Author Topic: NDT Results  (Read 3961 times)

John Fritch

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NDT Results
« on: April 04, 2013, 09:41:05 PM »
The results sheets and the at-large balloting can be found at:

The links to each are on the right side of the page.


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Re: NDT Results
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2013, 10:54:15 PM »
There are all sorts of things that can be tried @ tournaments.   It’s not necessary to make radical changes in the way things are done that impact all tournaments for an entire season based on evidence (some of which is very speculative) from one tournament, or even one season.    There are other ways to get things done than changing the official topic or changing the rules of the national tournament(s) as the first step.  Host a tournament  or change the way your tournament operates. If your experiment is a success/is widely supported, others will eventually adopt it. 

(1)   There could be a rule or norm that the Neg gets a copy of the 1AC 35 minutes before the debate starts.  The Aff would still be encouraged to innovate and make new arguments, but not to advance arguments that can win  either because the Neg only has 10 minutes of prep or because it is so severely disadvantaged the Neg that the playing field in a debate isn’t equal enough.  We have already agreed on disclosure as a norm.  There can be other norms (or rules).   It would force the Aff to develop cases that are probably “better” than today’s new cases that are just meant to be run in one round.

(2)   Add variables to MPJ – race, gender, overall “community pref” – in other words, consider mutually (maybe even “weight” it high) – but don’t make it determinative/the only thing
(3)   Two resolutions – a policy and non-policy version (This has been discussed on CEDA forums)
(4)   Radical responses to MPJ.
(5)   Removing the agent from the resolution
(6)   Replace “substantially” with “massively”

There are certainly advantages to all or most tournaments doing the same way, but there are potential disadvantages to putting something like “massive” in the resolution and having it be a massive disaster at every tournament.