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Liberty Tournament Invite
« on: October 09, 2014, 09:16:58 AM »
For those having problems accessing the invite on tabroom:

I've also attached a copy.

Sept 18, 2014

Dear Colleague,

You are cordially invited to participate in the twenty-sixth annual Liberty University Debate Tournament on October 31-November 2, 2014. Our goal is to host a well-run tournament with exceptional hospitality while offering strong competition in all three divisions of debate.

This year’s tournament will feature six preliminary rounds and an appropriate number of elimination rounds of debate in three divisions. You can manage your tournament entries through until October 28 @ 5:00pm.  Drops after that date are subject to the participant fee.

We will remain on our main campus, and should be able to host nearly all of the debates in DeMoss Hall. However, due to other campus events classroom space will still be limited so please enter early.

Fees are $45.00 per person (debater, coach, judge, or observer).  The tournament will provide every meal from Friday night through Sunday lunch, including breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  We hope that this will provide a friendlier tournament schedule and enable you to bring more teams or attend our tournament for the first time. Additionally, schools that can’t afford entry fees or hotel rooms are welcomed.  We will gladly waive your entry fees and do everything we can to help you find housing.

We are pleased to be offering a tournament that is sanctioned by the ADA and CEDA.  Early November is a beautiful time in central Virginia and we look forward to seeing you at this year’s tournament. If you have any questions, please call Bessie Grayson at (434) 582-2080.

We hope to see you at Liberty University.


Michael Hall, Nick Ryan, John Nagy, Cole Bender, Ben Hagwood, Heather Hall

Liberty University Debate Tournament
October 31 – November 2, 2014
Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia


Topic:  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.
Sanctioning:  The tournament will be sanctioned by the ADA and CEDA and will be run in accordance with their rules.  The most recent copy of the ADA rules can be found at   

Preliminary rounds:  There will be six preliminary rounds.  Rounds one and two will be pre-set. Rounds three through six will be power matched. Three divisions of debate will be offered: novice, junior varsity, and varsity.

Elimination rounds:  An appropriate number of elimination rounds will be offered in accordance with the ADA rules and based on the size of the tournament.  We anticipate breaking to octo-finals in each division with the possibility of double-octos if justified by entries.


Eligibility: Eligibility for participation in each division is governed by ADA and CEDA rules.

Hybrids: Hybrid teams may participate in preliminary rounds and are eligible for speaker awards.
Hybrid teams eligible to attend the NDT will be allowed to clear at our tournament. However, in order to be eligible, schools must fulfill several requirements as stated in the NDT hybrid rule. In situations where teams do not meet the NDT hybrid rule, those teams will be able to participate in prelims and receive speaker awards but will not be eligible to clear to the elimination debates. If you have any questions or want to be considered for hybrid eligibility feel free to email Nick Ryan at ( 

Mavericks:  Maverick debaters are ineligible to enter prior to the tournament.  If one of the debaters of a team cannot debate in any given round, that round will be forfeited. Teams that forfeit rounds will be given average speaker points, but are ineligible to clear to elimination rounds if speaker points are the determining factor for their clearing. Debaters who forfeit rounds are ineligible for speaker awards.

Deadline:  Please enter the tournament by October 28, 2014 using  After that date e-mail entry changes directly to Nick Ryan ( 

Drops:  Teams dropped after the October 28 deadline will be responsible for all participant fees.

Tournament Registration: Registration will be held in the Grand Lobby of the DeMoss Hall on Friday afternoon from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.  If you are running late, please call Nick Ryan (540-604-0143) to verify your entry.  Also, please update the contact information for all of your coaches and judges on


Commitment:  Each school must provide 3 rounds of qualified judging for each team entered in the tournament.  All judges will be required to judge through the quarter final elimination round or one round after your last team is eliminated whichever occurs later. 

Hired Judging:  A limited number of judges will be available for hire at $30 per round ($120.00 per uncovered team, which includes 3 prelims and 1 elim). If you need to hire judges, please enter early.

Judge Placement:  Judges will be placed using mutual preference in all divisions.

Speaker Points:  We will use a 30 point scale with .1 increments.  No ties are allowed.

Decision Time:  Judges are expected to render a decision within 2:30 of the announced start time. If the judge is unable to make a decision within that time, the tab room will randomly decide a winner by coin flip.

Fees and Awards:

Awards: Awards will be provided to the top sixteen teams and the top ten speakers in each division.

Fees: Entry fees are $45 per participant (debater, coach, judge, or observer).  Make checks payable to Liberty University Debate. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover for those wishing to pay by credit card.  Fees include all meals starting with dinner on Friday, a well-stocked hospitality room, and the awards reception on Saturday.  Additional reception tickets may be purchased for $15 per person (for persons only attending the reception).

Hotel Accommodations:

Holiday Inn  (Rate of $92)
601 Main Street, (434)-528-2500

The Holiday Inn is located downtown, about a 10-minute drive to campus.

Quality Inn (Rate of $92.65)
5604 Seminole Ave, (434) 237-2704

The Quality Inn is the former Hampton Inn, and is less than a 5-minute drive to campus.   

When you book at the hotel, make sure you request rooms in the “Liberty University Debate Tournament” block.  Reservations should be made by October 15 to guarantee the tournament rate.

We will be providing a continental breakfast at the tournament as there will not be breakfast provided at the tournament hotel.

Transportation Assistance: If you are flying to the tournament, US Airways provides flights to the Lynchburg Regional Airport. Rates to Lynchburg are usually competitive with rates to Roanoke (50 minutes away), Charlottesville (80 minutes away), and Greensboro (2 hours away).  Rental cars and vans are available.


To Liberty University: Liberty University is located on Candler’s Mountain Road in the Southeast corner of Lynchburg, Virginia. Major roads through Lynchburg going North and South include Interstate 29 and State Highway 501. Divided Highway 460 serves Lynchburg from the East and West. Signs mark campus exits on both Interstate 29 and 460.

Public Transportation: Transportation options to Lynchburg area include USAirways, Amtrak, and the Greyhound bus line.

Special Announcements: Alcoholic beverage consumption is not allowed on the Liberty University campus.

Liberty is a smoke free campus.  Smoking is prohibited inside any building and is only allowed in the tournament’s designated smoking area. Your cooperation will help to guarantee our ability to host future tournaments.
26th Liberty University Debate Tournament

Friday, October 31

  1:30   3:30 p.m.    Registration-DeMoss Hall, Grand Lobby

  3:50 p.m.        Pairings Released for rounds 1 and 2

  4:20 p.m.         Stop coaching and judges report

  4:30 p.m.        Round 1

  6:30 p.m.         Pizza Available outside of the hospitality room  (DeMoss 4066)

  7:05 p.m.         Stop coaching and judges report

  7:15 p.m.         Round 2

Saturday, November 1

  7:30 a.m.         Breakfast (outside hospitality room)
  7:45 a.m.         Pairings released for rounds 3 and 4

  8:20 a.m.         Stop coaching/judges report
  8:30 a.m.         Round 3

  11:05 a.m.         Stop coaching/judges report

  11:15 a.m.         Round 4

  1:00 p.m.          Lunch (provided) 

  1:50 p.m.         Parings released for round 5

  2:20 p.m.          Stop coaching/judges report

  2:30 p.m.         Round 5

  5:00 p.m.         Pairings released for round 6

  5:30 p.m.         Stop coaching/judges report

  5:40 p.m.         Round 6

  7:45 p.m.         Tournament Reception Begins

Sunday, November 2

  7:00 a.m.           Breakfast and Pairings Released (DeMoss Hall – 1st Floor)

  8:00 a.m.      Elimination Rounds begin (DeMoss Hall)

Bagels, Breakfast Bars, Coffee and Juice will be available in DeMoss 4066..