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2010 NDT Director's Letter
« on: February 06, 2010, 02:47:50 PM »

January, 2010

Dear Colleague:

Plans are nearing completion for the 64th National Debate Tournament to be held on the campus of University of California-Berkelet. Registration for the tournament will take place on FRIDAY, March 19. Competition will take place on Saturday, March 20, through Tuesday, March 23.

This brief letter will provide information on the tournament location, qualifying processes, eligibility certification, and entry for the tournament

TOURNAMENT HOTEL. The tournament hotel is:

The Oakland City Center Marriott
1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607

This outstanding facility will host our assemblies and elimination rounds. It is the official tournament hotel for both the NDT and CEDA this year. We have secured a tournament rate of $117 per night for up to 4 people per room, which includes internet access. We have a block of rooms and the block expires a month before the tournament begins. You can make reservations now by calling 1-888-236-2427 and asking for the national debate tournaments block. Please make your reservations at your earliest convenience. The cutoff date is February 24th but the block may fill before that. If you are attending both the NDT and CEDA you may make reservations that extend across both tournaments. For general info about the hotel go to

When making reservations please ask for the national debate tournament block.

You can directly make reservations at


Parking permits for on campus parking will be $45 per car. Shuttle transportation from the hotel to the campus and back will be $45 per person for the tournament. Please make reservations for the parking permit and shuttle transportation as you enter the tournament. 

1.   Please examine the dates for first and second round applications. The dates in relation to the NDT have been changed from previous years.
2.   Also, beginning this year, the Committee has a post-tournament enrollment verification requirement.  The details of that process are as follows: 
"II.A.1.h. Within two weeks of the conclusion of the tournament each year, all students who received one of the top ten speaker awards or who participated in the quarterfinal round of the tournament shall submit an official document similar to that specified in rule “g” above, attesting to their enrollment in good standing as of the date the tournament concluded.  The NDT Chair shall promptly report to the membership the results of the verification process.  Violations of the duty to verify eligibility may be subject to review and sanction by the NDT governing bodies."


1.   All debates are governed by the rules of the National Debate Tournament and the American Forensics Association. The documents governing the administration of the National Debate Tournament may be found at

2.   Effective with the 2007 NDT, teams qualifying for the tournament must provide 13 rounds of judging.

3.   Individuals in attendance at the National Debate Tournament who provide significant coaching to, or argument production for, any team participating in the NDT should be required to enter the judging pool on a supplemental strike sheet for at least four debates or, if it is more appropriate, provide a significant equivalent contribution to the tournament as defined by the tournament host or director.

QUALIFICATION PROCESS.  The selection process, altered before the 1994 NDT and 1999  NDT remains in place for the 2010 NDT.  A complete set of the NDT rules and procedures may be found at

AT LARGE APPLICATION PROCESS.  The process for first and second round at large bids will be the same as that established in 2004.  The number of preliminary rounds required for a team to count toward bid allocations is 18.  All teams selected through the Second Round At-Large process must have a 50% or greater preliminary round win-loss record in rounds on the fall CEDA topic or its NDT topic parallel immediately prior to the District tournament or at the time of submission for second round bids.  Those subscribing schools wishing to nominate their teams for At-Large consideration must submit copies of their completed electronic Official NDT At-Large Application (without covering letters or other supplementary materials). Applications must be received by the dates listed below. Schools submitting at-large applications must have paid their NDT subscription fee prior to submitting their application for the bid to be considered. In addition, all teams wishing to be considered for an at-large bid must pay $50.00 to the treasurer of the NDT Board of Trustees. A system has been set up to pay using Paypal at, or the treasurer also will accept a check or money order made out to the NDT, RECEIVED BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE, sent to the following address:

Sherry Hall
324 Franklin Street
Cambridge, MA  02139

The electronic at-large bid form may be found at: The bid forms may be found under the Account Management link.

ENTERING THE TOURNAMENT.  ENTRIES ARE DUE MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010.  The process for entering the tournament will be the same as used beginning with the 2006 National Debate Tournament.  Online entries will be accepted using the web site and methods used for many invitational tournaments during the year.  The web site may be found at

JUDGING PHILOSOPHIES. Judging philosophies should be posted to no later than March 8, 2010. Judging philosophies may be edited at the same site by clicking on the "Enter, edit, and remove the names of judges and competitors (and enter or edit judge philosophies)" link in the account management box in the top-left.

The NDT may impose a $50 fine on institutions which have not supplied judging philosophies by March 16. The NDT may impose an additional $50 fine if judging philosophies are not available at the time of registration.

FEES.  The Board of Trustees has set the fees for the 2010 NDT. The fees are $100.00 per team. Participant fees for debaters and judges—four people for each team in the tournament are $40.00. The fees for observers (all other persons with your group over the four per team that count as participants) will be $135.00. Persons traveling with the team will be charged for the banquets and other meal functions.

        Attached you will find a tentative tournament schedule, contact information for the Chair of the NDT Tournament Committee, and a copy of the NDT judge philosophy form.

Please join us in Berkeley for the 64th National Debate Tournament.


John Fritch
Director, National Debate Tournament

                                TENTATIVE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Friday, March 19
        9:00-11:00         Registration
        11:00 - 2:00       NDT Board of Trustees Meeting
        1:00-4:00          NDT Committee Meeting
        4:00-5:00          Late Registration
        7:30               Reception and Pre-Tournament Awards

Saturday, March 20         
          7:45 AM            Continental Breakfast
           8:00               Announcement of Round I
          11:30           Announcement of Round II
   2:00 PM   Lunch
           4:00      Announcement of Round III       

Sunday, March 21

   8:00 AM   Announcement of Round IV
   11:15      Lunch
   12:30 PM   Announcement of Round V
   5:15      Announcement of Round VI

Monday, March 21

   8:00 AM   Announcement of Round VII
   11:15      Lunch
   12:45 PM   Announcement of Round VIII
    5:00      Announcement of First Elimination Round
    8:30       Awards Banquet

Tuesday, March 22   

           7:15 AM    Drawing of Octofinal judges
          7:30               Announcement of Octofinals
           8:30               Octofinal round begins
                           (Rounds continue throughout the day)

                        FIRST ROUND AT LARGE BIDS

Must be received by
        Committee Members                          February 11 (5PM CST)
Committee calls or e-mail to Director              February 12-14
Director Announces                                February 15

                        DISTRICT PROCEDURES

Declaration of intent to attend District           February 16
Announcement of district bids                      February 17

                        SECOND ROUND AT LARGE BIDS

Must be received by
        Committee Members                          March 1 (5 PM CST)
Committee calls or e-mail to Director              March 2-3
Director announces                                 March 4           


Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, NDT Chair
University of Mary Washington
Department of English, Linguistics, and Speech
1301 College Ave.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Office Phone: 540-654-1252
Revised 2-16-94

NAME _______________________   INSTITUTION _____________________________

POSITION _______________________   YEARS OF COACHING _______________

NUMBER OF TOURNAMENTS THIS YEAR _______________________

The following questions represent some of the issues you may want to discuss in your judge philosophy.  They serve as a guideline.  Please try to make the philosophy relevant AS APPLICABLE to the current topic.  It is understood that many of your positions may be altered by specific situations.  Please limit yourself to ONE photocopy ready page.  The left hand margin should be one (1) inch.

Theory: 1. What decision making paradigm do you use?  2. What are your standards for the evaluation of T?  3. What are your standards for counterplans (especially topical Cps, conditionally, international fiat, Agent of Action, and permutations)?  4. How do you react to new cases at the NDT?

Topic Specific Arguments: 1. Which T violations do you like/dislike? How is T evaluated?  2. What are your preferences for disads? Counterplans?

Critiques/Deontology: 1. Do you like them?   2. What standards do you use to evaluate them?  3. How do they weigh against other impacts?

Evidence: 1. Do you read evidence after a round?  2. What are your standards of evaluation?  3. Do you require full cites to be read?  How does that affect your evaluation of evidence?  4. What are your standards for an evidence challenge?

Style: 1. What, if anything, do you do to encourage comprehensible speaking?  2. What constitutes an argument?  3. Do you find tag-team CX objectionable?  4. What behavior or mannerisms do you find objectionable?



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Re: 2010 NDT Director's Letter
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2010, 04:34:21 PM »
rounds start saturday, march 20, yes?

finals occurs tuesday, march 23, yes?

(the dates are messed up in the letter)
jim hanson :)
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