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West Point Debate Tournament (October 21-23)- Invitation
« on: September 01, 2011, 01:17:08 PM »
44th Annual West Point Debate Tournament

October 21 – October 23, 2011

United States Military Academy at West Point, NY

* Entry and Deadlines: Tournament entries, including all contestant judge conflicts, should be made through Please enter the tournament by October 19, 2011 at 3PM. Be sure to email late entries or any last minute changes to and If changes occur after 12PM on Friday October 21, please call them into the tab room landline at (845) 938-7503. Please use this number to communicate with the tab room during the tournament as there is very limited cell reception in Thayer Hall.

After registering, judging preferences and strikes should be complete no later than Thursday (October 20, 2011).

* Resolution: The tournament will be debating the 2011-2012 CEDA resolution, which is, Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase its democracy assistance for one or more of the following: Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen.

* Format: Three divisions of debate will be offered: Novice, Junior Varsity, and Varsity.

* Time limits for speeches are 9-3-6 with 10 minutes of preparation time.

*There will be six preliminary rounds. Rounds one and two will be pre-set. Rounds three through six will be power matched.

* The tournament will be tabbed by the West Point coaching staff. We are offering MPJ in all three divisions. Judges will be assigned based on an A/B/C system in all divisions. These rankings and strikes may not take effect for Rounds 1 and 2 if they are not submitted before Friday 21 October at The final round will be judged by a distinguished panel of academic and policy experts in the topic area.

* An appropriate number of elimination rounds will be offered in accordance with applicable rules and based on the size of the tournament.

*Entries: Enter as many teams as you like in each of the three divisions. If entries exceed room availability, latecomers may be restricted.

*Awards: Awards will be based on the number of entries. The first place varsity team will also take home the USMA Traveling Trophy (a mounted Cadet Sabre) for one year.

*Fees: Info to come.

*Judging: one judge is required for every two teams entered and must be entered on the Brushcke site with their conflicts and any division qualifications. Uncovered teams will be charged an additional $100 judging fee. Judging obligations extend through the octafinal round or one round beyond that in which your team is eliminated. IF YOU ARE HIRED BY A TEAM STILL IN THE TOURNAMENT, YOU ARE STILL OBLIGATED unless the team has made other arrangements. All judges must render a decision no later than two hours after the scheduled start of the round. If 2 hours and 15 minutes have elapsed we will flip a coin to determine the next rounds’ pairing.

*Hotel information: West Point is “geographically challenged” and many of the larger hotel chains are in Newburgh, approximately a 30 minute drive from campus. BLOCK PRICING TO COME.

1) Knights Inn (845) 564-9020 (formerly Quality Inn)
Newburgh, NY. Approximately 35 minutes from West Point. Group Rate $70 per night w/ breakfast included. 40 rooms reserved under "West Point Debate Tournament". Group rate honored until September 21st.

2) Comfort Inn Newburgh (845) 567-0567
Newburgh, NY. Approximately 35 minutes from West Point. Group Rate $82 per night w/ breakfast included. 40 rooms reserved under "West Point Debate". Must make reservations by September 30th for group rate.

3) Econo Lodge (845) 446-9400
Highland Falls, NY. Approximately 5 minutes from West Point. Group Rate $129 per night w/ breakfast included. 20 rooms reserved under "West Point Debate Tournament". Must make reservations by September 21st for group rate.

4) Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (845) 446-4277 Fort Montgomery, NY. Approximately 10 minutes from USMA. Approximate rate: $150 per night. Limited availability.

5) Hampton Inn (845) 782 9600
Harriman / Woodbury, NY. Approximately 15 minutes from USMA. Approximate rate: $200 per night.

6) Hampton Inn (845) 567-9100
Newburgh, NY. Approximately 40 minutes from USMA. Approximate rate: $135.

7) US Academy Motel (845) 446-2021
Highland Falls, NY. Approximately 2 minutes from USMA. Limited availability.

8.) West Point Motel (845) 446-4180
Highland Falls, NY. Approximately 2 minutes from USMA. Limited availability.

*Directions to West Point: West Point is in the Hudson Valley approximately one hour north of NYC. Access via the NY Thruway (84) to 9W South, exit at 218 and follow signs to West Point or, the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95) to the Palisades Parkway to Bear Mountain Bridge then follow the signs to West Point.
*We recommend that you enter USMA through Thayer Gate (in Highland Falls). You can also enter from Stony Lonesome gate (along 9W).

*Tournament Registration: Registration will be held in Thayer Hall Rotunda Friday afternoon from 1:00 pm to 3:45 pm. Off-load evidence and debaters on Thayer Roof at the southern staircase (we’ll have a few spots reserved for unloading). Parking will be in Clinton Field Lot (near the baseball field and tennis courts). Be advised that classes will be in session (until 1600) during registration; we ask all teams to please be quiet in the halls.

*Transportation: The closest airport is Stewart International Airport in Newburgh New York. Other airports in the region include Newark (1.5 hours), LaGuardia and JFK (1.5-2 hours depending on traffic). Consult your travel agent and MapQuest for driving directions. The closest train is Garrison (approximately 11 miles, directly across the Hudson River).

*Several post security measures are in effect. Please ensure that everyone over the age of 16 carries a photo ID with them at all times. Vans, buses and cars are subject to a routine search at the gate (plan on an extra 15 minutes). We recommend that you enter post from Thayer Gate (in Highland Falls).

* Tournament Schedule
Friday, 21 October
(Off load debaters and evidence on Thayer Hall Roof, southern staircase)
1:00 – 3:45 Team Registration Thayer Rotunda
5:00 – 7:00 Round 1 Thayer Hall
7:00 – 9:00 Round 2 Thayer Hall

Saturday, 22 October
7:00 – 8:00 Continental Breakfast Thayer Rotunda
8:00 – 10:00 Round 3 Thayer Hall
10:00 – 12:00 Round 4 Thayer Hall
1200 – 1:15 Lunch Thayer Hall
1:15 – 3:15 Round 5 Thayer Hall
4:00 – 6:00 Round 6 Thayer Hall
6:30 – 8:30 Partial Double Octafinals Thayer Hall

Sunday, 23 October
7:00 – 8:00 Coffee and Juice Thayer Rotunda
8:00 – 10:00 Octafinals Thayer Hall
10:30 – 12:00 Brunch and Awards West Point Club
12:30 – 2:30 Quarterfinals Thayer Hall
3:00 – 5:00 Semifinals Thayer Hall
6:00 – UTC Final Round Thayer Hall

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