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Dear Friends,

 

On behalf of the James Madison University debate program, we are pleased to invite you and your debate team to the 23rd Annual JMU Invitational High School Debate Tournament.  This year’s tournament will be held December 5th and 6th.

 

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 seventh year we will offer public forum 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.   

 

Please note some changes from last year’s invite:

 

·      We will be sticking with traditional trophies this year.

·      We will once again be providing lunch at the dining hall on Saturday to improve the flow of the schedule.

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Michael K. Davis, Ph.D.                                             Lindsey Shook, MA

Director of Debate                                                       Assistant Director of Debate

MSC 2106                                                                  MSC 2106

School of Comm. Studies                                           School of Comm. Studies

James Madison University                                          James Madison University

(O) 540-568-7308                                                       (O) 540-568-6228

(FAX) 540-568-6059                                                  (FAX) 540-568-6059

(E-mail) davismk@jmu.edu                                         (E-mail) shooklm@jmu.edu

 

 

 

More details:

 

 

JAMES MADISON HIGH SCHOOL DEBATE TOURNAMENT

HARRISONBURG, VA  22807

 

 

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 December Lincoln-Douglas debate resolution.  Time limits for policy debate will be 8-3-5.  Prep time will 8 minutes. We will offer eight divisions of debate: open, junior varsity and novice policy divisions and open, junior varsity and novice Lincoln-Douglas divisions, Public Forum and Student Congress.

          Novice Policy Division: Open to students who have not participated in interscholastic debate prior to the 2014-2015 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 2014-2015 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 six rounds 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 $60.00.  The entry fee for each Lincoln-Douglas debater is $30.00 and the fee will be $15 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. Additionally, two years ago we increased fees by $5 per student in order to pay for lunch. The meal tickets cost us $10.75 and we will be providing them for all coaches and judges as well. So we are going to be losing money in providing lunch, but we feel it will help things run much more smoothly. Finally, if you have parents or other observers meal tickets will be available for $8.

 

 

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 21st.  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 JMU Debate, C/O Dr. Michael Davis. We will also be able to accept credit cards on the day of the event.

 

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 began in 2008 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. Please make your reservations three weeks prior to your arrival:

 

Best Western - $79.99 plus tax per night

45 Burgess Rd

Harrisonburg, VA 22801

(540) 433-6089

 

Comfort Inn – $99.00 plus tax per night

1440 E Market St

Harrisonburg, VA 22801-5110

(540) 433-6066

 

Quality Inn - $82.00 plus tax per night

1881 Evelyn Byrd Ave

Harrisonburg VA 22801

540.442.1515     

 

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.

 

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. 

 

Please email legislation to jmudebate@gmail.com and it will be posted on the JMU debate website at http://sites.jmu.edu/debate

 

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 numbers permit. 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. 

 

 

 

More information and details for registering are in the invitation.

 

(If you're looking for a reason to go, just think, I could be judging you at this tournament.)

2014 High School Invite.docx

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