Oregon Speech & Debate Championships
Hosted by Portland State University
May 12-13, 2006
You are cordially invited to attend the Oregon Speech & Debate Championships. Our intention is to offer the highest quality of forensics competition and most pleasant tournament experience possible. We will provide the amenities and organization commensurate with the best of Oregon forensics at a minimum cost. Our aim is to provide a relaxing atmosphere, free from undue stress or worry, to allow coaches and competitors to be at their best.
Therefore, we are proud to revive two agreeable traditions: a Coaches’ Breakfast on Saturday morning and a true Awards Banquet to finish the tournament, all included in the low-cost entry fees.
We think that you’ll find the two days of the tournament fun, pleasant, and competitively rigorous. Our tournament staff is confident we’ll give you a “winning” experience. We sincerely hope you’ll choose to join us.
Your Tournament Staff,
Tournament director: Russell Hanes, Lakeridge HS
Hospitality director: Chris Richter, Portland State
Debate Tab director: Owen Zahorcak, Tualatin HS
IE Tab director: Wes Craven, South Eugene HS
Each school may enter up to, but no more than, three competitors in each event.
One student may enter one debate event and any two individual events.
We offer only an Open division for each event.
Note: Three-person teams are not permitted in team debate formats (CX, PF, Public). Both teammates must be present in at least 3 preliminary rounds and all elimination rounds; that is, no more than 3 preliminary rounds, and no elimination rounds, can be “maverick” for one team.
Cross-Examination debate -- time limits will be 8-3-5, with 5 minutes preparation time, in single-flighted rounds. The topic will be the 2005-2006 NFL/NFHS resolution.
Lincoln-Douglas debate -- time limits will be 6-3-7-3-4-6-3, with 3 minutes of preparation time, in double-flighted rounds. The topic will be the May/June 2006 NFL resolution.
Public Forum (Ted Turner) debate -- time limits will be 4-4-3-4-4-3-2-2-3-1-1, with 2 minutes of preparation time, in double-flighed rounds. The topic will be the May 2006 NFL resolution.
Public (Parliamentary) debate -- time limits will be 7-8-8-8-4-5, with 15 minutes of pre-round preparation time. Topics will be determined by the tournament.
Those students entered in two events will need to hurry between panels, as IEs are not patterned.
The OSAA rules on these individual events shall govern.
Each CX debate entry shall require 3 preliminary rounds and 1 elimination round (2 hours) of judging commitment. Thus, one judge who is available for all 6 preliminary rounds and 2 elimination rounds (4 hours) may cover a maximum of 2 CX teams. This full commitment is not for the faint of heart -- Friday will be a long day of judging. We strongly recommend dividing your judging commitment by bringing more than the minimum number of judges needed.
Each LD, PF, and Public debate entry shall require 1.5 preliminary rounds and 1 elimination round (1 hour) of judging commitment. Thus, one judge who is available for all 6 preliminary rounds and 4 elimination rounds (4 hours) may cover a maximum of 4 LD, PF, or Public entries. Again, this will be a long day of judging on Friday, so we suggest bringing additional judges.
Elimination round obligations are computed in terms of hours – CX elims require 2 hours; LD, PF, and Public elims require 1. Uncovered round penalties are also computed in this way, so one uncovered CX elim round creates two hours’ worth, or double the penalty.
Mixed pools: All debate rounds are run concurrently across formats. This means that one judge may cover entries in any combination of debate formats, but cannot cover more than 6 preliminary rounds and 6 hours of elimination judging.
IEs will be handled differently. They require no commitment beyond the head coach’s availability to judge the final IE round. Instead, we will be charging a small fee per IE entry in order to hire a pool of unconflicted judges for prelims and semifinals.
It is our wish to provide as inexpensive a tournament as possible. Private sponsorship will cover the cost of awards. However, because we will be providing the meal at the awards dinner, we must charge by the individual, not the entry. This is the same regardless of how many events each student is competing in, or how many rounds each judge is covering.
Please note: All fees are CUMULATIVE, meaning that you must pay the per-person fee, plus the IE entry fee, plus any penalties for debate judging.
As mentioned above, IEs will require an additional per entry fee. This IS dependent on the entries, such that a single student entering two IEs incurs two IE fees (one dual team counts as a single entry). However, there are no school or debate fees.
Each student, coach, and affiliated judge $15
Each IE entry $5
Each debate entry $0
We would much rather have judges than penalize schools. If any judge would prefer a round off, the tournament must be notified of his or her unavailability before the Thursday deadline. There will be a judge roll call 5 minutes before each round -- absence will be considered as an unexpected unavailability. No exceptions.
Uncovered prelim round fee $12 per round
Uncovered elim HOUR fee $12 per round
Unexpected judge unavailability fee $24 per round
Please be at roll call.
All entries must be sent via e-mail only to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please use only the attached entry spreadsheet.
Regarding questions or pressing matters, you may contact the tab director at any time at: (503) 709-3513 [cell]
You can e-mail the tournament director at: email@example.com
Or call at (503) 413-9736 [cell]
This is the number to call if there’s a problem during the tournament.
Each school’s head coach is invited to the complementary Coaches’ Breakfast at the University Place Hotel on Saturday morning. If you would like to bring an assistant coach to the Coaches’ Breakfast, please contact us directly no later than Monday, May 1st. Only one ticket per school will be given otherwise.
All competitor and judge entries are due by noon on Wednesday, May 3rd. You will then promptly receive a confirmation e-mail, which will list your competitors, judges, and any absences. It will also notify you if you have met your judging obligations or not, and the fees you will be expected to pay at registration.
Unless corrected by noon on Friday, May 5th, the information in this confirmation e-mail will be assumed by the tournament to be correct, and all fees will be assessed on its basis. Additional entries will not be permitted past this time, and any dropped entries will be charged in full.
Even if your late drops take your entries to the point where you have met your judging obligations, if your entries as of the Friday deadline are over your judging commitment, you will still be assessed uncovered entry fees in full.
We welcome any additional judges you can bring to the tournament after the Friday deadline. However, to manage the difficulties involved, doing so will only reduce by half the uncovered round penalties assessed, not eliminate them.
The tournament director shall have sole and final authority to resolve all conflicts arising during the tournament.
Please count on the accuracy of this schedule, as we will follow it to the minute. The tab room is very experienced: this is not an idle boast. Judges or entrants who arrive late may incur serious financial or competitive penalties.
7:30-8:00 am Registration
8:00-10:00 am Debate Round 1
10:00-12:00 am Debate Round 2
12:00-12:30 pm Lunch break
12:30-2:30 pm Debate Round 3
3:00-5:00 pm Debate Round 4
5:00-5:30 pm Dinner break
5:30-7:30 pm Debate Round 5
8:00-10:00 pm Debate Round 6
7:30-8:00 am IE-only registration
8:00-9:30 am IE Round 1
8:30-9:30 am Coaches’ Breakfast at the University Place Hotel*
9:30-11:00 am IE Round 2
11:00-11:30 am Lunch break
11:30-1:00 IE Semifinals
* The coaches’ breakfast is included for head coaches only; for assistant coaches, please contact us directly.
IE Finals (except ADS)
Awards Banquet & ADS Finals **
** The Banquet will be held in the Smith Ballroom.
Hotels & Commuters____________________
We recommend against dropping off from a school bus near PSU. Finding a spot to drop off will be difficult, and it will be nearly impossible to find a place to park. We recommend using public transportation to get to the tournament.
We STRONGLY recommend against trying to park near PSU. Please, leave your vehicle at your hotel and take public transportation or walk to campus. We have negotiated reserved blocks of rooms at substantially discounted rates at these three hotels. Be sure to mention that you are with the tournament when reserving your room, and do so early. All prices given are after taxes.
2115 SW River Pkwy, Portland, OR
Suites (6 people): $169
Studios (4 people): $113
Rollaway bed: $15
All lot parking: Free
Reserve by April 11th
The Residence Inn is a great hotel for four reasons. First, it’s located at the edge of a nearly vacant area of town. There should be plenty of street-side parking available for school buses. Second, the hotel is located next to the streetcar, which runs directly through PSU’s campus. Third, there is a complementary hot breakfast every morning, and the suites have kitchenettes. Fourth, these prices are HUGE discounts - the quality of this hotel is fantastic.
310 SW Lincoln St, Portland, OR
Double-double (4 people): $78
No rollaways available
Car parking: $12/night
Bus parking: $40
Reserve by April 11th
The University Place is the official PSU hotel. It is located close enough to walk to the campus. It also has sufficient parking in the back for several school buses. This is where the Coaches’ Breakfast will be held Saturday morning.
Holiday Inn-Convention Center
1441 NE 2nd Ave, Portland, OR
Double-double (4 people): $112
Rollaway bed: $10
Bus parking: Free
Reserve by April 11th
The Holiday Inn is located across the river, so it is the least easy commute. However, the MAX train runs right by the hotel; that will take you to Pioneer Place, where you can catch the no. 8 bus to PSU. Altogether, your commute should take you only 15 minutes if you time it correctly. The public transit schedule is located at http://www.tri-met.org/ Furthermore, they have a large parking lot capable of holding three school buses.
These hotels are an easy walk to PSU. They LACK parking capable of holding a school bus, but do have some parking for smaller vehicles.
4TH Avenue Motel (0.2 mi)
1889 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR
Downtown Value Inn (0.2 mi)
415 SW Montgomery St, Portland, OR
Days Inn (0.3 mi)
1414 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR
6TH Avenue Motel (0.3 mi)
2221 SW 6th Ave., Portland, OR
Travelodge (0.4 mi)
2401 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR
Travelodge (6.2 mi)
10450 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR
This second Travelodge is located about a 20-minute public transit bus ride (#12) from PSU. The bus stops right at PSU’s campus. There’s plenty of parking around for school buses as this is near a residential area. There are also a number of hotels and motels in this general area.