CMSDL Tournament One Site Confirmed

We are pleased to announce the Tournament One site of the 2010/2011 Chicago Middle School Debate League season is:

Phillips High School
244 E. Pershing Road

CMSDL Tournament One is November 20th, 2010. T2 Registration Form is due by 5 pm Monday November 15th, so please confirm with your students and check with your support coaches about their available judges during the short week.

Divisions are as follows:

Varsity – debaters entering their third or fourth year of competitive middle school debate, regardless of grade. If a student attended a tournament last year or in a previous year and competed, that would count as a prior year of experience.

JV – debaters entering their second year of debate, regardless of grade. If they debated at a tournament last year, they’re JV (or Varsity, if they’re more ambitious, or have debated in a tournament in two previous years) this year.

Novice – brand-new debaters entering their first year of debate, regardless of grade. First year schools joining the league could start all their debaters in Novice, for example.

Debaters may move up in level, e.g., second-year debater who wanted to debate Varsity or Novice who wanted to debate JV to get more of a challenge later in the year, but may not move down a level in eligibility – we don’t want students who are more experienced competing against Novices, for example, since they wouldn’t be progressing and learning after a previous year of debate.

Support school judges:

The middle school coach at each school with a support school must check with their high school support coach in advance of the registration deadline Monday, November 15th and send us the names of the high school debaters who’ll be judging. We will take one additional high school debater per support school above the 1 judge for every 2 teams (or 4 students) ratio that is standard at our debate tournaments. For example, if Zapata had 8 total teams, we’d be able to pay up to 5 Little Village students to judge at Tournament One.

Please e-mail with any questions.

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