Tournament Invitation Page


INVITATION: (note that the invite in an alternative format suitable for cutting and pasting appears below).

Dear Colleagues:

The University of Northern Iowa is pleased to invite you and your students to our annual Ulrich Season Opener Debate Tournament. We are making a few changes this year. First, we will be hosting a weekend earlier than previous years (September 9-11, 2011). Second, we will be offering 6 preliminary rounds and elimination rounds. Third, elimination rounds will occur on campus Sunday. We will offer 6 rounds of competition in open, JV, and novice. We hope that you and your squad will join us in Cedar Falls from September 9-11, 2011.

You will find many of our traditional amenities at the UNI tournament this year, including:
-Breakfast Saturday and Sunday
-Centralized competition buildings
-Free parking on campus and at the tournament hotel
-Free wireless at the Ramada Inn and on campus
-Free lunch on Saturday afternoon on campus

We make a big effort to keep our tournament running efficiently. We will have ballot runners and tables at each building, and hope that this change will help students and coaches with preparation for rounds.

Please join us for the Ulrich this September. Our squad looks forward to hosting you and your program on our campus. Please contact me via email or phone if you have any questions. Please direct all email questions to Katherine.lavelle@uni.edu. I will be on campus regularly starting in late July.

All the best,

Kate

Dr. Katherine L. Lavelle
Director of Forensics
(319) 273-7200
katherine.lavelle@uni.edu

Mr. Richard Tews (Director of Debate)
Ms. Rebecca Buel (Director of IE)

LOGISTICS!!

UNI HOTEL INFORMATION: The Tournament Hotel for the UNI tournament will be the Ramada Inn and Convention Center, at 4th and Commercial in Waterloo (just a 15 minute drive to UNI). There is free wireless Internet access at the tournament hotel and convention center. Please contact the Ramada Inn directly for reservations: (319) 233-7560. When making reservations SPEAK ONLY to the front desk manager or assistant manager. They are available Monday 8am-5pm, Tuesday through Friday 8am-10pm, and Saturday 6 am-2pm. If they are not available leave a detailed voicemail message and they will return your call ASAP. If there are problems, ask to speak to Sandy Thomas, the director of sales and marketing. The tournament rate is a flat $69.95 per room. When you call, tell them you are attending the “UNI Season Opener” Debate Tournament.

The hotel is guaranteeing the availability of our block through September 2nd. For questions about the Ramada's tax exemption policy please call the Ramada and ask for Sandy Thomas. For more information on the Ramada or for driving directions please visit their website: www.ramadawaterloo.com (please do NOT use the web site or the Ramada 800 number to make reservations—it will only create confusion). If you have to consolidate or drop rooms, please let Sandy Thomas know ASAP, so that other teams are able to use those rooms in our block. If you have any trouble with the hotel, please let Kate Lavelle know. Sandy Thomas is our primary contact at the Ramada Inn and is happy to help you solve any issues that may arise. Feel free to contact her directly at (319) 236-9502 or via email: sthomas@ramadawaterloo.com.

An additional option is the Days Inn in Cedar Falls, IA. There are a limited number of doubles and queen rooms available at a rate of $59.00 per night (9/9/11-9/11/11). The hotel can be reached at 319-277-2230. The block is under UNI DEPT. OF COMMUNICATION STUDIES. This block rate is guaranteed until August 28th.

ENTRY INFORMATION As in past years we will be offering an open, junior varsity, and novice division in policy debate. Be prepared to share full outlines of your 1AC and major 1NC positions Friday night. We will start uploading the information on the Open Wiki during lunch on Saturday. In an effort to offer the best and most comprehensive scouting possible we will be requiring teams to give us the following in order to register (in an electronic format): a full 1AC outline with citation and outlines and citation for major 1NC positions. We promise to not upload these to the Wiki until after round 2 on Saturday. Only Richard Tews will have access to these citations until they are uploaded. For your convenience you may email this information prior to registration to Richard Tews (Richard.tews@uni.edu) or you may bring a copy on a flash drive to registration.

We are delighted to again start the season by using the joint CEDA-NDT policy topic.

We will allow entry for hybrid teams. However we will not allow 3 person or maverick teams to enter. If a team is made maverick due to illness the maverick team will be allowed to compete for 2 total rounds. If the teammate is unable to return after 2 debates then the maverick team will be dropped from the tournament.

The time limits will be 9-3-6, with 10 minutes of preparation time per team.

Deadline: The entry deadline is Tuesday, September 6th, at 4:00 pm, CST. Use the Bruschke webpage: http://commweb.fullerton.edu/jbruschke/web/index.aspx Fees: This year the registration fee will be $90.00 per team. These fees cover breakfast Saturday and Sunday, lunch on Saturday, building costs and trophies.

When you register – please indicate the number of vegetarians, vegans, or other dietary needs of your squad. Please email Kate Lavelle by September 6th, 2010 at Katherine.lavelle@uni.edu. We will be pre-ordering the food, so we want to be able to get an accurate count on your menu needs, especially for Saturday lunch.

Judging: Each school is expected to provide qualified judges to accompany their teams. Each school is responsible for providing three rounds of judging for each team entered. All judges are committed through the second elimination round, or one round beyond when their team is eliminated (whichever happens later). Judges should be able to cover a school's commitment despite potential scheduling constraints (for example, a judge committed for 6 rounds who restricts him/herself to the JV division is not mathematically useful for all 6 rounds and will not count as an 6 round judge). From the official start time of each round, each judge has 2:30 minutes to make a decision in each preliminary round, and 2:45 minutes in elimination rounds. Start times will be strictly enforced. We will abide by the recommendation of the Council of Tournament Directors relating to judge illness and constraining. http://tournamentdirectors.wordpress.com/tournament-directors-checklist/

We have a limited pool of hired judges in Cedar Falls/Waterloo, so please try to find someone rather than hiring from us. If you do need to hire a judge, the fee will be $200.00 per two-person team. If you must hire a judge from us, please give us at least two week's advance notice to try to locate someone. Schools will be assessed $40 per uncovered round. If you have extra judges available from your school, please let us know--we will almost certainly hire them for as many rounds as they want to work. We will use a limited judge preference system as entries permit. Any preferences that we do have will be uniform throughout the three divisions, in accordance with CEDA rules.

Preference sheets will be made available through the Brushke online entry system (www.debateresults.com). We will make every effort to have strikes go into effect in round one, and guarantee that they will be in effect by round three. All judges at the tournament are expected to render a decision where they indicate one, and only one, team that won the round (did the better job of debating). Judges' ballots not adhering to this principle will be "corrected" by the tab room through use of a coin flip. No round will take longer than 2 hours and 30 minutes from the reading of the 1AC until the judge signs the ballot. Keep in mind that if your round does run the duration of the 2.5 hours, you will be encouraged to keep your post-round comments brief.

Elimination rounds: We WILL clear half of the field in each division, as long as those teams have (at least) a .500 record. In order for this to work, all judges must be committed through the first two elimination debates and available to judge during partials. Depending on the number of rounds in partials, we may hold the first elim round on Saturday night instead of Sunday morning. We will let the tournament know when the first elim round will be as soon as we have a clear idea of the number of teams breaking. We will not break brackets in elimination rounds.

Awards: Awards will be provided to all teams participating in the elimination rounds, and to the top speakers in each division. Unusual situations: We believe in maximizing the competitive opportunities for eligible students. Thus, if two schools each have an extra debater, we would allow a combined team from two institutions to compete in the preliminary rounds of the tournament, and would allow those individuals to be eligible to receive speaker awards and advance to elimination rounds according to CEDA rules for hybrid teams.

UNI IS SMOKE FREE – We are a smoke free campus. This means in addition to no smoking in the buildings or on the campus grounds. We will have signs up by the doors to remind you of the regulation, as well as providing directions to the nearest legal smoking area. We appreciate participants following these regulations the past three years. Lang Hall is close to the edge of campus.

UNI Transportation Information

By Air: Waterloo/Cedar Falls is served by Northwest Airline. If you don't mind small prop jets, this airport might offer the best rates. The Cedar Rapids airport is approximately an hour from Cedar Falls, offering jet service by most major carriers. Other airports used by tournament participants in the past have included Des Moines, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Moline, IL, and Chicago.

Ground Transportation: If you are flying, we encourage you to make van or mini-van reservations early. Due to on-campus regulations regarding university vehicles, we will not be able to provide local transportation. However, the area taxis operate at reasonable rates, and many of the local hotels offer airport transportation. By Car: From Chicago, take the Northwest Tollway (I-90) to U.S. 20. From Central Illinois or the Quad Cities, take I-80 to I-380 to U.S. 20. From Des Moines, take I35 North to US20 East. From Minnesota, take I35 to U.S. 218 south. Parking: Parking at the structure across the street from the Ramada is free, and you should have no problem parking on-campus on Saturday or Sunday.

UNI Team Policy Debate Schedule:

Friday, September 9th

1:30-3:45pm Registration at Lang Hall (2nd floor lounge)

4:30-7:00pm Round 1

7:00-9:30pm Round 2

All Round 1 & 2 ballots must be submitted to tab before leaving the building

Saturday, September 10th

8am Pairings Released online [CEDA Forums]

8:30am Continental Breakfast, UNI Campus – LANG HALL 2nd floor lounge

9am Round 3

11:45am Round 4

1:30 p.m. Lunch UNI Campus – LANG HALL 2nd floor lounge

3:30pm Round 5

6:45pm Round 6

A list of teams participating in elimination rounds and the judges and standby judges will be posted on CEDA Forums as soon as possible after the conclusion of Round 6.

Sunday, September 11th

7am Pairings Released on CEDA Forums

7:30am Continental Breakfast, UNI Campus – LANG HALL 2nd floor lounge

8am Elim One (decision time – 10:45am)

11:30 Awards

Elims continue…

REMINDER: We will be using Lang Hall as the tournament headquarters location. We appreciate the efforts people made during the tournament to protect this space. Once again we ask that tournament participants DO NOT MOVE THE TECHNOLOGY CARTS IN LANG HALL, TOUCH THE CARTS, OR PLACE FOOD AND DRINK NEAR THESE CARTS. If there is damage to the carts, the UNI Forensics team must pay for the damages out of our travel budget.

Eligibility Requirements: Open: Any undergraduate student meeting AFA eligibility requirements (don’t forget—those rules have recently changed, consult the AFA web site for more information) may participate in the Open Division. 8 preliminary rounds, and elimination rounds occur as described above.

Junior Varsity and Novice: These divisions will be restricted to students meeting CEDA eligibility requirements.