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    Jakob Stewart
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    Stephen F. Austin High School
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    Austin, TX
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  1. Although it is not on the calendar yet, Stephen F. Austin High School in Austin, Texas will host our 22nd Annual Capital City Classic on November 3-4, 2006. We will have yet another great tournament. We have one of the largest tournaments in the Austin area and perhaps the state of Texas. Last year, we broke to a full octofinal round in policy debate and we hope to have even greater numbers this year. We'd love to be joined by more schools from Houston and Dallas. We will post more information once school starts, but I know some folks are looking to plan their travel schedules based on the May 25th calendar. Kelcey O'Quinn from Churchill has already promised he would return to defend his last 2 tournament victories and undefeated records in 2004 and 2005. Anyone that needs a recommendation for this tournament, look no futher than the Churchill squad. Please let us know if you need more information about the tournament this summer. austindebate@hotmail.com Thanks for you interest and we hope to see you all in November! -Jakob Stewart
  2. I am still accepting submissions for the TFA State caselist. Traditionally, this has been a very successful project and I hope that this year in not an exception. This is a great way to prepare for state and will make debates there much better. Please send a full 1AC outline-- Wave 2 will be sent out this Wednesday evening or Thursday morning depending on how fast submissions are coming in. I hope that you all will participate. You can Email me at: jakob.stewart@gmail.com Cheers, Jakob Stewart Austin High
  3. I posted this in the "TFA State" thread already so moderators can delete this if they feel it is too repetitive. This year, I am helping to compile this case list for State. If you would like to contribute to a caselist for the TFA State tournament March 2-4, please Email me an appropriate .txt. .doc page or just copy into the body of an Email. Disclosure helps both big and small teams. It will give you a chance to use the next 2 weeks to create new arguments and do work towards winning rounds at State.-- it also makes debates better. Please make sure these disclosures are complete. It needs to have all tags with full cites and a complete plan text. Please do this for all cases you have read this year, even if there is only a small chance you might read it at TFA State. By Sunday evening or Monday morning I will send out the first draft with the people who have contributed so far. You will only get a copy of the case list if you contribute your information. If you have questions, please Email me and I will do my best to help out. Email me at: jakob.stewart@gmail.com Cheers, Jakob Stewart Austin Debate
  4. Hello everyone, TFA State is alittle over 2 weeks away. I am assembling a caselist for the tournament and hope that you will want to contribute. The case list is a great resources to help guide preparations for the tournament. Keep in mind you are competing against many folks of which you have not debated before. This list benefits both big and small programs and will enhance the quality of debates at state. You can only recieve the case list if you contribute. If you are interested please Email a complete case outline of all affirmative cases you have run this year, even if there is only a small chance you will read that affirmative at TFA State. Make sure these are complete outlines. This should include the tag and full cite of evidence contained in the 1ac and the plan text. A plan text and some author names will not suffice. Please let me know if you have questions about this case list. I look forward to your submissions and I will send out the first draft hopefully right after the weekend. I want to give people a few days to compile their information. Please Email me directly at jakob.stewart@gmail.com Cheers, Jakob Stewart Austin High
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    SFA results

    Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the 21st Capital City Classic at Austin High School this weekend. We really had a great time and we hope you did too! Results have been posted. Here are the correct top 10 speakers: 1) Dan Morpurgo- A&M Consolidated 2) Julian Letton- A&M Consolidated 3) Alex Moon- Round Rock 4) Troy Stone- Hays 5) Kara Smyth- Westwood 6) Anna Franceschi- A&M Consolidated 7) Kelcey O'Quinn- Winston Churchill 8) Jeff Donahue- Westwood 9) Vish Mukherjee- Westwood 10) Maria Bonet- Westwood Finally, congratulations to Jason and Kelcey from Churchill for winning our tournament for the second year in a row. I think the figure is a perfect 15-0 over those 2 tournaments! Also, huge props go to Dan and Julian for having a great tournament. Both teams are equally talented and deserve recognition for their hard work.
  6. Howdy all, Austin High School invites you and your team to our 21st Capital City Classic at Austin High School in Austin, Texas. The invitation and information is available at http://www.joyoftournaments.com/tx/sfa We are also still in need of a few judges for the tournament. Please EMail me if you are interested. Please keep all information relevant to the tournament on this forum. I know people like to know who's going and all. Cheers, Jakob Stewart Austin High School
  7. hello all, As the school year approaches, it will be time to get prepared for the season. If you will be attending college in the Austin area- UT, St. Edward's, Texas State- and are interested in judging at tournaments in the fall please post your name, the school(s) you debated at and an Email address so that coaches can contact you. I also know there are a few squads looking to hire someone a few hours a week to help coach in Austin. If you are interested, please EMail me directly and I can feed your name to other coaches. jakob.stewart@gmail.com Thanks Jakob Stewart Austin HS
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    I think I agree with Cwazylulu the most: this thread was originally intended to criticizw playing disclosure games with each other, similar to the situation you described. It's now a debate over disclosure good/bad- a fruitful discussion, but secondary to the original goal. I don't care whether or not you disclose, just be consistant and be fair with it. In his/her situation, the other team should have disclosed their intent to run a new aff, should they flip that way. Also, had she debated this same team round 1 of that tournament, would it had been fair for the same team to not disclose in the elim debate, or that they disclosed to one team round 4, but not to them in the elims? In the situation they describe, had that come to my attention as a judge, I think it would have been fair for me to delay the round some for Cwazylulu and his/her partner to prepare something to say, even if its just something generic. Shayan is right: there is no disadvantage to disclosing. It helps both teams. The only objection is still this: Cameron Vavari: your post is alittle incoherent. I think you're saying that the responsibilities should/could be divided between partners in the round. However, I think we've all experienced a bit of unorganization in round and I think this method you present exacerbates the situation. If you're trying to quickly pull arguments to read during the 1ac, then there is very little chance that you have the ability to listen with any detail to the cards the other team is reading. You should be listening for hidden arguments, pre-empts, the impact calculus, and any other things you won't know just from the plan text. You'll sound better if you'll have read their cards rather than you and your partner scrambling through your tubs looking for disads to run. PS: if you are participating at the TFA State tournament in El Paso there is a case list going around on CX.com created by the folks at Westlake for you to post any potential cases you might run at state that you have run at any previous tournament this year. Also, Mr. Timmons at Greenhill is circulating a case list. If you Email him your plan text and advantages, you'll get back all the cases that everyone else submits, which should help you direct your preparations in these 2 weeks before the tournament. Please take advantage of these resourses. timmonsa@greenhill.org Cheers, Jakob Austin High (Austin)
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    Seems a good number of you argue that disclosure doesn't change your ability to come up with an effective negative strategy. That's fair. I won't argue that teams will have the ability to run their politics disads and their consult counterplans. That probably won't change. Entertain this idea: what if you had a minute to write out a specific counterplan text that could help you better answer the permutation? what if you could taylor your 2nc overview to the specific plan, rather than just reading your UN links? what if you didn't have to waste cross-x just trying to figure out what the plan does, and had time to ask about specific warrants to cards? What if you could go into the 2NR with 1-2 extra minutes of prep time than usual: would that help at all? Sure the round is a good place to figure out what's going on. But it's also a good amount of time to discuss other things. It seems we could have a better discussion of the arguments in the round if we didn't spend the first 20 minutes of the round just figuring out what the plan does and we could talk about the evidence. From a judging stand point, speaker points usually depend heavily not just on the ability to comprehend whats going on, but to analyze and synthasize those arguments as well. Raise your hand if you've lost a debate because of some nit-picky thing in te 2NR or 2AR? that you feel you might have won if you had 1 more speech? So, that extra time to think can also be helpful in just getting the W. So what if the other team has time to go ask coaches or other debaters? It's your aff and you should be ready to defend it; if you're worried about losing on the aff, then you should switch to an aff you are more comfortable with. Intelligence also goes both ways: why aren't you wandering around the halls trying to ask your coach or other debaters what this team's politics disad is that tournament or whether they are a heavy K or T team? Aff teams aren't helpless in this process. Plus, why wouldn't you also want these advantages when you are negative? There is nothing worse for a team than to feel completely helpless in a round. cheers, Jakob Austin High (Austin)
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    Actually, Greg Hartney had it right. I just meant that because the round gets off later then it's much later before someone can go home. Which is why teams should disclose and get the consultation over with before the judge shows up. Seems to be the most effecient way to do things. Second, I completely disagree that its becoming the coaches debating. I don't think there is a single high school debater out there that is beyond coaching. Pre-round prep is critical to teaching a debater how to construct arguments. We do alot of prep for teams during the week before we even show up to a tournament; yet, that last few minutes of judge adaptation, team adaptation, argument selection is critical. Every debate is different and I feel its my job to help my students prepare for that situation. After all, why don't high school football or basketball coaches just sit in the stands and watch, or why come at all? It's their game, right? By all means let them play. Like any competitive activity this sport of debate is becoming increasing more difficult to play. While Im not scholar, I've atleast been around debate long enough and have the higher education and life experience to share with them to hopefully make them more informed and thus, debate better. People break new arguments and adapt what their doing and it's my job to help. cheers, Jakob cheers, Jakob
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    Thank you all for responding to these posts. I've enjoyed reading your responses. I think Duncan's post has some amazing explanations of why disclosure equalizes the playing field and why it's most educational. I just want to clarify some misunderstandings about my original post. 1) **I didn't write this post to threaten other teams.** As a coach and judge these disclosure games really aggrevate me. I wrote this thread to explain the realities of a process which I find truly highlights the educational and democratic values inherent in debate. I wrote this because people should know what to expect when they debate us. The bottomline is more people should disclose. If you don't, I respect your right not to. However, the reality is that we'll probably find out anyways by asking another team so you might as well just tell us. Defend your arguments, don't run away from them. Second, I did my best to emphasize that I only have a problem with teams with inconsistant policies, not with teams who don't ever disclose. Does it really make any sense to disclose one tournament but not the next? to disclose for Round 1 but not for quarters or semis? of course not. Im totally cool if a team chooses not to disclose; I don't agree with it, but I'll respect the decision. But pick a side, please. Like I said in the initial post, I think it would be completely utopian to expect every team in Texas to disclose. I respect different views of debate, athough I probably don't agree with them. However, I think that teams need to be called out on these inconsistant policies because they are simply illogical. As a coach, it is my job to provide an educational experience for my students. But how am I suppose to teach kids about strategy when we don't know what's about to happen? We show up to tournaments to improve as debaters and to learn. My kids aren't getting their money's worth when I can't teach them. 2) ****As far as my judging is concerned, I never, ever have any intentions of voting a team down because they did not disclose. I also will not force a team to disclose. I agree that it would be unethical and out of bounds. I don't get where you can interpret that from my original post**** What Im referring to again is teams that play games. Example 1: This most often occurs when a team will only disclose when a judge gets to the room, which is usually a whopping 2 minutes before the round starts. Why disclose at all? Just so you can call yourself a team that discloses? Here's another disclosure award-winning example: "Ya. We'll disclose. It's an Africa thing..." And that's it. No other clarifications. Congrats. Since it's only the largest continent on the planet, that helps. Disclosure game #3: We disclose to novices but we won't disclose to varsity teams. OR even better, we'll disclose to A,B,C schools because they are our friends, but we won't disclose to X,Y,Z schools because we don't know them/they have cred. If this is the case, I will, even at the wrath of the tournament, give the opposing team time to talk with coaches or teammates or just amongst themselves in order to prepare. It's the most fair and educational way to do it. Furthermore, as you've just served to aggrevate me, and knowing that the other team had very little time to prepare, the aff's *speaker points* will reflect those sympathies and be better. I do not think these phony, fake attempts at 'fairness' should be rewarded. **Again, this does not apply to teams who consistantly choose not to disclose, just to teams who want to be in the 'disclosure club' but aren't willing to pay their dues*** If you have further questions or comments, I look forward to a healthy discussion. Cheers, Jakob Austin High School
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    Hello all, Recently, I have become increasing concerned about the lack of adequate disclosure by teams at TFA tournaments, or by teams playing "disclosure games". This is a discussion that I believe has been hashed out on the national circuit thoroughly within the last several years both on Cross-X.com and the CX-L but much of this hasn't been done on a local or regional level. First of all, it is the policy of Austin High School (Austin) to fully disclose the plan text we read in the last round; We will not disclose new changes, but will let you know that changes to the plan text will be made. Second, we will disclose our previously ran advantages to you and answer generic questions about them. We will disclose our aff whenever asked to, no exceptions. We will not disclose negative strategies. ***First, an important disclaimer:*** I understand it is completely utopian to expect that every school we debate against disclose to us. While I think that they should, I respect their choice. What angers me is inconsistant policies where certain teams on the squad disclose and others don't, or disclosing during prelims, but not elim rounds. Either everyone on the squad should disclose or no one should, all of the time or non of the time. It's that simple. However, If you do not disclose your aff, an Austin High debater or coach will politely approach another team at the tournament to ask if they know. Trust me, we will find out. If we feel that you are playing games with us, the end product of not disclosing your aff is that we find out anyways and as an added bonus, you've just made the squad mad. I hope for your sake that the anger has diminished before an Austin High person becomes your judge in a future round. If I am judging you, I will enforce disclosure to the best of my ability, including delaying the start of the round to give a team adequate time to prepare should a team decide to not disclose until I get there. In an elim round, this also goes for flipping for sides. So, for not disclosing when I am a judge, the other team still gets time to prep and you get to go home later. Shady teams also tend to get really shady speaker points too. I respect a team's right not to disclose if they are consistent about that disclosure policy. I do not have respect for schools that disclose ten seconds before the round begins so they can consider themselves one of the teams that do disclose nor do I have respect for schools that pick and choose when to disclose an Aff that they have already ran. Disclosure just makes debates better. This old "suprise attack" strategy just doesn't function well in an academic forum. Big school and little schools both benefit. I am willing to answer any questions about disclosure. Cheers, Jakob Stewart UTexas/S.F. Austin High School (Austin)
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