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LCHSdb8coach last won the day on February 10 2008

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    Here's to me, Mrs. Robinson!
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  1. Good thing that I went ahead and did this last night, too, as only 6 of the 25 schools (well, sort of 6 1/2 as Pace's upper school is opening at 1:00) are actually open today.
  2. Who's going? LC will be bringing five policy teams. . . biggest total for us in a while! Varsity Connor Hamm/Faith Hutton Jennifer Dandron/Kyrstie Scales Novice Chelsea Norman/Rachel Perkins Dakota Lorenzen/Alex Western Elizabeth Aaron/Kristen Freeman Meg "Hoopie" Ball will be there in OO, and birthday boy DeVante Starks may be as well.
  3. LC is bringing four novice teams and three IEers.
  4. Kelly, I have no problems with oral critiques, but I do have a problem with them when they go on and on and on and on and on (which is why I tell judges at our tournament to keep it brief). I'm sorry, but if I'm responsible for getting 10 or 15 kids home at the end of a tournament (especially if I'm the one doing the driving), then I do want the tournament to run reasonably akin to on time. It's a less than pleasant feeling to be driving down the between-Madison-and-Thomson stretch of I-20 after midnight having to perpetually slap myself in the face trying not to fall asleep at the wheel. I think that because some judges just don't know when to shut up. . . when the critique lasts too long on a Saturday afternoon, the debaters stop taking everything in, anyway. I think that some tournaments and directors have overreacted by saying NO oral critiques, but that's probably because they know that if they give some judges an inch, they'll run a marathon. (Of course, putting your tournament on a feasible schedule that allows time for brief oral critiques can also allow the tourney to run on time.) Keep it to a reasonable limit. . . if what you have to say goes beyond that, write your email address on the ballot and go to the next round. If the debaters want to learn from you, then either they or their coaches will follow up with you. (I've emailed judges after we've gotten home because I wanted clarifications on what was on a ballot.) If they don't, then your oral critique isn't registering, anyway. Side note: it would also be pretty cool if coaches would stress to their debaters that actually listening politely to a critique from a judge who has dropped you is a good idea, too. One reason that I stopped disclosing VERY early on in my coaching career is that I didn't appreciate disrespectful kids arguing with me about my decision. Wanting to understand my decision is one thing; challenging me about it (as if I'm just another debater) is another. I've been outside rounds and heard debaters yelling at judges, and that bugs me to no end. Even if I have made the wrong decision, I deserve your respect. . . I'm just not going to sit and listen to an arrogant teenager treat me as if I'm an idiot.
  5. I finally started To Kill a Mockingbird this summer. . . need to pick it back up and finish it so that I will cease being a disappointment to everyone in the universe who knows that I've never read it.
  6. I know this and have tried to convince her. . . she's a bit on the paranoid side sometimes.
  7. I wouldn't say that. . . Jennifer (the very petite girl from LCHS) is just convinced that you hate her. (That doesn't necessarily mean that she thinks that the drops were illegit, BTW.) As for those who debate primarily in the state of Georgia, Kurtis Anderson/Robert Walker from Warner Robins should be very strong. . . they cleared at CFL Nats and went undefeated at NFL Districts this past March, defeating a team that cleared in Birmingham (Mills/Edwards from Carrollton). (They couldn't go to NFL Nats because Kurtis had a conflict with GHP.) I think that they will be competing a bit on the national circuit as well.
  8. I made sure that he saw your post when I was at GFCA State. . . I knew that it would mean a great deal to him, and it did.
  9. Serious props to GACS (and Fayzan specifically) for a FANTASTIC job at Allstate!
  10. True. . . but I don't know how many Georgia coaches who don't compete in national circuit tournaments got that word. Speaking only for myself here, I know that the NDCA hosts this tournament, and (now that I've looked back at past dates) I know that I've never really considered going because (a) it's not in our budget at this point in the year and ( it's traditionally at the end of our spring break. Thus, it basically isn't on my radar. So, Jeff. . . if you knew that long ago that they were the same weekend, why didn't you drop me an email after you saw the Allstate dates on the Georgia calendar? You know that if this had been brought to my attention back in August, I'd have been a good secretary and communicated with all parties involved to see about getting Allstate changed.
  11. Scu, I hope that you don't think that this was a case of, "Oh, so what that the NDCA is that weekend. We're going to put Allstate there anyway." It definitely wasn't intentional. . . it was just a case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand was doing (or the Georgia circuit not knowing what the national circuit was doing), and by the time everyone realized that they were on the same weekend (I don't think that I knew until I saw Matt's post), it was too late to make changes. (If you've been planning all year around that particular weekend, yes. . . six weeks is too late to make changes IMO.) Traditonally, NDCA has been the weekend before Allstate (I just looked this up. . . wondered why we'd never had a conflict before); this year, that didn't happen. . . I would think because that would have put it on Easter weekend. I've already communicated with Jenny Heidt about next year and our making sure that we know the dates in time to make sure that Mike Hester knows the dates so that we can collectively make sure that the two don't conflict. Remember. . . if you're (a) connected with a non-national circuit program or ( the coach of a college program, the NDCA tournament isn't really on your radar. Allstate has been on the debate calendar for April 17-18 since the beginning of August, but no one who does go to the NDCA spoke up to say, "Wait a minute. . . that's NDCA weekend. Can we change Allstate?" (If anyone did, I don't know about it, anyway.) If someone had, then I would think that the change could have been made quite easily. (For the record, I have nothing to do with the scheduling of the date. . . just hypothesizing.) I know that I probably sound/am defensive, but I just feel as if those who are responsible for Allstate are being semi-accused of just blowing off NDCA when that isn't the case at all.
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