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Competitive Tournament Mechanics

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Chris Baron

on 17 May 2014

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Transcript of Competitive Tournament Mechanics

Competitive Tournament Mechanics
"Winners"
Top Speakers/Teams
Criteria for speaker/team awards:
Wins (or ballots)
Adjusted speaker points ("High/Low")
Total Speaker points
Ranks
Opposition Record
Judge variance
Sweepstakes
How Are Rounds Paired?
Preset Rounds
Seeded Rounds
Power matched Rounds
high/low vs. high/high
Lag power vs. straight power
"Bye" usually assigned to weakest team
Constraints
Can't debate your own school in prelims
Side constraints
Can't hit teams twice or same school
Judge preferences/strikes
Interpreting a Results Sheet
Teams Clearing
How do teams clear?
How many teams clear?
What record does it take to clear?

Elim Brackets
Top seed debates the bottom seed.
Brackets sometimes published during the tournament.
Elimination Round Protocol
Panels have chairs
Disclosure conventions
Breaking brackets
Walking over
Closing out
Winning Awards
Aligned with CDL Benchmark #4: Competitive mechanics: seedings, speaker points and awards, elim structure
Preliminary Rounds
Elimination Rounds
Celebrate everyone's wins
Cheer for your squad
Don't be sore loser or a bad winner
Save complaints for the team meeting
Record your accomplishments
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