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UNT DeMougeot Debates 2012
« on: November 02, 2011, 05:49:46 PM »
Dear Community:
The University of North Texas Debate Forum and the Department of Communication Studies at UNT are pleased to invite you and your debate teams to attend the annual William R. DeMougeot Debates on January 3-5, 2012. The tournament this year will include three divisions of debate on the 2011-2012 CEDA/NDT topic, have quality preliminary rounds in Open, Junior, and Novice divisions, and clear to an appropriate number of elimination rounds for each division.
Jan 2nd is a registration day, Prelims are 3 and 4th, Elims on 5th.  
Preliminary rounds will be held at the University of North Texas. This year our tournament hotel is the Holiday Inn, (940-383-4100) which has guaranteed us a special rate for participants in the tournament ($79.00). We strongly encourage you to stay at the tournament hotel as registration, and all other extra-events will be held there.  You should make reservations as soon as possible.

As our colleagues at the University of Texas at Dallas mentioned, this tournament is held in conjunction with the “Fear and Loathing in Dallas” tournament in order to provide two opportunities for quality competition in Texas’ lovely January weather.  The UNT prelim debates will be held January 3rd  and 4th.  Participation in the DeMougeot debates is a prerequisite to winning the coveted “Texas Two-Step Award” given to the team with the best prelim record at the two tournaments.  

There is a full day off between the two Texas steps (January 6th).  This year we will host a coaches’’ reception, breakfast and lunch for participants, coaches, and judges on Jan. 5th, and much, much more.  We hope you will consider joining us in January.

Brian Lain, Director of Debate
Louie Petit, Assistant Director of Debate
Andy Casey, Debate Coach
Alyssa Lucas-Bolin, Assistant Coach
Brett Farmer, Assistant Coach
Jason Sykes, Assistant Coach
The North Texas Debate Forum
REGISTRATION: We will accept entries for the tournament through, January 1, at 5:00 pm. We have enabled Bruschke’s entry system at If there are any problems, email me at Registration will take place at the tournament hotel on Monday night.
DIVISIONS: We will have three divisions of debate at the tournament this year. Open division is open to any undergraduate student with eligibility. The Junior division and Novice divisions are open to anyone who meets the CEDA eligibility standards for junior or novice participation.
JUDGING: Judging obligations extend through the first elimination round, or one round beyond your team's elimination.
FORMAT AND RULES: We will use the 9-3-6 format, with ten minutes preparation time per team in open and junior divisions. Rounds 1-2 will be preset. The rest will be powered.  Debate teams consist of TWO persons from the same school. Hybrid teams are acceptable, and may advance to elimination rounds. In the event of illness a single debater may debate 2 rounds alone but may not be allowed to clear based on the tournament director’s discretion.  We will NOT break brackets in elimination rounds. We will enforce a 2:45 limit on decision times for judges beginning with the posted start time of the round.
FEES: Entry fees are $50/participant for all divisions and a team fee of $30 per team. This includes trophies, tournament supply expenses, and hospitality. Please make checks payable to “North Texas Debate.”  
HOUSING: We have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Hotel here in Denton. They have guaranteed us a rate of $79/night for most of the hotel’s quad rooms.  This hotel is close to campus and very close to many fine-dining establishments.  This is where the pairings will be released, and registration will take place. Please confirm your reservation at the Holiday Inn by calling (940-383-4100). Make sure to mention University of North Texas Debate.
TRANSPORTATION: We are unable to provide shuttle service between the tournament hotel and UNT during the tournament. Should you have difficulty in arranging transportation, please contact us ahead of time.