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CEDA News / CEDA Scheduling Working Group Update:
« Last post by RobGlass on July 01, 2020, 02:06:48 PM »
Hey all,

Speaking on behalf of the CEDA tournament scheduling working group I wanted to give the community a quick update to our findings and a sense of where we are going from here.
To start, a few people have reached out concerned about a lack of guidance on the year ahead, this is understandable and we are cognizant of these apprehensions. However, the working group is stuck between a rock and a hard-place until more universities release their plans for re-opening and their academic calendars:

-        Release recommendations too early and those recommendations will be rendered moot when Universities release their plans to reopen.

-        Or, hold off on releasing recommendations and potentially be too late to be able to effectively offer guidance going forward.

We have erred on the side of caution, but are trying to move forward as best we can. To give at least one example of an area where we have deep concerns going forward is how a shrunken academic calendar may require universities to move classes to late nights and weekends, potentially directly conflicting with tournaments, drastically reducing the number of days available for a tournament to be run.


To better facilitate planning and in the interest of transparency we do want to discuss a few conclusions that the working group has come to for how the year ahead based on discussion and previous fact finding, and discuss how these conclusions effect how tournaments will be run.

Our first conclusion is that all tournaments in the fall semester will be purely online tournaments with no in-person debating. Given current outbreaks in the South and mid-west it seems unnecessary to go into too much depth about this assumption. Given the decision by the NDT and ADA to plan for online end of year championships we also assume that the Spring semester will be largely, if not wholly, online and that any change will only come after a vaccine is developed and widely released.  As there should be lead time between the announcement of the vaccine’s development and the widespread dissemination of the vaccine the working group has opted not to concern itself with potential hybrid tournaments or a resumption of in-person debating as there should be sufficient time to explore those issues before they become pressing when those developments arise.

Our second assumption is that debate tournaments will be temporally constrained to account for the physical separation of debaters. Partially this is for the obvious reasons that debaters on campuses will not be travelling and thus will be debating across time zones. However, more concerningly, given campus closures, fear of contagion, and the availability of hybrid and purely online classes the working group believes that many debaters will opt to stay away from campus, with many staying with families at home. This presents a unique challenge to tournament hosting in that many debaters will be expected to participate in tournaments from a shared space with family, roommates, or other cohabitants, and often need to share limited resources (rooms, internet connections, etc.) with others while limiting their noise. As such, expectations that debaters will be able to participate in a tournament from dawn until late evening every day across the country becomes unreasonable. Tournaments will need to ensure that debaters from all time zones, and in as many home situations as possible, can participate and not be unduly inconvenienced. This has knock-on effects on other scheduling concerns (notably, food times) that the working group is aware of and is trying to remedy. But, the end-point of this is that tournaments will begin later and end sooner than they have in previous years.

Third, debate rounds, at least at the start of the year, will be substantially longer. Transitioning to new interfaces will take time and will have hiccups. Our best estimate for the minimum length of a round is 240 minutes at the start of the year based on the following breakdown:

-        45 Minutes of pre-round prep time. (This is longer so as to allow coaches time to cycle through rooms and prep teams.)

-        135 minutes of Debate Time (including time spent debating, judge time to render a decision, and RFD)

-        20 minutes of Tech Time (time to allow for computer crashes, internet hiccups, etc.)

-        30 minutes of break time from screens and replacement meal/snack times

-        10 minutes of tabulation and pairing time


The working group does hope that acculturation to online debate will allow this time to be reduced by October or November, but thinks that the amount of time that it can be reduced is probably not more than thirty minutes without running into significant hurdles. This does mean, realistically, that for tournaments that draw from all four time zones will be limited to three prelims a day.

We are working from these assumptions and previously collected data to develop a series of potential tournament models to distribute to programs and tournament directors.

To help facilitate this we would like to ask debaters, coaches, judges, and other stakeholders to fill out the following form and give us more information about what priorities you think are important in the year ahead and what models of tournaments you would be interested in participating in. We also would like to invite people to propose their own models of tournament structure and give other feedback at the end of the form.

We would also like Directors of programs to fill out the following form to get a sense of willingness to host and participate in tournaments at the Director's level:
NDT News / Link to NDT Virtual Awards Ceremony
« Last post by SherryHall on June 17, 2020, 05:53:36 AM »
Reminder, the NDT Awards Ceremony will be broadcast live on You Tube tonight (Wednesday, June 17) at 9:00PM EST.  Here is the link: This is the link to the YouTube live stream:
Hope to see you there!
NDT News / NDT Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, June 17
« Last post by SherryHall on June 15, 2020, 05:30:00 PM »
Just wanted to make sure that everyone saw this message from Sarah.

Hello Everyone,

The NDT will be doing a live awards ceremony on Wednesday the 17th at 9 pm Eastern via zoom. I will send out the meeting information when it is available.

We hope you will be able to attend.


Open Topic -- Any issue / Please response to these CEDA Surveys!
« Last post by japoapst on June 13, 2020, 01:07:35 PM »
Hello all,
Two separate surveys have been created by working groups during this weekend's CEDA Work Session. We would greatly appreciate community feedback as we aim to compile tools to assist the growth and sustainability of our debate community.

Below are the links for both surveys:

1. Program Development survey:

2. Time Zone Survey

Many thanks!
Dr. Jackie Poapst
2nd Vice President, CEDA
Assistant Director of Debate, George Mason University
Coaching Positions / Chicago UDL Volunteer Manager
« Last post by victoriayonter on June 11, 2020, 03:10:02 PM »
The Chicago UDL (Chicago Debates) is looking for a volunteer manager!

Chicago Debates is still seeking an experienced and highly committed Volunteer and Outreach Manager. If you are interested, check out the job description below. Potential candidates are asked to submit requested documents to by Wednesday, June 17th. Please be sure to include your salary expectations with your cover letter and resume.

Volunteer and Outreach Manager:
CEDA News / CEDA Working Weekend - June 12/13
« Last post by japoapst on June 04, 2020, 07:11:33 PM »
***CEDA Work Weekend 2020***

During the CEDA Business Meeting, we identified a large need for working groups to tackle pressing community issues. With that in mind, CEDA plans to host a community work weekend with the goal of having these groups come together, collaborate, and hopefully complete tasks that will aid us for the foreseeable future. We would love for people in the community to join/participate!

The working groups are:

1. Tournament Administration
2. Tournament Sanctioning
3. Program Development
4. Student safety/consent
5. Accountability and Enforcement

Below we have attached the schedule. We will be posting a zoom invite to all of these leading up to the meetings. If you already know that you wish to be a part/know which group you would like to join, please sign up here:

Day 1 (Friday, June 12)
4pm or 5pm EST - Meet to divide groups, assign chairs, establish list of tasks, assign individual work to complete for next day

4pm groups
Tournament administration
Tournament sanctioning
Program Development

5pm groups
Student safety/consent
Accountability and Enforcement

Day 2 (Saturday, June 13)

Session 1: 11am or 12pm EST - Meet in working groups, compile tasks, identify new needs, collaborate, assign work to complete for session 2

11am-12pm groups
Tournament administration
Tournament sanctioning
Program Development

12pm-1pm groups
Student safety/consent
Accountability and Enforcement

Session 2: 5:00pm or 6:00pm EST - Reconvene, combine all work, fill gaps

5pm-6pm groups
Tournament administration
Tournament sanctioning
Program Development

6pm-7pm groups
Student safety/consent
Accountability and Enforcement

Session 3: 7pm-8pm EST - Chair reports of completed work to all groups together, identify any gaps that still need completed, community feedback
Open Topic -- Any issue / Important meeting - Approaching Admin, 6/9 at 6pm est
« Last post by brubaie on June 02, 2020, 10:20:44 AM »
Tuesday June 9th at 6:00 pm Eastern Dr. Tim Hynes (President of Clayton State University), Dr. Karla Leeper (Vice President at Augusta University), Dr. John Fritch (Dean at the University of Northern Iowa) and Dr. Ed Panetta (Communication Studies Department Chair at the University of Georgia) will host a free Zoom meeting for interested college policy debate coaches. Each panelist has extensive experience in university administration and they hope to be able to help address a number of issues related to the budget crisis facing debate programs across the country.

All interested parties are welcome to attend. If you are interested in attending please fill out this Google form in advance to RSVP and we will email you a confirmation and zoom meeting link:   
2020-2021 Topic Committee / Topic Slate--2020-2021
« Last post by cramhelwich on May 31, 2020, 04:03:38 PM »
The final resolution slate for the 2020-2021 CEDA Topic Ballot is available here:

I am grateful for the work of my colleagues and the members of the college policy debate community, especially the topic area paper authors and the many folks who volunteered their time to help with research, run the meeting, and vet the committee's work. I encourage people who are not (yet!) on the committee to engage with next year's process--these  contributions play a critical role in shaping the topic construction and selection process.
The Topic Committee meetings start tomorrow at 11am EDT. You can watch and participate here:

Our preliminary agenda is here:
We will be updating this document throughout the meeting.

Relevant research and notes will be saved to this dropbox folder:

We could use an additional volunteer to help moderate audience questions and comments. If you are able to help out, please contact me. Many thanks to the community members who have already volunteered their time in assisting us in preparing for this meeting.
CEDA News / 2020 CEDA Summer Meeting
« Last post by brubaie on May 27, 2020, 02:57:48 PM »
The 2020 CEDA Summer Business Meeting will take place over Zoom on Thursday, May 28th from 7-9pm est. More information is available below. We look forward to seeing you soon and hope this finds you and your loved ones well.


When: May 28, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: CEDA Summer Business Meeting May 2020

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Password: 6Q7wAq

Or an H.323/SIP room system:
    H.323: (US West) (US East)
    Meeting ID: 910 4798 8868
    Password: 020259
    Password: 020259
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