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« on: February 02, 2010, 04:36:23 PM »
Hotel cutoff date is Feb 11 - its a great facility and should allow you to bring more people for less money.  Be sure to book early for the 2 bedroom suites which sleep up to 6.

Hope to see you in Towson March 11-14.

Link to Invite:

INVITATION: (note that the invite in an alternative format suitable for cutting and pasting appears below).

Dear Colleagues,
We invite you to Towson University March 11-14th 2009 for the Junior Varsity/Novice National Championship. The tournament will feature many of the traditional features of past years (high quality competition, mutual preference judging (in an open tabroom administered by Neil Berch, Christy Webster and Mike Davis), Westerwald pottery trophies, elimination rounds in the hotel and generous hospitality throughout the tournament.

Two changes to be aware of are the tournament hotel and number of preliminary rounds.

1. We have moved to the Burkshire Marriott – this property features free wired internet in guest rooms, wireless in public spaces and spacious suites which will allow you to sleep up to 6 comfortably. The hotel is directly adjacent to campus and within easy walking distance to restaurants so those flying in may be able to do without a vehicle.

2. Because of emergency repair work on the campus steam plant over our spring break, campus rooms are unavailable for Sunday so we have decided to move to 6 preliminary rounds (3 Friday, 3 plus doubles on Saturday and elims beginning with octas at the hotel on Sunday). While 7 prelims has been the tradition in the past and given more debates to more people, it is not physically possible to do it this year and we will look forward to your feedback on how 6 prelims works out in planning for the future.

We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore this March for a celebration of Junior Varsity and Novice debaters as well as the coaches, judges and communities that support them.

Beth Skinner
Towson Debate

Fees: $30 per person (a ‘person’ is any debater, coach, judge or observer you bring). Make checks payable to: “TU Foundation.” Fees cover dinner Friday, breakfast and lunch Saturday, snacks, drinks and awards. Programs in financial need please contact us if these fees would prevent you from participating.

Dates: Thursday March 11 (first round starts at 2:00 on Friday March 12) to Sunday March 14 2010

Hotel: Burkshire Marriott, 10 West Burke Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, $99 per room for either a one bedroom or two bedroom suites. Make reservations by February 12, 2010 by calling 800-453-0309 (national) or 410-324-8100 (local) and mention “Towson Debate”

Entry deadline: 10:00 pm Wednesday March 9 on, preferences to be opened soon afterward

Judging: One judge is required for every four debaters. Limited hired judging will be available at $100 for one two-person team. All judges are obligated through the latter of a) the round following their last team’s elimination; or b) the first two elimination rounds.
Critic’s Award: We encourage critics to provide oral critiques. At the conclusion of the last preliminary round, all teams will receive a ballot with the names of their judges and will rank and rate these judges. Awards will ensue.

Tournament Procedures: Rounds 1-2 are random presets and the remaining prelims are power matched. Judge preferences entered on by the preference deadline will take effect starting with the first prelim. Pairings will be released via email. The tournament will abide by CEDA’s policies.

Divisions: Novice and Junior Varsity. The CEDA eligibility rules are available at Our interpretation of the junior varsity eligibility is the same as we’ve used in the past two years: if a debater begins the year with junior varsity eligibility that person is eligible to compete in JV at this tournament. The number of final rounds and/or qualification for the NDT is irrelevant when it comes to JV eligibility.
Awards: The tournament will feature artistically created designed ceramic awards. Those receiving awards include the top 20 speakers in each division and all teams advancing to elimination rounds. The top 5 critics and the coaches with teams in semis and finals will also receive awards.
Accommodations: Towson University is committed to ensuring that persons with disabilities are given an equally effective opportunity to participate in and benefit from the university’s programs and services. Persons with disabilities who might need reasonable accommodations should contact Beth Skinner at 443-562-2269.
Transportation: We are not able to provide transportation to teams attending the tournament but if you can get to the hotel you probably don’t need a vehicle. Those flying have several choices. Baltimore-Washington International airport is served by many carriers and is closest to Towson – approximately 40 minutes from campus/hotel. Other nearby airports are Dulles and Washington National (Reagan) about 75 miles away. Baltimore is also served by Amtrak and a number of bus services.


Thursday March 11th

7:00 to 9:00 pm early registration at the Burkshire Marriott

Friday March 12th(on campus)
11:00-1:00 late registration
2:00 pm Round 1
4:00 pm Round 2
6:00 pm dinner provided on campus
7:00 pm Round 3

Saturday March 13th (on campus)
8:00 am breakfast and pairings
9:00 am Round 4
12:00 am Round 5
2:00 pm lunch provided on campus
3:00 pm Round 6
6:00 pm double octafinals

Sunday March 14th (at the Burkshire Marriott)
8:00 am Octafinals
10:30 am Awards
1:00 pm Quarterfinals
4:00 pm Semifinals
8:00 pm Finals