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Explaining the Participation Standard at T6, the Chicago Debate Championship
Please check the current Chicago Debate Championship Eligibility Roster for your school, which now has columns listing what the minimum number of debaters you would need to bring would be to meet the participation standard (and receive $750 for T6, according to our Stipend Allocation System – teams failing to meet this number will not receive this amount) and the maximum number of debaters that can attend from each school with At-Large teams and entering all debaters on the Chicago Debate Championship Eligibility Roster.
Here are a few things to note about participation at T6 and the Chicago Debate Championship Eligibility Roster:
- All schools are required to participate at the Chicago Debate Championship.
- All schools receive one “At Large” team to enter, regardless of the number of debaters they have on the Chicago Debate Championship Eligibility Roster.
- Because there are no mavericks allowed at the Chicago Debate Championship, if you have an uneven number of debaters eligible in a Division – e.g., Clark has five debaters eligible in the JV Division – you can “even up” by adding a debater to your Chicago Debate Championship Eligibility Roster.
- You can combine eligible debaters and your “At Large” debaters to make any team configurations you wish – though obviously Varsity debaters (those who have debated 10 or more rounds in any previous school year) cannot debate in the JV Division.
- There are no substitutions for any reason. If a debater on the Chicago Debate Championship Eligibility Roster cannot attend the Chicago Debate Championship, she cannot be replaced by an ineligible debater.
- The Chicago Debate Championship is one of the six regular, required CDL tournaments. The educational value of the Chicago Debate League is based on this full, six-tournament schedule, extending through the end of March. T6 is as important educationally as — likely more important than, given its place in the schedule as a culminating event, and its inter-Conference structure — any other tournament, and should be viewed by all coaches not as “the post-season” but, in the preparation for it and the debates held at it, the most educational stretch of the season.
- The same Participation Standard applies to T6 as the other five tournaments, with this adaptation: if a school cannot register the full four teams (for returning schools) or two teams (for first-year schools) they must come as close as they can, using their At-Large in order to meet the Participation Standard. So, for example, as of T4, Harper is a first-year school that has two JV debaters on the Chicago Debate Championship Eligibility Roster. They can add an “At Large” team and meet the Participation Standard of 4 debaters. Phillips is a returning school with four Varsity debaters on the Chicago Debate Championship Eligibility Roster. The closest they can come, as of T4, to meeting the standard is entering three teams (the four debaters on the Chicago Debate Championship Eligibility Roster plus one “At Large” team), so that is what Phillips must do to meet it.
- Here is a list of the minimum number of debaters based on Chicago Debate Championship Eligibility Roster:
Please let us know if you have any questions as we look forward to T6.