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Mike Davis

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JMU/LBS Tournament Invite
« on: August 14, 2014, 10:00:45 AM »
Hello friends,

James Madison University and Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle invite you to Harrisonburg, VA from October 4th-6th for a weekend of debate. JMU has agreed to host this year in support of LBS and emerging programs in the area.
We hope to see you in October!


Entries will be accepted in all three divisions (novice, junior varsity, and varsity). Hybrids are eligible to clear. In each division, there will be six preliminary rounds of debate competition on the 2014-2015 CEDA resolution.  The entry deadline is Sept 29th, 2014 at noon (teams dropping after that time will be assessed entry fees). JMU teams will be entered and will be eligible to clear and receive speaker awards. The tournament will be CEDA and ADA sanctioned (pending approval).


Judging philosophies as a precondition of entry must be posted at  no later than September 29th. Each school must provide 3 rounds of prelim judging. Judges must vote for one and only one team in each debate. Each judge will have 2:30 from the announced start time of each debate to render a decision.


Participating teams and schools are expected to contribute to the caselist as a precondition for entry and should provide their most recent affirmative and negative information by October 7th (at the latest). This should include an outline of the arguments sufficient for novice comprehension as well as full citations.  Teams and schools are expected to cooperate with JMU students and staff assigned to gather the material.

Tournament Staff:
Adam Jackson will serve as tournament director. Additional tournament staff will be named shortly.


All rounds (defined as the speeches of the participants) are open to registered tournament participants and may be electronically recorded for private educational use by tournament participants (registered coaches, debaters and helpers, and JMU tournament staff) only. Public distribution of such recordings is expressly prohibited unless prior written consent of all people on the recording is obtained and unless prior written consent of James Madison University is obtained. Private sharing for educational use is permitted.

There are three hotel options for the tournament. Please make your reservations three weeks prior to your arrival:

Best Western - $79.99 plus tax per night
45 Burgess Rd
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
(540) 433-6089

Comfort Inn – $99.00 plus tax per night
1440 E Market St
Harrisonburg, VA 22801-5110
(540) 433-6066

Quality Inn - $82.00 plus tax per night
1881 Evelyn Byrd Ave
Harrisonburg VA 22801


In addition to lunch on Saturday and Sunday we will provide hospitality throughout. Additionally, JMU will be hosting a coaches’ reception on Sunday night.


All participants debate at the invitation of James Madison University according to its tournament rules as well as any rules of their sponsoring institutions. The tournament abides by the rules and norms of the American Forensics Association, the American Debate Association (pending approval), and the Cross Examination Debate Association.


Parking will be in the Warsaw Parking Deck ( You do not need a pass as parking officials have been instructed not to ticket.

$50.00 per person. Any school that needs a fee reduction due to economic hardship should contact us as soon as you know you are planning on attending. Any proceeds from the tournament will be donated to LBS (or their designated new debate program).


Friday, October 3rd
8:00-10:00   Registration (Location TBA)

Saturday October 4th
8:00      Pairings Released Online and On Campus
9:00      Round One
11:30      Round Two
2:00      Lunch
3:30      Round Three
6:00      Round Four

Sunday, October 5th
8:00      Pairings Released Online and On Campus
9:00      Round Five
11:30      Round Six
2:00      Lunch
3:30      First Elim
6:00      Second Elim (if necessary)
9:00    Coaches Reception

Monday,  October 6th
8:00      Pairings Released Online and On Campus
9:00      Elims Continue
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