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Debaters and Coaches,


The Kempsville High School Debate Team cordially invites you to participate in the resurrection of the Beach Invitational Tournament (last held in 1994) on Friday, November 12th, and Saturday, November 13th, 2010. We’ll be offering six rounds of Open and Novice competition in Policy and Lincoln-Douglas debate, with breaks to Quarterfinals.


The BIT always prided itself on being different, and we plan to continue that tradition. Dress and even business casual clothing is forbidden. This is the Beach Invitational, so we want to see you in shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops. Hawaiian shirts, the louder the better, are strongly encouraged. Several creative (and unexpected) awards will be presented. We can’t guarantee that you’ll have the best time you’ve ever had at a tournament, but we’ll do everything we can to make the experience enjoyable.


Please note that due to room constraints, we’ll need to put a cap on the number of entries in each event and debaters will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Free housing for debaters is available, but extremely limited, so housing requests should be made as soon as possible.


Registration should be emailed to khsdebate@cox.net no later than Tuesday, November 9th, 2010, and, due to entry caps, early registration is strongly encouraged.


We look forward to seeing you in November,


Alexandra Gabriel

Tournament Director


Sandra Kilpatrick

Team Captain


John M. Cowan

Director of Debate



Open Policy Debate

Novice Policy Debate (limited to debaters in their first year of involvement in this event)

Open Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate (limited to debaters in their first year of involvement in this event)



$50.00 per Policy Debate Team

$25.00 per Lincoln-Douglas Debater

$25.00 school entry fee

$75.00 hired judge fee


All fees are final as of Wednesday, November 10th, 2010, at 6:00PM. Checks should be made payable to “Kempsville High School” and can be submitted in person at final registration on Friday, November 12th, or mailed in advance to the address on the first page of this invitation.


Judging Requirements

One qualified judge is required for every two Policy Debate Teams or four Lincoln-Douglas Debaters registered. Experienced 3rd- or 4th-year debaters are eligible to judge in the Novice divisions. All judges are obligated to judge one round past their team’s elimination from competition. We strongly encourage all Policy judges to post their paradigms at http://judgephilosophies.wikispaces.com. A small pool of Policy judges will be available for hire.



While there is no official tournament hotel, there are several hotels located conveniently close to Kempsville High School, and, since you’ll be visiting the city in its tourism “off season”, rates will be reasonable.


Days Inn Virginia Beach Expressway

4600 Bonney Road

Virginia Beach, VA 23462

(757) 473-9745



Holiday Inn Executive Center

5655 Greenwich Road

Virginia Beach, VA 23462

(877) 863-4780



Red Roof Inn

196 Ballard Court

Virginia Beach, VA 23462

(757) 490-0225


The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center

4535 Commerce Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23462

(757) 557-0550



The Virginia Beach Oceanfront is only about 12 miles from Kempsville High School. If you feel having a balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean would be worth a slightly longer drive to and from the tournament, there are literally dozens of hotels to choose from.


Comfort Inn Oceanfront

2015 Atlantic Ave

Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3344

(757) 425-8200


Econo Lodge Oceanfront

2109 Atlantic Ave

Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3346

(757) 428-2403



Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront

3001 Atlantic Avenue

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

(757) 213-3000




The first two rounds will be paired randomly, with all additional rounds paired high-low, within brackets.




Friday, November 12th, 2010


2:30PM - 3:30PM Registration

4:00PM Round One

5:45PM Round Two

7:30PM Dinner Break

8:30PM Round Three


Saturday, November 13th, 2010


7:30AM Breakfast Available

8:00AM Round Four

10:00AM Round Five

12:00PM Lunch Break

1:00PM Round Six

3:00PM Quarterfinals

5:00PM Awards Ceremony

6:00PM Semifinals

8:00PM Finals

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