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2015 JV/Novice Nationals @ Binghamton University Invite
« on: December 10, 2014, 06:54:17 PM »
JV/Novice Nationals @ Binghamton University
3/6/2015 – 3/8/2015

POLICY DIVISIONS: We will be hosting Novice and JV divisions following CEDA eligibility rules, including the Nov/JV exemption.  We will us a 9-3-6-10 format using the national CEDA/NDT topic for the 2013-2014 season, which is “Resolved: The United States should legalize all or nearly all of one or more of the following in the United States: marihuana, online gambling, physician-assisted suicide, prostitution, the sale of human organs”  We will allow swing teams to participate as needed and will allow mavericks to compete only after all other possibilities have been exhausted, no more than one per division.  Both will be eligible for elimination rounds.  Binghamton teams will be eligible to clear to elimination rounds.  We will use a 30 point scale, allowing for tenth of a decimal place, and NO TIES between debaters in the same round.  We will follow CEDA’s Council of Tournament’s directions for best practices unless otherwise stated within the invite.  The tab room staff will be announced soon.

DIVERSITY & SAFER SPACE POLICY: We will go out of our way to try and hire a diverse judge pool as well as allow for the opt-in method for judges in elimination rounds. We also plan on keeping the cushion of extra rounds to a minimum so that way all judges placed will judge their commitment. In addition, we will have a quiet room where debaters can find time to eliminate the stress of competition in a calm environment. If anyone registering has allergies, mobility needs, or anything else please inform us as soon as possible and we will do everything to make your participation at this year’s tournament a great one. We also have a zero tolerance policy for racial, sexual, or any other form of harassment. Violators will be asked to leave the tournament. If you are worried about specific past violators attending please message us directly at so we can investigate the issue in compliance with CEDA guidelines.

REGISTRATION: Registration for policy should be done via  

$50 per person in attendance.  Checks should be made out to “Binghamton University Speech & Debate Team.”  Teams with small budgets should ask for a fee reduction/waiver depending on their needs.  We will continue to try to make our tournament waste free.  We will no longer providing travel mugs since the net-ecological cost of using them is worse than recycling bottles and cans due to how bad people are at actually reusing them during the course of the tournament.  Please make sure that all bottles and cans end up in the proper recycling bin.  We will be having an unaffiliated staff member count the number of entries sent in per school at that time

Uncovered Team: $150 for a half obligation and $300 for a full obligation (this however cannot be waived as we need every available judge).  We encourage schools to donate extra rounds if possible and/or list themselves as available for hire.

We will be accepting registration up until the Wednesday (3/4/15) before the tournament at 11:59pm.  Any changes after that time should be phoned in to 607-765-3659 and/or e-mailed to as they occur.  Entries should include the names of debaters and which divisions, as well as a list of judges.  We will do our best to accommodate late drops but reserve the right to charge as necessary to cover expenses that take place after Thursday (3/15/15) 1pm EST.

WASTE FREE: We will try to be running our tournament waste free.  All materials bought for the tournament will be compostable or recyclable.  We ask participants to decrease their waste consumption while at Binghamton as well.  We will be using the garbage cans in classrooms to collect paper and other compostable materials.  We will have a couple of garbage cans spread out for things people may bring in that cannot be recycled or composted.  However, we ask that you do not put garbage in the trash cans inside classrooms and that you do properly deposit recyclables in recycling bins so we can quickly and efficiently collect compostables.

TOURNAMENT HOTEL: Quality Inn – University, Vestal NY is directly across the street from the University.  We have a block of rooms for $79.95 per night.  They are under the block “Binghamton University Debate Tournament.”  Reservations can be placed by calling the Holiday Inn at 607-729-6371.    

Policy Schedule

Fri, March 6, 2015
1:30pm – 2:30pm Registration at Grand Hall of Fine Arts
2:30pm – Release of Pairings
3:00pm – 5:00pm Round 1
5:00pm – 7:00pm Round 2
7:00pm – 7:30pm Grab n’ Go Dinner
7:30pm – 9:30pm Round 3                              

Sat, March 7, 2015
7:00am    Breakfast
8:00am – 10:00am Round 4
10:30am – 12:30pm Round 5
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 3:30pm Round 6
4:45pm – 6:45pm Round 7
7:00pm    Dinner for Competitors and Judges in Doubles
7:30pm – 9:30pm Double-Octo Finals as Necessary & Release of Bracket

Sun, March 8, 2015
8:00am – Breakfast & Release of Pairings                
9:00am – 11:00am Octo-Finals
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch & Awards
1:30pm – 3:30pm Quarter-Finals
4:00pm – 6:00pm Semi-Finals
6:30pm – 8:30pm Finals


Binghamton University is located one mile west of the city of Binghamton (in Vestal) and is a short drive from major urban centers in New York and neighboring states. A number of bus companies serve the area, and the Binghamton Regional Airport provides major airline service.

Follow 81 North or South to 17 West, toward Elmira, get off at exit 70S, heading towards “Binghamton Univ.”  Construction has changed the nature of what happens next this year so pay attention.  You should stay in the left lanes and take the skyway over the traffic circle, which will put you on the Fredrick Johnson Bridge (201S).  

To hotel: take the second exit (434 East) and the Quality Inn will be on your right and the University on your left.  Take your first right and turn into the parking lot, or continue down 434 East for several miles until the Skylark on your left near a Burger King, Vestal High School, and the Skylark Diner.

To campus: take the third and final exist (434 West).  Stay in the right lane that will put you on campus.  You’ll hit traffic circle.  Take the second exit.  If you’ve done the maneuver correctly you’ll pass a parking garage on your right.  Continue to follow the road until it puts you in front of a whole bunch of parking meters, which will happen after it makes you veer right.  Meter parking is free on weekends and the Fine Arts building is right in front of you.  Registration is on the second floor.  Signs should be posted around campus to make this process easier for you.

Hotel to campus: turn left coming out onto 434 at the intersection with Denny’s, then turn right onto campus at the next traffic light and follow above directions.
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