded. But I
think those who value the NDT above all, may want to think about the
process outlined by Eric...but take it a little further. I think that
only the "National Tournaments" (Wake, USC, Harvard, Northwestern
etc.) should be counted toward NDT first round bids.
The fear of a "bad loss," at a regional tournament may deter the top
20 teams from particpating in a regional tournament. I think all of us
would agree that having our top regional teams lose to a top twnety
NDT team is more educational and more productive than many wins
against other regional teams. If reducing the fear of a "bad loss"
would encourage more particpation in regional debate tournaments, I
think changes in first-round judging criteria is warrented.
Just a thought.
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