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JustinGreen
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« on: January 22, 2010, 12:41:53 PM »

Kansas State University would like to formally welcome you to join us at the SOUL OF AMERICA tournament in Manhattan on February 12-14th.
Top 5 reasons to attend our tournament:
5. Two meals will be provided. Dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday.
4. Well-run and humane tournament. Chris Wheatley, KSU coaching alumn and all-round superstar, will serve as the tab room director. We will start prompt, plenty of time will be available for coaching, no one will yell to start debates.
3. Aggieville – We will have shuttle runs from the hotel to a six square block radius that has 40 different social gathering places for those who are of age.
2. Done on Sunday. Less class missed. More time at home.
1. It’s a mid-America tournament in February. Not everyone will go to districts and the NDT. Quality debates, quality judging, friendly experience.
K.U. has graciously signed off for KSU to host a tournament on what was traditionally the Heart weekend. See Ella Fitzgerald, the Cleftones, The Four Aces, amongst others for the value of both being involved. There is potential for a rotation to take place – more to be announced at a later date.
Topic: We will follow the 2009-10 CEDA topic.
Hybrids: In the Open division, two debaters from different schools may debate together and advance to elimination rounds. Yes, you can debate with anyone who still has eligibility and enrolled in a CEDA/NDT school.
Kansas State teams will compete and have the ability to clear. Our debaters need the experience and this will make the tournament larger.
Division Eligibility: We will follow the CEDA/NDT eligibility rules. Please do not place anyone outside of the eligibility requirements stipulated in the Constitution even if you desire to forgo points.
Elimination Rounds: Half of the teams will clear. All teams must have a winning record to clear.
Hotel Information: To follow.
Homestays: For those programs looking to save money. There are some spots available for your debaters to stay with KSU debaters. We cannot guarantee transportation for these students, but are happy to try to work something out.
Judging: Please provide 3 rounds of judging for every team entered. If a judge is brought that can only judge in the JV or Novice division and it is mathematically impossible to place them in all of their committed rounds, the tournament will politely ask the school to increase the commitment levels of another judge or pay to have these rounds covered. The tournament will do its best to notify any schools of this problem ahead of time. Hired judging will be few and far between. If you need it, please let us know in advance. The cost of hiring is $30/round.
Transportation: For those flying into Manhattan, KS – KSU is willing to provide you with necessary shuttling to and from the tournament and to ensure that you get fed. Kansas City International Airport is about a 2 hour drive away from Manhattan. For those driving, if directions are needed, please ask.
Entry Fees: $85/team. We are not doing this to make money. Checks should be made payable to “Wildcat Debate Workshop”. We will also accept checks made to “Kansas State University”. For new and struggling programs, if the entry fee prohibits attendance, please let us know – we will work something out.
Awards: Very sweet trophies will be given out. A most improved debate team will be given out to the debaters who have shown progress in competitive success. One award will be given to the program who has shown the most progress. KSU debaters will not be eligible for the latter award.
Disclosure: In order to receive strikes/preferences, a team must either submit to the tournament officials (jmgreen@ksu.edu) or to opencaselist.wikispaces.com a copy of all of their previously run affirmatives that they might run at the tournament. If new advantages/plan texts have been added, please submit these as well.
Prefs: We will have them. Likely to be an 6 category system.
Real time results: Barring any technical mishaps – this will be done.
Electronic balloting: yes


SCHEDULE FOR TOURNAMENT:
Friday, February 12th
2:00-3:15 pm Registration – those arriving late should call 703-855-6177
3:15 pm Pairings for 1 and 2/Opening Assembly
4:00 pm Round I Random Preset
5:45-6:15 Dinner
7:00 pm Round II Random Preset

Saturday, February 13th
7:30am Pairings Released online, at hotel and at tournament
8:30 am Round III (High-Low off rds 1 and 2)
11:00 am Round IV (High-High off rounds 1 and 2)
1:00-2:00 pm Lunch
2:30 pm Round V
5:30 pm Round VI
8:30 pm First Partials Round (depending on size)
ASAP Release list of Elim participants at Hotels and on cedaforums


Sunday, February 14th
8:00 am Awards Assembly
Or Partial Elims (depending on size)
10:00 am Elims Continue
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