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John Fritch

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2014 NDT Newsletter
« on: January 28, 2014, 06:17:49 PM »
Below is the 2014 NDT Newsletter. It is also attached.


January, 2014

Dear Colleague:

Plans are nearing completion for the 68th National Debate Tournament to be hosted by Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Registration for the tournament will take place on Thursday, March 27. Competition will take place on Friday, March 28, through Monday, March 31. Registration and all debates will be held on the campus of Indiana University.

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 Biddle Hotel at the Indiana Memorial Union.

Registration, banquets, preliminary debates, and elimination rounds will be held at the tournament hotel.  We would recommend that you reserve rooms as soon as your teams have qualified.  We have secured a tournament rate of $109 per night for 1 bed, $119 for two beds, and suites (up to 4 people per room) for $175. These rates include Internet access and self-parking.  Reservations must be made before March 6, to obtain the rate.  The block code is: NDT2014. To make a reservation you can use the online registration system at or call 1-800-209-8145 or 812-855-2536.

We anticipate that this block will fill quickly. Additional rooms have been secured at the SpringHill Suites Marriott. The hotel has a block set aside for the NDT (30 rooms) at $109.00 a night. The hotel is currently under construction and will be open for business in February 2014. The location is downtown, about 12 blocks away from the IMU. There are lots of restaurants, coffee shops, and shopping opportunity amenities located downtown. You can secure rooms online at:

TOURNAMENT WEB SITE.  Additional information about hotels, food, and logistics are being made through the NDT website:


1.   For elimination rounds, teams will prefer 60 judges. This is consistent with past practices but is now codified in the rules.
2.   For power-matched preliminary debates, high-low team points will be dropped. Win-loss and ballot count remain the first two criteria for seeding. This is consistent with past practice but is now codified in the rules.
3.   Should the host school not qualify through districts or the at-large-bid process, the host may enter a team at the NDT. Should the host enter a team, the tournament will be expanded to 80 teams.
4.   Speaker awards will be determined using the double-z score as the first determinant.


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.

ELIGIBILITY FORMS: Eligibility forms must be submitted by February 8 to the Chair of the NDT Committee, Dallas Perkins. Forms may be submitted by fax (617-876-1360), mail (Dallas Perkins, 324 Franklin Street, Cambridge, MA 02139), or hand delivery to Dallas Perkins prior to the NDT Committee meeting to be held in Austin on February 9.

QUALIFICATION PROCESS.  The selection process, altered before the 1994 NDT and 1999 NDT, remains in place for the 2014 NDT.  A complete set of the NDT rules and procedures may be found

AT-LARGE APPLICATION PROCESS.  The rules covering the application 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 $100.00 to the treasurer of the NDT Board of Trustees.

There are multiple ways to pay your at-large bid fee.
1)   Use the online payment system on the NDT website (
2)   Pay online using the AFA website ( If you pay through the AFA website, please email a copy of your receipt, along with your team name (e.g. “Pita University TY”) to or
3)   The NDT treasurer also will accept a check or money order made out to the NDT, RECEIVED BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE, sent to the following address:
Danielle Leek
2217 Cambridge Dr. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
4)   Pay by cash or check to Sherry Hall or Will Repko, in person, by the application deadline.

Applications for First- and Second-Round At-Large bids should be made at  To apply for an At-Large bid, simply register for the NDT tournament. You will be placed on the waitlist.  The application becomes official when fee for the application is received; teams receiving bids will be moved off of the waitlist and into the tournament registration.  Teams registered and on the waitlist who do not pay the fees on time will be removed from the waitlist.  Please review your team’s bid sheet at and report any anomalies to sooner you can report any issues the better.


Registration for the NDT requires two steps. First, entries will be accepted using the web site. The entry method is that used for many invitational tournaments during the year. When entering the NDT on tabroom, simply register for the tournament. Teams will then be put on a wait list. Teams will be removed from the wait list by the tournament director.

Second, teams will need to register with the NDT Treasurer in order to calculate fees, process payments, organize catering, and to maintain an accurate count of participants and guests at the tournament. Registration for tournament details will take place through the NDT website (

JUDGING PHILOSOPHIES. Judging philosophies should be posted to no later than MARCH 14, 2014. To enter a philosophy, create an account and click on the “homepage” link in the top-right.  In the right-hand column will be a section titled “judging,” and a link to “paradigm.”  Click the paradigm link to enter your philosophy.

The NDT may impose a $50 fine on institutions which have not supplied judging philosophies by MARCH 17. 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 2014 NDT. The fees are $150.00 per team. Participant fees for debaters and judges—four people for each team in the tournament will be no more than $100 per person. The fees for observers (all other persons with your group over the four per team that count as participants) will be $150.00. If you have individuals travelling with your team for specific events, details for purchasing individual tickets will be made available on the NDT website.

        Attached you will find a tentative tournament schedule and contact information for the Chair of the NDT Tournament Committee.

Please join us in Bloomington for the 68th National Debate Tournament.


John Fritch
Director, National Debate Tournament

                                TENTATIVE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Thursday, March 27
        9:00am-11:00am          Registration
        11:00am-1:00pm          NDT Board of Trustees Meeting
        1:00pm-4:00pm             NDT Committee Meeting
        3:00pm-6:00pm             Late Registration
        7:30pm                     Dessert Reception and Pre-Tournament Awards

*team photos will take place throughout the day. Details provided at registration.

Friday, March 28         
          7:30 am                  Breakfast
           8:00 am                  Announcement of Round I
             11:15am                 Lunch
12:00pm         Announcement of Round II
           4:15pm         Announcement of Round III       

Saturday, March 29

   7:30 am                  Breakfast
8:00 am          Announcement of Round IV
   11:15am         Lunch
   12:30 pm         Announcement of Round V
   5:00pm         Announcement of Round VI

Sunday, March 30

   7:30 am                  Breakfast
8:00 am          Announcement of Round VII
   11:15am         Lunch
   12:30pm         Announcement of Round VIII
   4:45pm         Announcement of First Elimination Round
   9:15pm          Awards Banquet

Monday, March 31   

           7:00 am          Drawing of Octofinal judges
          7:30 am                 Announcement of Octofinals
           8:00  am                  Octofinal round begins
                                 (Rounds continue throughout the day)

                        FIRST-ROUND AT-LARGE BIDS

Must be received by
        Committee Members                          February 13 (5PM CST)
Committee calls or e-mail to Director              February 14-16
Director Announces                                February 17

                        DISTRICT PROCEDURES

Declaration of intent to attend District           February 18
Announcement of preliminary district bids   February 19
                        SECOND-ROUND AT-LARGE BIDS

Must be received by
        Committee Members                          March 6 (5 PM CST)
Committee calls or e-mail to Director              March 7-9
Director announces                                 March 10           


Dallas Perkins, NDT Chair
324 Franklin Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Phone: 617-876-5003


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Re: 2014 NDT Newsletter
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2014, 09:36:59 PM »
Following up on what Fritch wrote:

For those looking to pay First-Round At Large Application fees at the Texas tourney, I will be attending. If you drop me an email during the tourney, I will gladly find you.


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