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January 20, 2000
Dear CEDA Colleagues,
It is my pleasure to invite you to attend the 2000 CEDA National Debate
Tournament at Johnson County Community College on March 16-20, 2000.
Your host Dr. Amy Fugate and I are looking forward to serving you and your
students and making this an enjoyable and educational national tournament
experience. Please note that the following items are required for your
entry to the national tournament:
1. CEDA dues must be paid to register teams.
2. Entry must be postmarked by February 25, 2000.
3. Your entry must be sent by certified mail. Nothing else will be accepted!
4. Your entry will only be considered complete if it includes:
a. a completed entry form
b. a check for the correct amount made payable to CEDA (this money is non- refundable.)
c. Official stamp from your university registrar verifying student status
(start this process early -- it may take longer than you think).
d. Judging philosophy forms for all judges.
e. Judge preemption information.
f. Student and judge demographic information sheet.
e. ADA Accommodation Form
Number of Teams: We will try to accommodate all of your teams, but we will
wait list teams over four and include them on a first to register basis.
Hotel: The tournament hotel is The Doubletree Hotel, 10100 College
Boulevard, Overland Park KS 66210, (913)451-6100. Tournament events will
either be scheduled on campus or at the Doubletree. The tournament rate is
$79 per night. A limited number of deluxe suites are available at $175 per
night. The cutoff date for this rate is February 15. The Doubletree will
not guarantee the rate after this date. Please tell the reservations staff
that you are coming in for CEDA Nationals.
CEDA TAX NO: 91-1376392
Entries must be sent by CERTIFIED MAIL, postmarked by February 25, 2000 to:
Dr. Gina Lane
President, Cross Examination Debate Association
Department of Communication
500 College Hill
William Jewell College
Liberty, MO 64068
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (816)781-7700 x5493
Very truly yours,
Dr. Gina Lane
President, Cross Examination Debate Association
CEDA Nationals Tournament Schedule
Johnson County Community College
March 16-20, 2000
Thursday, March 16, 2000
4:00 - 6:00 pm Executive Council meeting, Doubletree Hotel
7:00 - 9:00 pm Public Debate, Doubletree Hotel
7:00 - 10:00 pm Registration and Opening Reception, Doubletree Hotel
9:00 - 10:00 pm Student Meeting, Doubletree Hotel
Friday, March 17, 2000
6:30am Release Round 1 pairings at Doubletree
7:00am Continental Breakfast, on campus
7:00am Release Round 1 pairings on campus
8:30am Round 1 (preset)
11:30am Round 2 (preset)
3:00pm Round 3 (high-high)
6:30pm Round 4 (high-low)
Saturday, March 18, 2000
6:30am Release Round 5 pairings, Doubletree
7:00am Continental Breakfast, on campus
7:00am Release Round 5 pairings on campus
8:30am Round 5 (high-high)
12:00pm Round 6 (high-low)
3:30pm Round 7 (high-low)
6:00pm forum, Dr. Pam Stepp on debate and sexual harassment issues
7:00pm Round 8 (high-low)
10:00pm President's Reception, Doubletree Hotel
Sunday, March 19, 2000
6:30am Release of partial quad-octos round (5-3) (all judges obligated)
7:00am Continental Breakfast, on campus
7:30am Release of partial quad-octos round (5-3) on campus
9:00am Partial Quad-Octos round
9:00am National Business Meeting, campus
1:00pm Triple-Octofinal Round
5:00pm Double-Octofinal Round
7:30pm Reception, lobby of Yardley Hall
8:00pm Awards Ceremony, Yardley Hall (on campus)
Monday, March 20, 2000 (all rounds at Doubletree hotel)
7:30am Continental Breakfast, Doubletree Hotel
7:30am Release pairings, Octofinals
9:00am Octofinal round
10:15am Release of packets to eliminated schools
12:00pm Quarterfinal Round
3:00pm Semi-Final Round
6:00pm Final Round
Gary Larson, Wayne Kraemer, Gina Lane, Glenda Treadaway, Greg Achten, Amy
Fugate, Doug Duke, Jeff Hobbs, Mike Krueger, plus the newly elected 2VP.
Individual staff members will be dismissed from tab if they have teams in
Tournament Rules and Procedures
Eligibility: Participating schools must be members of CEDA at the time of
registration. Each debate team entered in this tournament must consist of
two students, each of whom presents one constructive speech and one
rebuttal speech. The term "students" is defined as "officially enrolled
undergraduate students in good standing at the college or university they
represent in competition." Students who have participated in eight time
blocks of intercollegiate debate, which includes but is not limited to
CEDA, NDT, non-CEDA L-D or parliamentary debate competition, prior to
Spring 2000 are not eligible to enter. A student who has competed in three
or more tournaments in a given tournament time block is deemed to have
"participated" in debate for that time block. If a school is on the
quarter system, a student who is eligible to debate during the winter time
quarter of 2000 but who graduates during that quarter is eligible to
compete at this tournament. Neither three-person teams nor one-person
teams will be allowed to enter or to participate in any round of the tournament.
Students may participate in no more than four CEDA National Tournaments.
A stamped Registrar seal from the students' school must verify that each
student is registered for the spring 2000 semester. See the CEDA
Constitution and Bylaws if you have any eligibility questions.
Entries: Each member school may enter teams provided the conditions are met
on the cover letter of this invitation. The practice of entering hybrid
school teams is to allow only for extraordinary situations, not to promote
a practice of inter-school debate partnerships for competitive success.
Teams may be composed of two students from different member schools, as
long as the judging requirements are met. A mixed team must be entered on
the entry blank of BOTH schools, with the school identification of each
student clearly indicated.
Entry Procedures: No phone or e-mail entries will be accepted. Entries must
be postmarked by February 24, 2000 and sent via certified mail. You should
not assume your entry has arrived until you receive an email or fax
confirmation. Changes, including drops or name changes, will be accepted
by phone or email. If you make a name change after your mail in
registration, you are required to supply a stamped registrar's seal
verifying that each changed name student is enrolled for the Spring 2000
semester before the end of check-in registration. To make a change in your
entry before March 15th, call the tournament director at (816)781-7700
x5493 and email her at email@example.com. Starting March 15th, Gina
will be at the Doubletree Hotel in Overland Park. If you do not get in
touch with her there directly, leave your name and phone numbers. DO NOT
GIVE CHANGES TO ANYONE EXCEPT GINA LANE. Your registration is not complete
until you complete the check-in registration on March 16th, 2000, from 7-10 PM
at the Doubletree Hotel. You will not be entered into the tournament if you do not
complete check-in registration during the designated time for registration.
Entry Fees: Entry fees will be assessed at $85.00 per team. Judging fees
will be assessed at $120.00 per uncovered two-person unit. Host fees will
be assessed at $40 per school. These fees must be pre-paid with the entry
form and are non-refundable. Checks must be made payable to CEDA. The
CEDA organization will not be responsible for billing an institution for
these fees. If an institution operates via purchase orders for
registration fees, this form must be sent to Gina Lane immediately so that
an institutional check can be included with your February 25, 2000 entry.
No institutional members will be extended credit.
Divisions: Competition will be held in a policy division and a non-policy
division. Both divisions are open to all eligible debaters. All debates
will operate on a 9-3-6 model with 10 minutes per team for preparation.
Judging Requirements: Each school is responsible for providing one
qualified judge for the first two teams entered. If more than two teams
are entered, the school must either provide additional qualified judges or
pay a judging fee of $120.00 per uncovered team. In order to assure the
best judging pool possible, ALL JUDGES ARE COMMITTED FOR A MINIMUM OF FOUR
PRELIMINARY ROUNDS AND THROUGH THE DOUBLE-OCTOFINAL ROUND,
whether or not their teams break to elimination rounds. If any team from a
school breaks to elimination rounds, all judges from that school are committed
to judge one round beyond the elimination of the school from competition. I would
also be very grateful to any judge who would be willing to donate extra
rounds. One of the largest expenses in running the tournament is hiring
judges. I am happy to send letters thanking volunteer judges for their
community service to appropriate administrators.
We will attempt to maintain separate judging pools for each division. A
school's judges will be placed into the division(s) their school is entered
in. Please note the space on the entry sheet for critics to volunteer to
judge outside their school's division.
Judging Practices: All judges must render a decision in each assigned
round. One team must win and the opposing team must lose. Speaker points
on a range of 0-30 must be assigned to each speaker. The smallest speaker
point increment the tab room will count will be .5.
Judging Philosophies: All judges must provide a judging philosophy
statement or they cannot judge. Philosophy statements from all judges for
a school must accompany the school's entry. Each team from a school will
receive one philosophy statement booklet, free of charge. See form for
format. Remember that this is a public document and it is important to
avoid inappropriate humor or language. These booklets represent our
community to students as well as others interested in learning about our
Judging Assignment Procedure and Preference Forms: In the policy division,
assignment of judges will be done according to a mutual preference system
from an available pool of critics that will allow for affirmative action
placement within preference categories. Judges will voluntarily identify
themselves as an affirmative action eligible. We will strive to ensure
that all judges hear the rounds for which they are obligated, while
maximizing preference and mutuality. Preference forms turned in before the
end of check-in registration (10:00 PM) will be honored for the whole
tournament. Forms turned in before the beginning of Round 1 will be
honored in all rounds after Round 2. No forms will be accepted after the
start of Round 1. Beginning with the octofinal round until the semifinal
round, we will also supply strike cards consisting of five critics selected
by the mutual preference system. Each team will be allowed to strike one
critic to determine the final panel of judges.
In the nonpolicy division, assignment of judges will be done randomly
from an available pool of critics.
To assure that judges are assigned fairly, it will be the obligation of
coaches, judges, and contestants to indicate on the entry form judges who
should be preempted from hearing certain teams. We urge judges to avoid
the appearance of impropriety by recusing themselves from hearing teams
with whom they have recent close association or imminent future
associations. Associations include judging and traveling with a team,
coaching a member of a team, being a recent graduate of that school, being
involved with member(s) of the team, etc. Judges should also recuse
themselves from judging teams from schools at which they are planning to
coach next year.
Statement on Discrimination and Sexual Harassment/Statement on Ethical
Principles: The Cross Examination Debate Association is dedicated to the
principle of free expression and the exploration of ideas in an atmosphere
of civility and mutual respect. Related to this principle is the belief
that all members of this community will have access to CEDA debate
activities without regard to race, creed age, sex, national origin, sexual
or affectional preference, or non-disqualifying handicap. In keeping with
these principles, the CEDA National Tournament will abide by the guidelines
and procedures of CEDA's Statement on Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
and the CEDA Statement of Ethical Principles. Please inform your students
that a Sexual Harassment Officer will be available to hear any complaints
at the tournament.
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990: The CEDA National Tournament will
make reasonable accommodations for all qualified tournament participants.
The name of individuals and the nature of the accommodation requested
should be noted on the registration form.
Tobacco, Alcohol and Illegal Substances Policy: There will be no smoking,
alcohol consumption or use of illegal substances in any competition at the
2000 CEDA National Tournament. Individuals violating this rule should
expect to be asked to leave the tournament. We ask that all Directors of
Forensics, coaches, and judges communicate this expectation to student
Matching: Rounds 1 and 2 will be matched randomly. Rounds 3 through 8 will
be power matched based on the records from all previous rounds. Round 3
and 5 will be high-high; the rest of the rounds will be high-low within
Elimination Rounds: Teams will break to elimination rounds and be placed in
bracket order based on the following rank order formula: win/loss record,
adjusted team speaker points dropping the highest and lowest rounds, total
team speaker points, and strength of schedule. Brackets will be broken in
elimination rounds before octofinals if two teams from the same school are
scheduled to meet each other. Mixed teams will not be granted "same
school" status in determining bracket breaking. In the event that two
teams from the same school are scheduled to debate in the octofinal,
quarterfinal or semifinal rounds, the school involved must indicate to the
tournament director which team will advance at the beginning of that round.
Awards: In the policy division, awards will be presented to all
elimination round participants and to the top twenty individual speakers in
the preliminary rounds. The number of speaker awards for the nonpolicy
division will be determined by the size of the division. Sweepstakes
awards will be presented as that information becomes available. Regional
awards not already presented will be mailed to recipients at the conclusion
of the National Tournament.
Johnson County Community College has graciously made itself available to
CEDA for our national tournament. I ask that all tournament participants
act respectfully towards the campus and all of its official representatives
during the tournament.
Copying: Copying service will be available at Kinko's Copies, College
Boulevard and Metcalf (5 min. drive from hotel).
Travel by Air: Kansas City International is serviced by all major
airlines. It is approximately a 45 minute drive from the airport to
Overland Park and the Doubletree Hotel.
Van Rental: Kansas City is serviced by all major car rental agencies. A
local Kansas City travel agent, Flagship Travel, has agreed to coordinate
van rental for schools. You may use Flagship Travel or negotiate on your
own. Contact: Kelly Pitts or Tonya Scholtz at 1-800-475-5252.
All schools are responsible for their own local transportation.
From Airport to Doubletree:
Leave airport and take I-29 South. Exit(to your right) on 635 South. Then
exit again to I-35 South. The signs will indicate you are heading toward
Kansas and toward Wichita. Follow I-35 South to the I-69 exit (to your
right) after the 87th Street exit. Take I-69 to the College Blvd.
exit East (2nd College Blvd. exit). Go back under the highway and the
Doubletree will be on your left.
From Airport to Johnson County Community College:
Same as above - however, take the College Blvd. exit West and go 2
stoplights and the college will be on your left.
From Doubletree to Johnson County Community College:
Exit Doubletree and turn right on College Blvd. Go under I-69 and through
two stoplights. The college will be on your left.