US independent Nationals Debate Tournament
All entries that previously participated on a classrooms.cloud hosted tournament (Georgetown, TOC, International Championships) or are registered to compete in NSDA Nationals will receive a 20% fee discount).
Every urban debate league is permitted 2 free entries and a 50% discount for additional entries.
June 5-6 (final elims on Sunday, the 7th)
INDEPENDENT ENTRIES ARE ACCEPTED
Topics: NSDA Nationals LD Resolution, NSDA Nationals PF Resolution (Charter Schools), 2020-1 Policy (Criminal Justice Reform)
Free Resources: PF LD, Policy
Divisions -- PF (Two Person, Standard Format)
Divisions -- PF (One on One)
Pro Constructive (5)
Con Constructive (5)
Pro Rebuttal (5)
Con Rebuttal (5)
Pro Summary (5)
Con Summary (5)
Divisions -- Policy & LD
Independent entries are accepted, but students cannot register for this tournament. If an adult we do not know registers for the tournament, we will have a video call with the adult to insure that the adult is willing to take responsibility for you during the weekend of the tournament.
-High School students CANNOT judge varsity debate divisions under any circumstances
-Middle School students can NEVER judge in any division
-9th graders can only judge only MS.
-10th graders and above who have debated at least one full year prior to this year can judge high school novice and MS and only those two divisions.
-11th & 12th graders and above who have debated at least two full years can judge JV, novice, and MS.
Programs that enter judges into divisions they cannot judge will be disqualified from the tournament.
Programs whose judges do not show MUST either pay a fine of $100/missed round or withdraw their teams from the tournament
Program directors (and adults who agree to take responsibility for independent entries) must agree to be in a text group where missing judges will be reported and must agree to help get those judges into debates.
If programs and responsible adults cannot agree to these judge responsibilities, they are encouraged to hire judging. We have unlimited hired judges available at $150/entry.
In last week's practice debates there are a few students in each of the debates whose internet lagged. We really encourage everyone to do the best they can to strengthen their internet connections over the next few days. Suggestions -
(1) Sit near your wireless router. This is the fastest way to improve the strength of your connection.
(2) Purchase a new router and a wireless boost. A new router can help boost your connection and in-room wireless boost devices can help strengthen the signal.
(3) Purchase an ethernet cable and connect the cable directly to your computer.
We realize these may cost a bit of money, but the costs are lower than traveling to tournaments and these measures will help students with their e-learning for the rest of the year.
Although we are not going to *require that students turn on video, we are going to *strongly encourage it and *expect that judges keep video on. After the practice tournament, many students expressed concern that they couldn't take advantage of visual cues that are normally provided by competitors and judges during the debate. Debate clearly has strong verbal and visual components that are lost without cameras. Also, many expressed concern that there is no way at all to know if students are receiving outside prep assistance if they leave their cameras off.
The TOC is going to *require that competitors have cameras on at all time, so if you are doing this at least in part to practice for the TOC, we strongly encourage you to keep the cameras on.
If you are concerned about other people seeing parts of the room you are debating in, please simply do your best to position yourself against a wall.
The TOC reqquired all students to create email chains to exchange evidence in all events (this is normal in LD but rare to non-existent in PF). Email chains are set-up before the debate and involve each debater putting their email address in an in-round email group (this often includes the judge, if the judge requests) to exchange evidence. If students are uncomfortable sharing personal email addresses, we encourage them to create a free temporary email address to share in the group.
Although the TOC is going to require this, the Georgetown tournament will not require it. We do, however, require students to exchange evidence when requested. So if you don't feel comfortable with the email exchange, you will need to exchange evidence in the chat. Students should have the direct quote they use readily available. If students paraphrase evidence (discouraged), they must be able to quickly show their opponents the part of the article they paraphrased from.
Critical Information for Judges
When you enter the room, please enter as Judge-Your Name
After you are in the room, please account for all debaters. Once the debaters are present, please click, “Start Round” on tabroom.com, just as you normally would.
After you are finished, please fill out the results on tabroom.com just as you normally would
Please avoid @ home distractions while judging
Please disclose if you wish, but please enter the results as soon as you have a decision. All of the debates are single flight, so there is plenty of time to talk.
PF debaters have 4 minutes of prep time.
Basic steps that will also help the debate advance
Check the names of each person (including observers) Students: School-first name, Judge: first last and "judge". Observers: first, last and school affiliation (this could be tab, could be parent, could be school/coach). Anyone can change this during the tech time, so make sure everyone has the proper naming.
Check Cameras -- ask everyone to have a camera on, including yourself.
Suggest Gallery view
Test volume -- ask each debater to read something at their "debate pace" for say 15-20 seconds to test volume and clarity.
7) Explain that everyone muted except the speaker(s) and that they can see this when they are ready to speak by looking at the microphone settings for each person in the gallery.
Ask the debaters if they have a prep method (phone call, or separate chat)
Ask for any clarifications or questions.
Monitor what happens in the debate room. Even if you don't want on the email chain, you should be to monitor arrival times of email and format of exchange. Feel free to pause before a cross fire or a speech if an observer has entered the room that is not correctly identified by their name.
Critical Information for Debaters
-- Before you enter the room it will ask you your name. Please us the following naming convention (School Name, Initials). Example: (Lakeland BM) Stefan
-Sides will be set in PF.
Other Useful Information
How to debate with a partner remotely (UK Debate)
Remote Coaching Guide (UK Debate)
TOC Online Best Practices and Procedures (UK Debate) We will follow these as applicable.
YouTube Webinar -- Lincoln Garret & Priten Shah (System Developer)
How it works
Some additional details will be forthcoming once the TOC documentation is complete in the next week, but it's super simple to use.
Students will simply receive regular pairings on tabroom with regular classrooms, go to classrooms.debateus.org, and enter the assigned classroom on their buildings (see, "Wings").
How much does it cost?
Friday, June 5th -- ALL EVENTS -- ALL TIMES ARE ET
6:30 PM ET -- Round 1 -- PF, Policy, LD. LD & PF are single flighted
8:30 PM ET -- Round 2 -- PF, LD LD & PF are single flighted
9:00 PM ET -- Round 2 -- Policy
Saturday, June 6th -- PF & LD
10 AM ET -- Round 3
12:00 PM ET -- Round 4
2:00 PM ET -- Round 5
4:00 PM ET -- Round 6
6:00 PM -- Octofinals (LD will start with quarterfinals)
7:30 PM-- Quarterfinals
9:00 PM Semifinals
Finals in the morning or co-champs
Sunday, June 7th Policy
10 am -- Round 3
12:30 PM Round 4
3pm pm -- Round 5
5:30 pm -- Round 6
8pm -- Quarterfinals
Sunday, June 7th PF
10am -- semifinals
12:30pm -- finals