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« on: October 22, 2009, 11:37:36 AM »

Entry is open, let me know if you have any questions!

University of West Georgia Tisinger Debate Tournament
January 15 – 18, 2010

We look forward to hosting you in Carrollton in January. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. There are some important changes this year so please read over this information carefully. Ongoing information about our tournament will be send out to registered emails on debateresults and posted on the ceda forums site so check there for updates.
Sarah Holbrook

Key Changes –
1.   Back to 8 prelims. Since we do not clear to more than octas and there is no large banquet this year, we’ve decided to try going back to 8 to maximize number of debates for all participants. We’ll welcome all feedback on the humanity of the schedule. The schedule included here is tentative, please email Sarah if oyu have any suggestions.
2.   No big cash prizes this year. We thank Adorno & Yoss for their previous support and Cary Ichter for his ongoing support that will grow alongside his new law firm. We look forward to returning to the cash prizes again in the future, this year will still have unique awards and lots of food. Look for announcements from Mike about special stuff in the works!

Basic Debate Info
We’ll offer competition in Open, JV and Novice. We’ll clear to octofinals in Open and to the appropriate elim rounds in the other divisions as entries warrant (up to octos).
The tournament will feature eight preliminary rounds of two-person, switch-sides, cross-examination debate on the national topic in the standard 9-3-6 format. Brackets will not be broken, sides will not be equalized in elims.
We will issue information on the speaker point scale to all participants in advance of the tournament and have information available at the tournament.
We encourage people to enter promptly as space is finite. We did not have to turn anyone away last year and we hope to continue that without having to impose an entry cap on any squads. If necessary we will establish a waitlist.
Entry on debateresults. All entries should be finalized by Monday, January 11th.
It is almost certain we will have uwg teams competing at our tournament, they will be registered on debateresults and receive no special consideration from the tab room.

Each team must provide a qualified judge to cover 4 rounds of debate for each team in competition. Judging is always VERY tight at this tournament. We will not have any hired judges available and we basically beg you to bring judges that it is possible to place in debates. If necessary we will notify individual schools prior to the tournament if, based on previous outcomes, they have entered judges who will be impossible to place and so have functionally not covered their judging and will need to adjust their entry accordingly. The tournament is always willing to hire qualified judges for extra debates if available, contact Sarah directly.
We strongly request that all qualified persons attending the tournament make themselves available for at least four rounds of judging.
All judges are obligated through the octofinal debate on Monday. All judges are committed to judge one round past the point of their school's elimination from the tournament.

We will provide breakfast each morning Saturday and Sunday (including fruit, protein, etc not just donuts), lunch on Saturday and Sunday and a pizza dinner Sunday night. There will be coffee, drinks and substantial snacks available throughout the day each day. On elim day there will be limited breakfast, snacks, coffee, drinks. We can help arrange elim participants food if they do not have extra people or transportation to take care of it. We will have vegetarian and vegan options available for all meals so please be sure to indicate this on debateresults. Please contact Sarah directly if you have any other dietary restrictions we can help with.

Please DO NOT bring sick debaters, coaches or judges to the tournament! We will forgo charging entry fees for late drops in this circumstance. If anyone becomes ill during the tournament please notify us and we will remove judges from the pool or teams from the tournament as necessary. We reserve the right to refuse entry at registration or to remove teams from competition if it becomes obvious they are ill. We will allow a debater to miss up to 2 rounds (partner debating alone) to have their health evaluated and still be able to return to competition if cleared by a doctor. We will have information available at registration of where to seek healthcare in our area.

We are working with campus ITS to arrange internet access for all participants, information will be available at registration.

$60 per person for each debater, coach, judge, observer, etc who will be in attendance. If you are a new or struggling program please contact us and we’ll do our best to help offset costs. Any entries dropped after we close debateresults will be charged in full. Checks should be made payable to Michael Hester. If you need to pay through some bureaucratic process contact Sarah directly ahead of time to make arrangements.

Carrollton is about 45 miles west of Atlanta. Once at campus follow Campus Loop around to the back of campus to the Humanities Quad. There will be ample parking available right at the Quad and all debates will take place in the 3 buildings located there.
The Atlanta airport is about an hour away and Birmingham about 2 hours. In VERY limited circumstances we may be able to assist with transport to/from the Atlanta airport, or at least put you in touch with shuttle services, contact Sarah directly.

From Atlanta
Travel I-20 West to Villa Rica/UWG Exit 24 and turn left (west) onto Hwy. 61. Travel about 12 miles to Hwy. 166 (Carrollton South Bypass) and turn left onto the 166 Bypass where Grace Lutheran Church will be on the right. (Other landmarks to watch for before you reach the light at Hwy. 166 include Richard Haney Ford and Ryan's Steakhouse on the right and McDonald’s, Zaxby’s and Longhorn Steak House on the left.) On the 166 Bypass, travel to the 6th traffic light. A CVS will be on the corner. At that light, turn right onto Maple Street (also Hwy. 166). UWG will be on the left about 6/10 of a mile along Maple Street.

From Birmingham
Travel I-20 East to Bremen/UWG Exit 11 (Old exit 3), turn right (South) and follow Hwy. 27 South into Carrollton, turn right onto Maple Street (Hwy. 166) . UWG will be on the right approximately 2 miles.

Make reservations early! If you can’t find rooms contact Sarah directly for help. There is no official tournament hotel since elims will all be on campus. Don’t forget to ask hotels if they have a discount for people attending University events, many do! Here are some suggestions –

There are a number of hotels a couple miles from campus along Hwy 27/Park Street -
Holiday Inn Express
104 s. Cottage Hill road
Carrollton, Ga 30117
united states
**has internet, check with them regarding cost
Averages about $90, in past have offered $75 to University guests

Hampton Inn
102 S Cottage Hill Rd
Carrollton, GA 30117
(770) 838-7722
**free internet
Has a $71 advance purchase deal, averages about $85

Quality Inn & Suites
1202 South Park Street
**Free Internet
Averages about $60

Super 8
901 South Park Street
US 27 at Lagrange Exit
Carrollton, GA 30117 US
**Free Internet
Averages $46, it is a super 8

A little farther out – (10 min to campus)
Best Western Inn
1111 Bankhead Hwy
**free internet
Internet rate about $70, average about $80

Even further, but still doable (about 15 min drive to campus)-
Quality Inn & Suites
1077 Alabama Ave S
Bremen, GA, US, 30110
Phone: (770) 824-5105
**Free Internet
Averages $65

Microtel Inn And Suites Bremen
104 Price Creek Road
Bremen, GA 30110 US
**Free Internet
Averages $60 - $70

Holiday Inn Express
125 Highway 27 North Byp, Bremen, GA
(770) 537-3770 ‎
**Internet, charges uncertain
Averages $73

And, if you have money to burn…
Historic Banning Mills
Country Inn and Conference Center
205 Horseshoe Dam Road
Whitesburg, GA 30185

Tentative Schedule
Friday January 15
7pm – 9pm Registration Honor’s House on Maple Street

Saturday January 16
7am – Pairings released for Rounds 1 & 2, Breakfast in Humanities Lobby
8am – Round One
11:00 – Round Two
1:30 Lunch in Humanities Lobby
3pm – Round Three
6:30pm – Round Four

Sunday January 17
7am – Pairings released for Rounds 5 (high-high) & 6 (high-low) Breakfast Humanities 8am – Round 5
11:00am – Round 6
1:30 Lunch in Humanities Lobby
3pm – Round 7
7pm – Round 8
Pizza Dinner, Awards and Announcement of teams clearing follow in Humanities Lobby

Monday January 18 ** ELIMS ON CAMPUS**
7am – Pairings Humanities Lobby
8am – Octas
Elims follow

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