4th Annual Rotunda Classic

High School Debate Tournament at the University of Virginia

November 7-8, 2014

Lincoln Douglas Policies

Lincoln Douglas is a form of debate that emphasizes logic, values clash, and philosophy.

Resolution: Resolved: The “right to be forgotten” from Internet searches ought to be a civil right. (November/December NFL)

Times

6 minutes Affirmative Constructive

3 minutes Cross Examination

7 minutes Negative Constructive

3 minutes Cross Examination

4 minutes First Affirmative Rebuttal

6 minutes Negative Rebuttal

3 minutes Second Affirmative Rebuttal

3 minutes of prep time is given to each debater to use at their discretion.

Pairing Paradigm – to be adjusted for 2015

Note: The Open Division and Novice Division will be separated for the entirety of the tournament; a novice LD debater will not hit a debater from the Open Division.

There will be 5 rounds of preliminary debate:
• Rounds 1 and 2 will be paired at random
• Round 3 will be paired based on win-loss records from rounds 1 and 2 (e.g., debaters with a 2-0 record will hit debaters with a 2-0 record as well) and speaker points (high-high, e.g., the debater with highest total speaker points in a bracket will hit the debater in the same bracket with the second highest total speaker points)
• Rounds 4 will be paired based on win-loss records from rounds 1 and 2 and speaker points (high-low, e.g., the debater with the highest speaker points in a bracket will hit the debater in the same bracket with the lowest total speaker points)
• Round 5 will be paired based on win-loss records from rounds 1-4 and speaker points (high-high)

If there are an odd number of debaters in a bracket, the middle debater from the next lower bracket will be pulled up and mixed into the bracket as if he/she had that record. A debater will only be pulled up once, and a debater can only hit a pull-up once.
If there is an odd number of debaters in the lowest bracket, the debater with the lowest speaks will receive a “Bye” (counted as a win, and speaker points for the round will be the average of his/her speaks from the other rounds). A debater can only hit the Bye once.

Pairings will be constrained by the following parameters:
• Debaters from the same school will not meet in preliminary rounds unless they constitute more than half of a bracket.
• Each debater will have 3 affirmative and 3 negative rounds if possible.
• No two debaters will hit more than once during preliminary rounds.
• No debater will have the same judge twice during preliminary rounds.
• No debater will be pulled up more than one bracket

Seeding will be determined by the following schedule:
1. Win-loss records
2. Total speaker points
3. Adjusted speaker points (i.e., subtracting the highest and lowest speaker points)
4. Double-adjusted speaks
5. Opponent wins
6. Judge variance
7. Coin toss (but if it stays on its side, there will be a yodeling contest)
Rankings for speaker awards will follow the same schedule as seeding but without #1 (win-loss records).

The tournament will break to semifinals in the open division and semifinals in the novice division. In semifinals, the first and fourth seeds within each division will debate, and the second and third seeds within each division will debate. Seeding will be determined as outlined above. The winners of the semifinals round in each division will debate in a final round.