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Navy 2012 Invite
« on: December 04, 2011, 03:53:05 PM »
1. We have moved weekends to January 14-16.
2. We will be having 8 prelim rounds in all divisions.
3. We need your vehicle information ASAP. 

Dear Colleague,

You are cordially invited to enter the Crowe-Warken Debates at the United States Naval Academy. The tournament will take place in historic Annapolis, Maryland on January 14-16, 2012. Join us for a weekend of exceptional team policy debate competition between some of the nation’s premier forensic programs.

The tournament will utilize the 2011-2012 CEDA/ADA/NDT debate topic.
The tournament will include Varsity, Junior Varsity and Novice level competition and feature eight preliminary rounds of debate followed by elimination rounds.  All debates will use the 9-3-6 minute time format. Teams will receive 10 minutes of preparation time during each debate.  Judges will have 2:30 (from the start of the round) to complete decisions in prelims and 2:45 in elims.  In elims we will allow at least 15 minutes for post round discussion. 
The deadline for entering the tournament is January 9, 2012. The registration fee is $55.00 for each participant (coaches, debaters and observers). Please make checks payable to the “Midshipmen Welfare Fund”. Each college or university debate program entering the tournament must provide a qualified critic to judge four preliminary rounds of competition for each team it enters in this tournament. Entering programs are further required to provide a critic to judge up to two break rounds of debate beyond the elimination of their teams from the tournament. In the event your program cannot fulfill these requirements, a very limited number of for-hire critics will be available at $40 per round. Please let us know in advance if you will need to hire judges. 

We encourage entries from schools with new programs or schools with budget limitations.  Please let us know how we can assist you in attending the tournament.  We should be able to arrange fee waivers and may be able to assist in finding accommodations and judging. 

Trophies will be awarded to all teams advancing to the octofinal round.  Trophies will also be awarded to the top ten individual speakers in each division of debate. The John Jay Pierpont Trophy, an eighteenth-century silver cup, will be presented to the program that sponsors the winning Varsity team. The Pierpont Trophy may be displayed at the winning school for one calendar year.

Tournament accommodations are available at the Best Western in Annapolis, located at 2520 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD.   Their telephone number is 410.224.2800.  Please request the USNA Debate Tournament Block. 
  A special double room rate is available. The Best Western has guaranteed room rate and availability for tournament participants until January 3rd. After January 3, the Best Western will only offer rooms subject to availability and only at the going rate.  Tournament registration and coaches’ reception will be held at the Best Western.  Additionally, as the Best Western provides a continental breakfast beginning at 6 am, only coffee will be provided at the tournament in the morning.  Lunch will be provided at the tournament on all three days.  We also plan on having a variety of healthy snacks available. 

To ensure a pleasant experience at the Crowe-Warken Debates, please inform your participants of the following:
1.   The Tournament will be governed by ADA rules.  Mutual preference judging will be applied in all three divisions.  Hybrid teams may clear.  The tab will be co-directed by Tom O’Gorman of Navy and Mike Davis of JMU; thus Naval Academy teams are also eligible to clear and receive speaker awards.
2.   The tournament will be conducted in academic facilities that will be used for classes shortly after the conclusion of the event.  Please respect the room and the materials within it. 
3.    There is absolutely no smoking in any Naval Academy building. Smoking areas are located outside some USNA buildings. Please dispose of smoking materials responsibly.
4.   The Fifteen-Minute Forfeit rule will be in effect. If a team is not ready to debate 15 minutes after the announced start time of a debate, they forfeit the round. All judges are asked to finish coaching their team 5 minutes before round start time and get to the rounds they are judging. Judges who are fifteen or more minutes late to their rounds will cause the top team of the school (as determined by the tab room) they are representing to forfeit a debate.
5.   Unfortunately, recent events have prompted the Naval Academy’s Office of Public Affairs to issue this requirement: NO videotaping of rounds or any other proceedings may be done on the Naval Academy’s grounds. 
6.   As you register, please be aware that we need security information for each vehicle entering the Naval Academy including: Make, Model, License plate, Driver name, and Driver’s license number.   We need this information at least two weeks in advance.  If you are driving a rental vehicle, all we will need is the driver’s name and license number.  Please send your info to
7.   If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Verney O’Gorman at 410.293.6853. Entry is through DebateResults.
We look forward to enjoying the fine Annapolis-in-January weather with you this year!

Danielle Verney O’Gorman       Captain Pedro Ortiz           MIDN Molly Hurt
Director of Debate                 Officer Representative        Tournament Logistics

Naval Academy Debate Tournament
Tentative Tournament Schedule
January 14-16, 2012

Friday, January 13
8:00 - 11:00 PM: Registration, Best Western Hotel, Annapolis

Saturday, January 14

0730 Pairings for Round I and II released at Best Western and on CEDA Forum
0745 USNA Buildings Open
0830 Round I
1045 Round II
1300 Lunch - Mahan Lobby
1430 Round III
1715 Round IV

Sunday, January 15
0730 Pairings for Round V and VI released at Best Western and on CEDA Forum
0745 USNA Buildings Open
0830 Round V
1045 Round VI
1300 Lunch - Mahan Lobby
1430 Round VII
1745 Round VIII
2130 (estimated) Pairings for First Elimination Round to be distributed at the Best Western and on the CEDA Forum.

Monday, January 16
0745 USNA Buildings Open
0815 Elimination Rounds Begin
1030 Awards Ceremony
1100 Elimination Rounds Continue