Invitation to the Hoosier High School Debate Tournament
Dear high school debate community,
The Indiana University Competitive Policy Debate program cordially invites thehigh school debate community to our campus on January 17th – 19th for the Hoosier Debate Tournament.
We will host six debate rounds in Policy, Public Forum, and Lincoln Douglas. Each debate type will have three divisions, Novice, JV, and Open.
Reasons to Attend:
Hospitality – Your entry fees will pay for two breakfasts, a lunch and a dinner. We will provide award winning nationally renowned pizza, and a taste of our local ethnic cuisine. Breakfast will be from our local bakery, The “Bakehouse.”
Centrally located – the cross-roads state makes us a close drive for anyone in the Midwest.
Convenience - We will host the tournament in one large classroom building. If more than 80 rooms are needed a second classroom building is located a short and safe 1 minute walk across our beautiful campus.
Join us on the campus that will be the host of the two most prestigious policy debate tournaments, CEDA and the NDT.
We are excited to provide you with a taste of Hoosier hospitality as you join us in our efforts to make Indiana a central pillar of debate in the region.
IU Director of Debate
School of Public and Environmental Affairs Lecturer
Varsity, junior varsity, and novice policy debate divisions will be switch-side, cross-examination style, with an 8-3-5 format and 8 minutes of prep-time.
There will be six preliminary rounds in Varsity, JV and Novice. All preliminary and outrounds will occur at Indiana University.
Lincoln-Douglas will include Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Novice. The January/February NFL Lincoln-Douglas topic will be used.
There will be six preliminary rounds in Varsity, JV, and Novice. All preliminary and outrounds will occur at Indiana University.
Public Forum will have Varsity and Novice divisions using NFL rules and time limits.
The January NFL public forum topic will be used.
There will be six preliminary rounds in the Public Forum division.
Each division will break to quarterfinals, or all 4-2’s will break. In the event entries are able to make an octafinal bracket an additional preliminary debate will be added to Friday night
One team entered will require 3 rounds of judging, two teams will require 6. Uncovered teams will accrue an additional $100 charge. Judges should have experience judging policy debate rounds.
2 rounds of judging will be required for each team that is entered. Three teams = 6 rounds.
*All judges are committed for the first elimination debate and one round after their team has been eliminated.
**All coaches are expected to make themselves available for at least some judging and will be on the preference sheet.
***Prelim rounds must be decided within two hours and thirty minutes of the posted start time of the debate. The tab room will flip a coin to determine the winner when the judge cannot decide.****Judges must vote for one and only one team in each debate and must assign speaker points and ranks in prelim rounds. The tab room will flip a coin to determine the winner if the judge cannot.
Policy/PF - Each team should be comprised of two debaters. Hybrid teams will be allowed to compete and break. Maverick “teams” can compete but will not be allowed to break.
Policy/LD Speaker Points:
We will use a 30-point scale with tenth point increments.
Speaker points should have no ties.
Preferences and Tabulation:
We will use ordinal rankings of judges to determine mutuality in preference. Tabulation will be done by Brian DeLong and the IU Coaching staff.
All participants debating at the Hoosier Invitational Tournament at Indiana University will follow tournament and IU rules as well as any rules of their sponsoring institutions. Be advised that the IU campus is a smoke free campus.
A hospitality room with snacks, coffee and water bottles will be served throughout the tournament for coaches and judges.
Breakfast: Assorted pastries and muffins from the Bakehouse, a Bloomington Favorite coffee shop
Lunch: Mother Bear’s Pizza – Gourmet world famous pizza.
Dinner: Falafals catering. Falafal, hummus, chicken schwarma, Greek salad, and pita.
Breakfast: Backhouse scones, coffee cakes, and muffins