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2014 Viking Debates at Augustana College - Invitation
« on: November 19, 2013, 04:11:10 PM »
19 November 2013

Dear Community,

The Augustana Debate Union and the Department of Communication Studies are pleased to invite you and your colleagues to attend the 2014 Viking Debates at Augustana College. This year's edition of the Viking Debates will be held on Friday, January 31, Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2, 2014 in Rock Island, IL.  The tournament will include three divisions of debate on the 2013-2014 CEDA/NDT topic, have six (6) high quality preliminary rounds in Open and clear to an appropriate number of elimination rounds in each division.  All rounds will be held on the campus of Augustana College.

We have every intention of making this tournament as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.  Based upon your suggestions, we have CONTINUED some of the features that best accommodate you.  Among these are: VIKING THEMED TROPHIES and a RETURN TO THE tournament hotel (& CASINO).  Dinner will be provided on Friday; breakfast, lunch and dinner will provided on Saturday; and breakfast will be provided on Sunday.  We have a schedule this year that allows more preparation time on Saturday while still allowing you to return to your hotel at a reasonable hour at the conclusion of the preliminary rounds.   We are committed to providing high quality competition, hospitality, awards and tournament administration.  If there is any way we can better accommodate you, please to not hesitate to let us know.

Please accept our invitation and join us for what is sure to be a grand time of fun and competitive debates.  We look forward to hosting you in the beautiful QCA.


Max Archer, Director of Debate
Augustana College

REGISTRATION: We will accept entries for the tournament through Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 5:00PM CST.  Entries may be made at  If there are any entry problems, please contact Max Archer at  Registration will take place in the Augustana Debate Union (Old Main 214) on Friday, January 31 from 2:30-3:30pm.
DIVISIONS: We plan to host three (3) divisions of debate this year.  The Open division is open to any undergraduate student with eligibility. The Junior Varsity and Novice divisions are open to anyone who meets the CEDA eligibility standards for junior varsity or novice participation.  In the event that there are an insufficient number of teams entered in a division, arrangements will be made by the Tournament Director and Tab Room staff to accommodate all participants.  One or more teams from Augustana may compete at the tournament to ensure an even and adequate number of teams and to prevent a bye from being assigned in each division.  These Augustana teams are eligible to compete in elimination rounds and receive speaker awards.  Awards will be given in each division to elimination round participants and an appropriate number of recognized speakers.

JUDGING: Each school should provide a qualified judge to cover your judging commitments. One (1) team requires three (3) rounds of judging, two (2) teams require six (6) rounds of judging.  There will be FEW (IF ANY) judges available for hire at the rate of $180/uncovered team, but you should let us know well in advance if you need to hire judges.  Because extra judging is limited in the Quad Cities area, we would prefer your judges rather than take your money.  Each judge is obligated to cover their school's commitment through the first FULL elimination round, or one round beyond your team's elimination.  All judges should enter their philosophy at prior to the beginning of the tournament.

Each judge will assignment a win to one and only one team and a loss to one and only one team.  The judge will assign each debater 0-30 points using tenth point increments.  Each judge will have a maximum of two hours and thirty (2:30) minutes from the official start time of the debate to record a decision for that debate.  A judged assigned by the tab room to a particular debate is responsible for the submission of a correctly completed ballot at the conclusion of that debate.  Failure on the part of the judge to comply with these rules may result in a decision by the Tab Room staff and may also result in penalties being imposed upon the judge's school.

FORMAT AND RULES: We will use the 9-3-6 format, with ten minutes preparation time per team.  Rounds 1-2 will be preset.  The rest will be powered appropriately.  Debate teams consist of two persons from the same school.  Hybrid teams are acceptable, and may advance to elimination rounds.  In the event of illness, a single debater may debate alone but that team will not be allowed to advance to elimination debates.  Unless the teams have met previously in the preliminary rounds, sides in elimination debates will be determined by coin flip or an agreement by both teams.  The tournament will NOT break brackets in elimination rounds.

FEES: Entry fees are $90.00/team for all divisions. This fee helps offset costs associated with trophies, tournament supplies, meals and hospitality.  These fees may be discounted for new programs and for those who choose to fly into the Quad Cities Area for the tournament.  Checks should be made out to “Augustana College.”

AIR TRAVEL: The Moline-Quad Cities Airport (MLI) services several major airlines (Allegiant, American, Delta, United) and has flights daily to and from several regional hubs (Atlanta, Chicago O'Hare, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando-Sanford, Phoenix-Mesa, Punta Gorda/Ft. Myers, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Beach).  Free shuttling services to/from the airport and to/from the tournament will be made available for those who fly in.

LODGING: We have reserved a block of rooms at the Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf located at 1800 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf, IA 52722.  The Isle has guaranteed rooms for $79.00/night for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  Reservations should be made by contacting the Isle Call Center by phone at 1-800-THE-ISLE (1-800-843-4753).  Identify yourself as part of the “Viking Debates” party, Group Code “VIK2014”.  The block closes on Thursday, January 16, 2014 - please make reservations soon.

CEDA Policies:  The tournament will follow the CEDA guidelines on sexual harassment and discrimination and the Statement of Ethical Principles.

2014 Viking Debates at Augustana College
Friday, January 31
2:30-3:30PM Registration, Augustana Debate Union (Old Main 214)
Round One & Two released online
4:30PM Round One
Dinner provided between Rounds 1&2
7:15PM Round Two

Saturday, February 1
8:00AM Pairings for Rounds Three & Four released online and on campus
Breakfast provided on campus
9:00AM Round Three
12:00PM Round Four
Lunch provided between Rounds 4&5
3:15PM Round Five
Dinner provided between Rounds 5&6
6:30PM Round Six

Sunday, February 2
8:00AM Pairings for First Elimination Debate released online and on campus
Breakfast provided on campus
9:00AM First Elimination Debate
12:00PM Awards Assembly
Elimination Debates Continue