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« on: September 23, 2011, 01:58:34 PM »

Dear Colleagues,

The Vanderbilt Debate Squad and the Department of Communication Studies invite you and your teams to the Vanderbilt Invitational Tournament held the weekend of October 14 - 16, 2011. All schools are welcomed.   

Professor Neil Butt will be running the tab room.  The tournament will consist of three CEDA/ADA divisions: Open, JV and Novice ~ but we will collapse divisions if low numbers warrant. We will use the CEDA/ADA definitions for all divisions. In each division, there will be six preliminary rounds of debate competition on the 2011-2012 CEDA resolution. The appropriate number of elimination rounds will follow, and the tournament will follow ADA rules.

All divisions will use the 9-3-6 format with ten minutes of preparation time. We will not break brackets for elimination rounds. Rounds I and II will be preset. Please use the new function on to buy or sell rounds of judging.  We will list all of our judges available for hire on

Since the tournament weekend does not coincide with our Fall Break this year, we will have to return to our traditional schedule with rounds starting later on Friday.   We will still provide dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. Snacks will be provided throughout the tournament.

All judges are obligated through the later of the following:  a) the end of the first full elimination round or b) through one round after their teams are eliminated. Judges will be required to submit decisions no later than 2 hours 30 minutes (new ADA rule) from the start of the round.

If you are a new program, please let us know as soon as you decide to enter the tournament.  We will be happy to waive the entry fees for new programs and offer additional help to the extent possible.  Should anyone need airport transportation or any other help, please let us know and we will try to be of assistance.

We look forward to seeing you all in October.


M. L. Sandoz             Neil Butt
Director of Debate          Assistant Director of Debate 
(615-) 322-8669            (615) 322-3784 Office
(615) 500-6184 Cell          (540) 290-5827
(615) 343-7918 Fax


ENTRIES: Schools may enter any number of teams in any division. CEDA/ADA definitions for all divisions will be used. This is a sanctioned CEDA & ADA tournament.

JUDGES: Schools must provide a qualified judge for every two teams or fraction thereof entered. There will be only a small number of judges available for hire. If you can provide qualified judges for hire, please add their names to the “Judges for Hire” list on All judges are obligated 1 round after their teams are eliminated.

AWARDS: All teams reaching elimination rounds will receive awards. In addition, Speaker Awards will be given to the top 10 speakers in each division. Speaker Awards will be based on adjusted speaker points (dropping high and low), then total speaker points, then double adjusted speaker points, then ranks, then judge variance, then opponent points, then a random number.

FORMAT: Six preliminary rounds and the appropriate number of elimination rounds will be offered in each division. The 2011-2012 CEDA resolution will be used with the 9-3-6 minute format. Preparation time will be limited to 10 minutes. Rounds I and II will be randomly paired. Round III will be paired high/high based on cumulative records. Rounds IV through VI will be paired high/low within brackets and side constraints.

FORFEIT RULE: A 15-minute forfeit rule will be strictly enforced.

CEDA STATEMENT ON SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION: This tournament abides by the CEDA Statement on Sexual Discrimination and encourages an inclusive atmosphere for all those participating. Insofar as possible, the procedures in the CEDA Statement on Sexual Discrimination will be followed for complaints based on race, gender, or sexual orientation.

FEES: Entry fees of $50 per person (including judges, coaches, and spectators) will be collected at registration. All changes/drops at registration will result in a $15 fee.

Hybrid policy:  Hybrid teams will be allowed to compete in both preliminary and elimination rounds.

Judge philosophy policy:  We strongly encourage all judges to post their judging philosophies on  We reserve the right to adjust the judging commitments for schools that have unplaceable judges or judges lacking posted philosophies.

DEADLINES: All teams must be entered through by 5:00 p.m. (CDT) on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. Phone or e-mail changes no later than 1:00 p.m. Thursday, October 13, 2011.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE: Airport Express (615) 275-1180

LODGING: The Comfort Inn Downtown will hold a block of rooms until Friday, September 23, 2011.   Please book your rooms early.  The Vanderbilt v. Georgia football game will be played on that Saturday and hotel rooms outside of the block may be difficult to find.

The Comfort Inn is located at 1501 Demonbreun St , Nashville, TN 37203.  This is just 6 blocks from Vanderbilt’s campus.  The hotel is offering complimentary breakfasts and parking.  The website is

For reservations call (615) 255-9977 and ask for Vanderbilt Debate Group Number 101100.  The rate is $99.99 per room night.


Report time/stop coaching time is 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
Oral critiques should be concluded no later than 15 minutes after the announced decision time.

Friday, October 15, 2011
12:00-1:45   Registration (Calhoun Hall 213)
2:00-3:00   Great Debaters Series Public Debate (Buttrick 103)
3:00      Rounds 1 and 2 Pairings Released (Buttrick 103)
4:15   Round 1
6:45   Decision time for Round 1
6:45   Dinner
7:30   Round 2
10:00   Decision time for Round 2

Saturday, October 16, 2011
7:00   Rounds 3 and 4 Pairings Released (Calhoun First Floor Lobby)
8:00   Round 3
10:30   Decision time for Round 3
11:00   Round 4
1:30   Decision time for Round 4
1:30   Lunch
2:00   Pairings released for Round 5
2:30   Round 5
5:00   Decision time for Round 5
5:30   Pairings released for Round 6
6:00   Round 6
8:30   Decision time for Round 6

Sunday, October 17, 2011
7:00   Pairings released for Octafinal round
8:00   Octafinal round
11:30 (approx..) Awards ceremony
Remaining Elimination Rounds


M. L. Sandoz
Treasurer - CEDA
Director of Debate
Vanderbilt University
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