59th Annual George R R Pflaum Debate Tournament

2014 — KS/US

Quick summary for repeat customers:


*Tournament Hotel the same –

Both blocks are under ‘ESU debate’. 

Flint Hills Inn and Suites (Formerly the Holiday Inn) ($65/night) (620-341-9393)

Candlewood Suites is another great alternative and we are currently working on the block rate (620-343-7756)


The Flint Hills Inn and Suites is preferable because they will have breakfast every morning (biscuits and gravy type breakfast, not stale bagel type breakfast).  All the rooms at the Flint Hills Inn have refrigerators and microwaves as well.


*Saturday-Monday Schedule – Rounds will begin Saturday morning.


*Still using challenge matching.


Dear Community,

 On behalf of Emporia State University, the Department of Communication and
Theatre, and Hornet Debate, it is my privilege to invite you to the
59th Annual George R. R. Pflaum Debate Tournament in Emporia, KS. The
tournament will be held October 25th through the 27th, 2011.

We are pleased to be offering 6 rounds of debate in Open and Junior Varsity.

We know many prefer an 8 round format, however, we
believe that a 6 round format encourages wellness (and sleep). Final round
schedule will depend on entries and facilities. We will make every effort
to keep divisions separate, but again, divisions are entry dependent.
A final schedule will follow closer to the tournament date.

 We believe we offer a fine slate of competition in the Midwest tradition,
as well as great hospitality, as some of you who have been here before can
attest. We will continue that hospitality and then some.

We do hope you will join us here in October to help celebrate our tournament.


Toya Green
Director of Debate

Juan Garcia

Assistant Debate Coach



TOURNAMENT HOTELS –  Please make sure to make your reservations in a timely manner.  PLEASE DO NOT EXTINGUISH YOUR CIGARETTES ON THE SIDE OF THE HOTEL.  The last time we had folks at the Fairfield, their very nice and debate-friendly manager had to call me because the side of the hotel was blackened with ash.  Please just have respect for the premises that you are on.


NOTE: If the block fills-up at both hotels, please let me know and I
can speak with the managers about getting more rooms at the block


TRANSPORTATION: Emporia is located at the major highway junction of I-335
and I-35. Those of you driving will have little trouble finding the
University or the hotel, as both are located within two blocks of
I-35. For those of you flying, the Emporia airport does have shuttle
service to KCI, but you will find flying into Kansas City
International Airport the cheapest option.  If notified in advance,
ESU can provide transportation for teams flying into KCI free of cost.
 We would like to see more regional diversity at our tournament so we
will provide this service free of cost.  Please let us know ASAP if
you want a lift.

GUIDELINES: The Pflaum will abide by all relevant CEDA guidelines on sexual
harassment and debater eligibility.

TOPIC: We will use the 2014-2015 CEDA/NDT topic. No teams coached by actual wizards may win debates.

TIMES: 9-3-6 with 10 minutes of prep time.

DIVISIONS: We will offer Junior Varsity and Open levels of
competition, eligibility by CEDA guidelines. We reserve the right to collapse
divisions if entries warrant. We will try to preserve novice as a primary

AWARDS: will be awarded to the top 10 speakers in all divisions that
warrant, more if the numbers are there, less if not. Suitable awards will
be given to all out round participants.

SMOKING: ESU is a minimal smoking campus, smoking is allowed 25ft away
from buildings, we ask your help in enforcing this policy as well as
being aware of the mess smoking creates outside of buildings.

ELIMINATION ROUNDS: Will be held as per the CEDA formula, we anticipate at
least quarters in all divisions, octos in open.  If teams are forced
to go maverick because of extenuating circumstances, they will be
allowed to debate but not to clear.

ENTRY FEES: $85 per policy team.

JUDGING GUIDELINES: Each team is expected to provide one qualified judge
for every two teams entered. One team will equal a half commitment (3
rounds). Fees for uncovered teams will be $100, of course we would rather
have your judges than your money. We reserve the right to limit entries
based on available judges from any school. We do not have any judges
available locally for hire at this time (except JT who might be spoken for
already). We encourage you to post to edebate to get folks to come out of
the woodwork. If you have judges for hire, please let us know ASAP, and we
will get them hooked up with folks. Each judge is expected to render a
decision before the start time of the next round, in a timely manner, with

If you would like to hire judges through the tournament (e.g. you pay
us, we pay the judge, what you pay the judge goes on your receipt) let
me know and we can make arrangements.

ENTRIES: We support the Brushke site, and entry ability should be up this
evening. Deadline for Entries is Wednesday, January 9th, please send them
in early so we can plan food.

Get your entries in ASAP.




Saturday – Pre-lims (3)


Sunday – Pre-lims (3)



Monday – Elims