Announcing the SY2012 Allstate Coach Incentives for Increasing Participation

Allstate is once again this season offering incentives to coaches for increasing student participation in academic debate at their schools: the SY2012 Allstate Coach Incentives for Increasing Participation.

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CDL schools will receive a $100 Allstate Coach Incentive for Increasing Debate Participation after the first half of the 2011/12 season, T1 – T3, for every additional six tournament debaters over the number or tournament debaters after the first half of last season, T1 – T3.

So to take a hypothetical example. Amundsen had 24 tournament debaters after T3 last year (in 2010/11), and let’s say that they have 39 tournament debaters after T3 this year. This is an increase of 15 tournament debaters, and as a result Amundsen would receive an Allstate Coaching Incentive of $250. As this example illustrates, we will round off to the nearest $50 interval once a school reaches the threshold of 6 more debaters this year after T3 than they had last year after T3.

The Allstate Coach Incentives for Increasing Participation Tracking Form shows each school’s total number of tournament debaters for last season (after T3 and after T6) and its total number of tournament debaters so far this season.

Note that attending National Circuit Program tournaments or additional CDL tournaments –e.g., the Allstate Varsity Invitational, the Performance Trust Public Debates on the U.S. Economy, etc. – count towards a school’s total number of tournament debaters.

For first-year schools, we are using (as we did last year) a benchmark of 12 tournament debaters after T3 (24 debaters after T6) as the mark to expand beyond to earn an incentive. The logic here is that 4 debaters per tournament is the CDL Participation Standard for first-year schools.

In the second half of the season, T4 – T6, schools can earn additional Allstate Coaching Incentives for every 12 tournament debaters that schools have by the end of the year above their 2010/11 total tournament debaters. So to continue with the Amundsen example. Amundsen ended the season last year with 49 tournament debaters. If they have 22 tournament debaters at T4 – T6, on top of the 39 we said above that they will have at T1 – T3 – for a season total of 61, Amundsen will earn another $150 in Allstate Coaching Incentives for being 18 tournament debaters over their total from last year.

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CDL schools will receive a $350 Allstate Coaching Incentive if they are in the Top Ten in tournament participation at the end of the season.

CDL schools will receive a $150 Allstate Coaching Incentive if they place 11th – 20th in tournament participation at the end of the season

These rankings can be found in the CDL Tournament Reporting Notebook. Unlike the Allstate “Expanding Opportunities” Incentives, which are limited to schools with 85% or higher Title I student populations, the CDL Tournament Reporting Notebook includes all CDL schools.

These incentives will be disbursed at the 2012 Chicago Debate Championship, Saturday, March 24th.

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Note that these Allstate coach incentives are additional to the Allstate “Expanding Opportunities” Incentives and the Allstate Professional Development Incentives.

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