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 on: Today at 12:08:10 PM 
Started by jregnier - Last post by jregnier

 on: Today at 08:37:30 AM 
Started by cramhelwich - Last post by cramhelwich
Coach Poll Results: December 2016

Thank you to the following schools for participating: Central Oklahoma, Emory, George Mason, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mary Washington Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri State, North Texas, Northwestern, Texas-Dallas, Towson, Trinity, Wake Forest, Wyoming

1) Harvard Midha / Sanjeev (17)      471
2) California Gray / Wimsatt (1)      426
3) California Muppalla / Spurlock       424
4) Georgetown Knez / Louvis         419
5) Wake Forest Anthanasopoulos / Sugino (1)   398
6) Emory Gazmararian / Karthikeyan      375
7) Southern California Berger / Larsen      345
8 ) Kansas Hegna / Walter         340
9) Northwestern Callahan / Esman      293
10) Emory Forman /Lowe         286
11) Michigan State Munsinger / Walkington   255
12) Kansas Birzer / Cook         245
13) Kentucky Bannister / Trufanov      229
14) Kentucky Adam / Noparstak      227
15) Rutgers-Newark Murphy / Nave      195
16) Oklahoma Juarez / White         180
17) Kansas Bell / Robinson         149
18) Michigan Donovan / Meyers-Levy      142
19) Harvard Gordon / Slavinsky      140
20) Oklahoma Pickens / Sanchez      134
21) Harvard Asimow / Medrano      80
22) Michigan Goldschlag / Walrath      69
23) Weber State Gaither / Tippets      50
24) Texas Stransky / Kilpatrick      49
25) Wake Forest Manchester / Mitchell      48

Others teams receiving votes: Baylor Barron / Connor, Binghamton Buttgereit / Smith, Central Oklahoma Hilligoss / Stidham, Emory Demers / Phillips, Emory Fiero / Reed-Guevara, George Mason Brown / Hansen, Georgia Agrawal / Ramanan, Kansas Fry / Katz, Nevada-Las Vegas Aguilar / Kezios, Northwestern Jankovsky / Young, Northwestern Kohli / Levin, Oklahoma Plange / Sebunya, Texas Bleiweiss / Pabst, Towson Booker / Medeiros, Wake Forest Cronin / Reddy, Wake Forest Dean / Munoz

 on: December 07, 2016, 11:34:14 AM 
Started by Revelins - Last post by Revelins
tabroom link here:

■ Cornell University - Policy Debate Tournament, “The Tournament of Love” ■

February 11-12, 2017
Cornell University, Ithaca New York

■ Competition

You are invited to compete in Cornell’s policy debate tournament, “The Tournament of Love”, on the weekend of February 11 and 12th. The topic for debates will be the 2016-2017 resolution (Resolved: The United States Federal Government should establish a domestic climate policy, including at least substantially increasing restrictions on private sector emissions of greenhouse gases in the United States). Debaters will use the 9-3-6 speech time format, with 10 minutes of prep for each side. We will have 6 prelim debates and break to the number of elim debates warranted by number of teams entered (we anticipate partial octos). Entries will be accepted in 3 divisions (novice, junior-varsity, varsity), but it is very likely that we will collapse JV and V into one division based on number of teams entered. Hybrid teams are allowed to enter. Cornell teams will enter but will not be allowed to break.

The tabroom will be operated by Vik Keenan (The New School), in Ives Hall.

Rounds for this tournament will take at Cornell University (central campus). Over the weekend you should be able to find free parking throughout campus. The closest possible parking to Ives Hall is street parking on Garden Avenue, between Tower road and Campus road. The next best street parking is on Tower road, east of Garden Avenue. There is also a university parking garage next to Hoy Field (a baseball field). This parking garage is a less then 10 minute walk from any of the main buildings on central campus.  See a map online here:

If you have any questions, contact Sam Nelson ( or Armands Revelins (, 607-339-9485).

On the same weekend, Cornell will also host tournaments for worlds debaters. These tournaments will operate completely separate from the policy schedule and location. Contact the Cornell worlds head coach, Lindsay Bing, if you would like to register for worlds:

■ Registration, Fees, and Judging

Free registration deadline: if you register teams on tabroom by Wednesday 1/25/17, then registration is free. You can even enter TBA slots on tabroom by that date to ensure free registration.

Paid registration deadline: if you register teams between Thursday 1/26/17 and Wednesday 2/8/17, then registration will cost you $25 per person. (i.e. $50 for each 2-person team, $25 for each judge, etc). The registration deadline is listed as 2/8/17.

Fines: if any registered teams no-show for a paired round, the school for that team will be fined $50 for each missed round. Illness and emergencies can be obvious exceptions. 

Each school must bring one judge for every two teams that are registered. Our geographic region significantly constrains our access to hired/extra judges. If we have extra/hired judges available, it will be a very limited amount.

On the day of the tournament, we ask that you check-in by sending us a ‘departure’ email (en route, all teams accounted for) and then a follow-up ‘arrival’ email by 9:00 pm to indicate that everyone arrived and to notify us of any registration changes (teams, judge, etc). Send the email to Armands Revelins (

■ Hotels

Best Western, 1020 Ellis Hollow Rd, Ithaca NY 14850 (607) 272-6100
Five minute drive from campus (south east of central campus). We have a block of rooms under “Debate Tournament”, $119/night for a double (room with 2 beds). The deadline for reserving any rooms with this block rate is February 1.

The Statler Hotel, 130 Statler Dr., Ithaca NY 14850 (607) 254-2500. This a very nice hotel located on Cornell’s central campus. The main upshot, if you choose to stay here, is that you could wake up and walk right from the lobby directly to where all rounds (i.e. prelims and elims) will take place. We have a block of rooms available for $155.

Econo Lodge, 2303 N. Triphammer Rd, Ithaca NY 14850 (607) 257-1400
Fifteen minutes from campus (north of central campus, near a mall area). A possible block rate is forthcoming (It will be similar to Best Western prices)

Hotel  Ithaca, 222 South Cayuga Street, Ithaca NY (607) 272-1000
Ten minutes from campus (west and downhill, near the commons/promenade). We don’t have a block of rooms reserved, but this may interest you if you want to stay closer to Ithaca’s downtown (There is a central promenade with various restaurants, shops, etc)

■ Schedule

Friday, Feb 10
-   (x - 9:00 pm) – check-in registration by email. See above.

Saturday, Feb 11
-   (6:45 am) - pairings released for R1 and R2
-   (7:00 – 8:00) light breakfast (provided)
-   (8:00 -10:00) - round 1
-   (10:00 -12:00) - round 2
-   (12:00 - 1:30) - lunch (provided)
-   (1:30 - 3:30) - round 3
-   (3:30 - 5:30) - round 4
-   (5:30 - 6:30) - dinner (provided)
-   (6:30 - 8:30) - round 5

Sunday, Feb 14
-   (7:00 am) - pairings released, light breakfast also provided
-   (8:00 - 10:00)  round 6
-   (10:30 - 11:00) awards ceremony
-   (11:30) elimination debates begin

 on: November 29, 2016, 03:49:27 PM 
Started by glarson - Last post by CouldaBeenaContenda
                        2016         2015         2014         2013         2012
All In-it (including presets) 16.39         16.54         14.63         14.85         13.62
Out-of-it                 27.67         25.77         23.13         19.42         21.55
All Debates                 17.93         17.85         15.87         15.47         14.75
Round 8 in-it                 12.5         12.5         11.4         13          9.46


 on: November 29, 2016, 02:40:19 PM 
Started by louiedebate - Last post by louiedebate
I am pleased to announce that the University of North Texas has hired Gabriel Murillo as our new Assistant Coach. We are very excited to have Gabriel on our staff and believe he will greatly assist in the continued success produced by University of North Texas debaters!  We know he will be missed at the University of Iowa and we wish them the best in filling his old position.  For me, having a chance to work with a dear friend and a great coach is going to be very exciting and rewarding.


 on: November 28, 2016, 01:57:33 PM 
Started by cramhelwich - Last post by cramhelwich
Hello All,

Some programs have benefited from the positive PR generated by Coach's Polls in previous years. We are going to conduct a similar poll over the next week. The results will be published here and other fora, and we will continue to conduct polls during the Spring semester if there is sufficient interest. Votes will be kept strictly confidential.

Please consider participating--the results may not necessarily be helpful to your program, but they may well benefit others.

Let us know if you have any questions--you can contact me at my gmail (last names, no space)

dch (with Hays Watson and Phil Samuels)

 on: November 28, 2016, 11:59:52 AM 
Started by Dinger - Last post by Dinger
This is a reminder that the hotel block for the Hurricane Debates closes on Thursday, December 1. There is no guarantee we can get rooms after this date.

If you are thinking of coming, then I encourage you to book today.

Here is the info and it is also on Tabroom:

Aloft Dadeland Hotel at $135/night + tax from 1/2-1/7

7600 N Kendall Drive, Miami, FL 33156 -

Group Link:

Or call (855) 811-0225 and requesting a reservation under the University of Miami-Hurricane Debates block

Block Closes: December 1

 on: November 26, 2016, 07:25:04 PM 
Started by ceda - Last post by ceda
The ballot is now available for the election of new CEDA officers and rep for the topic committee. The ballot is online at:
Ballots are due by midnight (central), Saturday, December 10. Results will be announced shortly thereafter.

One vote per school. You need an account on the main CEDA site (not the forums) and the account must be set up to vote. If you have trouble accessing the site, please contact Jeff Jarman.

The following positions are on the ballot:


Topic committee:

Kurt Fifelski, Michigan
James Herndon, Emory
Phil Samuels, UT-Dallas

CEDA 2nd VP:

Joe Lesson-Schatz, Binghamton
Jillian Marty, Vermont
Louie Petit, North Texas
Patrick Waldinger, Miami (FL)

Executive Secretary

Scott Herndon, UT-Dallas
Joe Patrice, Army
Jackie Poapst, George Mason


ML Sandoz, Vanderbilt

REGIONAL REPS — Vote only for your region


Kiran Dhillon, USC
LaToya Green, Fullerton
Brian Manuel, Stanford


Travis Cram, Wyoming
Brittany Williams, Puget Sound

East Central

Kurt Fifelski, Michigan


John Koch, Vanderbilt
Elijah Smith, Wake Forest

Mid America

Brendon Bankey, Kansas
Jaleesa Hampton, Kansas
Chris Loghry, Emporia
Dan Stout, JCCC

 on: November 22, 2016, 02:11:40 PM 
Started by glarson - Last post by glarson

Within the long Wake tradition of attempting to rigorously test potential innovations in our debate tournament management procedures, we adopted a different system this year to improve diversity within judge assignments given the general failure of opt-in to achieve its goals.

After the completion of pref sheets but prior to the first round (124 teams / 152 judges / 18,848 data points), I calculated the overall population mean for the tournament (48.59) and sample means for 4 subpopulations within the tournament judging pool.

                Overall (152) – 48.59

                Non-black cis males (100) – 47.60 (0.90 better than the overall mean)
                Black cis males (11) – 48.66 (0.27 worse than the overall mean)
                Non-black non-cis males (31) – 49.90 (1.31 worse than the overall mean)
                Black non-cis males (10) – 53.32 (4.73 worse than the overall mean)

My first observation is that these sample means are actually very close, resulting in only a very modest impact on paneling.  As I noted in the FAQ, the difference in judge means represents one of the four terms in presets and one of six in elims.  But the difference overall in the judging folks received was even more minimal.  The chart indicates aggregate results at Wake for each of the last five years with this year’s results actually being slightly better for “in-it” teams than last year.  A bigger change actually happened in previous years as the community has generally attempted to run tournaments with tighter pools with fewer individuals being preffed out and greater diversity in the rounds that people hear.  But even those impacts have been quite slight with results better than the average tournaments that most everyone attends.  I’ll be glad to answer questions.

                                   2016           2015           2014           2013           2012
All In-it (including presets)   16.39   16.54   14.63   14.85   13.62
Out-of-it                           27.67   25.77   23.13   19.42   21.55
All Debates                   17.93   17.85   15.87   15.47   14.75
Round 8 in-it                     12.5   12.5           11.4           13           9.46
Going forward, I think there are several questions worthy of discussion.  While I strongly prefer using algorithms as opposed to manual swaps, some may believe differently.  I believe it is a genuine question as to how many categories there should be and how they get defined.  Regarding ethnicity it is possible to divide white/non-white if the question is simply diversity OR it is possible to divide black/non-black if the primary question is “anti-blackness.”  I think it’s an open question as to which direction that should go.  Perhaps similar questions arise regarding definitions of gender identity or gender expression.  In having those discussions, I should note, however, that any discussion of the comparison of means requires larger sub-populations with the 10 and 11 member sub-groups at Wake probably on the low end of reliability.  So while it would be interesting to multiply categories, it probably isn’t feasible from a statistical perspective.

 on: November 22, 2016, 10:47:52 AM 
Started by louiedebate - Last post by louiedebate
The invites for both halves of the Texas swings are available on tabroom.  With holidays and winter break fast approaching we wanted to send out a reminder about the hotel block.

The cutoff date for reservations is Monday, December 19, 2016.

The group is listed as “UTD Debate Tournament 2017” and the group booking code is “01016822DT”.  Please make sure if they are calling in a reservation that they refer to either the group name or the booking code. Your attendees have several ways in which they can make reservations.

1.)    Direct to Wyndham Dallas Suites – Park Central – 972-233-7600 option 2, please reference group code “01016822DT”.

2.)    Wyndham Worldwide Reservations - 1-800-996-3426. Your attendees must identify themselves as part of the UTD Debate Tournament 2017 to receive the Group rate

3.)    Hotel Website –, enter arrival and departure information. In Group Code field, enter “01016822DT” and click “Check Availability”.

Louie Petit
Scott Herndon

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