Stanford Invitational Tournament

Stanford Invitational Speech & Debate Tournament

Debate Events Information

OBSERVERS: Stanford tournaments are "open forum," meaning that non-disruptive observers are welcome.  Recordings are discussed below.

COACHING: Coaches are encouraged to coach their teams before debates.  If a coach is judging a debate during a particular round, they must cease coaching 10 minutes before the start time in order to not delay the start time of the round they are judging. Anyone coaching a debate must stop coaching prior to the start time in order to not delay round start times.  The tournament will not allow the entire schedule to be impacted by any coaching delays.

EVIDENCE: Judges are welcome to call for evidence read in the debate, or not, at their discretion. In general judges’ discretion prevails on virtually all matters, except when otherwise indicated by the Executive Tournament Director or their designee.

RECORDING: No one may record video or audio of any speech given during the Stanford Invitational without the consent of all students participating in the round.

TABROOM TANSPARENCY:  We will provide disclosure of the full results packet and brackets after the start of the first elimination rounds on Sunday as logistical feasibility allows so that everyone can be assured that all coaches and teams have access to the same vital information at the same time.

IN THE EVENT OF LOGISTICAL DIFFICULTIES: In the event tab staff experience fundamental computer problems such as a serious computer or software malfunction, we will use the listed priorities as best as can be accommodated by the software or the tab staff.  Tournament director's discretion ultimately prevails in the rare event of serious logistical difficulties, and proceeding with the tournament schedule takes priority over other considerations should such problems occur.

CLEARING: For clearing, the priorities are: Win-Loss, High/Low Points, Opponent Seed, Double High/Low Points, Coin Flip.

 

LINCOLN-DOUGLAS and POLICY DEBATE:

The SOP algorithm to pair rounds is determined in the following manner:

1) Create rank order of teams based on traditional sorting criteria.  This creates a “seed” for each team as of that point in the tournament.  2) Calculate the average seed of each of a team’s prior opponents.  3) When necessary due to side skews, teams are advanced to the next higher bracket based in order of the weakest average strength of opposition.  3) Once brackets are equalized, a team’s own seed and the average seed of their prior opponents are added together to create a hybrid statistic WLQ.  4) Teams are sorted high to low within brackets based on WLQ.   

PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE:

The SOP algorithm to pair rounds is determined in the following manner:

1) Create rank order of teams based on traditional sorting criteria.  This creates a “seed” for each team as of that point in the tournament.  2) Calculate the average seed of each of a team’s prior opponents.  3) When necessary due to side skews, teams are advanced to the next higher bracket based in order of the weakest average strength of opposition.  3) Once brackets are equalized, a team’s own seed and the average seed of their prior opponents are added together to create a hybrid statistic WLQ.  4) Teams are sorted high to low within brackets based on WLQ.  

PARLIMENTARY DEBATE:

The SOP algorithm to pair rounds is determined in the following manner:

1) Create rank order of teams based on traditional sorting criteria.  This creates a “seed” for each team as of that point in the tournament.  2) Calculate the average seed of each of a team’s prior opponents.  3) When necessary due to side skews, teams are advanced to the next higher bracket based in order of the weakest average strength of opposition.  3) Once brackets are equalized, a team’s own seed and the average seed of their prior opponents are added together to create a hybrid statistic WLQ.  4) Teams are sorted high to low within brackets based on WLQ.  

1.     Students may use computers in the prep room, but NOT in the competition room.  Computers must be off and completely put away during the round.

2.     Students may also have in the prep room any written material they choose including extemp files, briefs, notes, articles, magazines etc.

1.     Points of Information are allowed in every constructive speech in the debate.  Points of order are allowed in rebuttals.

2.     Points of Information must be concise statements or questions lasting no more than fifteen seconds.

3.     Debaters may or may not take points of information at their discretion. The speaker accepts a single point; the opposing speaker is not allowed to make following questions or arguments unless again recognized by the speaker holding the floor.

4.     The opening and closing minute of each speech are ‘protected,’ i.e., no Points of Information are allowed. Points may be made after the first minute and before the last minute of each speech. The judge should tap the desktop to indicate that one minute has elapsed and points of information may commence. The judge should then tap the desktop when one minute remains in each speech to indicate that no more points are allowed.