High School (LD/PF)
November 1, 2014
Dear Lincoln-Douglas & Public Forum Debate Coach,
The William Fremd High School Debate Team would like to (cordially, warmly, affectionately, genially) invite you to our annual LD and PF tournament on Saturday, November 1, 2014 (NOTE: This is not the same as the ICDA #2 Student Congress Tournament we are also hosting on 10/25). We can promise you a well-run tournament with some of the best competition in Illinois at the novice, junior varsity, and varsity levels.
We will run five rounds in Lincoln-Douglas on the November/December NSDA resolution. We will also run five rounds in Public Forum on the November NSDA debate topic.* The top five competitors in each division will receive inordinately large awards. Speaker awards will be given to the top four speakers in each division.
Last year, we were at capacity and used close to 100 rooms. Registration must be completed online ASAP and no later than Thursday, October 23rd at 5:00 PM. No additions will be allowed after that point (only name substitutions). Drops after that point are fine, but fees will be final on Wednesday, October 29th at 5:00 PM. Last-minute changes can be made on the morning of the tournament. Intent to attend can be communicated as soon as possible.
NOTE: Because increased turnout is anticipated, we will preemptively cap entries at 4 entries per division. Excess entries will be placed on a waiting list and will be taken off as soon as Thursday, October 23rd and no later than Wednesday, October 29th at 9:00 PM. Please prioritize your entries A,B,C,D, etc.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the tournament director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-644-7202.
We hope to see you in November.
Martin Zacharia, Head Coach
Jacqueline Dickens, Assistant Coach
Dorothy Robak-Iacch, Assistant Coach
*we have decided to forgo elimination rounds this year and replace the semifinal round with a 5th round for everyone. Given the size of our tournament last year (and hopefully this year), we believe that a fifth round would provide all debaters a chance to gain more experience and feedback while also providing a better opportunity for the tournament to clearly break ties for awards (instead of on the 3rd or 4th tiebreaker in TRPC). This will also allow the tournament to end earlier than if we had two elimination rounds.