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« on: October 30, 2011, 03:48:53 PM »

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK ROUND ROBIN
January 28-29, 2012
   
Columbia University in the City of New York will once again host the Columbia University Round Robin. The tournament will be held on the University’s main campus in Morningside Heights on January 28 and 29, 2012. While a decline in funding from sponsors will necessitate entry fees to cover expenses for this year’s tournament, teams accepted to participate will once again benefit from a very hospitable tournament experience and enjoy many activities in the City of New York.

Application process and selection criteria:
We will be selecting a total of 8 teams (including one team from Columbia) to participate in the round robin. All applicants should send an email to columbiacxdebate@gmail.com with the names of team members that are applying, a brief statement outlining their competitive record, and their year in school.  Application deadline is December 2, 2011 and we plan to announce selected teams no later than December 7, 2011. Teams should plan to finalize their entries, including any additional observers or coaches, by December 30, 2011.

Some criteria that will be used to select teams include: competitive record, region (regional diversity is a high priority), year in school (seniors over frosh).  At a minimum, the team (or one of the team members) that applies should have previous experience as an NDT qualifier or a CEDA Nationals elimination round participant.  Applications should also include which judge or judges will accompany the team and serve as a critic during the tournament. If a team intends to pay the judge fee instead of providing a judge, please indicate that in the application materials. Prior CURR participants are encouraged to apply.

Chris Burk of the University of Texas at Dallas will administer the tournament, tabulate the results, and facilitate other tournament activities. He will also assist the Columbia team with the selection of participants but the final selections remain with the Columbia University team.

Accommodations:
We are still finalizing hotel contracts and are speaking with additional sponsors that may be able to provide hotel subsidies.  At the minimum, teams will stay in a Manhattan hotel at reasonable nightly rate, or at least a rate that is reasonable by New York City standards.

Fees: The fees will be $250 per person (debater, judge, coach, or observer) and will cover all meals, events, awards, and transportation within the City during the tournament. Those needing to hire a judge will incur an additional fee of $250. Please make any checks payable to Columbia University. We contacting various potential sponsors and fees may be reduced accordingly. Any such reductions will be communicated to participating squads as soon as possible.

Tournament Format:
All eight teams will debate the other seven teams in front of a single judge. Teams, opponents, and sides will be determined by the tournament staff based on random selection.  In order for the tournament to stay on schedule and provide participants the opportunity to enjoy the City, we will be employing a judge non-disclosure rule.  We will provide extra time for the judges to write extra comments on the ballots. All decisions will be announced publicly during the Sunday night tournament reception.

Awards:  
Awards provided to the top 3 teams and top 3 speakers.    

Judging and Preferences:
All teams are expected to provide a judge for their team.  Each judge should be eligible to judge every other team at the tournament. There are a limited number of hired judges who will be available for hire.

Schedule:
Friday, January 27
5:00 PM   Tournament Registration and reception at tournament host hotel
7:00+      Dinner and Event in the City

Saturday, January 28
8:00 AM   Meet in hotel lobby for transportation to campus
8:30       Breakfast provided
9:00      Round 1
11:15      Round 2    
1:30 PM    Lunch provided at campus
2:30       Round 3
4:45      Round 4
7:00      Return to tournament hotel
8:00+      Dinner and Event in the City

Sunday, January 29
8:30 AM   Meet in hotel lobby for transportation to campus
9:00       Breakfast provided
9:30      Round 5
11:45      Round 6    
2:00 PM   Lunch provided at campus
3:00       Round 7
5:15      Round 8
7:30      Return to tournament hotel
8:00+      Dinner, announcement of results, and tournament reception
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