John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School

2018 — MN/US
Subject: Congress Round Robin
Sender Shane Stafford
Recipients All Registrants of John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School
Date Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 1:07 PM

Text of message:

The schedule for the Congress RR should now be listed on the main page on the same page as the regular Congress tournament.  I included it below.  Couple of action items

 

1) Legislation -- can students involved send legislation they want considered by Wednesday Dec 12, 8PM CST?  I already have a couple.  Reminder the area is Education and Commerce

2) Also we can use that date for Presiding office candidate statements.

Reminder for coaches/judge -- You are actively involved in the sessions as asking questions.  Also your entry fee has covered a Sunday breakfast and Sunday Lunch for one student and one coach/judge.  If you want to bring other people, there is a meal charge of $75 per person to cover both these meals.  Please email me as soon as you can if you plan to bring an additional person.

Thanks!

 

Congressional Round Robin

THE BLAKE SCHOOL 8th Annual
2018 Congressional Debate Round Robin
Information and Schedule

One, and only one contestant from each school will be invited to participate, and the Congressional round robin will feature 8-12 participants.  Each school must provide a judge (preferably a coach), all of whom will judge the full session (and rank all contestants except his/her own).  Once students are invited to participate, a specific problem area will be announced.

2018 Topic Area – Education and Commerce

Devising a Solution

Be creative and persistent in your investigation of possible solutions.  Include in your plan the agencies involved, projected costs, and steps and timeframe for implementation.  Be prepared to defend your plan in questioning with credible research that addresses how it will overcome various barriers and challenges, and the extent to which it will mitigate or solve the problem you are addressing.

Preparing Legislation
You must write one bill (meeting NFL formatting guidelines, available at www.congressionaldebate.org) enumerating your plan, to be submitted to blakelegislation@gmail.com no later than 9 p.m. CST, Wednesday, December 12, 2018.  If you are interested in presiding, submit (using the same form, as a Word document in the second "legislation" upload field) a candidate statement of up to 200 words, explaining your qualifications and include a photo as a point of reference, if you wish.  

Committee Hearing (Session 1)

Each contestant will have two minutes to succinctly speak to the details of a proposed plan of solution, from their assigned, seated position.  The speech will be followed by two minutes of direct questioning by up to four delegates (segmented into 30-second blocks). That will be followed by four 30-second blocks of direct questioning by judges. Finally, up to one minute of traditional questioning from observing audience members (one question per observer).  Once the morning subcommittee hearing has concluded, all 12 delegates will cast a preferential ballot to determine the subcommittee's top priority of action.  Tournament staff will tabulate to determine the specific bill to be debated during the late-morning legislative session. 

 

Debate on Legislation (Session 2)

This session will feature one three-minute speech from each delegate, all with two-minute questioning periods featuring multiple delegate questions, as well as questions from judges. Either contestants or judges may move to suspend the rules to continue direct questioning.

Emergency Scenario (Session 3)

The situation will be announced during the second session.  It will have some relevance to the public works infrastructure topic area. The session ends at 2:00, or once each contestant has had the opportunity to speak once.

 

Presiding

Each of the three sessions will be chaired by a different student presiding officer, elected by her/his peers.  If there are not three presiding officers interested in serving, tournament staff will determine how the sessions will be shared by two presiding officers.


Scoring and Advancement

Each speech and session of presiding is worth up to six NFL points.  At the end of the round robin, judges will rank their six most preferred contestants for the aggregate three sessions (and may not rank contestants from their own school).  Thus, each student would receive 11 judge ranks or non-ranks (7s).  Aggregate NFL point values will be converted to a rank scale (tied point values will become tied ranks, so if three students have perfect scores of "12," the rank equivalent would be 1, 1, 1, with the next rank a 4, and so on through 7th place).  The points to rank conversion is the 12th rank.  Finally, each student will rank all delegates, the aggregate rank total placement of which will be multiplied by three to serve as the 13th, 14th, and 15th ranks.  Ties in cumulative rank total will be broken first on most preferred ranks (i.e., judges' preference), then on inverse reciprocals, then on adjusted cumulative total with high and low ranks dropped, then on most preferred ranks of the adjusted ranks, then on inverse reciprocals of most preferred ranks, and if necessary, on the student ranking (which would serve as a parliamentarian ranking on the NFL Congress rank system).

 

Schedule - December 17, 2018 (Sunday)

 

   7:30-8:15 Breakfast

 

8:15 – 9:45

  Round Robin Session Hearing

9:45 - 10:00

  Break

10:00

  Announcement of Selected Legislation

10:15 - 11:30

  Debate on Legislation

11:30-12:30

  Lunch for Participants/Judges

12:30-2:00

  Emergency Session Scenario

2:45 or ASAP

  Awards

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