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2017 INVITATION

March 18-21, 2017 at CSU-Pueblo in Pueblo, Colorado

 

NOTE: This is a draft of the invitation and subject to change.

 

The annual National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence recognizes the finest competition in American parliamentary debate.

Please read this invitation carefully--ESPECIALLY SECTION 1 BELOW as we need to know if you will be attending BY THE DEADLINE NOTED. The NPTE has rules and procedures unique to and in accord with its objectives of excellence.

The tournament is being held at Colorado State University at Pueblo.

Sat. March 18, registration

Sun. March 19 through Tues. March 21, Debates.

The NPTE Board and CSU-Pueblo are ready to host a great tournament of outstanding competition.

Details about the tournament are below.

Joe Gantt, Tournament Director, NPTE President, at jgantt@lclark.edu  
                           Contact Joe Gantt about general tournament management,
                            requests for accommodations for individuals with disabilities,
                            concerns about harassment, and tabulation issues.

Jim Hanson, NPTE Treasurer, at hansonjbnpte@gmail.com
                           Contact Jim Hanson about entries and payment issues.

Kathryn Starkey, NPTE Vice President and Director of Forensics at  kathrynstarkey@gmail.com
                           Contact Kathryn about food issues and requests.

KEY SECTIONS OF THIS INVITATION

2017 INVITATION.. 1

KEY SECTIONS OF THIS INVITATION. 1

ENTRY CONFIRMATION DEADLINES. 2

ENROLLMENT AND RESPONSIBILITY CERTIFICATION DEADLINE  3

HOTEL INFORMATION DEADLINE. 4

TOURNAMENT DATES. 4

TOURNAMENT LOCATION and DETAILS. 4

COSTS OF PARTICIPATING.. 5

JUDGING REQUIREMENTS. 6

TRANSPORTATION AND DIRECTIONS TO THE TOURNAMENT. 7

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE. 8

TOURNAMENT RULES AND PROCEDURES. 10

 

ENTRY CONFIRMATION DEADLINES

CONFIRMING YOUR ENTRY

If you have received a bid and you plan to compete at the tournament, you should e-mail Jim Hanson and confirm including that you will pay fees and that you will provide judging for your qualified teams (you may hire one judge unless you have at-large teams). Entry is done via www.forensicstournament.net

JIM’S EMAIL IS: hansonjbnpte@gmail.com

NOTE: You pay your entire fees via a credit card (we’ll send a link to do this; if you are not able to use a credit card, we will work with you) BUT sending in your confirmed entry obligates you to pay the entire fee for your team even if they do not attend for ANY reason.

FEES: Schools must pay NPTE dues of $50; $250 per team; All observers pay $40 per person fee; Programs agree to pay for any damages they cause during the tournament.

TOURNAMENT GUIDELINES: Participants agree to abide by the NPTE guidelines.

ALSO, ENTER AT http://www.forensicstournament.net/NPTE/17  

DEADLINES FOR ACCEPTING BIDS

1. First Round Bids Acceptance Deadline: ACCEPT BY SUNDAY, JAN. 31, 5PM Pacific Coast Time.
(Feb 1)

2. Second Round Bids Acceptance Deadline: ACCEPT BY MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2017, 5PM Pacific Coast Time.
(same day as deadline for at large bids)

3. At large Bids Request Deadline: SUBMIT BY MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2017, 5PM Pacific Coast Time.
(The Monday, 16 days before in person registration at the NPTE; announced on Wed., two days later)

If you request an At-large bid and receive one, you are required to take it, including the team fee.

If you do not plan on attending, please tell us as soon as possible.

IF YOU ARE HAVING PROBLEMS MEETING A DEADLINE, CONTACT JIM ASAP VIA E-MAIL AT hansonjbnpte@gmail.com

 

ENROLLMENT AND RESPONSIBILITY CERTIFICATION DEADLINE

Fax enrollment certification for each student attending the NPTE BY MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2017, 5PM Pacific Coast Time. (same day as at large requests are due)

Click here for the Certification Form

Note: If a student attended a different school during the fall and wishes to receive points for the fall semester, you will need to complete and fax a separate form from that school.

Click here for the Responsibility Form

Note: As part of your responsibility, you are expected to receive and maintain written notice from each debater, coach, judge, and observer associated with your program that they understand and will follow the NPTE Expectations noted in the PowerPoints posted at: NPTE Everyone Participates Page

YOUR ENROLLMENT AND RESPONSIBILITY CERTIFICATION MUST BE IN BY MONDAY, MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2017, 5PM Pacific Coast Time.
Deadline for Enrollment and Responsibility certification is on the same day as the deadline for At-large bids.

 

HOTEL INFORMATION DEADLINE

MAKE RESERVATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, DEADLINES NOTED BELOW.

Comfort Inn

Address: 670 Eagleridge Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81008

Phone: (719) 542-6868

Group Name: NPTE

Rate: $94 for 1-4 per room (all doubles on the block) - breakfast included

Cutoff date: Room reservations must be made by Feb 22

MOST PEOPLE CHECK-IN SATURDAY, MARCH 18 AND CHECK-OUT WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22.
The tournament happens on Sat. (registration), Sunday, Monday, and finishes Tuesday evening.

PLEASE TRY TO MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS ASAP or RIGHT AFTER YOU ACCEPT YOUR BID.

 

TOURNAMENT DATES

SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Registration at xxTBAxx (if you will arrive after 9:00pm, please tell us)

SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 8:15 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 5 preliminary rounds.

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 8:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 1 prelim round, 4 elim rounds.

TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 8:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. 4 elim rounds.

 

TOURNAMENT LOCATION and DETAILS

Main Gathering Area: Psychology 205 (topic announce)

Food Served: Breakfast at Psychology 205; Lunch at Cafeteria

Tab Room: Psychology 215

Participants with disabilities: Please notify Joe Gantt for any issues. Joe Gantt is at jgantt@lclark.edu

Parking Location: Parking is open anywhere (of course, adhering to posted restrictions such as for parking for those with disabilities).

Debates in these Buildings: Pyschology, Hasan School of Business, Physics and Math, Chemistry, Life Science, and General Classroom Building if necessary.

Campus Map: CSU Pueblo Campus Map

Wireless: Password and network name will be provided at registration.

Smoking?: Please use the disposal facilities around campus.

 

 

COSTS OF PARTICIPATING

--NPTE Membership $50 per school

--$250 per team (includes food for both debaters and the judge covering the team if you bring a judge).

--Additional observers or judges beyond one judge/coach per team are required to pay $40 per person (food provided as noted below).

--Food.
For all participants, Breakfast and lunch are provided on the first two days plus desserts on the third day following the finals round.
For those still participating (those debating, judging, or coaching teams still competing), breakfast and lunch on the last day are provided by the tournament.
A wide variety of food will be provided including meat and vegetarian options. If you have an unusual dietary need, please e-mail Joe Gantt at jgantt@lclark.edu   

--Participants with disabilities
Contact Joe Gantt at jgantt@lclark.edu

--All participants—students, coaches, judges, and observers are required to adhere to the NPTE guidelines. See NPTE Everyone Participates page.

--Hired Judging Fee: $500 per uncovered team. Please avoid hiring judges. Our high fee is charged so that we can avoid shortages of judges and so that, if needed, we can fly in quality critics for judging as our local supply of judges is very limited. NOTE: You must bring at least one judge and you may only hire one judge. Each team needs one judge to be covered as rounds are double judged.

--EXAMPLE FEES: You have two teams and two judges plus one observer. Total fee is $50 for your school; 2 x $250 plus $40 food fee for your observer. Total: $590.

--You make your entire payment via credit card prior to the tournament. If you cannot use a credit card, we will work with you to resolve this. Jim Hanson will provide a link to you for paying the credit card fee.

--We do not need a deposit. However, when you confirm your entry, you owe the fees even if your team does not attend for any reason.

--In attending, you agree to pay for any damages caused during the tournament.

--In attending, you agree that you, your students, your judges, and your observers will abide by the tournament guidelines.

ENTER AT http://www.forensicstournament.net/NPTE/17

 

JUDGING REQUIREMENTS

1. You must bring at least one judge to the NPTE.

2. You are required to provide ONE QUALIFIED JUDGE FOR EACH TEAM you bring to the NPTE.

3. Each judge must submit a judging philosophy at least one week before the tournament. When you don’t submit, you hurt teams trying to do preferences and you are subject to fines and disqualification.

4. Only qualified judges may judge; Qualifications for judging are listed below.

5. YOU MAY NOT HIRE MORE THAN ONE JUDGE.

6. Judges are required to give one team the win and to give the other team the loss.

7. JUDGES ARE REQUIRED to judge 2 rounds after their teams have been eliminated from competition. Highly preferred judges are expected to continue to judge after that and will be compensated for doing so.

8. If you need to hire a judge, the fee is $500. PLEASE AVOID HIRING JUDGES. Our high fee is charged to avoid judging shortages and to hire people who may need to fly in to the tournament.

9. Judges are required to adhere to the NPTE guidelines. See NPTE Everyone Participates page.

NPTE encourages Directors to reach out to persons from underrepresented groups such as based on race and gender to encourage them to be a judge and/or coach for their programs.

DETAILS, JUDGING QUALIFICATIONS

The NPTE President shall ensure all judges used are qualified according to the following criteria:

a. Judges must have at least two full years experience coaching, judging, or competing in intercollegiate debate.

b. Judges with remaining eligibility to compete in undergraduate parliamentary debate shall explicitly forfeit all such future eligibility before being deemed qualified to judge at the NPTE.

c. Judges with only non-parliamentary debate experience must agree to attend a short training exercise about the rules and conventions of parliamentary debate prior to the tournament.

d. All judges shall be required to submit a judging philosophy two weeks prior to the NPTE tournament.

e. The NPTE President may give special consent to particular judges deemed qualified for the tournament or, if in an emergency, for judges needed to keep the tournament running.

f. Judges shall judge two rounds past the elimination of their teams. Further, before the third elimination round, a member of the tab room will request that judges who are highly preferred continue to judge further elimination rounds. These judges shall be compensated for extra rounds that they judge.

 

Impairment of Judges – Judges have an ethical obligation to the debaters to ensure they are not impaired by excessive alcohol or drug use.  If it should become apparent that a judge is unable to effectively perform as a result of excessive alcohol or drug use, the judge may be withdrawn from the tournament by the NPTE and appropriate judging fees assessed.

 

 

TRANSPORTATION AND DIRECTIONS TO THE TOURNAMENT

CSU Pueblo, host of the 2017 NPTE, is located in Pueblo, Colorado, about 2 hours south of the Denver International Airport.

FLIGHTS: Pueblo, Colorado airport; Colorado Springs airport (one hour away); Denver International (two hours away). You might try: www.expedia.com or www.travelocity.com or www.priceline.com to check on the best prices.

TRANSPORTATION FROM THE AIRPORT: You can rent a vehicle or use a taxi.

THE HOTEL LOCATION: Find map information for your hotel at google maps at www.google.com

 

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

BEFORE FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017, 5pm Pacific Coast Time, COMPLETE YOUR JUDGE PREFERENCE FORM (emailed to you).
We will assign your judges randomly otherwise. Look for confirmation that we received your judging preferences.

SATURDAY NIGHT, MARCH 18, 2017

7:00-9:00 p.m. Registration AT THE HOTEL

                        If you will arrive after 9:00pm, please email Jim at hansonjbnpte@gmail.com

SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017

Campus Map: CSU Pueblo Campus Map

  8:15 a.m. Breakfast provided by the tournament at the Psychology 205

  8:30 a.m. Introduction to the tournament, Title IX training, and announcements

  9:00-10:30 Round 1 (pre-matched)

11:15- 12:45 p.m. Round 2

12:45-  1:30 Lunch provided by the tournament Cafeteria

  1:30-  3:00 Round 3

  4:00-  5:30 Round 4

  6:30-  8:15 Round 5

Dinner on your own

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017

Campus Map: CSU Pueblo Campus Map

  8:15 a.m. Breakfast provided by the tournament at Psychology 205

  8:30 a.m. Announcements

  8:45-10:15 Round 6

11:00- 12:45 p.m. Elim 1

12:45-   1:30 Lunch provided by the tournament Cafeteria

  1:30-  3:00 Elim 2

  4:15-  5:45 Elim 3

  6:45-  8:30 Elim 4

Dinner on your own

TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017

Campus Map: CSU Pueblo Campus Map

  8:15 a.m. Breakfast for those in Elim 5 provided by the tournament at Psychology 205

  8:30 a.m. Announcements

  8:45-10:15 Elim 5

11:15- 12:45 p.m. Elim 6

12:45-   1:30 Lunch for those in Elim 5 or 6 provided by the tournament at Cafeteria

  1:30-  3:00 Semis

  4:00-  5:45 Finals

  6:00 Judge decision making, Celebrations, Desserts

  7:15 Awards (expected finish 8:00 p.m.)

 

 

TOURNAMENT RULES AND PROCEDURES

NPTE Tournament Rules

Videotaping – Both preliminary and elimination rounds may be videotaped by the NPTE and/or tournament hosts.  All video or audio recording by others must be specifically approved by the NPTE and copies of all such recordings must be made available upon request to the NPTE.  Debaters who do not wish to be videotaped must notify the tab room before the first preliminary round.

 

While coaching and casebooks and electronic files are permitted during the preparation time immediately following a topic announcement, flows, outlines, arguments, artwork, music, etc. used during debates must have been written/constructed by the debaters during or after the preparation time. – Debaters in NPTE rounds may not use materials prepared by anyone else during or before preparation time and they may not use materials prepared prior to the preparation time.

 

Advocating the Splitting of Ballots – Requests by debaters that judges in preliminary round 6 or any round to “split” the ballots to ensure that both teams advance to elimination rounds is considered by the NPTE Board to be a disqualifying offense.  The NPTE Board also considers it unethical for judges to collude regarding the splitting of ballots.  Prior to turning in ballots, judges should not discuss their decisions with any other person.  NPTE Board members and staff may monitor rounds to ensure that such practices do not occur.

 

Use of NPTE Rules for Debating and Judging – NPTE participants are reminded that NPTE rules allow both debaters and judges to possess, refer to, and even quote the NPTE Rules for Debaters and Judging in debate rounds.  Along with dictionary definitions, quotation of these rules is an exception to rules barring the use of quoted evidence.

 

NPTE Guidelines: The NPTE expects excellence in the behavior of our participants during the tournament. Please see the NPTE Everyone Participates Page

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