2013 ICTA STATE DEBATE FINALS
Dear Illinois Debate Community:
Please accept this invitation as a formal request to participate in the 2nd Annual (2013)
Illinois Communication and Theatre Association State Debate Tournament in Novice/JV
Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum and Congressional Debate.
Please read the following information carefully and join us at Granite City High School in March!
WHAT? ICTA State Debate Tournament for first and second year debaters
WHEN? March 8-9, 2013 (See Schedule Tab)
Granite City HS
3101 Madison Avenue
Granite City, IL 62040
FOR WHOM? All Illinois high schools where the coach is a member of the
Illinois Communication and Theatre Association.
Coaches may register for ICTA at the actual tournament.
EVENTS? We will host Novice and JV divisions for each of the following events:
Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, and Congressional Debate.
Novice and JV may be collapsed into one division if the numbers warrant it.
ELIGIBILITY Novices: To qualify for this category, a debater must be in his/her first year of BY DIVISION? competition. Any student who has had any kind of Debate competition prior to the 2012-2013 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 2011-2012 school year is ineligible. Assuming they meet the criteria, all seniors must compete in this division.
ENTRY LIMITS? You may enter up to six students in each division of each event.
SDTC has voted to create entry minimums in order to hold a State Championship in a particular division of a particular event.
Entry minimums as follows:
Congress/LD: 6 different schools – at least 16 students
PF/Policy: 6 different schools – at least 16 teams
If these minimums are not met, then ICTA will not sponsor a State Championship in that division of that event.
Consequently, please register ASAP so we know which events and divisions will be part of this year’s tournament.
While 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.
Whether we break to Octafinals or Quarterfinals
will be determined based on actual entries (not registered entries).
JUDGES? No judges will be hired by the SDTC.
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.
Novice and JV Policy:
In the Novice division, each school shall provide one (1) judge for every one (1) policy team. Juniors in their third year of debate or seniors in their third or fourth year of debate may judge the Novice division. Two (2) judges will be placed in each of the preliminary 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) JV policy teams or every fraction thereof. JV Policy judges must be high school graduates who never competed during the 2011-2012 season. One (1) judge will be assigned to each preliminary debate round and three (3) judges will be assigned to each elimination round.
JUDGES Novice and JV Public Forum:
(continued)? In the Novice division, each school shall provide one (1) judge for every two (2) Public Forum teams (four 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 2012-2013 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 every two (2) Lincoln-Douglas 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) Lincoln-Douglas debaters or a fraction thereof. JV LD judges must be high school graduates who never competed during the 2012-2013 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 2012-2013 season.
Separate Congressional Debate rules will be emailed separately to coaches who submit preliminary numbers – or please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a copy sooner.
PENALTIES? 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 8 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.
LEGALITIES: 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 Granite City Police Department. GCHS 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 eight (8) minutes of prep. time in Policy, two (2) minutes
of prep. time in Public Forum, and four (4) minutes of prep. time in Lincoln-Douglas. Final Shot in PF will be 2 minutes.
(2) There shall be no oral critiques after a round.
Judges are expected to write out a complete ballot.
(3) Judges must keep time. Students are allowed to time; however,
under no circumstances are debaters to be the only ones keeping time.
(4) Judges shall be instructed to submit a decision within ten (10) minutes
of the conclusion of a round.
(5) Judges shall not reveal decisions until the results
have been released by the SDTC. DO NOT DISCLOSE.
(6) A coach from each attending school must be a member of ICTA for the school to participate in this ICTA-sponsored event. Bring your membership card (or a photocopy) to registration. If the coach is not an ICTA member, s/he must pay membership dues at the time of registration.
TOPICS? Policy debaters will debate the 2012-2013 Policy topic. 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 Policy team, $25 per PF team, $25 per LD Debater,
$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. Last year, we offered 1000.00 per student; we won’t have exact numbers for scholarships until registration ends.
ICTA Please send me your school's nominations (one Novice and/or one JV)
Student of the Year? attached through email, by using the designated form, to email@example.com.
The SDTC will decide determine the winners.
· This student must qualify and compete in the 2013 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
Preliminary Registration Numbers - Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
As soon as SDTC reviews the numbers, SDTC will contact you immediately if the JV division of any event is in danger – so that you can exercise the option to accelerate students into that level.
Final Names/Numbers on JOT (website address to be emailed soon)
No refunds will be given for drops after 3/1/13,
but you will not incur a drop fee.
ICTA Student of the Year and ICTA Coach of the Year nominations
are also DUE on 3/1/13.
Final Registration on JOT (website address to be emailed soon)
$50.00 fee per entry for drops after this time.
NAME CHANGES ARE ACCEPTABLE!
DIRECTIONS? 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.
Please consult MapQuest for detailed routes.
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 Darrell Robin at 312-953-4333 or email email@example.com.
GET INVOLVED We are looking for dedicated individuals who love Debate (and our community)
WITH ICTA to serve this organization and this committee. Currently, we have vacancies for
AND SDTC? Chair and for Committee Members. If you are interested, please send a brief letter of interest, and any questions you may have, to Darrell Robin (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.
Darrell Robin (Director of Debate, Schaumburg HS)
Chair, ICTA State Debate Tournament Committee
The ICTA State Debate Tournament Committee (SDTC) consists of:
Lainee McGraw (Sandburg HS): Vice-Chair
Mike Colletti (A.A. Stagg HS): Member
Carol Harms (Belleville East HS): Member
Vince Willaredt (Granite City HS): Member