The Rutgers University Debate Union would like to welcome everyone to New Brunswick, New Jersey this weekend for our tenth annual Invitational. We will be holding five rounds of parliamentary debate with a break to either quarterfinals or partial octofinals, depending on the size of our draw. We will also be holding a public speaking contest between some of the rounds of debate.

Here is a schedule of events for this weekend:

Friday, February 25th, 2011
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Registration at GA (Scott 135)
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Round 1
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Public Speaking Round 1
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Round 2
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Dinner on your own – Grease Trucks or Rutgers Student Center food court.
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Round 3
10:00 – 10:30 p.m. Housing

Saturday, February 26th, 2011
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Breakfast in GA (Van Dyck 211)
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Round 4 – GA moves to Rutgers Student Center, Red Lion Cafe (basement)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Public Speaking Round 2
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Round 5
1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Banquet (Rutgers Student Center, Red Lion Cafe (basement))
1:45 – 2:00 p.m. Public Speaking Finals
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Quarterfinals or Partial Octofinals | Novice Semis – GA moves back to Van Dyck 211
3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Semifinals or Quarterfinals | Novice Finals
4:30 Final Round (or Semifinals –> Finals) –> Awards – Winants Hall Auditorium

Here is a map of the key campus locations for this weekend:

Rutgers is in New Brunswick, NJ. Friday’s GA can be GPS’ed/Google Mapped to 43 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ. The New Brunswick train station on NJ Transit’s line between New York and Trenton is a few blocks away – walk uphill on Easton Ave, take a right on Somerset St and a subsequent left on College Ave. Scott Hall will be on your right after crossing Hamilton St.

Parking is in Lot 26 which is basically SSW of the circle for the Rutgers Student Center on the map. It’s the smaller of those two neighboring parking lots.

Here are the people with specific responsibilities this weekend:

Tournament Director: Chris Bergman
Tab Director: Storey Clayton
Judging Director: David Reiss
Equity Officer: Bhargavi Sriram
Housing Director: Gordon Morrisette
Treasurer: Kyle Bomeisl
Banquet Coordinator: Krishna Kavi
Breakfast Coordinator: Bhargavi Sriram
Public Speaking Contest Director: Farhan Ali
Tab Staff: Beth Mandel, Kyle Bomeisl, Krishna Kavi, Ashley Novak, & Gordon Morrisette

Here is our tabulation policy for this tournament:

Judging Scratches
1. No team shall be judged by an individual with affiliation from their school at any time during the tournament.
2. Each school shall be afforded one scratch.
3. Each team shall be afforded one additional scratch.
4. Each hybrid team shall be afforded two team scratches and no other scratches.
5. Scratches will be respected in in-rounds, quarterfinals, and semifinals. They will be suspended in finals and novice finals.
6. Additional tab scratches may be made at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director, Tab Director, and/or Judging Director, as deemed necessary.

General Principles
1. In first round, seeded teams shall hit non-seeded teams, when possible.
2. Seeds will be prioritized in the following order: full seeds, half seeds, free seeds.
3. Should seeded teams be more than half the tournament draw, some free seeds shall hit other free seeds in first round.
4. In subsequent in-rounds, teams shall hit other teams with their same record, paired high-low by speaker points.
5. When a bracket consists of an uneven number of teams, the middle team from the lower bracket shall be pulled-up and paired into that bracket.
6. Pulled-up teams shall be paired into their new brackets based on speaker points, as though they had the same record as the higher bracket.
7. Teams shall not hit other teams from their school in in-rounds, unless they form a majority of any given bracket.
8. Hybrids shall not be protected against any school.
9. Hybrid full- and half-seeds shall be respected, but no hybrid shall be granted a free seed.

Priorities for Exceptional Situations
1. No team shall be pulled-up more than one bracket during the tournament.
2. No team shall hit other teams from their school in in-rounds, unless they form a majority of any given bracket.
3. No team shall hit the same team they have hit before during in-rounds.
4. No team shall be judged by the same individual more than once during in-rounds.
5. No team shall be pulled-up more than once during in-rounds, unless they are the only team in a bracket.
6. No team shall hit a pulled-up team more than once during in-rounds, unless they are the only team in a bracket.
7. No team shall have more than 3 Gov’s or 3 Opp’s in in-rounds.

Swing Team/Byes
1. If there are an odd number of teams in the draw, the bottom team in the tournament shall either hit the swing team or receive a bye.
2. No team shall hit the swing team and/or receive a bye more than once.
3. A swing team shall be made available from the lower end of the judging pool, should sufficient judges be available.
4. The availability of the swing team shall be at the sole discretion of the Tab Director, in consultation with the Judging Director.
5. If a swing team is unavailable, a bye shall be awarded.
6. A bye shall count as a win and that team’s average speaks for the team receiving it.
7. Should a bye or match-up against swing be necessary in the first round, it shall be awarded to a randomly selected team from the middle of the seeding pool.
8. A team receiving a first round bye shall be paired into second round in the middle of the 1-0 bracket.

Ironpeople/Forfeits
1. No one may register for or begin the tournament as an Ironperson (one-person team).
2. Ironpeople may debate in any round where their partner is unavailable, presuming they have a partner for the tournament.
3. Ironpeople shall be allowed to pick up only in the case of significant extenuating circumstances, such as medical emergency for their partner.
4. The nature of valid extenuating circumstances shall be at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director, Tab Director, and/or Judging Director.
5. No one who misses a round shall be eligible for speaker awards.
6. Teams who have debated more than one round Ironperson shall be ineligible to break, unless significant extenuating circumstances exist.
7. Any team missing a round shall forfeit and be dropped with speaker points of zero and ranks of 3.5 for each team member.
8. Any team winning by forfeit shall receive a win and individual average speaker points with ranks of 1.5 for each team member.
9. Teams who have forfeited rounds shall be eligible to break, though they shall face a severe disadvantage in speaker points.
10. Anyone deemed to be manipulating these policies in any way shall be deemed ineligible from the break at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director and/or Tab Director.

Out-Rounds
1. At the conclusion of in-rounds, each team shall be ranked by team performance.
2. Priority of team performance shall be as follows:
a. Win-Loss record.
b. Team speaker points.
c. Team ranks.
d. Adjusted team speaker points (the high and low rounds are removed).
e. Adjusted team ranks (the high and low rounds are removed).
f. Double-adjusted team speaker points (all but the middle round are removed).
g. Double-adjusted team ranks (all but the middle round are removed).
h. Head-to-head record, if applicable.
i. Opposition strength (the performance of the teams faced in in-rounds).
j. Coin flip.
3. The eight highest performing teams shall break to varsity quarterfinals.
a. Should the tournament draw consist of 64-79 teams, all teams with a 4-1 record shall break to varsity partial octofinals, with byes awarded to the top breaking teams and all subsequent teams hitting for spots in the quarterfinals.
b. Should the tournament draw consist of 80+ teams, the sixteen highest performing teams shall break to varsity octofinals.
4. The four highest performing novice teams of those remaining shall break to novice semifinals.
5. Novice teams breaking to varsity quarterfinals shall automatically be awarded the top novice team awards, ranked by in-rounds performance.
6. Out-rounds shall be paired strictly in a conventional high-low bracket, with the 1st team hitting the 8th, 4th hitting 5th, and so on.
7. The bracket shall resolve for the duration of out-rounds; no “re-seeding” shall occur in the case of upsets.

Choice of Sides in Out-Rounds
1. If teams matched in out-rounds have hit during in-rounds, they shall take the opposite sides in out-rounds.
2. If teams matched in out-rounds have not hit during in-rounds, the choice shall be given to the team who has had more cumulative Gov’s during the duration of the tournament.
3. If teams matched in out-rounds who have not hit during in-rounds have an equal number of cumulative Gov’s, choice of sides shall be determined by coin flip.

Speaker Awards
1. An awards ceremony shall be held after varsity finals to honor the top varsity and novice speakers.
2. Novice speakers shall be eligible for both varsity and novice speaker awards.
3. Priority of speaker performance shall be as follows:
a. Individual speaker points.
b. Individual ranks.
c. Adjusted individual speaker points (the high and low performances are removed).
d. Adjusted individual ranks (the high and low performances are removed).
e. Double-adjusted individual speaker points (all but the middle performance are removed).
f. Double-adjusted individual ranks (all but the middle performance are removed).
g. Head-to-head speaker performance, if applicable.
h. Team performance during in-rounds.
i. Opposition strength (the performance of teams faced in in-rounds).
j. Coin flip.

Speaker Scale
1. The tournament shall be centered around a 25, which will be deemed as the “varsity average”. This is a guideline for judges, not a claim about the final average score for the tournament.
2. A 24 shall be deemed as the “novice average”. This is a guideline for judges, not a claim about the final average score for novices.
3. A speaker score of 27 or above must be justified to the Tab Director.
4. A speaker score of 23 or below must be justified to the Tab Director.
5. Under no circumstances shall low-point wins be permitted.
6. Tied speaks/ranks rounds may be awarded to either Gov or Opp at judge’s discretion.

We can’t wait to see everyone in New Brunswick this weekend! Please don’t hesitate to let us know if there’s anything we can do to make your visit to Rutgers more enjoyable.