Kanellis Invitational

2019 — Iowa City, IA/US
Subject Decision Time - Please Read Carefully
Sender Michael Greenstein
Recipients All Registrants of Kanellis InvitationalVarsity Policy judges Novice Policy judges
Sent Friday 22 February 2019 at 3:36 PM
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Greetings,

 

This year at Kanellis we are implementing a decision time. Decision time simply means there will be a deadline by which the judge must make a decision in each debate. Each round’s decision time deadline is based on the Tabroom pairing start time. If the judge does not enter a decision in tabroom by the decision time, it is within the Tabroom’s power to flip a coin to determine the winner of that debate. We do intend to enforce this but hope we don't have to.

For example, in a prelim with 120 minutes for decision time, if the Tabroom pairing start time is 8am, the judge must enter the decision into Tabroom by 10:00am or the tabroom will flip a coin to determine the winner.

 

Oral critiques can still take place after the decision deadline and written feedback on Tabroom can be edited until the end of the entire tournament. It is very important to note that the decision time does not change if the debate starts late. There is an incentive for the students and judge(s) to begin the debate at the Tabroom pairing start time and to exchange evidence via email chains throughout the debate and after the debate in a timely manner.

 

Coaches, please make sure the people judging for your school are aware of the use of decision times and start their debates on time. Use of decision time has been extremely successful in college policy debate and at the tournaments where the high school community has piloted it throughout the year.

 

The decision time for prelims will be 120 minutes after the tabroom pairing time for each debate and for elims it will be 130 minutes after the tabroom pairing time for each debate. Of course, please feel free to vote well in advance of decision time too.

 

We hope that these changes will only continue to improve on the tournament experience we provide.

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All Registrants of Kanellis InvitationalVarsity Policy judges Novice Policy judges