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1 October 2007

Fall Open 2007

Hello All,
It's my pleasure to invite you all to this year's Fall Open at the University of Calgary. The tournament will take place on October 26-28, 2007.

The Tournament
There will five preliminary rounds of BP debate with a break to semi finals. We will also be using the training modules once again as an educational tool for novice debaters. These modules will be 10-15 minutes long and each module will be done by one of the attending universities. This is a pro-am tournament; therefore all teams must have at least one novice debater (someone who has not debated in a CUSID tournament in previous years). School hybrids are allowed, novice-novice teams will be allowed but are discouraged.

Team Cap:
There will be an initial tournament cap of 80 teams with school caps starting at 15 teams per school.

Over the last few years, the UCDS has worked hard to develop a stable and reliable judging pool by holding judge training seminars and drawing on expert judges. We plan to continue this tradition and will continue to develop our judging pool and training methods. Judging for the first four rounds will be open adjudication followed by the last round with closed adjudication. There will be an n/2 judging requirement for the tournament. To ensure that our judging pool is as diverse as possible we will be enforcing this rule. Exceptions will not be made except in the most extreme circumstances.

A Microsoft Excel based program will be used to calculate results for the tournament. All tabulations will fall in line with WDUC norms. Our Tabs director will be Michelle Zalmanowitz.

Cost & Registration Policy
The cost of the tournament is $100/team. Registration deadline is October 22nd. No teams will be permitted after this date unless it is in the best interest of the draw. Also, debaters may cancel prior to this date without penalty however cancellation after October 22nd will result in forfeiture of the registration fee. Judges are welcome to come out to the socials, however a fee of $25 / judge will be required for additional costs.

To register please contact us at, If you have any questions feel free to contact us via email, or even carrier pigeon if you are so inclined.

Tournament Staff:
CA/TD: Christopher McMillan TD: Teale Phelps Bondaroff

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