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Novice Eligibility

Rationale:
The 50 round-rule being extended to PF is a new phenomenon that has done very little to help collegiate debate, and possibly is more of a hindrance to retention of debaters with a year or so of HS PF. Many regions have public forum debate at the state level that consists of no coaching and very little budgetary allotments, which does not provide a level of experience suitable to the Junior Varsity division in college. The current rule forces incoming freshman with around a year of public forum experience up to JV who are not prepared to be there. Being that CEDA has been asking how to grow debate at the collegiate level, one of the first places we should look is retaining debaters who are vulnerable to quitting due to feeling overwhelmed. The rule as it stands is intended to prevent former PF “ringers” from debating in novice, but in practice is only forcing students who debated in a relatively casual manner in local leagues into a division where they serve as fodder for students who had an entire year in novice before advancing to Junior Varsity. The proposed rule increases the round amount to 100 for PF, while providing an exception for students who qualified to the TOC (a better metric to eliminate the ringers).

Proposed Rule:
Section 3: A contestant may not earn CEDA points for participation in a novice or junior division of a tournament unless that student meets the following definitions:
A. Novice
A novice is defined as an individual with:
- no more than 24 rounds of team policy debate at the high school or college level*
- no more than 50 rounds of debate in Lincoln-Douglas, parliamentary, and policy debate
- no more than 100 rounds of debate in public forum
- has never qualified to the Tournament of Champions in policy, Lincoln-Douglas, or public forum.
*If a debater competes in no more than 24 rounds of team policy debate during his/her first year as a novice at the college level, they retain novice eligibility during their second academic year in debate. However, if debaters have more than 24 rounds of team policy debate during their first year at the college level but have not advanced to elimination rounds at two tournaments during that first year of novice eligibility they are entitled to a second year of eligibility until advancing to elimination rounds in two tournaments or upon completion of the second academic year.
B. Junior Varsity
Any debater with under 100 rounds of policy debate is eligible for junior varsity. However, any debater with more than 100 rounds of policy debate who has not won an elimination rounds at three tournaments in junior varsity, varsity or open at the college level will be allowed to stay in junior varsity until they do so. An exception will be made for Junior Varsity National Tournaments. This exception only applies to the year in which the student was forced to progress.
C. The elimination round provision in this section only applies to those tournaments that clear to at least full quarters in the division and does not count for partial elimination rounds. A waiver process for this section may be established by the Executive Council for extraordinary situations.
D. The preceding eligibility rules shall not restrict individual tournament directors from implementing additional eligibility requirements for their tournaments.

Previous rule:
Section 3: A contestant may not earn CEDA points for participation in a novice or junior division of a tournament unless that student meets the following definitions:
A. A novice is defined as an individual with no more than 24 rounds of team policy debate at the high school or college level, or CEDA non-policy debate, or 50 rounds of debate (including Lincoln Douglas, public forum, parliamentary, and policy debate). If a debater competes in no more than 24 rounds of team policy debate during his/her first year as a novice at the college level, they retain novice eligibility during their second academic year in debate. However, if debaters have more than 24 rounds of team policy debate during their first year at the college level but have not advanced to elimination rounds at two tournaments during that first year of novice eligibility they are entitled to a second year of eligibility until advancing to elimination rounds in two tournaments or upon completion of the second academic year. Any debater with under 100 rounds of policy debate is eligible for junior varsity. However, any debater with more than 100 rounds of policy debate who has not won an elimination rounds at three tournament in junior varsity, varsity or open at the college level will be allowed to stay in junior varsity until they do so. The elimination round provision only applies to those tournaments that clear to at least full quarters in the division and does not count for partial elimination rounds. An exception will be made for Junior Varsity National Tournaments. This exception only applies to the year in which the student was forced to progress. A waiver process for this section may be established by the Executive Council for extraordinary situations.
B. The preceding eligibility rules shall not restrict individual tournament directors from implementing additional eligibility requirements for their tournaments.

Amendment: