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On behalf of the James Madison University debate program, we are pleased to invite you and your debate team to the 19th Annual JMU Invitational High School Debate Tournament. This year’s tournament will be held December 4th and 5th.

 

This year we will offer novice, junior varsity and varsity divisions in Switch-Side Policy debate and Lincoln-Douglas debate. We hope you choose to bring students across all divisions.

 

Additionally, for the third year we will offer public form and student congress. If you plan to bring students in these divisions please let us know early so we can make sure we have enough rooms and awards.

 

The invitation details are enclosed with this letter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please note the change in registration location from previous years.

 

On behalf of JMU debate, we hope to see you at James Madison University in December!

 

 

More Information to Come!

 

 

 

 

Any Questions Regarding the Tournament-Please Feel Free to PM Me or Email one of the Following:

 

 

Ricky Deck- Rickydeck@gmail.com

Michael Davis-Davismk@Jmu.Edu

Paul Mabrey-MabreyPe@Jmu.edu

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The Letter hasn't been finalized Yet. Is there any information in particular you're looking for?

Cost per team/school and judging fees/requirements?

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DATES

The tournament will be held Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th.

 

FORMAT

All debates will involve the current national high school debate proposition and the appropriate VHSL recognized Lincoln-Douglas debate resolution. Time limits for policy debate will be 8-3-5. Prep time will 8 minutes. The appropriate Lincoln-Douglas time limits as per VHSL rules will be followed. We will offer six divisions of debate: open, junior varsity and novice policy divisions and open, junior varsity and novice Lincoln-Douglas divisions.

Novice Policy Division: Open to students who have not participated in interscholastic debate prior to the 2008-2009 school year. The tournament director will make exceptions on a case-by-case basis. There will be six rounds of preliminary debates plus elimination rounds. This is a switch-sides division—teams will debate both sides of the proposition (3 affirmative and three negative rounds).

Junior Varsity Policy Division: Open to students who are in their second year of inter-scholastic debate. The tournament director will make exceptions on a case-by-case basis. There will be six rounds of preliminary debates plus elimination rounds. This is a switch-sides division—teams will debate both sides of the proposition (3 affirmative and three negative rounds).

Open Policy Division: Six rounds of debate and elimination rounds. This is a switch-sides division—teams will debate both sides of the proposition (3 affirmative and three negative rounds).

Novice Lincoln-Douglas: Open to students who have not participated in interscholastic debate prior to the 2008-2009 school year. The tournament director will make exceptions on a case-by-case basis. There will six rounds of preliminary debates plus elimination rounds. Debaters will debate both sides of the resolution.

Junior Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Division: Open to students who are in their second year of interscholastic debate. The tournament director will make exceptions on a case-by-case basis. There will be six rounds of preliminary debates plus elimination rounds. Debaters will debate both sides of the resolution.

Open Lincoln-Douglas Division: Six rounds of debate for individual competitors who debate both sides of the resolution.

Public Forum: We will offer one division of public forum using the December NFL Public Forum topic.

Student Congress: We will offer one division of Student Congress as well. More information on Congress is listed on page 4.

 

FEES

The entry fee for each two-person debate team is $50.00. The entry fee for each Lincoln-Douglas debater is $25.00 and the fee will be $10 for each student congress entry. These fees will be used to defray tournament costs (especially hired judges) and to purchase trophies. Please make checks payable to Delta Sigma Rho.

 

 

JUDGES

Each school must supply 1 qualified debate judge (he/she must be a high school graduate) for every two debate teams entered and 1 qualified judge per 4 Lincoln-Douglas debaters. We will offer a few hired judges. These judges are available on a "first come, first serve basis.” Please make all requests for hired judges by November 25th. If you have any questions about the fee structure please ask.

 

The hired judge scale is as follows:

 

Uncovered Policy Team $75

Uncovered Public Forum Team $50

Uncovered LD Debater $40

Hired Judge for Congress $25 per school

 

ENTRY

A school may enter a maximum of six (6) teams per Policy division and eight (8) Lincoln-Douglas debaters per L-D division. If you desire to enter additional teams/debaters please call ahead and if space permits, your entry will be welcomed. All entries should arrive here by December 1st. You may e-mail them (davismk@jmu.edu), or fax them (540-568-6059). Registration fees are due at registration. You no longer need to mail checks in advance. Checks should be payable to Delta Sigma Rho, C/O Dr. Michael Davis.

 

AWARDS

In Policy, Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglas, teams advancing to quarterfinals will receive awards. Speaker awards will be given based on the size of each division. Appropriate awards will be given for Student Congress

 

We will continue the tradition that we began last year by awarding the top speaker in varsity policy a $1,000 per year scholarship if they choose to attend JMU and participate in debate.

 

LODGING

 

There are three hotel options for the tournament:

 

 

 

Congress Information

 

JMU is happy to announce that Student Congress will again be offered at our tournament.

 

Participation: Schools may register up to 10 Congressors. If you wish to enter more please let us know as far in advance as possible.

 

Fees: The registration for each Congress participant will be $10.

 

Legislation: For the original docket, each Congressor must submit one piece of legislation, either a resolution or a bill, in one of the topic areas listed below. A second or third piece of legislation may be submitted, but these will only be considered on a second or subsequent docket after the entire first docket has been considered.

 

Topic Areas:

 

Domestic: Disaster Preparedness

Improving National Parks and Monuments

Alternative Energy Programs

 

Economic: Tax Cuts

Increasing Money Available for Post-Secondary Education

United Nations Dues

 

International US/China Trade

US/Iran Relations

US/Cuba Relations

 

Virginia Paying for Roads

Abolish the Death Penalty

Allowing a two-term Governor

 

The format for a resolution or bill can be found in the National Forensic League Student Congress Manual or on the www.vanfl.org website under http://www.vanfl.org/jmu.

 

Judges: Each school entering students will have to provide one Congress judge. The judge need not have ever judged Congress before, but should be capable of judging a three minute informative and persuasive speech.

 

Sessions: There will 3 sessions. If more than 40 students register for Congress, there will be a division into 2 preliminary chambers with the third session on Saturday afternoon being a Final Congress. The top half of each preliminary chamber will be invited to finals. If there are 3 chambers, then the top one third of each preliminary chamber will be invited, etc.

 

Awards: The top four Congressors in finals will be awarded trophies. In addition, the students will elect an Outstanding Legislator from each preliminary chamber.

 

Rules: The Virginia High School League rules will govern the Congress. Roberts Rules of Order will be the final arbiter. No computers may be used in Chambers.

 

 

JAMES MADISON HIGH SCHOOL DEBATE TOURNAMENT

 

 

POLICY SCHEDULE

 

Friday, December 4th, 2008

1:00pm–3:00pm Registration—Harrison Hall 1290

3:00pm-3:30pm Assembly— Harrison 1261

4:00pm Round 1/ Congress Opening Ceremony

5:30pm Round 2/ Congress Session One

7:00pm Round 3/ Congress Session Two

Saturday, December 5th, 2008

8:00am Round 4/ Congress Session Three

10:00am Round 5/ Congress Session Four

12:00pm Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm Round 6/ Congress Final Session

3:00pm Awards

4:00pm Debate Elimination Rounds Begin

 

 

LINCOLN-DOUGLAS/PUBLIC FORUM SCHEDULE

 

Friday, December 4th, 2008

1:00pm–3:00pm Registration—Grafton-Stovall Theatre

3:00pm-3:30pm Assembly—Grafton-Stovall Theatre

4:00pm Round 1--(Flights A and B)

5:30pm Round 2--(Flights A and B)

7:00pm Round 3--(Flights A and B)

Saturday, December 5th, 2008

8:00am Round 4--(Flights A and B)

10:00am Round 5--(Flights A and B)

12:00pm Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm Round 6--(Flights A and B)

3:00pm Awards

4:00pm Elimination Rounds Begin

 

In all divisions power matching will proceed as follows:

Rounds 1-3 are pre-set.

Rounds 4 is high/low within brackets based upon rounds 1-3.

Round 5 is high/high based upon rounds 1-3.

Round 6 will be high/low within brackets based upon rounds 1-5 (if time permits).

 

Student Congress schedule TBA

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Can anyone tell me why I cant use a computer/laptop in the chamber?

I know about like having it up for internet access is super banned but I mean besides that?

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woo, tournament is this weekend! Be sure to register now if you haven't already and I look forward to seeing you all there friday :)

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