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2011 Liberty University Tournament Invite


Sept 26, 2011

Dear Colleague,

You are cordially invited to participate in the twenty-fourth annual Liberty University Debate Tournament on November 4-6, 2011. Our goal is to host a competently managed tournament with exceptional hospitality while offering strong competition in all three divisions of debate.

This year’s tournament will feature six preliminary rounds and an appropriate number of elimination rounds of debate in three divisions. You can manage your tournament entries through until November 2.  Drops after that date are subject to the participant fee.

This year we are moving back to our main campus, which should significantly decrease walking distance between rooms and divisions.  However, due to other campus events classroom space will still be limited so please enter early.  We are working to secure more rooms, but there is no guarantee we will be able to accommodate more than 86 teams. 

Fees are $40.00 per person (debater, coach, judge, or observer).  The tournament will provide every meal from Friday night through Sunday lunch, including breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  We hope that this will provide a friendlier tournament schedule and enable you to bring more teams or attend our tournament for the first time. Additionally, schools that can’t afford entry fees or hotel rooms are welcomed.  We will gladly waive your entry fees and do everything we can to help you find housing.

We are pleased to be offering a tournament that is sanctioned by the ADA and CEDA.  Early November is a beautiful time in central Virginia and we look forward to seeing you at this year’s tournament. If you have any questions, please call (434) 582-2080.


We hope to see you at Liberty University.


Michael Hall, Nick Ryan, John Nagy, Heather Hall, Matt Struth, Cole Bender


Liberty University Debate Tournament
November 4-6, 2011
Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia


            Topic:  Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase its democracy assistance
          for one or more of the following: Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen. 

            Sanctioning:  The tournament will be sanctioned by the ADA and CEDA and will be run in accordance with their
          rules.  The most recent copy of the ADA rules can be found at  

            Preliminary rounds:  There will be six preliminary rounds.  Rounds one and two will be pre-set. Rounds three
          through six will be power matched. Three divisions of debate will be offered: novice, junior varsity, and varsity.

            Elimination rounds:  An appropriate number of elimination rounds will be offered in accordance with the ADA
          rules and based on the size of the tournament.  We anticipate breaking to octo-finals in each division with the
          possibility of double-octos if justified by entries.


             Eligibility: Eligibility for participation in each division is governed by the ADA rules.

             Hybrids: Hybrid teams may participate in preliminary rounds and are eligible for speaker awards, but will not be
           eligible to participate in elimination rounds. 

             Mavericks:  Maverick debaters are ineligible to enter prior to the tournament.  If one of the debaters of a team
           cannot debate in any given round, that round will be forfeited. Teams that forfeit rounds will be given
           average speaker points, but are ineligible to clear to elimination rounds if speaker points are the determining
           factor for their clearing. Debaters who forfeit rounds are ineligible for speaker awards.

             Deadline:  Please enter the tournament by November 2, 2011 using  After that date e-mail
           entry changes directly to Nick Ryan ( 

             Drops:  Teams dropped after the November 2 deadline will be responsible for all participant fees.

             Tournament Registration: Registration will be held on the first floor of the DeMoss Hall on Friday afternoon
           from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.  If you are running late, please call Nick Ryan (540-604-0143) to verify your entry.
           Also, please update the contact information for all of your coaches and judges on debate results.


             Commitment:  Each school must provide 3 rounds of qualified judging for each team entered in the tournament.
           All judges will be required to judge through the quarter final elimination round or one round after your last team
           is eliminated whichever occurs later. 

             Hired Judging:  A limited number of judges will be available for hire at $30 per round ($120.00 per uncovered
           team, which includes 3 prelims and 1 elim). If you need to hire judges, please enter early.

             Judge Placement:  Judges will be placed using mutual preference in all divisions.

           Speaker Points:  We will use a 30 point scale with .1 increments.  No ties are allowed.

             Decision Time:  Judges are expected to render a decision within 2:30 of the announced start time. If the judge is
           unable to make a decision within that time, the tab room will randomly decide a winner by coin flip.

Awards: Awards will be provided to the top sixteen teams and the top ten speakers in each division.

Fees: Entry fees are $40 per participant (debater, coach, judge, or observer).  Make checks payable to Liberty University Debate. Fees include all meals starting with dinner on Friday, a well-stocked hospitality room, and the awards reception on Saturday.  Additional reception tickets may be purchased for $15 per person (for persons only attending the reception).

Hotel Accommodations:  We have two tournament hotel options. The Holiday Inn (434-528-2500) is located on 601 Main Street off of Interstate 29. They are providing a flat rate of $70.00 per night for up to four people per room.

The Days Inn (434-847-8655) is offering a rate of $64.95 and located on Candler’s Mountain road, only a couple of minutes from the campus.  The Days Inn is in the process of renovating their rooms and some rooms still have old bedspreads and well-used furniture.  They have assured us that they will try to place our block in newly renovated rooms, but I still recommend requesting renovated rooms. 

When you book at either hotel, make sure you request rooms in the “Liberty University Debate Tournament” block.  Reservations should be made by October 21 to guarantee the tournament rate.

We will be providing a continental breakfast at the tournament as there will not be breakfast provided at either hotel.

Transportation Assistance: If you are flying to the tournament, you should make reservations for Lynchburg Regional Airport. Rental cars and vans are available. For those of you requesting transportation assistance, please email Bessie Grayson ( your travel details by October 18.


To Liberty University: Liberty University is located on Candler’s Mountain Road in the Southeast corner of Lynchburg, Virginia. Major roads through Lynchburg going North and South include Interstate 29 and State Highway 501. Divided Highway 460 serves Lynchburg from the East and West. Signs mark campus exits on both Interstate 29 and 460.

To the Holiday Inn Downtown: Follow Highway 29 to the Main Street Downtown Exit.  Holiday Inn will be on the left side of the 600 block of Main Street.

To the Days Inn:  Follow Highway 29 to the Candler’s Mountain Rd/VA 128E/US 501S exit.  Merge quickly to the left and take a left at the first stoplight.

Public Transportation: Transportation options to Lynchburg area include USAir, Amtrak, and the Greyhound bus line. Additionally, the Roanoke (1 hour away from Lynchburg) and Charlottesville (1:20 away) airports are both reasonably short drives.

Special Announcement: Alcoholic beverage consumption is not allowed on the Liberty University campus. Smoking is only permitted outside the academic buildings.  Smoking is not allowed in any indoor space. Your cooperation will help to guarantee our ability to host future tournaments.


24thLiberty University Debate Tournament



Friday, November 5

  2:00 - 4:00 p.m.           Registration-DeMoss Hall, First floor

  4:20 p.m.                      Pairings Released for rounds 1 and 2

  4:50 p.m.                      Stop coaching and judges report

  5:00 p.m.                      Round 1

  7:00 p.m.                      Pizza Available outside of the hospitality room 

  7:20 p.m.                      Stop coaching and judges report

  7:30 p.m.                      Round 2


Saturday, November 6

  7:30 a.m.                      Breakfast (outside hospitality room)

  7:45 a.m.                      Pairings released for rounds 3 and 4

  8:20 a.m.                      Stop coaching/judges report

  8:30 a.m.                      Round 3

  11:05 a.m.                    Stop coaching/judges report

  11:15 a.m.                    Round 4

  1:00 p.m.                      Lunch (provided) 

  1:50 p.m.                      Parings released for round 5

  2:20 p.m.                      Stop coaching/judges report

  2:30 p.m.                      Round 5

  5:00 p.m.                      Pairings released for round 6

  5:30 p.m.                      Stop coaching/judges report

  5:40 p.m.                      Round 6

  7:45 p.m.                      Tournament Reception Begins


Sunday, November 7

    7:00 a.m.                    Breakfast and Pairings Released (DeMoss Hall – 1st Floor)

                  8:00 a.m.                   Elimination Rounds begin (DeMoss Hall)



Bagels, Breakfast Bars, Coffee and Juice will be available outside of the hospitality room in the first floor of DeMoss.