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Looking to get on this process a little early as I’d like to have both in place by the conclusion of the 2020 CEDA.

For Summer 2021 Meeting – CEDA is seeking a host that can provide a room with WiFi capability, but a “smart classroom” with recording capabilities would be strongly preferred.

Deadline for submission should be February 1, 2020, bids should include:

Submission: Please email me your bid information in a Word or pdf document by the deadline. The bid should be no more than 2 pages in length. Send to Potential opportunities for engaging public, expert and/or diverse community populations is encouraged.

Preferred dates: May 27 to May 30, 2021 (arriving May 27 with the CEDA Business Meeting in the afternoon; Topic Meeting would be in the morning on May 28 to midday on June 30).
While the above dates are preferred, June 3-6, 2021 is another potential weekend. If you would like to propose a different date in your bid, please do.

Technology preferences: Participants should have access to wireless internet while on campus. The ability to webcast the topic meetings is preferred via a smart classroom is preferred but not required.

Travel Arrangements: Hosts should detail travel costs and options, and whether they are able to provide any travel support such as airport shuttling for participants.

Hotel: Host should provide a suggested meeting hotel and the room rate.

Other amenities: Additional host support, such as hospitality, lunches, etc., is welcomed but not required. Please detail any additional amenities you plan to provide in your bid.

For CEDA 2022 host – CEDA is looking for a host of the 2022 CEDA Nationals debate tournament. The weekend is flexible and likely dependent on when the NDT chooses its weekend, but either late March or early April are the typical dates.

There is a longer bid template but ideally looking for an explanation of the support the host can offer, as well as a commitment to be able to use 100 classrooms on campus. An estimate of hotel cost, food costs etc. If you have any interest please let me know as I can share the full bid template of what CEDA is looking for.

Please contact me if you have any questions. Thank you for considering engaging in this valuable service to the debate community.

Nick Ryan
2nd Vice President, CEDA
NDT News / 2020 JMU NDT Information -- Hotels, flights, etc.
« Last post by SherryHall on November 16, 2019, 10:41:07 AM »
Announcements for the 2020 NDT at James Madison. 
Hotel is now accepting reservations.  Dates: March 27-30, 2020. 
Flight Information:
Being two hours from DC, there are plenty of flight options:
Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport is just 20 minutes from the Hotel ( and has direct flights from Washington, DC and Chicago. Teams flying into SHD can utilize a JMU shuttle to transport you to and from the Hotel Madison. If you will be utilizing the shuttle please email Hayley Jenkins at
Other airport options include:
· Charlottesville International Airport (CHO) is approximately 1 hour from JMU.
· Washington Dulles (IAD) or Reagan International (DAC) are both 2-2.5 hours away from JMU
· Richmond International Airport (RIC) is approximately the same distance as the DC airports, but there is not the DC traffic. There are often deals from RIC that are comparable to DC.
If sufficient interest exists JMU can arrange for JMU transportation to do pick-ups and drops offs for a fee.
Hotel Information:
All of the debates will be in the Hotel Madison ( or an adjacent building. We have secured a hotel block with a rate of $96 per night (the state per diem rate). There is a charge for the 3rd and 4th guests in each room, but the original quoted rate was $114 per night so there is a significant discount in exchange for this charge.
To book using your direct link, go to
To book online using the hotel’s website, go to Click Reserve Now to select your dates of stay and click the words SELECT AN OPTION.  Select Group Code, enter the code ­­­­­­NDT2020, then click Reserve Now again. You will be taken to a screen where you can select your room type and enter payment details. Please note that this code is for online use only.
The guests in your party can also call 540-564-0200 and say they are making reservations for the National Debate Tournament and the dates they will be staying at the hotel. Guests may find it helpful to specify
If you are part of a team that will need 10 or more rooms please contact Brooke Driver at the hotel directly at  She will be able to create your reservations and ensure your rooms are assigned close together.
Other Notes:
· We are currently working with University Advancement to identify alumni who wish to donate in support of the National Debate Tournament. We hope that this will bring down the cost per team
· Additionally, we are working with sponsors from across the region including Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, area graduate schools, Merck and other local businesses. We are also working to secure discounts to area restaurants for visiting teams.
· Parking and internet are currently being negotiated through the university. My guess is that both will be covered by existing university resources and will not need to be paid for by tournament participants.
· Currently the budget assumes almost the entire tournament will take place in the Hotel Madison, but there are anywhere from 10-25 rooms in the adjacent building that we may be able to use for debates. The cost should adjust down significantly as we work to acquire more of these rooms.
· Liv Stephens ( in our Strategic Planning Office will be serving as our ADA contact. She will be onsite for the entire tournament to help with logistics.
Open Topic -- Any issue / New CEDA Website Preview
« Last post by ceda on November 16, 2019, 10:16:01 AM »
Here is a link to preview the design and layout for the new CEDA website. It is a work in progress, but it's coming along.
CEDA News / Updated NCA Meeting Agenda & Amendment
« Last post by Dinger on November 16, 2019, 08:18:54 AM »
Updated 2019 NCA Business Meeting Agenda

2019 Cross Examination Debate Association NCA Business Meeting
Baltimore Convention Center, Room 346
Baltimore, MD
Saturday, November 16, 11:00am-12:15pm

I. Call to Order

II. Old Business
Treasurer's Report
Executive Secretary's Report
Second VP's Report
First VP's Report
President's Report
-2020 CEDA Nationals
-Awards & Novice Amendments
-Tabroom Deal

III. New/Old Business
-Topic Reform Committee
-Online Tournaments/Sanctioning
-Amendment to Sanctioning Bylaw - Date in September to start tournaments
-CEDA Nationals: Octas on Day 3?

Amendment proposal - proposed by Vik Keenan, New School
CEDA Sanctioning:  3rd Friday in September

Amendment to V. Tournament Sanctioning, Section 7 -

Current Rule: : CEDA approved tournaments may commence no sooner than the second Friday of September.

Proposed Rule: CEDA approved tournaments may commence no sooner than the third Friday of September.   

Rationale:  Major tournaments moved their dates with no public discussion this year. Predictability good. Also, necessary for program admin.

Regional schedules are set around non competing national weekends.  A shift in weekends remove or creates conflicts with regional tournaments, that may have additional limitations.  Regionally based programs may not have the ability to shift their travel schedule or their programs may be impacted.  Student organization based groups may need to submit travel schedules the previous Spring and may lose funds with travel changes.

Additionally, some member schools do not begin classes until after Labor Day, which can create an internal limit to both recruitment and travel fund access. The 3rd Friday of September creates a predictable guideline for institutions that need to make or amend travel or funding access rules. 11 Days vs 17 Days of prep/preseason is a significant difference and program need to be able to plan around their preseason with some certainty. This also addresses the "5th weekend" problem - whenever a month acquires a 5th weekend some calendar changes are inevitable (see November), but using "x (day of the week) of y month" resolves this unpredictability.

We removed this rule when we were granting West and D3 exceptions to allow tournaments to exist without COMPETITION from the first national tournament of the year in the East based on the consistently earlier start dates of their specific regional travel pools. The idea was rather than making them ask CEDA for the sanctioning exception we would just grant it.  However, those tournament hosts have moved from this understanding, including citing a historical precedent that was not factually true. Unstandardizing the calendar start has had ripples of tournament scheduling conflicts.
CEDA News / 2019 NCA CEDA Business Meeting Agenda
« Last post by Dinger on November 15, 2019, 02:30:38 PM »
1. CEDA Meeting: The CEDA Business Meeting at NCA will be tomorrow, Saturday, November 16, from 11:00am-12:15pm in the Baltimore Convention Center, Room 346. The agenda is below. We look forward to seeing you there!

2. Elections: We are in need of nominations. The following positions are up for election this year and require nominations. Nominations will be open now until December 1. Nominations can occur at the Business Meeting, via your Regional Rep or email – dinger AT gmail

Second Vice President (who then becomes Vice President and President)
Recording Secretary
Northeast Rep (Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New Jersey Vermont, West Virginia, New York, and Connecticut)
Mid Atlantic Rep (Pennsylvania, Delaware, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia)
North Central Rep (Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Illinois)
South Central Rep (Louisiana and Texas)
Topic Committee Rep, At-Large
Graduate Student Rep to Topic Committee
Undergraduate Student Rep to the Topic Committee

2019 Cross Examination Debate Association NCA Business Meeting
Baltimore Convention Center, Room 346
Baltimore, MD
Saturday, November 16, 11:00am-12:15pm

I. Call to Order

II. Old Business
Treasurer's Report
Executive Secretary's Report
Second VP's Report
First VP's Report
President's Report
-2020 CEDA Nationals
-Awards & Novice Amendments
-Tabroom Deal

III. New/Old Business
   -Online Tournament Sanctioning
   -Topic Reform Committee
-CEDA Website
-CEDA Nationals: Octas on Day 3?
Buy/Sell Rounds / Buying Rounds - ADA Fall Championship
« Last post by charrigan on November 07, 2019, 07:31:55 PM »
Need to hire 3 rounds of judging at the ADA Fall Championship. If interested, please email

Open Topic -- Any issue / Re: starting a new team
« Last post by V I Keenan on November 05, 2019, 09:55:59 PM »
Hello Wisconsin! (sorry, couldn't resist)

To echo Nick, we have a number of ways to assist you.  CEDA Sanctioned tournaments have a fee waiver option for new and emerging programs and your CEDA Dues are also waived in the first 3 years.  This allows you organizational membership (CEDA runs the national topic process) while doing the hard work in the early years of establishing a team and a little more breathing room in your budget.  As Nick mentioned, there are area programs who are the logical starting places for building a local tournament calendar, and then building from there to determine a circuit of tournaments that works with your budget and best meets the needs of your debaters.  Most programs that start as student activities based programs start with a goal of 2-4 tournaments a semester, depending on geography (you want to give your administration some kind of "6 tournaments a year" goal to fund at a minimum, which also safeguards the number of rounds needed for the qualification to the NDT if you decide that is in your team interest). Tournaments that offer JV and Open divisions will give experienced debaters a choice of level of competition, as you will also have your own competing demands for time towards academics and the logistics of getting funding for the team.

I've worked with a number of student activities based teams in their formation, and am happy to assist with those types of questions in addition to Nick's offer to put you in touch with local contacts.  My email is

Welcome to college policy debate!

The New School (NYC)
Open Topic -- Any issue / Re: starting a new team
« Last post by nryan on November 05, 2019, 02:03:27 PM »
Congrats on starting a new program. If you need any assistance there are a ton of people willing to help out. the NDT/CEDA  and the ADA are the primary organizations you'll need to worry about starting out. All ADA tournaments are NDT/CEDA sanctioned as well, so the easiest thing to do is to focus on finding tournaments near you on, select the circuit NDT-CEDA and you'll see a list of tournaments available. The three organizations will all waive fees for new programs, and most (if not all) will work with new programs to help you find judging and/or waive entry fees as well to lower the entry barrier.

If you want to email me nryan2wc [AT] gmail I can get you in contact with several of the programs in the area that can provide a lot more closer assistance and recommend tournaments for you starting out that are close.

Feel free to email me with any other questions you might have as well,
Nick Ryan

Open Topic -- Any issue / starting a new team
« Last post by simsajaya on November 05, 2019, 01:46:56 PM »
Hello!! A couple of students that also debated in high school and I are looking to start a program at our college, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. We're working through the university's requirements and have found an advisor and such. However, we are looking for some assistance in figuring pretty much everything else out. Of what organizations do we need membership? How often should we compete? Which tournaments are best for new programs? I've even seen some tournaments that offer assistance for new programs.

Any advice anyone has would be amazingly helpful!!
Open Topic -- Any issue / Wyo Online Exit Survey
« Last post by Matt Liu on November 05, 2019, 10:52:39 AM »
I’ve uploaded the exit survey results to a Dropbox I’ve linked at the end of this post. I included both a PDF for the casual viewer and a CSV of the raw data. I’m not much of data person but if there’s anything else I can make available that folks want let me know. At some point, hopefully soon, I’ll consolidate the instructions we provided participants and the feedback we received into a best practices document for online debate. If anyone would like that sooner rather than later, let me know.

The tournament had some hiccups at first but I feel like by round 3 we were running smoothly. 42 debaters attended the tournament and 67 rounds were held. Roughly, I think that the exit survey data supports that the online tournament was a very useful way to get debaters rounds, experience, and feedback on the cheap (based on my number crunching, a school paid about $10/round at the Wyo Online. In comparison, Wyoming spent about $184/round at GSU). However, it also supports the idea that online debate should be a supplement, not a replacement.

A few important thank yous:

Lauren Johnson did everything. She judged six rounds, she helped administer the tournament, she coached, she filled gaps. She’s invaluable and you should be trying to recruit her into your PhD programs.

Our varsity debaters stepped up as student coaches. They ran the show this weekend and our successes were because of them. Riley Talamantes in particular stepped up and identified and filled gaps before I realized they were there. You should be trying to recruit her for your graduate programs in 2021-22.

Nick Ryan ran the tab room and put up with incessant – absolutely incessant – questions from me. Natalie Stolarski did the room creation on Yaatly, the tech troubleshooting, and generally kept the wheels turning. Could not have done it without them.

A massive thank you to our volunteer judges. Just some fun trivia here: as of round 4, Wyoming MR hadn’t been judged by someone who wasn't in the finals of CEDA or the NDT. In round 4, Wyoming as a whole was judged by a CEDA finalist, a CEDA champion, and an NDT finalist. None of our teams were judged by an ADA champion, a CEDA champion, and an NDT champion, but all of our teams were judged by 2 out of the 3. None of this is to say that that’s the be-all-end-all of judging, but I think it’s demonstrative that remote judging has some interesting potential.

Thank you to Jordan Foley and Allison Harper who helped me figure out how to do the exit survey. The first draft was atrocious, any faults remain my own.

Most of all, thank you to the schools that didn’t have to come, that didn’t benefit from this nearly as much as we did. Many of you have your choice of tournaments to attend, but your decision to attend our tournament helped give our debaters rounds and experience they quite simply couldn’t get otherwise.

Dropbox link:
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