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Hey everyone, so I'm a senior in high school, which may be a bit surprising since I've asked some pretty novice-level questions on this site. As I've mentioned before, I'm trying to start a policy team at my school, and this is the first year we've really been able to make anything work. I've had to come to grips with the fact that I'm probably never going to make it to the TOC or even break at a bid tournament, being that I only have one year to do policy. That just isn't enough time for anyone to become truly good, much less someone with our lack or resources and support So as I've been applying to colleges, an important part of that process has been finding a school with a policy team where I can make something out of my debate career. This year has been a blast, but it can't be all there is. I just haven't had my fill of policy. I feel like I'm only getting started but the future is uncertain. Would anyone be willing to give me an introduction to how policy debate works in college and how it's different from high school? Here's what (i think) i know so far plus some questions I have: -obviously, speech times are different. 9/6 as opposed to 8/5. big whoop, i'll get used to that -from checking out tournaments on tabroom, it seems like policy is less popular in college than it is in high school. tournaments appears to be smaller and there appears to be fewer of them. It also seems like most college debate teams do APDA/NPDA instead, which is parli (not interested, no offense to anyone who does and enjoys parli) Is that valid? -it seems like you're way more likely to hit K teams in college than in high school. Watching rounds on DebateStream, i've almost never seen one that's straight policy on both sides. Is this an accurate representation of college debate? -it seems like the NDT is the college equivalent to the TOC, but I have no idea how one qualifies to the NDT. Does it work the same way people get bids in high school? -I know CEDA is a thing, and that it uses the same resolution as the NDT, but is it merged with the NDT or does it run its own tournament? -are there local/league tournaments like in high school which are lower competition and don't offer bids? -how many tournaments a year do teams typically attend? I know it varies widely by team, but across the board to teams go to fewer tournaments than in high school? -what is ADA and how does it relate to NDT/CEDA? They say on their website that one of their core tenants is that "Debate is a persuasive, oral communication activity in which debaters assume the obligation to communicate reasons for positions taken in a manner that is coherent, intelligible, and consistent with the limitations on human speech and listening." Does this mean there's a significant number of college teams that focus on ADA tournaments and practice slow, low tech policy? Because that's no fun I know this is a lot, but i'm hoping someone be willing to help me get a sense of how this all works thanks!
This appears to just be starting to circulate among college debate forums and facebook groups. Please take a couple minutes to watch, share, like, etc this video. It is addressing the unjustified and racist backlash experienced by the 2014 CEDA champs and runner-ups, attempting to counter all of the negative media that the college debate community has been receiving recently.
So rounds are taking place as I type this - but I was just curious what everyones predictions are now that we are transitioning into Octos. So who's going to win? / Why? Also if you haven't been keeping up with it, but want to know you can at https://www.tabroom.com/index/tourn/index.mhtml?tourn_id=2011 but sometimes tabrooms spazzes for me so here is a google doc that is being updated as soon as results are available https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Ar9OKqHYhO2CdERkVHdiRDNqR2tob3hTM3ZEYl9qNmc&output=html Also I named this CEDA but feel free to include your NDT predictions if they are different.
Hey everyone, My name is Amit and I'm currently a rising senior at Vanderbilt. I've been pretty detached from the high school community this year, but I wanted to ask and see if any of y'all are coming to Vandy in the fall and are interested in debate. We have a pretty competitive program and have traveled to every national tournament and a variety of regional ones in the past with no sign of changing. We had a first-round a couple of years ago and had a team at the NDT this past year, so we'd love some first-years to help the team grow. If any of you will be attending Vandy or if you know someone who is, please feel free to reach out to me. Thanks, Amit