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 on: Today at 07:14:25 PM 
Started by tcram - Last post by tcram
Need 4 of them if you have them.

 on: August 29, 2014, 09:53:16 PM 
Started by SherryHall - Last post by SherryHall
I am working on getting this set up on tabroom to start taking entries.  Here is the info.

   August 29, 2014
You and your debaters are cordially invited to come to play in Cambridge on October 25- through October 27, 2014.  The festivities shall include beautiful fall foliage, great food by Sherry, and an abundance of high-quality competition.  We hope that you will join us.
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.  Elimination rounds will start with octafinals.  Brackets will not be broken, sides will not be equalized.
The tournament is tightly scheduled to allow time for dinner and recreation.  Courtesy demands, and we insist, that rounds start and be adjudicated punctually. 
Each team must be accompanied by a qualified judge who must agree to decide all assigned debates within 165 minutes of the announced start time for the round, rendering a decision with one winner and one loser.  In early prelims, the schedule will require that explanations be completed within this time frame as well.  Harvard has instituted a new policy prohibiting smoking in the Yard.  We ask judges to refrain from leaving the Yard to smoke until their ballots have been turned in.  Judges are obligated for four prelims per team, then through the octafinals and one round beyond the elimination of the last team from their school.  If you choose to hire your judges from the ranks of persons not currently coaching at your school, those hired judges must be approved in advance by the tournament director.  This discretion will be employed solely to avoid unassignable judges who unduly degrade mutual preference judging. 
Entry will be managed through the website.  Harvard College will not commit to a final room list for some time.  We have been lucky the last four years and were able to accommodate nearly everyone who wanted to attend.  There is no guarantee that we can do as well this year, but we will try to host everyone.  However, in order to be fair, we will place all teams beyond the second team from a school on a waitlist until our room situation and entry demand become clearer.  We will clear teams off the waitlist as fast as seems prudent.
Fees for the tournament will be $50 per team plus $65 per person attending the tournament.  The team charges will cover security and cleaning costs, hotel fees, and quality awards.  The hospitality fee covers two lunches, three breakfasts, and the dinner and awards reception on Sunday night. We will have one 55 passenger bus running each morning. There will be a $10 per person charge for the bus.  The cost and stress of driving, plus the lack of easy parking at school on Saturday, combine to persuade many to skip the rental cars for this tournament. 
We will be returning to the Holiday Inn Boston-Bunker Hill in Summerville again this year.  Rooms are available for $129.00 for up to four people per room.  This rate includes free parking and free Internet in the rooms and public spaces.  City bus service runs from the hotel directly to Harvard Square for easy transport back and forth during the day.  The cut-off date is October 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm eastern time. This is peak leaf peeping season.  The hotel is likely to fill up and they have not agreed to hold rooms past this date, so please make your reservations in a timely manner.  If you have overbooked rooms, please first check with other tournament participants as to whether someone else can use the room(s).  If you will not be using the rooms, please let the hotel know that as soon as possible so that they have an opportunity to sell them.  You can make reservations on line using the following link:   
You may also contact the hotel directly at 617-628-1000, or 1-800-HOLIDAY; the room block is in as Harvard Debate.
We look forward to seeing all of you soon, and to hosting you in Cambridge this fall.
Sherry Hall & Dallas Perkins

 on: August 28, 2014, 07:46:03 PM 
Started by saherndon - Last post by saherndon


 on: August 28, 2014, 04:57:39 PM 
Started by Adri - Last post by Adri
Attached are the updated copies of the American Debate Association Standing Rules and Constitution, reflecting the recent changes.

I am aiming to have an updated list of tournaments that are sanctioned (re-sanctioning underway currently, as per rules change) published on Sept 1.

-Adrienne Brovero

 on: August 28, 2014, 04:23:29 PM 
Started by neil berch - Last post by neil berch

 on: August 28, 2014, 02:05:29 PM 
Started by lgarrett - Last post by lgarrett
Please finalize your entries for the Clay. We would like to start releasing teams from the wait list about a month before the tournament (9/6).

 on: August 28, 2014, 11:16:29 AM 
Started by neil berch - Last post by nryan

Sorry about the late reply. My understanding of an unofficial list is the following tournaments will be ADA (there are probably more):

ADA Nats

I did them in the order they appear on the schedule. Will update as soon as I know of more.

 on: August 28, 2014, 10:51:38 AM 
Started by joep - Last post by joep
does anyone have any information their at liberty to share about the switchover from IDEA to NSDA (the same NSDA that sponsors the John C. Stennis high school national congress tournament)?

 on: August 28, 2014, 10:27:45 AM 
Started by tnielson - Last post by tnielson
Skyline high school is emergency hiring a debate and journalism teacher. It's a full-time salaried position with benefits. Skyline high school debate is well supported by their administration. They have a large, successful debate program. Being credentialed is a must. Skyline is hiring immediately.

1. Toni Nielson, head of programming at the Bay Area Urban Debate League, at 562-682-7145 or 
2. Vinh Trinh, Principal at Skyline,, or 510-482-7109


 on: August 27, 2014, 07:58:36 PM 
Started by pdebate - Last post by pdebate

MAJOR CHANGE: Preview is on SUNDAY instead of on Saturday this year. Tournament competition in policy debate is Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

To the College Debate Community:

You are cordially invited to attend the College Debate Preview at the Heart of Texas Invitational. The preview offers representatives from college debate programs the opportunity to talk with high school students about debating in college. The preview will be held during the Heart of Texas Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament in Dallas, Texas during the weekend of October 18-20, 2014.  Last year over 100 high schools from more than 30 states attended the tournament.  College representatives from programs all over the United States were also in attendance. It would be our honor to host representatives from your school this year.

Colleges attending the preview are offered two full pages of advertising (no charge) in the tournament program. The ad pages should be sent to me so that they arrive no later than October 9th. Traditionally, ad pages have included a one page letter from the director, and one page of "college propaganda" about the school. You may format your two pages in any way that you think would be helpful to your recruiting efforts--as long as I get it by the 9th. We have gone to an online program which you might want to take into account when preparing your materials. There isn't a formal schedule for the College Preview Program. We do open a room between rounds five and six on Sunday morning to create a place for students to meet with representatives, however, you are free to watch rounds, talk with students, visit with friends, feed yourself in the coaches lounge, and visit our campus and our city. If you are willing to judge a round or two it would be sincerely appreciated, however, you shouldn't feel any pressure to do so.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email the tournament director, Tim Mahoney,

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