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GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY

DEBATE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

FEBRUARY 4-6, 2009

 

 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

 

We would like to invite your policy debate program to the Grand Valley State University Debate Championship Tournament. On behalf of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Communication, we welcome you to Grand Valley State University and offer a tournament designed to offer the finest competition and outstanding hospitality. Our vision for a state tournament offers time for students to mingle with other students, time for coaches to spend time with each other, and a luncheon to reflect and celebrate our community. All rounds and events will be hosted on the Allendale campus, located just west of Grand Rapids.

 

 

Divisions

For the February 2010 tournament we are offering one varsity division and one novice division. The varsity division will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The novice division will run Friday and Saturday. A school will be able to enter two squad units in each division.

 

 

Teams

This is not a typical 2 person event. Our philosophy celebrates being able to enter a tournament as an entire school with a few modifications.

 

In each division, a school will have a maximum of two squads. These squads will correspond to the school’s colors. For instance, if the school East South Hampton entered and their school colors are red and blue, then there will be a East South Hampton Red and East South Hampton Blue. A school must choose which students will represent one color (in the example Red) and which will represent the other color (in the example Blue). A roster of who is debating on which squad must be entered at a date to be set prior to the tournament. Students may NOT substitute between colors – once a roster is set students cannot move between colors. Students may be switched within the roster of each color without limitation between rounds. Should both squads from a school qualify for elimination rounds, they shall merge and take on the better seed. In this situation, students from either squad could compete in the elimination rounds. This also means that all lower seeds would improve by one and that another squad would advance to the elims.

A school may choose to enter as one school with one team (East South Hampton) and may substitute debaters without limitation between rounds.

 

Special Note for 2010-2011.

Grand Valley State University is committed to helping create opportunities for civic engagement in Michigan, and increasing participation in high school policy debate is one of our goals. Thus, we hope to make this end-of-the-season tournament an on-going event. We are also committed to creating a structure to the tournament so as to ensure a relatively fair allocation of resources, student population, coaching preferences, and/or experience. Having studied various structures, we believe that hosting a "packet division" is one way to increase participation and encourage schools to participate in this valuable activity. Teams in the packet division would use a set packet of evidence created by the tournament. There would be two divisions within both varsity and novice; there would be a packet evidence division in novice and varsity and an open evidence division in novice and varsity. This type of structure has been very successful at aiding the growth of debate in other leagues and around the country. During this year's tournament, we hope you'll share your thoughts about adding packet divisions for next year's championship.

 

Fees

Grand Valley State University is generously sponsoring team entries. The only cost to you is a per person cost. A $10 per person fee will be administered to all individuals including judges, coaches, parents, and students to cover costs of food and hospitality.

Judges may be available to hire on a first-come, first-come basis. Judges in the novice division are charged $150 per squad unit and $250 per varsity squad unit. Please contact the tournament prior to January 15 if this fee is prohibitive.

 

 

Tournament Structure - Varsity

We believe the GVSU championships should be as enjoyable as possible given the competitive intensity. This structure should facilitate the best debates possible with adequate time for coaching and judging feedback.

Below is a tentative schedule for the varsity division.

 

Day 1 – Thursday Day 2 – Friday Day 3 – Saturday

11:00am Registration

Pairings Released 9:30am Round 4 9:00am Pairings Released

12:00pm Round 1 12:00pm Round 5 10:00am

1st elimination round

2:30pm Round 2 2:00pm Lunch Reception

Remarks from GVSU Award Presentation

5:00pm Round 3 5:00pm Round 6 Elimination rounds to follow as warranted with Award Presentation

Dinner

Elimination Round Brackets Released PM

 

 

 

Novice

Two day tournament – 5 preliminary debates advancing to semi-finals or finals

Friday Saturday

2:00pm Registration

and Lunch Reception

Welcome Remarks from GVSU 9:00am Round 3

5:00pm Round 1 11:30am Round 4

7:30pm Round 2 Break

2:00pm Round 5

4:30pm Elimination Round

7:00pm Elimination Round

 

 

Judging

Each school must supply ½ judge per squad entered in the tournament – a team entering two squads in a division may supply one full judge. There will be 1 judge per preliminary round and 3 judges per elimination round. All judges are obligated for all elimination rounds – we will release judges as soon as possible, however. That is, we will create panels for all possible final round pairings during the semi-finals and release those judges that cannot judge any final round combination. All judges will be assigned using Mutual Preference Judging. MPJ is a system that assigns judges to debate rounds based on preference ratings supplied by the coaches of the schools. Coaches must rate which judges are most preferred, preferred, or least preferred. The tab software will then seek to optimize the allocation of judges so that every round is judged by somebody that is most preferred. If it is not possible to achieve this for every round, the computer will assign judges that are preferred by both teams before it assigns a judge that is most preferred by one team and only preferred by the other team.

 

 

Each judge must sign a statement of ethics and responsibility regarding conduct, language and intent. This, combined with a judge philosophy (which shall include the number of rounds judged on the topic), will certify a judge for the tournament. All judge philosophies must be available one week before the tournament for a judge to be entered in the pool. Should any judge behave in a way that violates the code of ethics, they will be removed and not paid for their service.

 

Lodging

There is not a tournament hotel per se. We have contacted the Sleep Inn in Allendale and secured a block of rooms at a reduced rate of $65 per night. This rate expires on January 21st but will remain available as long as open rooms remain. The Sleep Inn is the closest hotel to the campus. The address is 4869 Becker, Allendale, MI 49401 and the phone number is 616 892 8000.

 

The next closest hotel to Allendale is the Rodeway Inn Coopersville. It is about 9 miles and 20 minutes from the Sleep Inn. Their regular rate is $60 per night. The address is 1040 O’Malley, Coopersville, MI 49404 and the phone number is 616 837 8100.

 

For those teams wishing to stay closer to Grand Rapids, the nearest hotel to Allendale is the Hampton Inn North at 500 Center Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544. The phone number is 616 647 1000. Their typical rate is $95 per night. This hotel is about 25 minutes from Allendale.

 

If you’re looking for the downtown Grand Rapids feel, the most affordable hotel is the newly-renovated Holiday Inn at 310 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids MI, 49504. Their quoted rate is $112 per night and the phone number is 616 235 7611. This hotel is also about 25 minutes from Allendale.

 

Hospitality

Currently, the tournament is scheduled to provide lunch on Friday, and breakfast & lunch on Saturday. The rounds on Thursday and early Friday will be held in the student center, with easy access to a food court. Additional details about hospitality, parking, and registration will be provided upon entry.

 

Registration

Please send all registration information or questions to gvsu.debate.tournament@gmail.com. Registration should include the typical information about number of teams and judges. Additionally, because the fees are per person, we would like receive information about all persons attending the tournament so we can get an accurate count for catering and other meals.

 

 

We sincerely appreciate your consideration,

 

Danielle Wiese Leek, PhD

Assistant Professor

School of Communications

Grand Valley State University

(616) 331-8090

Email: gvsu.debate.tournament@gmail.com

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Please send any final entries into gvsu.debate.tournament@gmail.com

GVSU is brimming with excitement and ready to host a great tournament.

Information about GVSU:

http://websrv-gr.server.gvsu.edu/gvnow/index.htm?articleId=7BD59001-CDB5-CB5F-31D9AC3397F00DB4

Please see invite above for tournament details.

Schedule:

Day 1 – Thursday Day 2 – Friday Day 3 – Saturday

11:30am Registration

Pairings Released 9:30am Round 4 9:00am Pairings Released

12:30pm Round 1 12:00pm Round 5 10:00am

1st elimination round

3:00pm Round 2 2:00pm Lunch Reception

Remarks from GVSU Award Presentation

5:30pm Round 3 4:30pm Round 6 Elimination rounds to follow as warranted with Award Presentation

Dinner

Elimination Round Brackets Released PM

 

 

 

Novice

Two day tournament – 5 preliminary debates advancing to semi-finals or finals

Friday Saturday

2:00pm Registration

and Lunch Reception

Welcome Remarks from GVSU 9:00am Round 3

4:30pm Round 1 11:30am Round 4

7:00pm Round 2 Break

2:00pm Round 5

4:30pm Elimination Round

7:00pm Elimination Round

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Thank you again to Grand Valley, Danielle Weise-Leek, Ellen Zwarensteyn, and Pete Battey for making this fabulous tournament happen.

 

Results (that I can recall ...)

Varsity Semis

#2 Mona Shores d. #3 Wayland (3-0 - Battey, Brown, Stoeker)

#4 Dakota d. #1 East Kentwood (2-1?)

 

Varsity Finals

Mona Shores d. Dakota (3-0 - Braden, Kelly, Whitlach)

 

Novice Semis

East Kentwood d. Detroit Lifeskills

Mona Shores d. Wayland

 

Novice Finals

East Kentwood d. Mona Shores (2-1)

 

 

Congrats all around!

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