New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament

2018 — Bronx, NY/US
Subject Big Bronx update
Sender Jim Menick
Recipients All Registrants of New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament
Sent Thursday 20 September 2018 at 2:56 PM
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We are getting closer to the date for freezing fees & obligations (9/28), so the following is extremely important.


We are requiring online paradigms for judges in the three debate divisions. At the moment there are quite a few judges with no paradigms. Please get these up soonest; any judge without a paradigm by the start of prefs/strikes will not be accepted by the tournament. This is in aid of providing meaningful information to all the attendees for this important process. If we must drop a judge from the pool, that school will be subject to steep financial penalties at registration, and that school’s teams will not get prefs/strikes, if we can even let the teams in.


In all the divisions, including IEs and Congress, we have completed our judge hire allocations. As mentioned previously, no school was able to cover its entire obligation with hires. In other words, if you are a one-person team, you need to bring a judge. And we expect large programs to dig into their alums and parents and college connections rather than relying on us. The simple fact is, there are just so many judges available to us, and we have no choice, as with virtually all tournaments, but to require that teams bring as many of their own judges as possible, especially in the divisions with per-round obligations (LD and CX). Please use the time between now and the freeze to acquire any missing judges, and be prepared to drop teams that are not covered. You don’t want to have to pay for teams you can’t bring.


We’ve managed to work the waitlists pretty successfully, with large but not unreasonably sized divisions. If you are still on the waitlist and have gotten no entries in, this is because you look like an independent entry, or perhaps you have put some vague organizational name in as the contact rather than a real person. See the invite for further details on independent entries. If you’re a school with a lot of entries already accepted, feel free to keep teams on the waitlist as long as you want, provided that you will be able to provide judge coverage for them. We’ll be working the lists right up until the final minute.


And that’s about it for now.

All Registrants of New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament