Hat City Invite 2014 – Northeast Regionals

The Roger Sherman Debate Society of Western Connecticut State University is pleased to invite you yet again to:

The Hat City Debates:

The Northeastern CEDA / NDT D8 Qualifier

Worlds Regional Championship

February 21 – 23, 2014

Our tournament will be held in the once and future hat-making capital of the world, Danbury, Connecticut.

The tournament will feature six rounds of cross-examination policy debate in novice and junior varsity, using the 2013-2014 CEDA/NDT topic:

Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase statutory and/or judicial restrictions on the war powers authority of the President of the United States in one or more of the following areas: targeted killing; indefinite detention; offensive cyber operations; or introducing United States Armed Forces into hostilities.

The tournament will follow traditional CEDA/NDT rules regarding speech and prep time, including 9-3-6 speech time and 10 minutes of prep time.  The tournament will also follow CEDA/NDT rules regarding elimination rounds to allow for maximize amount of eligible teams to participate in elimination debates.  Judges are expected to decide their debates and deliver a decision within 2.5 hours of start time.

The Hat City Debates will also feature a world’s division, will follow all WUDC rules, available at http://debate.uvm.edu/dcpdf/sambaworldsguidelines.pdf. During preparation teams may only discuss the motion with their partner or with one of the chief adjudicators.  Judges should be provided at the N-1 rule.  Undergraduates familiar with the event may be used as judges.  Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at an institution may compete or judge.  Paul Gross from Cornell will be the Chief Adjudicator. Please register through tabroom.com. Questions or concerns email debate@wcsu.edu. Lastly, the District 8 qualifier for the NDT will follow all NDT and District 8 rules regarding eligibility and qualification.

Registration/Entry Fees:  $45 per person in attendance.  Checks should be made payable to the WCSU – Roger Sherman Debate Society.  There is also a fee of $30 for each uncovered round of judging (3 rounds per team).

We will be providing breakfast and lunch on both Saturday and Sunday with vegan meal choices.

Hotels Info:

Best Western Plus Danbury/Bethel @ 69.99
11 Stony Hill Road, Bethel, Connecticut, 06801

203-744-3200
“Hat City Debate Tournament” for the group rate.

Microtel Bethel, CT @ 69.99

80 Benedict Rd. Bethel, CT 06801

203-748-8318

“Hat City Debate Tournament” for the group rate.

The Newbury Inn Brookfield, CT @ 69.99

1030 Federal Rd. Brookfield, CT 06804

203-775-0220

“Hat City Debate Tournament” for the group rate.

Courtyard Danbury, CT @ 109.00

3 Eagle Rd Danbury, CT 06810

(203) 730-2228

“WCDP” for the group rate.

Hampton Inn Danbury, Ct @ 84.00

81 Newtown Rd Danbury, CT 06810

(203) 748-6677

“WCD” for the group rate.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21

6:30 PM: Registration at the Best Western’s conference room until 9:30 PM,
or call Taylor Pasquence at (203) 313-6482 with your information.

SCHEDULE – Policy

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22

07:00 AM: Registration at Warner Hall, first floor

07:30 AM: Breakfast at Warner Hall, first floor (bagels and beverages)

08:00 AM: Round 1

10:30 AM: Round 2

12:30 PM: Lunch at Warner Hall, first floor

01:30 PM: Round 3

04:00 PM: Round 4 (Last NDT round for the day)

06:30 PM: Round 5

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23

07:30 AM: Breakfast at Warner Hall, first floor

08:00 AM: Round 5 (NDT only) Round 6 (CEDA only)

11:00 AM: Elimination Rounds

1:30 PM: Lunch and Award Ceremony will be held at Warner Hall, first floor

02:30 PM: Elimination Rounds

04:30 PM: Elimination Rounds (as necessary)

07:00 PM: Elimination Rounds (as necessary)

The NDT and CEDA meetings will be announced during the course of the tournament.

SCHEDULE – Worlds

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22

07:00 AM: Registration at Warner Hall, first floor

07:30 AM: Breakfast at Warner Hall, first floor (bagels and beverages)

General Assembly is at Science Building 125 (New place this year and forward)

08:20 AM: Round 1 – Motion Announced

10:50 AM: Round 2 – Motion Announced

12:30 PM: Lunch at Warner Hall, first floor

01:50 PM: Round 3 – Motion Announced

04:20 PM: Round 4 – Motion Announced

06:50 PM: Round 5 – Motion Announced

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23

07:30 AM: Breakfast at Warner Hall, first floor

08:20 AM: Round 6 – Motion Announced

11:20 AM: World’s Elimination Rounds

01:30 PM: Lunch and Award Ceremony will be held at Warner Hall, first floor

02:50 PM: Elimination Rounds

04:50 PM: Elimination Rounds (as necessary)

07:20 PM: Elimination Rounds (as necessary)

PARKING

Parking will be provided in the faculty lot off White Street between White Hall and Fairfield Hall, and in the Commuter Parking Garage off Fifth Avenue.

Coaches wishing to drop off teams should enter the parking area off Fifth Avenue and pull up behind Warner Hall, which is the center building in a row of three.

DIRECTIONS TO CAMPUS

From the East: Take Exit 5 off I-84 to first traffic light (Clapboard Ridge Road); turn right and continue on Main Street to White Street (fifth traffic light); turn left on White Street and continue one half mile to campus on left.

From the West: Take Exit 5 off I-84 to first traffic light (Main Street); turn right and continue on Main Street to White Street (fourth traffic light); turn left on White Street and continue one half mile to campus on left.

Westconn is the District 8 Northeast Champions for 2012-2013

Congratulations to Kylah Broughton and Eugene Ben Allen this weekend on a stellar performance at this year’s Hat City Debate Tournament at WCSU! As a team, they were awarded First Place of the District 8 Cross Examination Debate Association Championship! On top of winning the district championship tournament, Kylah Broughton was awarded the First Place Speaker Award and Eugene Ben Allen was awarded the Fifth Place Speaker Award!!

Hat City Invite 2013

The Roger Sherman Debate Society of Western Connecticut State University is pleased to invite you yet again to:

The Hat City Debates:

The Northeastern CEDA/Worlds Regional Championship

February 23 – 24, 2013

Our tournament will be held in the once and future hat-making capital of the world, Danbury, Connecticut.

The tournament will feature six rounds of cross-examination policy debate in novice and junior varsity, using the 2012-2013 CEDA/NDT topic:

Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reduce restrictions on and/or substantially increase financial incentives for energy production in the United States of one or more of the following: coal, crude oil, natural gas, nuclear power, solar power, wind power.

The tournament will follow traditional CEDA/NDT rules regarding speech and prep time, including 9-3-6 speech time and 10 minutes of prep time.  The tournament will also follow CEDA/NDT rules regarding elimination rounds to allow for maximize amount of eligible teams to participate in elimination debates.  Judges are expected to decide their debates and deliver a decision within 2.5 hours of start time.

The Hat City Debates will also feature a world’s division, will follow all WUDC rules, available at http://debate.uvm.edu/dcpdf/sambaworldsguidelines.pdf. During preparation teams may only discuss the motion with their partner or with one of the chief adjudicators.  Judges should be provided at the N-1 rule.  Undergraduates familiar with the event may be used as judges.  Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at an institution may compete or judge.  Paul Gross from Cornell will be the Chief Adjudicator and Vik Keenan from CUNY will be on Tab. Please register by email at debate@wcsu.edu .

Lastly, the District 8 qualifier for the NDT will follow all NDT and District 8 rules regarding eligibility and qualification.

Registration/Entry Fees:  $45 per person in attendance.  Checks should be made payable to the WCSU – Roger Sherman Debate Society.  There is also a fee of $30 for each uncovered round of judging (3 rounds per team).

Rooms will be blocked at the Microtel and the Best Western for 69.99 per night. The room block will be under“Hat City Debate Tournament.” The teams must either contact the hotel directly and they will be directed to Rosaria Sproviero and/or they can contact Rosaria directly on her cell phone at 203-948-9413.

We will be providing breakfast and lunch on both Saturday and Sunday with vegan meal choices.

Another hotel bock rate is for the Hampton Inn Danbury for $85.00  reference the group code “WCD” or refer to the group name:  “WCSU Debate Tournament”. This hotel is better for those folks who wish to eat nearby as it is on the same plaza of Chili’s and Friendly’s.

Hotels Info:

Best Western Plus Danbury/Bethel @ 69.99
11 Stony Hill Road, Bethel, Connecticut, 06801
Please speak with Rosaria Sproviero for the group rate.

Hampton Inn Danbury @ 85.00
(tel) 203.748.6677
81 Newtown Road, Danbury, CT 06810
Group code: WCD
Group Name: WCSU Debate Tournament

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22

6:30 PM: Registration at the Best Western’s conference room until 10:30 PM,
or call R. Max Hamoy at (202) 630-0789 with your information.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23

7:00 AM: Registration at first floor Warner Hall

7:30 AM: Breakfast (bagels and beverages) in addition to hotel breakfast.

8:00 AM: Round 1

10:30 AM: Round 2

12:30 PM: Lunch

1:30 PM: Round 3

4:00 PM: Round 4

6:30 PM: Round 5 (CEDA only)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24

7:30 AM: Breakfast

8:00 AM: Round 5 (NDT only) Round 6 (CEDA only)

11:00 AM: CEDA Elimination Debates, NDT qualifier

1:30 PM: Lunch and Award Ceremony

2:30 PM: CEDA East meeting during elimination rounds

2:30 PM: Elimination Rounds for CEDA

2:30 PM: NDT run-offs as necessary

4:30 PM: Elimination Rounds (as necessary)

7:00 PM: Elimination Rounds (as necessary)

WORLD’S SCHEDULE

The World’s Debate schedule will follow the same parameters as the CEDA policy schedule.  There will be no novice breakout.

Quarter-Finalists at UNLV 2012

We are back from UNLV where Taylor Pasquence and Taylor Wolff made it to the quarterfinals in the junior varsity division and Taylor Wolff was 7th speaker. The team finished prelims with a 5-2 record and earned a bye through the octafinals! Very proud of them both. They worked hard for this!

Team Taylor Finalists at CSU-Fullerton 2012

Rashad Evans, director of the Roger Sherman Debate Society, sends this update of the RSDS’s latest successes:

“I would like to congratulate the sophomore team of Taylor Pasquence and Taylor Wolff for making it all the way to the final round of the CSU-Fullerton national debate tournament.  ‘Team Taylor’ beat teams from UNLV, CSU-Chico, San Diego State University and CSU-Northridge before losing a hard fought final debate round to Cornell on a split decision .  In one semester, Team Taylor has successfully made the jump from novice to junior varsity debate, which has coined them the name ‘super novices’ around the country.  With a tournament win at James Madison University, a finals appearance at CSU-Fullerton and a semi-finals appearance at SUNY-Binghampton, Team Taylor has been successful from east to west and from north to south.  They are well on their way to being nationally competitive in the open division.  They will next compete at UT-Austin where they will face their strongest competition to date.  They are both already hard at work!

“Next month (February 25-26), RSDS will host the Hat City Debate Tournament, where for the first time in team history Western Connecticut State University will compete in the District 8 qualifying tournament in hopes of gaining one of the limited 78 spots at the prestigious National Debate Tournament (NDT) to be hosted by Emory University in Atlanta this March.”
Way to go, Team Taylor and RSDS.

Taylor Wolff and Taylor Pasquence Novice Champions at James Madison University 2011

Rashad Evans, the new coach of the Roger Sherman Debate Society (RSDS), shares the following terrific news:

“I am so happy to report that the Roger Sherman Debate Society captured its first championship of the young debate season! Sophomores Taylor Wolff and Taylor Pasquence won the novice division of the James Madison University Debate tournament this past weekend.  The team posted incredible victories over James Madison University, SUNY Binghamton, Richmond University, Liberty University and a decisive final round victory over Vanderbilt University.  In addition, Talyor Pasquence was named the 3rd best individual speaker in the division. This was an impressive follow-up to the team’s semi-final appearance at the season’s first tournament.  They will now compete in the junior varsity division!

“Juniors Eugene Allen and Ben Townsend also competed with great success in the junior varsity division compiling wins over George Mason University, The US Naval Academy and SUNY Binghamton before losing to eventual champion Vanderbilt University in the octa-final round.
“I would like to congratulate both teams on their success and thank them for their hard work both before and during the tournament.

Thanks to team captain R. Max Hamoy who traveled with the team, scouted and coached along the way.

“Next up is West Point!”

Novice Teams Successful Performance at Cal Swing 2011

Here’s a report from Kevin Gaughan, assistant coach of the Roger Sherman Debate Society, about the team’s successful performance in the Cal State Fullerton Debate Tournament in early January:

“I would like to extend my congratulations to Renan Max Hamoy, Kianna Woodard, Ben Townsend, and Ben Allen for what was WCSU’s best performance ever at the Cal State Fullerton Debate Tournament [in early January]. The Fullerton debate tournament has long been considered one of the most competitive tournaments in the country, and both teams posted winning records in the novice division. Ben Townsend and Ben Allen advanced to the semi-finals of the entire tournament, losing a split decision debate to the eventual champions from San Francisco State University.

“R. Max Hamoy also deserves special recognition for winning an award for being the second best speaker in a competitive novice bracket. His accomplishment, together with the overall success of both teams, has distinguished WCSU as a competitive debate program on the national scene. Congratulations again to all who debated and keep up the good work in the spring semester!”

Way to go, RSDS!