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Invite - UGA Debates
« on: August 24, 2010, 02:25:01 PM »

Invite is below.

We're very excited to be hosting a tournament and hope that you'll consider coming. If there's anything we can do to make the experience easier or more enjoyable, please do not hesitate to let me know. Email is best: harrigan at uga dot edu.


Dear Colleagues:

The Georgia Debate Union is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the University of Georgia Debates in Athens, Georgia from January 15-17, 2011. Registration will be held in Phi Kappa Hall on the UGA campus on Friday, January 14. The University of Georgia is happy to be working with West Georgia to host at their traditional time and hopes that you will join us for the long Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

The tournament will employ the 2010-2011 CEDA/NDT National Debate Topic. Standard 9/3/6 time format. Speaker points will use the 30 point scale with tenths. Speaker point ties are allowed, but discouraged. Each debate must have one and only one winner.

Eight preliminary rounds in the open division, clearing to an octo-final (assuming entries at or near recent levels at the WGA tournament). Elimination round are flip for sides (assuming teams have not previously met). Brackets will not be broken. JV and Novice divisions will also be held.

Each team in competition must provide a qualified judge to cover 4 rounds of debate. As a general norm, we expect that all qualified people attending the tournament make themselves available for some judging. All judges are obligated through the octa-finals on Monday and are committed to judge one round past the point of their school’s elimination from the tournament. While it is possible that we may have some judging for hire, historically judging has been very tight at this tournament and we ask that you plan to cover your entire commitment. If hired judges are available, the fee for judging will be $30 a round.

Please use Debate Results to enter teams and judges. We would encourage you to enter food preferences for participants.  We plan on closing registration on January 12 to establish a number of guests for planning purposes.

The fee structure is based on the number of participants. We will asses a fee of $40 per person. We are willing to work with new programs to ensure that interested students will be able to compete.

Mike Davis, from James Madison University, has agreed to direct the tab room.

We will provide breakfast each morning Saturday and Sunday (including fruit, protein, etc.; not just donuts), lunch on Saturday and Sunday and a dinner Sunday night. There will be coffee, drinks and snacks available throughout the day each day. On elim day there will be limited breakfast, snacks, coffee, drinks. We can help arrange elim participants food if they do not have extra people or transportation to take care of it. We will have vegetarian and vegan options available for all meals so please be sure to indicate this on debateresults. Please contact us directly if you have any other dietary restrictions we can help with.

Hotel Information:
We have secured a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn at $87 per room + taxes (14%).  The hotel is located in downtown Athens and is a short walk from the buildings we will use for the debates.  The phone number at the Holiday Inn is 706-549-4433. 

There are several other hotel options (in order of proximity from campus):

Best Western-Colonial Inn, 170 N. Milledge Ave. 706-546-7311
Comfort Inn, 3980 Atlanta Hwy. 1-800-228-5150 or 706-227-9700
Courtyard, 166 Finley Street 706-369-7000
Foundry Inn, 295 E. Dougherty Street 706-425-9700
Hampton Inn, 2220 W. Broad Street 706-546-8122
Hilton Garden Inn, 390 E. Washington Street 706-353-6800
Howard Johnson Inn, 2465 W. Broad Street 1-800-456-4656 or 706-548-1111
Holiday Inn, 197 E. Broad Street 706-549-4433
Holiday Inn Express, 513 W. Broad Street 706-546-8122
Microtel Inn, 1050 Ultimate Drive (Atlanta Hwy.) 706-548-5676

Air Travel:
While there is an airport in Athens, we recommend using the Atlanta airport. 

Athens is 66 miles east of Atlanta. From the South and West take Highway 316 from Interstate 85 North from Atlanta. Highway 316 will become Epps Bridge Road at Athens Loop Route 10. Continue going straight on what is now Epps Bridge Road which will become Atlanta Highway/Broad Street as you come off the Epps Bridge ramp.

Behavior Expectations:
We adhere to the University of Georgia’s policies on harassment and we strongly endorse the CEDA policy on sexual harassment.


Casey Harrigan
Head Debate Coach
University of Georgia

Mike Lacy
Georgia Debate Union

Tentative Schedule:

Friday, January 14
7pm – 9pm: Registration. Phi Kappa Hall.

Saturday, January 15
7am – Pairings released for Rounds 1 & 2, Breakfast provided.
8am – Round One
11:00am – Round Two
1:30pm – Lunch
3pm – Round Three
6:30pm – Round Four

Sunday, January 16
7am – Pairings released for Rounds 5 (high-high) & 6 (high-low), Breakfast provided.
8am – Round 5
11:00am – Round 6
1:30pm – Lunch
3pm – Round 7
7pm – Round 8
Dinner, Awards and Announcement of Clearing Teams

Monday, January 17
7am – Pairings
8am – Octas. Other Elims Follow.