Golden Spear Round Robin
2020 — Tallahassee, FL/US
We are pleased to invite you to the inaugural Golden Spear Round Robin at Florida State University. This round robin will showcase the top eighteen Congressional Debate competitors in the country, award a large cash scholarship to the tournament champion, and will be held at the Florida State University College of Law from March 28-29, 2020.
Eligibility for the tournament will be determined by the Golden Spear Debate Society's year-long national ranking system. Based on a competition's Tournament of Champions bid level for Congressional Debate, all invitationals with bids for the 2019-2020 season will be assigned a point value for the ranking system. The sums of competitors' top six point-earning competitions will be used to rank all competitors nationally. Points will be assigned according to the following formula:
Tier 1 Tourneys: 50 points + 25% of total Congress entries
Tier 2 Tourneys: 100 points + 25% of total Congress entries
Tier 3 Tourneys: 150 points + 25% of total Congress entries
Tier 4 Tourneys: 200 points + 25% of total Congress entries
Golden Spear Round Robin: 250 points
Tournament of Champions: 350 points
NCFL Grand Nationals: 350 points
NSDA Nationals: 500 points
Points will be awarded based on the following formula:
1st place: 100% of points
2nd place: 90% of points
3rd place: 80% of points
4th place: 70% of points
5th place: 60% of points
6th place: 50% of points
7th place: 40% of points
8th place: 30% of points
9-16th place: 25% of points
1. Only 1st through 6th place will be awarded points for Tier 1 tournaments
2. All 24 finalists in both final chambers of NSDA Nationals will receive 25% of points
After the completion of the 2020 Emory Barkley Forum, the top twenty ranked competitors in the country will automatically be eligible to compete at the Golden Spear Round Robin. If one of the top twenty declines their invitation, we will open up any remaining spots to a holistic waitlist. If you wish to be admitted off the holistic waitlist after we announce the original eighteen invitations on February 1, please email the tournament director, Jack Fitzgerald. Admission off the waitlist will not be solely decided on this year's national rankings; rather, it will be based on a holistic evaluation of competitors' success over the course of their career.
The champion of this tournament will receive a large cash scholarship. The exact scholarship amount is yet to be determined, but we are confident in saying it will be at least $1000 and will be the largest cash scholarship of any Congressional Debate tournament in the country.
This round will be recorded and kept on YouTube as a record of what a great Congressional Debate round looks like, so students and parents are required to fill out a media release form for students to compete. Additionally, students need to have at least one adult chaperone who will accept responsibility for the student to attend the tournament in order to compete.