University of Wyoming High School Tournament
2020 — Online, WY/US
Tab Room Contact Info
Registration, pairings, and ballots will be on Tabroom.
All events except duo will take place live on Zoom.
UW staff will facilitate the use of Zoom during the tournament.
If your school district is hostile towards Zoom, please reach out and contact me. I am happy to get on the phone with your district’s tech coordinator to make the case for an exception (this worked at States).
Please consider me to be on-call 24/7 for any questions you have about the tournament both in the lead-up to the tournament and during the tournament.
Please Update Zoom (debaters, judges, coaches – everyone)
The version of Zoom released in late September makes hosting a tournament on Zoom far easier for both the host and participants. Everyone, from participants, judges, and coaches, should make sure they have the latest version of Zoom downloaded. Coaches should repeatedly tell both their judges and debaters to do this, and confirm that they have.
Zoom Naming Convention
A uniform naming convention on Zoom is vital to running a smooth tournament. It helps us to do room check efficiently and make sure everyone is where they are supposed to be, thereby preventing delays. Every participant at the tournament, from debaters, to judges, to observers, should use the following naming convention:
X should be C, J, or O, for Competitor, Judge, or Observer.
J-UW-Matt Liu (he/him)
Please remind all of your participants to adopt this naming convention on Zoom. We will blast out Tabroom reminders if folks are not following the naming convention, and it will get annoying.
Duo: Uploading Videos
If you're having trouble finding where to upload videos, go to Tabroom, then login and click your username at the top corner. Click on the "University of Wyoming High School Tournament" line, then click entries. Under your duo entries you should be able to click in the "changes" section with a "blue box with a paper and pen." This should then let you "link to performance video" where you can add the link then save your entry details.
Debate Events: Disclosure
Judges in policy (CX) and LD should write a paradigm on Tabroom.com describing how they judge.
We highly encourage argument disclosure and evidence sharing in LD & policy (CX).
You can read our take on argument disclosure here: https://wyodebateroundup.weebly.com/blog/the-case-for-argument-disclosure
Similarly, we believe that in all debate events, sharing evidence before speeches creates better debates. To facilitate this, debaters can email each other the evidence they plan to read in their speech. In policy debate in particular, rigorously scrutinizing evidence is what sets this event apart. Evidence cannot be rigorously scrutinized if it cannot be viewed.
Finally, disclosure of decisions and oral feedback is strongly encouraged for any judge that feels comfortable with it. You can find our full take on decision disclosure and oral feedback here: https://wyodebateroundup.weebly.com/blog/the-case-for-oral-disclosure-and-feedback
Wednesday Events (Mountain Time)
Wednesday evening we will host an optional event for students of all grades who might be interested in attending UW. The schedule is as follows:
6:00pm: Keynote speaker Chris Rothfuss (Wyoming Senate Minority Leader and UW Debate alum)
6:15pm: On the Honors College w/ Honors College Dean Peter Parolin
6:30pm: On UW Debate w/ Matt Liu & UW debaters
7:00pm: Q&A breakout groups w/ UW admissions experts & members of the UW Debate Team
At 7:30pm we will host a Round Zero for all students and judges to familiarize themselves with the online platform. Round Zero will take less than 30 minutes and is encouraged, but not mandatory.
Friday 12/11 (Mountain Time)
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Online Check-in (Tabroom.com) – all head coaches must complete
2:00 p.m. Round 1 Policy (CX), LD, PF
3:15 p.m. Extemp Draw
3:45 p.m. Round 1 Humor, Oratory, Poetry, Extemp, Info, Congress
5:15 p.m. Round 2 Policy (CX), LD, PF
Round 1 Duet, Drama, POI
6:30 p.m. Round 2 Extemp Draw
7:00 p.m. Round 2 Humor, Oratory, Poetry, Extemp, Info, Congress
Saturday 12/12 (Mountain Time)
7:30 a.m. Round 3 Policy (CX), LD, PF
Round 2 Duet, Drama, POI
8:45 a.m. Round 3 Extemp Draw
9:15 a.m. Round 3 Humor, Oratory, Poetry, Extemp, Info, Congress
10:45 a.m. Round 4 Policy (CX), LD, PF
Round 3 Duet, Drama, POI
12:00 p.m. Semifinals Extemp Draw
12:30 p.m. Semifinals Humor, Oratory, Poetry, Extemp, Info, Super Congress Session 1
2:00 p.m. Semifinals Policy (CX), LD, PF, Duet, Drama, POI
3:15 p.m. Finals Extemp Draw
3:45 p.m. Finals Humor, Oratory, Poetry, Extemp, Info, Super Congress Session 2
5:15 p.m. Finals (CX), LD, PF, Duet, Drama, POI
7:15 p.m. Awards