how do caselists disadvantage smaller programs?
lets lay this out:
1. larger schools have more ability to prepare
even if this is true, lol, big schools will always have more ability to prepare, more money, more coaches, more debaters. the caselist can ONLY benefit smaller schools by giving them broader access to information and evidence, thus increasing their ability to be prepared. this at least will enable them to focus their research on whatever they feel unprepared for, and will certainly give them access, for example, to cites for arguements that they need, thus making it easier for them to research those positions.
2. larger schools are fat psychological bullies
admittedly, i don't know about this whole schools withdrawing business, however, it seems to me that being scared off is more likely as a result of NOT KNOWING what they run than actually being able to prepare for it. its not as if small schools don't want to be competitive, its just that structural barriers make it potentially more difficult. this, it seems, is not really a reason not to have a caselist.
the reason debate sucks is because people have no idea what people are saying, so they have nothing to say to it. these kinds of debates not only erode the educational value of the activity, but they erode the competitive as well. The reason its 'strategic' to not make your info available is because then the opponent has nothing to negate it with, this closed-off-ness seems to reduce competition to 'who can say the most incomprehensible shit the fastest' and the winner will be the one who outconfuses the other team.
i don't know if you've ever been in, or seen a debate that was like this, but its excruciating to watch. no one learns anything, clash is undermined, and its just not that fun.
policing knowledge is bad, yo.