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Adam Symonds

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Arizona State Invitation
« on: November 25, 2009, 07:16:50 PM »
The Arizona State University Forensics Team cordially invites you to join us in Tempe on January 16-18 for debate competition in 3 divisions (Novice, JV, and Varsity). Registration will take place Friday evening, the 15th. Our campus is beautiful, the average temperature for mid-January is 60 degrees, everything is in walking distance, and the local food options are fantastic.

Hotel Information: Ask for the “ASU Debate” rate

The Twin Palms has set aside a block of rooms and the Comfort Inn will honor our rate if they have rooms. I encourage you to make hotel reservations early, as there is a Rock and Roll Marathon taking place near campus that will occupy the great majority of the near campus hotels.

Twin Palms Hotel - $89 doubles or kings
Address: 225 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, 85281
Phone: 800-367-0835

Comfort Inn & Suites at ASU - $95 doubles or kings
Address: 1031 East Apache Blvd , Tempe, 85281
Phone: 480-829-9340

If you are flying in to Phoenix, the Sky Harbor Airport is 10 minutes from our campus. The Twin Palms has a shuttle that will pick you up and drop you off for free. Both hotels are across the street from campus, although the Twin Palms is closer to the side of campus that will host the debates. Both hotels are walkable distance for students. Both feature free wireless internet and the Comfort Inn has free breakfast.

$25 school fee, $50 per team. $100 judging fee per uncovered team. One judge covers 6 rounds. We encourage you to cover your judging commitments, as there are not a lot of hired judge options in Phoenix. Hired judges will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

Students are required to debate the topic selected for the 2009-10 season by a vote of the Cross Examination Debate Association membership. The precise wording of this year’s topic is Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reduce the size of its nuclear weapons arsenal, and/or substantially reduce and restrict the role and/or missions of its nuclear weapons arsenal.

Tournament Procedures:
We’d like to especially encourage folks to bring their Novice and JV debaters to our tournament.

We will not break brackets. Hybrid teams are permitted. Prior to the tournament, maverick entries are NOT accepted. Once the tournament begins, maverick situations will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The tournament employs the 9-3-6 format with ten minutes of preparation time allocated to each team. We continue to employ a mutual judge preference (MJP) placement system. ASU teams may compete in the tournament. If so, they are eligible to receive speaker awards and to compete in elimination rounds. We will enter via the web page and declare our participation publicly. We subscribe to CEDA’s policy against Sexual Harassment and Discrimination.

Each judge will be required to declare one and only one and one and only one loser in each debate to which they are assigned by the tab room. Judges will also be required to assign speaker points and speaker ranks to each participant in the debate. Speaker ranks are accepted in whole numbers only from 1 to 4. Judges are also required to render a decision in accordance with the aforementioned criteria no more than 165 minutes beyond the designated start time of any debate that they are assigned by the tab room to adjudicate. Judges are expected to disqualify themselves from hearing any team or school with which they may have a personal or professional conflict. Conflicts may be entered in the “comments” section of the judge entry section at

Please don’t bring sick debaters to the tournament. We’ve personally had several students become ill after interacting with sick students at other tournaments and we’d like to avoid spreading illness across schools.

Tentative Schedule

Saturday – All rounds on campus
8am – Pairings and Breakfast on campus
9am – Round 1
12pm – Lunch (on your own)
1pm – Round 2
4:30pm – Round 3

Sunday – All rounds on campus
8am – Pairings and Breakfast on campus
9am – Round 4
12pm – Lunch (on your own)
1pm – Round 5
4:30pm – Round 6
8pm – Awards

Monday – All rounds on campus
8am – Pairings and Breakfast on campus
9am – *Elim #1
Remaining elims follow

We will clear teams to elims in accordance with CEDA rules.
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