West Bloomfield High School Policy Debate Tournament

2016 — West Bloomfield, Michigan, MI/US

West Bloomfield Debate Invitational 2016


Dear Colleagues,


You and your team are invited to the West Bloomfield Invitational Debate Tournament on September 30th and Oct. 1, 2016. This year’s tournament will be an exciting competition that represents the new changes and reflects the changing phases of the West Bloomfield Debate Program. Varsity, JV, novice policy debates will be held at West Bloomfield High School. We hope to have a very competitive tournament as we start the 2015-16 in state debate season.



Two-person Varsity (Friday/Saturday) - This division will participate in five rounds of swing debate. Three of the preliminary rounds will be power paired. The number of elimination rounds will depend on the number of entries.


Two-person JV (Friday/Saturday) – The format for this division will be the same as the Varsity (If not enough jv entries have been entered we will run an open division with a jv breakout).


Two-person Novice (Friday/Saturday)- If we have enough entries we will run a novice division and break to the appropriate number of out rounds.


There will be two preset rounds and three power paired rounds. The number of elimination rounds will depend on the number of entries.



*****Lunch and all elimination rounds will be at West Bloomfield High School*****




You must provide one judge per four debaters in each division (i.e., one judge covers two teams).Judges will be used as needed between the varsity and jv divisions.. JUDGES ARE OBLIGATED ONE ROUND PAST YOUR TEAM’S ELIMINATION!!!! Hired judges are limited (first come, first serve) at a cost of $75 for a half-judge and $150 for a full judge. If you know of people who want to judge, have them let us know.



The entry fee per Varsity/JV 2 person team is $50 each. Please make checks payable to the West Bloomfield Debate or Joel Thursam.



Each team advancing beyond preliminary rounds will receive a trophy. There will be ten speaker awards for varsity and five for junior varsity. We ask that you stay for awards if possible, and help celebrate the accomplishments of other teams.




HOTELS: hotel information is provided at the bottom of the invitation.



Entries must be received by Wednesday Sept 28th at the end of the day (5 pm). Fees are frozen as of 5 pm Wednesday.



I can be reached at the following numbers:

 Cell (586) 206-3617

 Work (248) 865-6720, extension 6842, ask for Joel Thursam.

  Email: The preferred method of entry is email joel.thursam@wbsd.org (you will receive a message confirming that your entry was received).




Friday             2:15-3:15 pm  Registration in the Media Center

                        3:30 pm           General meeting

                        4:00 pm           Round I (all divisions)

                        6:00pm            Round II (all divisions)

                        7:30 pm           Dinner at West Bloomfield High School

                        8:15 pm           Round III (all divisions)


Saturday          7:30 am           Schematics Available

                        8:00 am           Round IV (all divisions)

                        10:00 am         Round V (all divisions)

                        11:30 am         Lunch

                        12:30 pm         Elimination Round I

                        2:30pm            Awards in the Cafeteria

                        3:00 pm           Elimination round II

                        5:00 pm           Elimination round III (if necessary)



Food will be available for purchase on Friday and Saturday. The schedule is tight, and the food vendors are far, so pleases do not plan on leaving the building for meals. A selection of snacks will be available, free for coaches and judges, in the lounge during the tournament.








___________________________________________________High School will enter:


__________Varsity Two-Person (Fri. & Sat.) @ $50 per entry     ________


__________JV Two-Person (Fri. & Sat.) @ $50                            ________


__________Novice Two-Person (Fri. & Sat.) @ $50                     ________


__________Full Judges @ $150 each                                              ________


__________1/2 Judges @ $75 each                                                 ________


                                                                                    Total Due:                    .



Total Fee, Checks Payable to West Bloomfield Debate or Joel Thursam

Due prior to or at registration.



Coach________________________________  Email_____________________


School Address________________________________ School Phone #______________


Home Phone______________________ Fax Number _______________________


*****Please attach a list of your debate pairing and judges or send one by September 28th, 2016





















Hotel Information


Distance from high school

Hotel Name

Phone Number


4.17 miles

Delta Hotel



4.63 miles

Best Western Inn



4.63 miles

Courtyard by Marriot



4.64 miles

Comfort Inn



4.65 miles

Fairfield Inn



4.65 miles

Extended Stay America