UC Irvine Round Robin

UC-Irvine is hosting a round robin in March with a cool new concept- they will have separate divisions for those who do /do not want exclusively plan centered debate and the winners of each pod will meet in a final round. They are having a RR for high schoolers, college debaters, and a pro-debate division (which you should encourage Josh Clark to join). Here is the full invite:

 

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

The James Baldwin Debate Society is pleased to invite you to the 2014 Irvine Round-Robin & Conference to be hosted at the University of California at Irvine on March 7-9, 2014.

The Round-Robin

We will be hosting three round robins:  high school, college, and pro debate.

College Round Robin

The college round robin will include up to 12 teams divided into two wheels:  Traditional and Freestyle.  Teams who choose to debate in the traditional wheel agree to present and exclusively defend the hypothetical enactment of a topical plan on the affirmative.  These teams will agree to be subject to additional enforcement mechanisms to ensure affirmative compliance.  Teams in the Freestyle wheel are expected to debate the topic, but will not be subject to any additional rules or enforcement mechanisms.  Teams will be extended an invitation to the college round robin with priority given to those universities who can enter a team in each wheel.

High School Round Robin

The high school round robin will include up to 12 teams divided into two wheels:  Traditional and Freestyle.  Teams who choose to debate in the traditional wheel agree to present and exclusively defend the hypothetical enactment of a topical plan on the affirmative.  These teams will agree to be subject to additional enforcement mechanisms to ensure affirmative compliance.  Teams in the Freestyle wheel are expected to debate the topic, but will not be subject to any additional rules or enforcement mechanisms.  Teams are invited to apply to participate in this round robin.  We will appoint an informed committee to decide of which teams to accept with a mission to achieve competitive balance and geographic diversity.

Pro-Debate Round Robin

The pro-debate round robin will also include up to 12 teams and two wheels of debate:  Old School and New School.  Teams who enter into the old school of pro debate are required to present and defend the hypothetical enactment of a topical plan on the affirmative.  Teams in the freestyle wheel are expected to debate the topic.  All teams are welcome to apply.

All teams will be expected to fundraise a minimum of $300 to go towards a scholarship fund for Urban Debate League students to attend debate camp at the California National Debate Institute, hosted at UC-Berkeley from June 22-July 12.  The Cal debate team has generously agreed to match the funds raised by participants in the pro-debate tournament.

Judging

The Pledge.  Only those judges who sign an agreement to enforce the Traditional Policy Debate Rule:  the affirmative must present and exclusively defend the hypothetical enactment of a topical plan will per permitted to judge in the traditional debate wheels.  Each judge who agrees to sign the pledge will also be asked to provide a brief explanation of what that statement means to them and how they judge debates.

The Topic (s): 

High School Round Robin:  Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement toward Cuba, Mexico or Venezuela.

College Round Robin:  Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase statutory and/or judicial restrictions on the war powers authority of the President of the United States in one or more of the following areas: targeted killing; indefinite detention; offensive cyber operations; or introducing United States Armed Forces into hostilities.

Pro Debate Round Robin:  Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase statutory and/or judicial restrictions on the war powers authority of the President of the United States in one or more of the following areas: targeted killing; indefinite detention; offensive cyber operations; or introducing United States Armed Forces into hostilities.

Final Round

Each round robin will conclude with a final round between the top two teams from each wheel and will be decided by a panel of three judges.  Ties for the best record will be decided by the head-to-head matchup and by speaker points if there are more than 2 teams with the same record. The team who wins the coin flip before the debate can choose their side of the debate (affirmative or negative) or choose whether to require one member of the judging panel agree to enforce the Pledge.  The other two judges will be chosen at random and will not be subject to the Pledge.

The Conference

We will host a conference to discuss the current hot topics in debate including topic selection, mutual preference judging and the various approaches to affirmation.  In addition to panel discussions featuring presentations from high school and college debaters, as well as coaches and alumni, we will invite a member of the UC-Irvine faculty to speak to address the conference participants.

There will be an additional call for papers for high school and college debaters to submit a proposal to present on the Friday night panels.  Potential topics include:  The future of traditional debate, including what it means to be topical, what it means to engage in policy debate, potential and specifics of an enforcement mechanism for topicality, potential changes to the topic process to ensure more targeted debates about the resolution, the future of alternative styles of debate, including new theories regarding the purpose of policy debate, the topic and affirmation, alternatives to MPJ and other strategies to reduce barriers to participation in debate.

Conference Fees

There is a flat fee of $100 to attend the conference as a debater, judge, coach or observer.  The judges and coaches (capped at 3) of any school with two teams in the same round robin can attend for free.  The fee includes lunch on Saturday and brunch on Sunday.  Also, students selected to present on a panel can attend the conference for free.

Entries

You may apply by emailing me directly the team, the round robin and the wheel in which you would like to participate.  Please submit your application for entry by February 1, 2014.  Final invitations will be sent by February 3, 2014.    Email address:  rwevans@uci.edu

The Schedule

  • Friday, March 7
    • 5-6pm- Registration
    • 6-7:30pm- Panel Discussion Part 1: “ Plans, Policies & Proposals For Improving& Diversifying Debate”
    • 8-9:30pm- Panel Discussion Part 2:  “Alternative Approaches to Affirming & Judging”
    • Saturday, March 8
      • 8am- Round 1
      • 10:30am- Round 2
      • Lunch
      • 1:30pm- Round 3
      • 4pm- Round 4
      • 6:30pm- Round 5
      • Sunday, March 9
        • 9am- Final Round (HS/Pro); Round 6 (College)
        • 11am- Brunch, Awards Ceremony, Guest Speaker
        • 1pm- Final Round (College)

Done by 4pm on Sunday, March 9

Hotel & Travel Info

All debate rounds will be held on the UC-Irvine campus.  UC-Irvine is located in Orange County, California and is easily accessible through the John Wayne Airport (10 mins from campus; across from hotel) or Long Beach (30 mins from campus and hotel).  These are two of the cheapest airports to fly in and out of in the country.

Participants are welcome to make arrangements at the Atrium Hotel, which is across from the John Wayne Airport and within 10 minutes of campus.  The hotel rate for UCI visitors is $99 and includes breakfast for two, self-parking and a free shuttle service to and from the airport, campus and other local attractions.  Phone number:  800-554-3012.  Website:  http://atriumhotel.com/

Statement Regarding Participant Conduct

All participants are responsible for maintaining an environment for debate free from prohibited discrimination and harassment.

Here is the link from  CEDA Forums.

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