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  1. happy birthday! woot!

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    GMU Tourney?

    let's see, here are the details... january 9-10 4 divisions: l-d, public forum (if enough teams enter), jv policy, varsity policy fees: $30.00 per student plus $25.00 per school hired judges: $60.00 per half judge entries due january 7th: wdecker@gmu.edu or 703-993-1093 or 703-395-4596 schedule... registration starts @ 10:00 on january 9th in lobby of robinson b rounds start @ 12:30 on friday rounds start @ 8:00 on saturday tournament hotel is university center comfort inn... $67.00 per room... 703-591-5900 that's about it.
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    GMU Tourney?

    We got our invite in the mail today. I don't have it handy at the moment, but I'll pass along the details when I do... unless somebody beats me to it.
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    Tidewater 2007

    i know i'm a bit tardy on this, but jmu gave me a cold, as always (they really need to heat their buildings better at night), and i haven't felt very jovial. congratulations to all the people from tidewater who kicked major booty at jmu! full results can be found on the tdl blog, as always.
  5. Kempsville's sending at least two teams (Adora and Sam in Varsity, Jade and Ellison in JV), maybe three (adding a Novice team).
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    Tidewater 2007

    100 pages! woot! the start of the year has been pretty labor-intensive for us, lizzie... wake, yale, u penn, bronx, and u florida... so we've been otherwise engaged. the next couple of months are a little less jam-packed with excitement, so posts from khs people are more likely. that being said, if any non-khs, non-cox, non-college types still read this thread, see you at hickory this weekend!
  7. you have anuj and adora flipped. adora took 5th and anuj took 7th.
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    Tidewater 2007

    saying the same thing 37 different ways... you must have rocked at theory debates.
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    Tidewater 2007

    a little. not really. it's already 7:30!
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    Tidewater 2007

    It was an interesting meeting, but the change got lots of support from Cox, Princess Anne, and First Colonial (they're starting a policy program there this year).
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    Tidewater 2007

    TDL Schedule, as promised: TDL 1...October 18...Floyd Kellam High School...Virginia Beach TDL 2...November 15...Hickory High School...Chesapeake TDL 3...December 6...Phoebus High School...Hampton TDL 4...January 17...Frank W. Cox High School...Virginia Beach TDL 5...February 7...First Colonial High School...Virginia Beach Some interesting developments: At the coaches' meeting held Saturday, September 20th, at Kellam High School in Virginia Beach, several changes were made to Tidewater Debate League rules and policies. LINCOLN-DOUGLAS: No changes were made. POLICY: It was decided to eliminate the distinction between contemporary and classic policy debate. There will now be a single category of policy debate which will adhere to neither contemporary nor classic rules. Rather, it will be left to the judge's discretion to determine how each round should be run. The judge will be required to inform the debaters of his or her judging paradigm before the round begins and the debaters will adapt to that paradigm or be prepared to lose the ballot. TDL tournaments will offer two divisions of policy debate, varsity and open. The varsity division will be for debaters and judges with experience in national-circuit style debate or a desire to gain such experience, while the open division will be for judges and debaters of any experience level who are less comfortable with speed, theory arguments, and open cross-examination. Counterplans and kritiks will be allowed in both divisions. Schools may enter up to 6 varsity policy teams and 10 open policy teams in each TDL tournament. PUBLIC FORUM: It was decided that the TDL will include public forum debate as soon as it is logistically feasible to do so. STUDENT CONGRESS: It was decided to change the scoring range on each ballot area from 1-6 to 12-20 in order to reduce the likelihood of ties. The topic areas for each tournament's session will be decided at the tournament preceding it. Each school may enter up to 15 student legislators in each TDL tournament.
  12. We're going to be there, Jeff. I'm sure the TOC bid is going to drive interest through the roof. Is there any chance you'll have to cap entries?
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    Tidewater 2007

    Sorry, Elizabeth, that's the same weekend as Villiger for us, but we wish you well. The UVA tournament was giving JMU and GMU a run for their money way back when. It's wonderful that you're resurrecting it.
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    Tidewater 2007

    i wrote a response on monday and the site timed out while i was posting. i'll try and remember what i said. i'm definitely not lumping you in with the folks on the other side of the fence, duane. you know i respect the program you built at yorktown and i know how hard you had to work to get it to that level. seeing all those kids competing at wake this weekend, i'm pretty sure that as long as nature and nurture keep coming together to produce type "a" personalities, there will always be kids who, once they know policy and the national circuit are out there, will do whatever it takes to be successful. i'd also like to think that the debaters who won the public forum and lincoln-douglas divisions had to work just as hard as those that won policy. i really think it's more a question of opportunity than workload. do you really think that if there were 20 or 30 coaches in the state actively encouraging policy debate and participting in national circuit tournaments policy would be "dying" in virginia? there are really just a handful of us left. this problem is the coaches, not the kids. and it's not going to get any better if the league keeps framing the issue as "policy is dying, lincoln-douglas and student congress are growing by leaps and bounds, and public forum is this shiny new thing on the horizon that everyone loves". what new coach hearing that is going to even consider policy? and so its death becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
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    Tidewater 2007

    the tdl schedule won't be set until the coaches' meeting on the 20th. i'll post it here as soon as i have it.
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    Tidewater 2007

    kaitlyn - i agree with you, believe me. i've always thought that one of the duties of a high school coach is to prepare their kids for debating in college. some people don't agree. duane - i wasn't saying i was expecting public forum to supplant policy any time soon. i just see it coming down the pike. i think we'll be lucky if contemporary lasts another couple years. i know classical has become slow contemp in a lot of ways at the state level, but that cannot be said about our local league. in our area, persuasion trumps evidence in classical and theory arguments are wasted ink on the flow. assuming the judge flows, that is. how do rounds like that prep debaters for tournaments like jmu or gmu, much less harvard or bronx? once contemporary dies, where do i send my novices to get experience before sending them to invitationals? where do i send my more experienced debaters for good rounds without having to travel hundreds of miles and pay through the nose for the privilege? i'm just bemoaning the fact that on all those questionnaires going out at the rules clinic this year, far more people are going to check the box marked "get rid of contemporary debate" than the one marked "coaches should work harder to increase participation". too many coaches are in this for the stipend, not the activity and, quite frankly, that's one of the major reasons participation continues to decline.
  17. put this person on the topic selection committee!
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    Tidewater 2007

    there's no drama. but contemporary-loving programs are a dying breed in our area. heck, they're a dying breed across virginia. the latest vhsl rules clinic will feature a questionnaire about how to increase participation in debate. the options are, basically, have coaches work harder, get rid of classical, or get rid of contemporary. which option do you think is going to be the most popular? my suggestion... the same one i made when posed with an entirely different question last year... is to add public forum, get rid of classical, and rename contemporary. maybe we could call it, i don't know, policy debate? that would put virginia back in sync with the national circuit, the nfl, the cfl, etc. but no one listens to me. i'm thinking in a few years' time, vhsl debate will be l-d, public forum, and classical. if that's the case, you know the tdl won't offer contemporary. it's probably inevitable that contemporary will die off in this area... but some people would like to see it happen sooner than others.
  19. does the fact that i've apparently "lapped" the topic choices and can remember judging rounds featuring resolutions very similar to all of these in the past mean i'm old? i'm feeling very old. space exploration made for some entertaining rounds back in, what, 89-90?
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    Tidewater 2007

    we're not talking about the same person.
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    Tidewater 2007

    per the email i got from jackson yesterday, he will be president of the tdl for one more year. so we can all wipe the worry-sweat from our brows and sigh a collective sigh of relief.
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    Tidewater 2007

    it's summer. everyone's out flying kites and riding bikes, silly. seriously, i kind of know what's up with kempsville and cox, but everything else is a mystery to me. matt's gone silent since camp, so i have no princess anne news. i imagine he'll resurface once he's recovered. who knows what's up with tallwood, ocean lakes, kellam, etc? oh, i do have a question for you, deeva. i know jackson isn't coaching this year, but is he going to be involved with the tdl? i have an intense fear that the tdl will wind up in the hands of a certain coach who i probably don't have to name and then its "bye-bye contemporary" and "even classical is too fast".
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    Tidewater 2007

    and now we know what goes on inside sardo's head. seriously, there's a video that puts all of these to shame, but it's replete with words not fit for mass consumption.
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    Tidewater 2007

    seen it? "lived it" is more appropriate.
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    Tidewater 2007

    i think you and i have very different definitions of "strange".
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