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    Michael Bacon
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    Newburgh,NY
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    Debate Coach
  1. take a deep breath, it's an MHL, not a tournament and there is technically no home team
  2. college run tournaments are highly problematic because they don't offer housing and usually have inflated priced hotels near them- it is VERY VERY expansive for us to come to Villiger and GMU scares coaches because long bus rides in Early January are exceptionally problematic, even if the weather there is good, you have to get there. Villiger has an exhausting schedule that makes it even less pallatable- I think that GMU is probably the best bet. AS for the TOC, I happen to coach with a committee member so I have heard a bout the system, there is no application process as such, find a member who will champion your tourney and make sure you let the other members know the details of your tournament, I think it is safe to say the more TOC qualified teams you have at yours one year the more attractive it looks in the bid process the next year. MB
  3. Indeed they did, they nearly got forfeited for showing up fashionably late for doubles and then lost in something of an upset
  4. Ken will send out a packet with all relevant info Welcome to DDI, you will thank yourself for coming As for those who asked , it's meaningless to say that DDI is anything oriented , you get a broad range but highly in depth education in all styles and the nice thing is you have a lot of control over what you do in electives and what generic you work on so it's up to you what you want to learn and trust me you WILL learn!
  5. http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/03/15/nyc.shootout/index.html Eugene debated for Stuyvesant and was memorable for his accent and sarcastic but witty sense of humor, he truly was a gentle soul who laid down his life in service of the city he loved, he exemplified TRUE service to the community. Imagine the courage involved in responding to problem situations with nothing but your own moxy, a walkie talkie and a baton. Eugene repeatedly judged gratis for his alma mater and was going to judge for them on Saturday at the New York CFL Qualifiers. I truly anticipate that his funeral will be with full police honors (at least I hope so, by Jewish law he must be buried with 24 hours so it may not be possible to organize such an affair) and an entire city weeps at his loss. Shalom. Rest in Peace
  6. http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/03/15/nyc.shootout/index.html Eugene debated for Stuyvesant and was memorable for his accent and sarcastic but witty sense of humor, he truly was a gentle soul who laid down his life in service of the city he loved, he exemplified TRUE service to the community. Imagine the courage involved in responding to problem situations with nothing but your own moxy, a walkie talkie and a baton. Eugene repeatedly judged gratis for his alma mater and was going to judge for them on Saturday at the New York CFL Qualifiers. I truly anticipate that his funeral will be with full police honors (at least I hope so, by Jewish law he must be buried with 24 hours so it may not be possible to organize such an affair) and an entire city weeps at his loss. Shalom. Rest in Peace
  7. mbacon

    BIG HEN HUD

    You guys do realize it has been moved to early November?????????
  8. There was two Neil Patels on our team two seasons ago, both the same age. One moved to Pa, one did not. MB
  9. actually, it's Vanilla, I get abused for this when I go into some 444 flavors place but hey, it's Vanilla, what else do you need
  10. just as a matter of record, EGR and Elk Grove are both fairly wealthy suburban high schools I too found Mr Mancuso's point interesting, I think the unspoken coda may be that it may well be quite awhile before such an event occurs at the NDT. As for the elitism, here's a few random thoughts The schools on Tshuman's list have big differences and have changed director's throughout time so it's kind of foolhardy to make broad statements but none the less.. I think part of these teams success throughout time is they have installed a sort of institutional memory where knowledge, evidence and arguments get handed down and preserved . I seem to have an installed homing signal that causes me to judge GBN at every CFL and it's clear that there's a system being replicated over the years and it amazes me how many alumni come back to judge at that tournament. Sheryl and I coached five teams to TOC at NFA in '97 and have had barely that number qualify since then- part of our problem was that the '97 kids skill and knowledge went with them and none has any real contact with the team post graduation, success at many programs is as hit and miss as it is ethereal. We keep having to reinvent the wheel whereas I think some of the programs identified are quite good at keeping the wheel rolling. Part is the director's- very very different people involved with wildly different personalities but these are folks who have mastered the 3 M's of coaching (I made this up so go with me on this)- Maximizing,perfecting the ability to get kids to get the most out of themsleves on a consistant basis- a trait which I am eternally jealous over, I have to self-report this isn't a strong point of mine; Maintaining- keeping the program going on all levels, $ wise, recruiting, sophistication of arguments, etc, the ability to drive a program forward against the MANY obstacles life puts in front of debate coaches and Maturating- the ability to get students to embrace the inner mature them against all the obstacles that teenage hood provides- to get them to cut that card, learn that argument, fix that problem, et al when it would be so easy for the kids not to. When you have a great coach great things happen, repeatedly. Finally these are people who DEEPLY respect debate itself and who think about it and shape it and craft it and command it. More importantly so do their kids, I love my debaters deeply but there are some moments I want to go screaming into the night when I realize some of the gaps in their knowledge base. It's clear GBS,Greenhill, Lexington, Westminster (insert "elitist" TOC dominator) kids really really really know what the hell they are talking about, they have extensive world knowledge, they have strategized and thought out an astonishing range of debaterese, they impress and yes, they win. I haven't spent much time on the circuit recently and I am not high on the pecking order of preferred judges but I LOVE judging GBS teams, they challenge and shape debate theory right there in the round, it's awesome. I rarely judge Greenhill but my teams have a bad habit of hitting them and folks it's a 100% free tutoring session- I am not afraid to say I learn things when my kids talk about those rounds. Really smart kids have really good things happen to them. Who knew.
  11. I think Saturday/ Sunday might make more sense on that weekend
  12. nah, he has every right to be angry, I can be pretty blunt and if I had the ability to go back in time I wouldn't subtract anything from my oral but there is some things I SHOULD have added which probably would have made things better so no recriminations for the angry soul involved here and besides the team he is on is very talented so I look forward to great things from them:)
  13. Thumper why weren't you at Woodward? Well if you come to Dartmouth I promise that Master Nelson (assuming he is going there and someone told me he was) will tutor you and Jack Jack in the ancient forbidden art of baggage collection Neel I always love it when people other than me try to read my flows, of course the me reading my flows part is kind of a problem at times Wow I had no idea my Mom was able to hand out so many bribes in a 24 hour period, I thank you all for your kind words:eek:
  14. A deeply intelligent move by the folks at Case Western, a brilliant coach with ENDLESS energy I always liked Cleveland, it just keeps getting better every day
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