2015 ICTA STATE DEBATE FINALS
Dear Illinois Debate Community:
Please accept this invitation as a formal request to participate in the 4th Annual (2015)
Illinois Communication and Theatre Association State Debate Tournament in Novice/JV Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum and Congressional Debate.
Please read the following information carefully and join us at James B. Conant High School in March!
WHAT? ICTA State Debate Tournament for first and second year debaters
WHEN? March 13-14, 2015 (See Schedule Tab)
James B. Conant High School
700 E. Cougar Trail
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
All Illinois high schools where the coach (or some other faculty member) is a member of the Illinois Communication and Theatre Association.
We will host Novice and JV divisions for each of the following events: Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, and Congressional Debate. Novice and JV may be collapsed into one division if the numbers warrant it.
Novices: To qualify for this category, a debater must be in his/her first year of competition. Any student who has had any kind of Debate competition prior to the 2014-2015 school year is ineligible. In addition, high school seniors must be placed in the JV division even if s/he meets the criteria of a Novice.
JV: To qualify for this category, a debater must be in his/her first or second year of competition. Any student who has had any kind of Debate competition prior to the 2013-2014 school year is ineligible. Assuming they meet the criteria, all seniors must compete in this division.
You may enter up to four students in Lincoln-Douglas (per division), four teams in Public Forum (per division), and up to six students in Congress (per division).
YOU MAY ADD TWO ADDITIONAL LD DEBATERS AND TWO ADDITIONAL PF TEAMS TO BE WAITLISTED - if the possibility exists to remove waitlisted entries, it must be unilateral to create equity and legitmacy for the tournament.
So, we will follow this process if we can accept further entries:
#1 All schools, who enter waitlisted students, will get one more JVPF team
#2 All schools, who enter waitlisted students, will get one more JVLD debater
#3 All schools, who enter waitlisted students, will get one more JVPF team
#4 All schools, who enter waitlisted students, will get one more JVLD debater
#5 All schools, who enter waitlisted students, will get one more NPF team
#6 All schools, who enter waitlisted students, will get one more NLD debater
#7 All schools, who enter waitlisted students, will get one more NPF team
#8 All schools, who enter waitlisted students, will get one more NLD debater
If entries are low, we will not move JV students down to bolster the Novice division; coaches will have the option accelerate students into this division in order to give the largest number of students the opportunity to compete.
SDTC will contact you immediately if a division is in danger so that you can exercise this option.
We will break to Octafinals if there are 40 or more entries in each division of LD and PF on the first day of the tournament. We will break to Quarterfinals if there are at least 20 entries.
JUDGES FOR THE TOURNAMENT?
No judges will be hired by the SDTC. However, I am willing to help teams find judges to hire if necessary. Please email me (email@example.com) if you have extra judges or if you are short judges. I will do what I can to see that no school leaves teams at home because they were unable to get enough judges.
Schools that do not provide the required number of judges will have to drop teams at registration (more specifics under PENALTIES).
Please note the following judge restrictions carefully:
All judges are required to judge one round beyond their team’s elimination.
Judge requirements in the NOVICE division has changed this year because we plan to single-flight the tournament.
JUDGES BY DIVISION?
Novice and JV Public Forum:
In the Novice division, each school shall provide one (1) judge for each (1) Public Forum teams (two debaters). Juniors in their third year of debate or seniors in their third or fourth year of debate may judge in the Novice division. Every attempt will be made to place two (2) judges in each of the preliminary Novice debate rounds and three (3) judges will be placed in each of the elimination rounds.
In the JV division, each school shall provide one (1) judge for every two (2) Public Forum teams. JV PF judges must be high school graduates who never competed during the 2014-2015 season. One (1) judge will be assigned to each preliminary debate round and three (3) judges will be assigned to each elimination round.
Novice and JV Lincoln-Douglas:
In the Novice division, each school shall provide one (1) judge for each (1) Lincoln-Douglas debater. Juniors in their third year of debate or seniors in their third or fourth year of debate may judge in the Novice division. Every attempt will be made to place two (2) judges in each of the preliminary Novice debate rounds and three (3) judges will be placed in each of the elimination rounds.
In the JV division, each school shall provide one (1) judge for every two (2) Lincoln-Douglas debaters or a fraction thereof. JV LD judges must be high school graduates who never competed during the 2014-2015 season. One (1) judge will be assigned to each preliminary debate round and three (3) judges will be assigned to each elimination round.
Novice and JV Congress:
Each school shall provide one Congressional judge per six entries.
All Congressional judges must be high school graduates who never competed during the 2014-2015 season.
Schools that do not provide the correct number of judges per the instructions above will have the opportunity to find the necessary additional judge(s) up until the start of the tournament on Friday, March 13 or they will have to forfeit a number of students equal to the deficiency of the applicable ratio (i.e. a school that only brings 2 LD judges for 5 students in JV LD will be forced to drop 1 student).
Any judge (student or adult) and any competitor affiliated with a school that delays the tournament or a round by more than 10 minutes after schematics have been posted (i.e. they have yet to show up for their ballot and/or the round) will accrue a fine of 50.00 per infraction to be paid by the school directly to ICTA. If an extenuating circumstance arises, the SDTC believes that “communication solves all problems” and will likely waive the penalty. This policy has been instituted to remind people to adhere to punctuality and to avoid coaching if they ought to be judging, so that the tournament may run as efficiently as possible.
SMOKING IS PROHIBITED ON ALL PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUSES WITHIN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS – any judge, coach, or student found smoking on the GCHS campus will be immediately rejected from the entire tournament. Additionally, guilty parties will be referred to the Hoffman Estates Police Department. JBCHS and ICTA will press charges and the individual will likely be fined $250.00. ICTA will also send a letter of notification to the administration of the school who hired the judge, hired the coach, and/or brought the student.
STUDENT The ICTA SDTC will give prizes (Third Place $5, Second Place $10, and Third JUDGE Place $15 gift certificates to a popular store or website) to each of the top three COMPETITION? ballots from student judges in Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, and Public Forum. Please make sure that student judges are noted on your entry in JOT, so we can fairly and accurately judge this competition during the tournament. These prizes will be given during the awards ceremony. Only those students who are marked as “student judges” on the entry in JOT will be included in this competition.
MISC. RULES? (1) Each team will have two (2) minutes of prep. time in Public Forum and four (4) minutes of prep. time in Lincoln-Douglas. Final Focus in PF will be 2 minutes.
(2) Oral critiques may be given after a round, but keep them BRIEF. Judges are expected to write out a complete ballot, and they are expected to return their ballots before the next round begins. Plus...
(3) Judges shall be instructed to submit a decision within ten (10) minutes of the conclusion of a round.
(4) Judges must keep time. Students are allowed to time; however, under no circumstances are debaters to be the only ones keeping time.
(5) Judges shall not reveal decisions until the results have been released by the SDTC. DO NOT DISCLOSE.
(6) A coach (or some other teacher) from each attending school must be a member of ICTA for the school to participate in this ICTA-sponsored event. There should be a place on the entry form to indicate that. If no one is an ICTA member, s/he must pay membership dues with the tournament fees or at the time of registration.
Lincoln-Douglas debaters will debate the March-April LD topic. Public Forum debaters will debate the March PF topic. ICTA Legislation in Novice/JV Congressional Debate will duplicate the IHSA State Debate Docket. SDTC will choose and announce in advance which three pieces of legislation will be debated in the Final Round of Congressional Debate.
FEES? $25 per PF team, $25 per LD Debater, and $25 per Congressional Debater
SCHOLARSHIPS? All additional profit that the tournament earns beyond the trophies
and the memberships will be awarded by the SDTC in two scholarships.
One student from Novice and one student from JV will be honored as:
ICTA Student of the Year
You will receive a separate email with information and nomination forms. Last year, we offered $1000.00 per student for the ICTA Student of the Year; we won’t have exact numbers for scholarships until registration ends.
The SDTC will decide determine the winners.
· This student must qualify and compete in the 2015 ICTA State Debate Tournament
· This student should exemplify the heart and maturity of a varsity debater within a Novice/JV body
· This student should be growing into an active leader on your team and in the Debate community
ICTA Coach of the Year is determined by the SDTC from the nominations it receives. The coach much be attendance at the ICTA state tournament. Please send a one page letter of recommendation to Carol Harms (firstname.lastname@example.org).
**3/6 (FR 11:59PM)-
Final Names/Numbers on JOT (www.joyoftournaments.com)
No refunds will be given for drops after 3/6/15, but you will not incur a drop fee.
ICTA Student of the Year and ICTA Coach of the Year nominations are also DUE on 3/6/15.
**3/11 (WED 11:59PM)-
Final Registration on JOT (www.joyoftournaments.com)
Changes made after this time may not be reflected in Friday's entry. Please email email@example.com with changes. $15.00 fee per entry for drops after this time.
NAME CHANGES ARE ACCEPTABLE!
It is critical that the tournament start on time on Friday afternoon. As a result, please permit extra time to drive to the high school on Friday and Saturday. The complete school address is included at the top of the invitation.
EMERGENCIES? If you have any questions or concerns regarding tournament logistics or Debate, or if you have please an emergency situation during the days of the actual tournament, call Carol Harms at 618-830-2336 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Judges are obligated one round after the school’s last team is eliminated. Please do not ask for exceptions – all of us have travelled almost the same distance to be here for the kids! Ballots will not be released before the conclusion of the Awards Assembly.
· This schedule is very tight. The only way that we can stay on schedule is for you to limit your oral critiques – DO NOT DISCLOSE.
Carol Harms (Debate Coach, Belleville East HS)
Chair, ICTA State Debate Tournament Committee
The ICTA State Debate Tournament Committee (SDTC) consists of:
Lainee McGraw (Sandburg HS): Vice-Chair
Darrell Robin (Schaumburg HS): Member
Mike Colletti (A.A. Stagg HS): Member
Vince Willaredt (Granite City HS): Member