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    Kelly
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    you're all the experts on everyone but yourselves.
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  1. Hey all, I know Minnesota is a bit of a distance but I do know that some of you have made it out my direction in the past - it was great seeing Littleton at last year's Blake tournament. I would like to an extend an invite to the mountain region to attend the 2009 Blake tournament. You can ask past travelers, such as Chris Crowe, about the fantastic hotel-centered tournament in downtown Minneapolis which is always fully decked out for the holiday season. We are very excited that we will are an octos bid in policy debate this year for the first time ever! Any how, I would love to see some faces from Colorado. Please let me know if you have any questions - I am posting the link to the full invite. I am not on cross-x hardly at all any more but my e-mail address is: kelly.nickel@gmail.com http://www.joyoftournaments.com/mn/blake/info.asp
  2. Dear Debate Coach, The National Forensic League Chapter of the Blake School is honored to extend to your school an invitation to attend the 47th Annual John Edie Holiday Debate Tournament. We are looking forward to an extremely competitive pool in Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum and Congressional debate. We are pleased to announce that Tournament of Champions bids will be awarded to the octofinalists in Policy and quarterfinalists in Lincoln-Douglas and finalists in Public Forum. This year, all Policy, LD, Public Forum and Congressional Debate rounds will be held at the tournament hotel, the Hyatt Regency, located in downtown Minneapolis. Most of the preliminary rounds will take place in hotel rooms. The rooms used for rounds will not be rooms that people stay in overnight. We will continue to offer the 2nd Annual Blake School Twin Cities Public Forum Round Robin. This round robin will invite several of the finest public forum teams in the country to come to Minnesota. This year we will run this event on Sunday following the regular public forum division tournament. We plan to take some of our best Hyatt meeting rooms and run this event with 2-3 judges per round. Our goal is to invite a host of citizens from the Twin Cities to provide a diverse judge pool and highlight the activity of debate to all of the Twin Cities. The goal for this event is great competition and high visibility. We will use the NFL January 2010 Public Forum Topic. Several wonderful coaches are helping us with tab again this year. Maggie Berthiaume from Chattahoochee, Pete Nikolai from St. Paul Central, and Tara Tate from Glenbrook South will be handling policy tab. Mike Bietz from Harvard-Westlake and Fred Robertson from Millard West will run LD tab. Chris McDonald from Eagan will head up the regular division of Public Forum and Greg Dawson from Blake will manage the Public Forum Round Robin. Bill Cooper from Manchester Essex has agreed to assist with Congressional Debate We sincerely hope that you and your teams will be able to join us this year. Add to your tournament experience a visit to the Mall of America or watch the unique Holidazzle parade outside of the hotel. Minnesota may be cold in December but we hope to keep you warm with a variety of activities. The tournament staff will be more than happy to make suggestions for good food and fun experiences while you are in town. DATES: December 18-20, 2009 LOCATION: All Policy, LD, Public Forum and Congressional rounds are held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel located at 1300 Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. DIVISIONS: Four divisions will be offered: Varsity Policy, Varsity Public Forum, Varsity Lincoln-Douglas and Congressional Debate. In policy, the national topic on poverty will be used. In Lincoln-Douglas, the national January-February topic will be used. For Public Forum, the national January topic will be used. You may enter a maximum of four Policy teams, six Public Forum teams and six LD debaters. Congressional Debate will be limited to six entries. Please contact Shane if you need additional teams beyond our entry limits. FORMAT: Registration will be available 8:00 to 10:00 PM on Thursday and 8:00 to 11:00 A.M. on Friday. Results are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Quarter-finals of policy and LD will be held on Sunday. In policy, there will be seven preliminary rounds and a break to double octofinals following round seven. Lincoln-Douglas will break to partial-triples after round six, advancing all 4-2 LD students. In Public Forum and Congressional Debate we will announce an appropriate number of eliminations rounds as entries come in. In policy, the first three rounds we will preset randomly with geographical constraints and using an A-B-C format. In LD and Public forum, the first two rounds will be preset randomly with geographical constraints. Remaining rounds in all divisions will be powered high-low within brackets. Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum will be flighted through the preliminary rounds. Depending on the number of entries in each division, the above schedule is subject to change. Speech time in policy will be 8-3-5 with 8 minutes prep time. Time limits in Lincoln-Douglas will be 6-3-7-3-4-6-3 with 5 minutes prep time. Forum will use the NFL time rules, and will observe a coin toss. JUDGING: One judge must be provided for one or two policy teams. Two judges are required for three or four policy entries. A half-time judge will be obligated to judge 4 rounds. Public forum will require one judge for every three teams, or fraction thereof. Because of flighting in Lincoln-Douglas, you will need to bring one judge for every three LD debaters, or fraction thereof. In Congressional Debate will need one judge for every six entries or fraction, or fraction thereof. We will have a limited number of judges available for hire at $200. REGISTRATION AND FEES: We are required to pay for the rooms that are used at the hotel for the actual rounds. Because we have to pay for the rooms, it is important that we know the number of teams you are entering as early as possible. After 5PM on Monday December 7th registration will close. I will take late registrations if we have room. Fees will be final after 5PM on December 7, 2009. All fees must be paid no later than tournament registration. Any team whose fees are not paid at that time will not be entered. OTHER INFORMATION: An outstanding coach award is presented each year. Please consider an appropriate nomination. Forms for this will be available at registration. Low point wins will be allowed. Maverick policy and public forum debaters will be allowed to win but will receive a maximum of 30 speaker points and will not be allowed to advance to elimination rounds. No independent entries will be allowed, in keeping with TOC policy in the awarding of bids. We hope that we can provide you with an enjoyable tournament experience. Everyone should expect the same great tournament this year at Blake. Your questions can be answered by calling Shane Stafford at 952-988-3747 or my cell phone 612-385-1796. You can reach me by email at sstafford@blakeschool.org Sincerely, The Blake School Debate Directors Shane Stafford – Sandy Berkowitz Kelly Nickel - Katie Shaw - Greg Dawson
  3. Dear Debate Coach, The National Forensic League Chapter of the Blake School is honored to extend to your school an invitation to attend the 47th Annual John Edie Holiday Debate Tournament. We are looking forward to an extremely competitive pool in Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum and Congressional debate. We are pleased to announce that Tournament of Champions bids will be awarded to the octofinalists in Policy and quarterfinalists in Lincoln-Douglas and finalists in Public Forum. This year, all Policy, LD, Public Forum and Congressional Debate rounds will be held at the tournament hotel, the Hyatt Regency, located in downtown Minneapolis. Most of the preliminary rounds will take place in hotel rooms. The rooms used for rounds will not be rooms that people stay in overnight. We will continue to offer the 2nd Annual Blake School Twin Cities Public Forum Round Robin. This round robin will invite several of the finest public forum teams in the country to come to Minnesota. This year we will run this event on Sunday following the regular public forum division tournament. We plan to take some of our best Hyatt meeting rooms and run this event with 2-3 judges per round. Our goal is to invite a host of citizens from the Twin Cities to provide a diverse judge pool and highlight the activity of debate to all of the Twin Cities. The goal for this event is great competition and high visibility. We will use the NFL January 2010 Public Forum Topic. Several wonderful coaches are helping us with tab again this year. Maggie Berthiaume from Chattahoochee, Pete Nikolai from St. Paul Central, and Tara Tate from Glenbrook South will be handling policy tab. Mike Bietz from Harvard-Westlake and Fred Robertson from Millard West will run LD tab. Chris McDonald from Eagan will head up the regular division of Public Forum and Greg Dawson from Blake will manage the Public Forum Round Robin. Bill Cooper from Manchester Essex has agreed to assist with Congressional Debate We sincerely hope that you and your teams will be able to join us this year. Add to your tournament experience a visit to the Mall of America or watch the unique Holidazzle parade outside of the hotel. Minnesota may be cold in December but we hope to keep you warm with a variety of activities. The tournament staff will be more than happy to make suggestions for good food and fun experiences while you are in town. DATES: December 18-20, 2009 LOCATION: All Policy, LD, Public Forum and Congressional rounds are held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel located at 1300 Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. DIVISIONS: Four divisions will be offered: Varsity Policy, Varsity Public Forum, Varsity Lincoln-Douglas and Congressional Debate. In policy, the national topic on poverty will be used. In Lincoln-Douglas, the national January-February topic will be used. For Public Forum, the national January topic will be used. You may enter a maximum of four Policy teams, six Public Forum teams and six LD debaters. Congressional Debate will be limited to six entries. Please contact Shane if you need additional teams beyond our entry limits. FORMAT: Registration will be available 8:00 to 10:00 PM on Thursday and 8:00 to 11:00 A.M. on Friday. Results are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Quarter-finals of policy and LD will be held on Sunday. In policy, there will be seven preliminary rounds and a break to double octofinals following round seven. Lincoln-Douglas will break to partial-triples after round six, advancing all 4-2 LD students. In Public Forum and Congressional Debate we will announce an appropriate number of eliminations rounds as entries come in. In policy, the first three rounds we will preset randomly with geographical constraints and using an A-B-C format. In LD and Public forum, the first two rounds will be preset randomly with geographical constraints. Remaining rounds in all divisions will be powered high-low within brackets. Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum will be flighted through the preliminary rounds. Depending on the number of entries in each division, the above schedule is subject to change. Speech time in policy will be 8-3-5 with 8 minutes prep time. Time limits in Lincoln-Douglas will be 6-3-7-3-4-6-3 with 5 minutes prep time. Forum will use the NFL time rules, and will observe a coin toss. JUDGING: One judge must be provided for one or two policy teams. Two judges are required for three or four policy entries. A half-time judge will be obligated to judge 4 rounds. Public forum will require one judge for every three teams, or fraction thereof. Because of flighting in Lincoln-Douglas, you will need to bring one judge for every three LD debaters, or fraction thereof. In Congressional Debate will need one judge for every six entries or fraction, or fraction thereof. We will have a limited number of judges available for hire at $200. REGISTRATION AND FEES: We are required to pay for the rooms that are used at the hotel for the actual rounds. Because we have to pay for the rooms, it is important that we know the number of teams you are entering as early as possible. After 5PM on Monday December 7th registration will close. I will take late registrations if we have room. Fees will be final after 5PM on December 7, 2009. All fees must be paid no later than tournament registration. Any team whose fees are not paid at that time will not be entered. OTHER INFORMATION: An outstanding coach award is presented each year. Please consider an appropriate nomination. Forms for this will be available at registration. Low point wins will be allowed. Maverick policy and public forum debaters will be allowed to win but will receive a maximum of 30 speaker points and will not be allowed to advance to elimination rounds. No independent entries will be allowed, in keeping with TOC policy in the awarding of bids. We hope that we can provide you with an enjoyable tournament experience. Everyone should expect the same great tournament this year at Blake. Your questions can be answered by calling Shane Stafford at 952-988-3747 or my cell phone 612-385-1796. You can reach me by email at sstafford@blakeschool.org Sincerely, The Blake School Debate Directors Shane Stafford – Sandy Berkowitz Kelly Nickel - Katie Shaw - Greg Dawson 5. Bronx ME d. 28. Indianola CC 24. Lexington VE d. 9. CR Wash CK 20. Westminster DM d. 13. Hooch ID 26. Hooch KR d. 7. Edgemont CJ 11. Edina AK d. 22. Bishop Guertin DS 15. GDS RS d. 18. Beacon DF 17. Grapevine QS d. 16. GBS SV 1. GBS DT d. 32. HP HK 8. Greenhill KP d. 25. Lexington CS 14. Sibley BK d. 19. Homewood Flossmoor HG 23. RHSM AF d. 10. OPRF HH 6. SPC JQ d. 27. Stratford MR 12. Wayzata RS d. 21. GBN SrS 2. Westminster TA d. 31. GBS KS 3. Whitney Young GH d. 30. Groves FS Octas Bronx ME d. Wayzata RS RHSM d. Hooch KR GBN MP d. Westminster MP GBS TD d. Grapevine Greenhill KP d. Lexington VE Edina d. SPC GDS d. Westminster TA Whitney Young d. Sibley Quarters Whitney Young d. Edina Bronx d. GBN GBS d. Greenhill RHSM d. GDS Semis RHSM d. Whitney Young Bronx d. GBS Finals Not held - RHSM has to catch a flight, Bronx ME wins.
  4. Since I still lurk but am rarely out West these days, I didn't hear how this went. I am curious and hoping it was successful. Did anyone on here go? Who all taught? How many students? Other thoughts on the experience? Thanks! Kelly
  5. Another link back to the mountain region: Eric Forslund coaches Greenhill - he was a graduate assistant for the University of Wyoming and taught at WFI a number of times not very long ago.
  6. debatease24

    College 09

    I vote Carleton is just moved to the cities because it's an incredibly realistic suggestion. The cities are sweet.
  7. Not true! Minnesota weather > Colorado weather . . . just saying from personal experience. AND, I've had two days off in the last month for snow in Minnesota. You just have the U to look forward to!
  8. The way they are assigned or the way they are currently assigned? I don't remember the process for the way they are assigned but I remember from when I was in high school that they are reassigned every 3 years? I think that's correct. Or it's 2. which would answer the way they are currently assigned but not the first question.
  9. http://www.mdta.org/messagesView.aspx?threadID=1220&news=no The twin cities is a great place to be! I don't know if this position would be self-sustaining independent of another job but it might be worth looking into.
  10. oh man, back in the day! In fact . . . Ozzie judged me R1 today . . . before that debate started, I was warming up in the hall and TCram conveniently yelled louder at me. Although I did not see Will today, Delo did conveniently flip me off while repping some UW gear. See, nothing has changed at all.
  11. I just read this entire thread, hahaha. I really want to know the outcome of this debate against Buntin!
  12. We attempted to deal with the problem earlier in this week - I'll go ahead and give an FYI - there are currently 57 judges in the pool who do not have philosophies posted. This made it nearly impossible to deal with it considering how few days were left but next year there will be a policy implemented similar to that of St. Marks or the Glenbrooks mandating philosophies are posted or to face consequences.
  13. When I was in high school, the Blake tournament was just as large and my senior year, many 4-2s did not clear AND the partial triples round was canceled because of time constraints. I am not disagreeing with the move of "wouldn't it be nice to be an octas bid" but this is really not surprising or a change from previous years.
  14. A team list will be released Monday. Thanks, Kelly
  15. The tournament is still looking to hire qualified judges. Please e-mail sstafford@blakeschool.org if you are interested and for more details. Thanks, Kelly Nickel
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