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2012 Viking Debates at Augustana College - Invitation
« on: November 14, 2011, 08:04:27 AM »
14 November 2011

Dear Friends,

The Augustana Debate Union and the Department of Communication Studies are pleased to invite you and your colleagues to attend the 2012 Viking Debates at Augustana College. This year's edition of the Viking Debates will be held on Friday, January 27, Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29, 2012 in Rock Island, IL.  The tournament will include three divisions of debate on the 2011-2012 CEDA/NDT topic, have six (6) high quality preliminary rounds in Open and clear to an appropriate number of elimination rounds in each division.  All rounds will be held on the campus of Augustana College.

We have every intention of making this tournament as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.  Based upon your suggestions, we have CONTINUED some of the features that best accommodate you.  Among these are: VIKING THEMED TROPHIES and a RETURN TO THE tournament hotel (& CASINO).  Based upon your suggestions, we have made a couple of important CHANGES.  Please note that teams who fly into the Quad Cities Area for the tournament will be provided with SHUTTLING SERVICES and DISCOUNTED ENTRY FEES.  Dinner will be provided on Friday; breakfast, lunch AND DINNER will provided on Saturday; and breakfast will be provided on Sunday.  We have REVISED THE SCHEDULE this year to allow more preparation time on Saturday while still allowing you to return to your hotel at a reasonable hour at the conclusion of the preliminary rounds.   We are committed to providing high quality competition, hospitality, awards and tournament administration.  If there is any way we can better accommodate you, please to not hesitate to let us know.

Please accept our invitation and join us for what is sure to be a grand time of fun and competitive debates.  We look forward to hosting you in the beautiful QCA.


Max Archer, Director of Debate
Augustana College

REGISTRATION: We will accept entries for the tournament through Tuesday, January 24 at 5:00 pm CST.  Entries may be made at  If there are any entry problems, please contact Max Archer at  Registration will take place in the Augustana Debate Union (Old Main 19) on Friday, January 27 from 2:30-3:30pm.
DIVISIONS: We plan to host three (3) divisions of debate this year.  The Open division is open to any undergraduate student with eligibility. The Junior Varsity and Novice divisions are open to anyone who meets the CEDA eligibility standards for junior or novice participation.  In the event that there are an insufficient number of teams entered in a division, arrangements will be made by the Tournament Director and Tab Room staff to accommodate all participants.  One or more teams from Augustana may compete at the tournament to ensure an even and adequate number of teams and to prevent a bye from being assigned in each division.  These Augustana teams are eligible to compete in elimination rounds and receive speaker awards.  Awards will be given in each division to elimination round participants and an appropriate number of recognized speakers.

JUDGING: Each school should provide a qualified judge to cover your judging commitments. One (1) team requires three (3) rounds of judging, two (2) teams require six (6) rounds of judging.  There will be FEW (IF ANY) judges available for hire at the rate of $180/uncovered team, but you should let us know well in advance if you need to hire judges.  Because extra judging is limited in the Quad Cities area, we would prefer your judges rather than take your money.  Each judge is obligated to cover their school's commitment through the first FULL elimination round, or one round beyond your team's elimination.  All judges should enter their philosophy at prior to the beginning of the tournament.

Each judge will assignment a win to one and only one team and a loss to one and only one team.  The judge will assign each debater 0-30 points using tenth point increments.  Each judge will have a maximum of two hours and thirty (2:30) minutes from the official start time of the debate to record a decision for that debate.  A judged assigned by the tab room to a particular debate is responsible for the submission of a correctly completed ballot at the conclusion of that debate.  Failure on the part of the judge to comply with these rules may result in a decision by the Tab Room staff and may also result in penalties being imposed upon the judge's school.

FORMAT AND RULES: We will use the 9-3-6 format, with ten minutes preparation time per team.  Rounds 1-2 will be preset.  The rest will be powered appropriately.  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 alone but that team will not be allowed to advance to elimination debates.  Unless the teams have met previously in the preliminary rounds, sides in elimination debates will be determined by coin flip or an agreement by both teams.  The tournament will NOT break brackets in elimination rounds.

TAB ROOM STAFF AND TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATION:  Max Archer and Kyle Zarazan have agreed to direct the operations of the tabulation room.  The Tab Room staff will resolve any tournament administration problems that arise.  Current and former Augustana students will be available throughout the tournament to run ballots, give directions and generally provide any needed assistance.

FEES: Entry fees are $90/team for all divisions. This fee helps offset costs associated with trophies, tournament supplies, meals and hospitality.  These fees will be discounted for new programs and for those who choose to fly into the Quad Cities Area for the tournament.  Checks should be made out to “Augustana College.”

AIR TRAVEL: The Moline-Quad Cities Airport (MLI) services several major airlines (American, Delta, United, AirTran, Allegiant) and has flights daily to and from several regional hubs (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Memphis, Minneapolis, Orlando, Phoenix and St. Petersburg among them).  Free shuttling services to/from the airport and to/from the tournament will be made available for those who fly in.

HOUSING: We have reserved a block of rooms at the Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf located at 1800 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf, IA 52722.  The Isle has guaranteed rooms for $69.00/night for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  Reservations should be made by contacting the the Isle Call Center by phone at 1-800-THE-ISLE (1-800-843-4753).  Identify yourself as part of the “Viking Debates” party, Group Code “RAC0126”.  The block closes on January 13, 2012 - please make reservations soon.

CEDA Policies:  The tournament will follow the CEDA guidelines on sexual harassment and discrimination and the Statement of Ethical Principles.

2012 Viking Debates at Augustana College
Friday, January 27
2:30-3:30PM Registration, Old Main 19
Round One & Two released on CEDA Forums and on campus
4:30PM Round One
Dinner provided between Rounds 1&2
7:15PM Round Two

Saturday, January 28
8:00AM Pairings for Rounds Three & Four released on CEDA Forums and on campus
Breakfast provided on campus
9:00AM Round Three
11:45AM Round Four
Lunch provided between Rounds 4&5
3:00PM Round Five
Dinner provided between Rounds 5&6
6:30PM Round Six

Sunday, January 29
8:00AM Pairings for First Elimination Debate released on CEDA Forums and on campus
Breakfast provided on campus
9:00AM First Elimination Debate
12:00PM Awards Assembly
Elimination Debates Continue
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Re: 2012 Viking Debates at Augustana College - Invitation
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2011, 01:49:21 PM »
Please consider attending the Viking Debates (Jan 27-29). 

We pride ourselves on our high standards for hospitality, provide all meals, the tournament hotel is conveniently located next to a casino and we will do whatever we can to make sure that you enjoy your tournament experience. 

We offer discounted entry fees to teams that fly in to the Quad Cities Airport, which services Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Memphis, Minneapolis, Orlando, Phoenix and St. Petersburg!

The hotel block closes on January 13, 2012 - please make reservations soon.

Have a safe and happy new year.  Good luck in Texas, Cali or where ever you find yourself before the beginning of the spring semester.