Author Topic: JMU College Debate Tournament - Jan 29-31  (Read 9467 times)

Mike Davis

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 239
JMU College Debate Tournament - Jan 29-31
« on: October 13, 2015, 06:36:26 PM »

Hello friends,

James Madison University invites you to Harrisonburg, VA from January 29-31 for a weekend of debate. We will offer three divisions of debate and hope that you choose to join us!


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 2015-2016 CEDA resolution.  The entry deadline is January 22nd 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 January 24th. 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 January 24th (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:
The tournament will be staffed by individuals from at least three different debate programs. If you are interested in working in the tab room please contact me as we would like to expand opportunities for those who normally are not asked to participate.

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.

We are still negotiating hotel rates and that information will be posted shortly. Hotel rates should all be $80 or less.

In addition to dinner on Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday we will provide hospitality throughout. We plan to provide all meals buffet style with significant healthy alternatives. Additionally, JMU will be hosting a coaches’ reception on Saturday night including a complimentary hospitality shuttle.

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.

$60.00 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. We plan to lose money on the tournament, but if there is any profit generated from the tournament it will be dedicated supporting local high school debate.

Friday, January 29th
1:00-3:00      Registration (Location TBA)
3:00       Pairings Released
4:00      Round One
6:30      Round Two
8:00      Dinner Served

Saturday October 4th
8:00      Pairings Released Online and On Campus
9:00      Round Three
11:30      Round Four
2:00      Lunch
3:30      Round Five
6:00      Round Six
8:00 Dinner and Speaker Awards

Sunday, October 5th
8:00      Pairings Released Online and On Campus
9:00      First Elim
11:30    Second Elim
2:00      Lunch
3:00    Elims continue as necessary

Mike Davis

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 239
Re: JMU College Debate Tournament - Jan 29-31
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2016, 12:48:10 PM »
Hotel Info (one more to come):
Quality Inn
1881 Evelyn Byrd Ave
Harrisonburg VA 22801
$82 per night
« Last Edit: January 19, 2016, 03:03:21 PM by Mike Davis »

Mike Davis

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 239
Re: JMU College Debate Tournament - Jan 29-31
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2016, 08:47:48 PM »
Here is the additional hotel information:

Rate is $69
Best Western
45 Burgess Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Phone:(540) 433-6089