TO: Debate Coaches
From: IHSSA & Nick Nelsen, Tournament Coordinator
RE: State Debate Tournament, January 9-10, 2015
Below is info for the 2015 State Debate Tournament which is to held at DMACC in Ankeny on January 9-10, 2015. The forms and their deadlines are as follows:
ALL ENTRIES ARE TO BE ENTERED BY DECEMBER 17, 2014 . NO CHANGES EXCEPT FOR DROPS CAN BE MADE AFTER JANUARY 7, 2015.
The tournament will be held at the Ankeny campus of DMACC. Building 5 will house the tournament headquarters and concessions.
Division managers are: Nick Nelsen, LD; Pete Clancy, Policy Debate; Tim Sheaff, Public Forum; Rick Hunsaker & Robert Galligan, Student Congress
DEADLINES MUST BE MET OR YOUR ENTRY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Some reminders of rules/regulations for the IHSSA tournament:
A. In order to enter Student Congress, the Intent Form must have been sent by November 15 with your Bills. If you did not receive the Student Congress Intent Form and wish to enter Congress, notify the State Office immediately.
B. Be sure to keep a copy of your entry forms for your records.
C. Coaches/judges/students are encouraged to remain on site for meals. There will be food available for coaches /judges/students.
D. If you have a Junior entry and did not receive a second set of forms, please duplicate the forms. A Junior membership is considered a separate school. No attempt will be made to keep its entries from being scheduled against the Senior High entries. All students in the Junior entry must be in the ninth grade. Also, if a school elects to have a Junior membership, no ninth grade student can be listed on the Senior High entry.
E. A school must provide judges/scorers to cover entries according to the rules. Judges must be at least one year out of high school. If you are unable to provide the required number of judges/scorers, fees will be assessed at the rate of $200. (Read the Constitution for clarification) There are NO partial judges, nor can you combine entries from different divisions to calculate your judge requirement.
F. Each school will pay a refundable judges bond of $200. This bond must be received by the State Office prior to the state tournament and accompany their tournament entry form. The refund will occur after the completion of your school's judging obligation. This bond may be a separate school check or a personal check which will be held for return at the end of the tournament. If the bond is included in the entry fee, a check will be written for the refund amount. It will be mailed if not picked up.
G. Please list any judges/scorers who could be hired and paid by the IHSSA by sending an e-mail to the IHSSA State Office or a division manager.
H. Resolutions are as follows
Lincoln Douglas-- Resolved: Just governments ought to require that employers pay a living wage.
Public Forum-- Resolved: United Nations peacekeepers should have the power to engage in offensive operations.
Policy-- Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth's oceans.
I. A copy of the By-Laws WILL BE SENT TO ALL SCHOOLS THAT ENTER. Please take time to read them.
J. Students can be changed between categories until the tournament begins. If a student is substituted who is not listed on the eligibility form, a letter from your principal must be brought to the tournament stating that the student is eligible.
K. Judge preferences will be collected for LD and Policy. Coaches will receive preference sheets Thursday noon.changes to the judge pool ofter that are inevitable, but please work to limit late changes to the judge pool by ensuring your judging information is correctly entered.
Registration will be in building #5 at 11:00. Student Congress has a General Meeting at 1:30. All Saturday events will begin at 8:00 a.m.