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Author Topic: 2011 Viking Debates at Augustana College - Invitation  (Read 1829 times)
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« on: November 30, 2010, 11:33:41 AM »

30 November 2010

Dear Community,

The Augustana Debate Union and the Department of Communication Studies are pleased to invite you and your colleagues to attend the 2011 Viking Debates at Augustana College. This year's edition of the Viking Debates will be held on Friday, January 28, Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30, 2011 in Rock Island, IL.  The tournament will include three divisions of debate on the 2010-2011 CEDA/NDT topic, have six (6) high quality preliminary rounds in Open and clear to an appropriate number of elimination rounds in each division.  All rounds will be held on the campus of Augustana College.

We have every intention of making this tournament as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.  Based upon your suggestions, we have made some changes to better accommodate you this year.  Among these are the return of the Viking themed trophies and a new tournament hotel (& CASINO).  Dinner will be provided on Friday and breakfast and lunch will provided on Saturday.  We are committed to providing high quality competition, hospitality, awards and tournament administration.  If there is any way we can better accommodate you, please to not hesitate to let us know.

Please accept our invitation and join us for a grand time of competitive debates.  We look forward to hosting you in Rock Island.


Max Archer, Director of Debate
Augustana College
(o) 309-794-7717
(c) 281-381-7328

REGISTRATION: We will accept entries for the tournament through Tuesday, January 25 at 5:00 pm CST.  Entries may be made at at  If there are any entry problems, please contact Max Archer at  Registration will take place in Old Main 19 on Friday, January 28 from 2:30-3:30pm.
DIVISIONS: We plan to host three (3) divisions of debate this year.  The Open division is open to any undergraduate student with eligibility. The Junior Varsity and Novice divisions are open to anyone who meets the CEDA eligibility standards for junior or novice participation.  In the event that there are an insufficient number of teams entered in a division, arrangements will be made by the Tournament Director and Tab Room staff to accommodate all participants.  One or more teams from Augustana may compete at the tournament to ensure an even number of teams and to prevent a bye from being assigned.  These Augustana teams are eligible to compete in elimination rounds and receive speaker awards.  Awards will be given in each division to elimination round participants and an appropriate number of recognized speakers.

JUDGING: Each school should provide a qualified judge to cover your judging commitments. One (1) team requires three (3) rounds of judging, two (2) teams require six (6) rounds of judging.  There will be few (if any) judges available for hire at the rate of $100/uncovered team, but you should let us know well in advance if you need to hire judges.  Because extra judging is limited in the Quad Cities area, we would prefer your judges rather than take your money.  Each judge is obligated to cover their school's commitment through the first elimination round, or one round beyond your team's elimination.  All judges should enter their philosophy at prior to the beginning of the tournament.

Each judge will assignment a win to one and only one team and a loss to one and only one team.  The judge will assign each debater 0-30 points using tenth point increments.  Each judge will have a maximum of two hours and forty-five (2:45) minutes from the official start time of the debate to record a decision for that debate.  A judged assigned by the tab room to a particular debate is responsible for the submission of a correctly completed ballot at the conclusion of that debate.  Failure on the part of the judge to comply with these rules may result in a decision by the tab room staff and may also result in penalties being imposed upon the judge's school.

FORMAT AND RULES: We will use the 9-3-6 format, with ten minutes preparation time per team.  Rounds 1-2 will be preset.  The rest will be powered.  Debate teams consist of two persons from the same school.  Hybrid teams are acceptable, and may advance to elimination rounds.  In the event of illness, a single debater may debate two (2) rounds alone but will not be allowed to advance to elimination debates.  Unless the teams have met previously in the preliminary rounds, sides in elimination debates will be determined by coin flip or an agreement by both teams.  The tournament will NOT break brackets in elimination rounds.

TAB ROOM STAFF AND TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATION:  Max Archer and Kyle Zarazan have agreed to direct the operations of the tabulation room.  The tab room staff will resolve any tournament administration problems that arise.  Current and former Augustana students will be available throughout the tournament to run ballots, give directions and generally provide any needed assistance.

FEES: Entry fees are $85/team for all divisions. This includes trophies, tournament supply expenses, and hospitality.  These fees are negotiable for new programs and for those who choose to fly into the QCA for the tournament.  Checks should be made out to “Augustana College.”

AIR TRAVEL: The Moline-Quad Cities Airport (MLI) services several major airlines (American, Delta, United, AirTran) and has flights daily to and from several regional hubs (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis and Orlando  among them).  Free shuttling services will be available made by the tournament.

HOUSING: We have reserved a block of rooms at the Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf located at 1777 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf, IA 52722.  The Isle has guaranteed rooms for $65.00/night for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  Reservations should be made by contacting the the Isle Call Center by phone at 1-800-THE-ISLE (1-800-843-4753).  Identify yourself as part of the “Viking Debates”¯ party, Group Code “RAC0127”.  The block closes on January 14, 2011  - please make reservations soon.  All participants are strongly encouraged to stay at the tournament hotel. Pairings will be released at the tournament hotel and on campus.

CEDA Policies:  The tournament will follow the CEDA guidelines on sexual harassment and discrimination and the Statement of Ethical Principles .

2011 Viking Debates
Friday, January 28
2:30-3:30PM Registration, Old Main 19
4:30-6:30PM Round One
Dinner Between Rounds 1&2
7:00-9:00PM Round Two

Saturday, January 29
8:00AM Pairings released at hotel and on campus
9:00-11:00AM Round Three
11:00-1:00PM Round Four
1:00-2:00PM Lunch
2:00-4:00PM Round Five
4:30-6:30PM Round Six

Sunday, January 30
8:00AM Pairings released at hotel and on campus
9:00-11:00AM First Elimination Debate
11:30AM Awards Assembly
Elimination Debates Continue
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