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NJDDT Invite
« on: January 28, 2010, 10:21:58 PM »
35th National Junior Division Debate Tournament
Mid-America CEDA Champs
Johnson County Community College
March 13-15, 2010

I would like to invite you to attend the 2010 National Junior Division Debate Tournament. All debaters who meet the CEDA definition for Junior Varsity eligibility are encouraged to enter the NJDDT. It will offer 7 rounds of policy debate. In addition, we will offer a separate tournament for the Novice division. Under the title of the Mid-America CEDA Championships, the novice division will also offer 7 rounds of policy debate. The following information should help you with your arrangements.

We have made several changes this year:

--The hotel is the same as previous years, but has been remodeled and is now a Crowne Plaza.
--We will not provide breakfast in the mornings – the hotel rate includes a hot breakfast buffet    every morning for those staying at the Crowne Plaza.  Those commuting are encouraged to eat at home. 
--We will have 7 prelim rounds with the first elimination round being on Sunday night.
--We will provide dinner on Sunday night.
--Awards will be Sunday night during dinner if there are just a few partials or will be Monday if we run a full elimination round. 

If you have any questions, or if I can be of any other assistance, do not hesitate to contact me. Please join us in March for what I expect to be a competitive and rewarding experience.


Terri Easley
Director of Debate
Johnson County Community College
12345 College Blvd.
Overland Park, Kansas 66210
913-469-8500 Ext. 4587

Justin Stanley
Assistant Debate Coach


We strongly encourage you to stay at the tournament hotel.  We will be using the same hotel as the last couple years, but it has changed names.  What was the Radisson is now the Crowne Plaza located at I-35 and 95th Street.  The rate is $79 a night for doubles.  They do have kings available upon request.  High-speed wireless internet is available in the lobby/atrium of the hotel and all of the rooms. 

The $79 rate includes breakfast buffets for all 4 guests in each room every morning.  We’d like for you to utilize this hotel and breakfast as we WILL NOT BE PROVIDING BREAKFAST AT THE TOURNAMENT.  In order to substantially cut down catering costs with the school, we negotiated this to accommodate our tournament.  The schedule has been adjusted to allow for a reasonable start time for rounds while still being able to eat breakfast at the hotel. 

Crowne Plaza - Lenexa: 12601 West 95th Street, Lenexa, KS, 66215-3895, (913) 888-6670 or 800-333-3333.

When making reservations, please mention NJDDT – National Junior Division Debate Tournament to get the tournament rate.  If you have any problems, contact me or Lori Lynch in Sales at 913-217-2316.  Please reserve rooms soon as the block is only held until Feb 10, 2010.  After that date, it will be on an availability basis.  Last year there were several events at the hotel and last-minute reserves found no rooms, so please reserve early!


There is no limit on entries provided there are judges to cover them. It is difficult to find hired judges and difficult for us to pay them due to administrative hurdles on our campus, so please let me know early if you need to hire and I will see what can be done.  Limited hired judging will be available at $100 per uncovered team.  I encourage you to find your own judging and make arrangements individually if possible.

Fees:  $30 per person ( a ‘person’ is any debater, coach, judge or observer you bring).  Make checks payable to ‘Johnson County Community College.’  Fees cover lunch on Saturday, lunch and dinner on Sunday, snacks, drinks and awards. 

Drop FEE:  Any drops in judges or debate teams after the entries close at 9:00 pm on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 will still incur the per person fees due to our obligations with the catering contract. 

We will use the Bruschke Online Entry System.  Entries are due by 9:00 pm on Tuesday, March 9, 2010.


Judging philosophies as a precondition of entry must be posted at no later than March 8th.

Each judge covers 2 teams or portion thereof. One team requires a 4 round commitment, and two teams requires a 7 round commitment, etc.  Each judge is expected to render a decision before the start time of the next round, in a timely manner, with ONE team given the win.


**We will not accept current undergraduate debaters as judges to fulfill a schools judging obligation.  If you have current undergraduate debaters who want to volunteer to judge, we will gladly put them in the pool, but will not accept them to fulfill your schools commitment.   


Dr. Jeff Jarman, of Wichita State University, has once again graciously agreed to direct the tab room. 


The NJDDT is open to all debaters eligible for Junior Varsity divisions as defined by the CEDA by-laws for the JV National Championship exception which is anyone in their first 2 years of college debate. Please remember eligibility is no longer determined by semesters – it is the ‘year’ count.  The number of final rounds and/or qualification for the NDT is irrelevant when it comes to JV eligibility.  The Mid-America CEDA Championships is open to all debaters eligible for the Novice divisions. We will adhere to the CEDA guidelines for eligibility in each division.


Each division will use the 2009-2010 policy debate topic. Time limits for
the tournament are 9-3-6 with 10 minutes prep.


The tournament will operate according to the following guidelines: 
Rounds 1 & 2 will be preset
Round 3 will be high/high
Round 4 will be high/low (lagged off 1-2)
Round 5 will be high/high
Round 6 will be high/low (lagged off 1-4)
Round 7 will be high/low and a flip for sides debate

In both preliminary and elimination rounds, judges will be required to make a decision awarding one team a win, one team a loss, and award speaker points and ranks to each participant in the debate. The number of elimination rounds will be based on the entries within each division. Elimination round participants will be determined by (1) win-loss record, (2) adjusted speaker points, (3) total speaker points. Brackets will NOT be broken in elimination rounds.

Some form of judge preference will be used in both divisions.

Hybrid teams are eligible to compete and qualify for elimination rounds.  JCCC teams may participate in the tournament and advance to elimination rounds.  Maverick teams will not be permitted to enter the tournament.  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.

The NJDDT and the MACC support and will comply with the CEDA Statement on
Sexual Harassment and Discrimination and the Statement of Ethical


All rounds (defined as the speeches of the participants) are open to registered tournament participants and may be electronically recorded for private educational use by tournament participants (registered coaches, debaters and helpers, and JCCC tournament staff) only. Public distribution of such recordings is expressly prohibited unless prior written consent of all people on the recording is obtained and unless prior written consent of the Johnson County Community College is obtained.  Private sharing for educational use is permitted.


All teams qualifying for elimination rounds will receive awards. The top speakers in each division will also receive awards. We will also recognize the top judges.

Dr. Dick Stine, the founder of JCCC Debate and the NJDDT retired 2 years ago after 37 years at JCCC.  To honor his commitment to debate, we created the annual Dick Stine Coach Award for excellence in JV/Novice coaching.  This award will go to an individual who shows strong commitment to JV/Novice debate.  Past winners have been Justin Green of Kansas State University and Jackie Massey of the University of Oklahoma.  Nominees can be sent to by Fri, Feb. 5, 2010. 

SCHEDULE: All rounds are held on JCCC campus

Friday, March 12, 2010
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Registration at the Radisson (at bar)
Pairings will be released

Saturday, March 13, 2010
*Breakfast at hotel/your home (NO food at JCCC)
9:00 a.m.   Round 1
11:30 a.m.   Round 2
1:30 p.m.   LUNCH (at JCCC)
3:00 p.m.   Round 3
5:30 p.m.   Round 4
*Pairings released for Sunday morning

Sunday, March 14, 2010
*Breakfast at hotel/your home (NO food at JCCC)
9:00 a.m.   Round 5
11:30 a.m.   Round 6
1:30 p.m.   LUNCH (at JCCC)
3:00 p.m.   Round 7
5:30 p.m.   Dinner at JCCC (Awards if only a few partial elims)
6:30 p.m.   First Elimination round

--Coach’s reception at Hotel after Elim rounds
*Brackets released

Monday, March 15, 2010
*Breakfast at hotel/your home (NO food at JCCC)
8:00 a.m.   Pairings/Panels released
9:00 a.m.   Elimination rounds Continue
11:30 a.m.   Awards Ceremony (if didn’t happen on Sunday)
      Other Elims to follow immediately