Tournament Status: Tournament Completed
Welcome to the home page for the 2012 68th James 'Al' Johnson Invitational tournament hosted by The Colorado College (CO) on Oct 26-28, 2012 for College students.
The Colorado College cordially invites you to attend the James
"Al" Johnson Forensic Invitational to take place at the CC campus October 26th-28th, 2012. An eight prelim round tournament with Open and Inexperienced divisions of NPDA debate and an IE tournament of open and inexperienced divisions of eleven AFA individual events will be offered this year.
The attached invitation contains complete information about the
tournament. If there is a question you don't find answered, please do not hesitate to contact me. I expect this year's tournament to draw outstanding competition that will be complemented by an excellent tab room staff. I hope that you will join us in the shadow of beautiful Pike's
Peak for a superb fall tournament.
With warm personal regards,
James "Al" Johnson Forensic Invitational
Thursday 7-8:30pm Registration at the Crowne Plaza
7:15-7:45 Late Registration
8:00 Parli-Announce topic for Round 1
9:45 Parli-Announce topic for Round 2
12:15 Parli-Announce topic for Round 3
2:00 Parli-Announce topic for Round 4
2:30 IE- Rd 1 Flight B
3:45 Parli-Announce topic for Round 5, IE- Ext draw
4:15 IE-Rd 1 Flight A
6:00 Parli-Announce topic for Round 6
6:15 IE-Rd 2 Flight B
7:45 Parli-Announce topic for Round 7
8:00 Parli-Announce topic for Round 8, IE- Ext Draw
8:30 IE-Rd 2 Flight A
10:00 IE- Finals/Semis
10:30 Parli-Announce topic for Doubles, IE-Finals
1:45 Registration 2nd half
2:15 Parli-Announce topic for Octa-finals, Ext Draw
2:45 IE Round 1 Flight A
4:00 Parli-Announce topic for Quarter-finals, IE Round 1 Flight B
5:15 IE-Ext Draw
5:45 Parli-Announce topic for Semi Finals, IE- Round 2 Flight A
6:15 Parli-Announce topic for Finals
8:00 IE Round 2 A
9:15 Flight B IE-Ext finals draw
11:00 IE Finals
A- EXT, INFO, PRO, CA, POI
B- IMP, POE, DUO, PER, ADS, DI
Any regularly enrolled undergraduate in a two year or four year
college is eligible to participate. Eligibility standards for AFA and
NPDA nationals will be enforced, and the tournament director reserves the right to ask a coach to prove that a student is eligible. A contestant may enter up to three
individual events per conflict pattern.
FORENSICSTOURNAMENT.NET IS THE PREFERRED METHOD OF REGISTRATION. Please E-Mail your entries so that it arrives no later than TUESDAY OCTOBER 25th, by 5:00 p.m. MDT. If you need to fax or phone in your entry, please contact us beforehand and verify that your entry will be received.
Parliamentary Debate (NPDA):
An Open and Inexperienced division of Parliamentary Debate will be offered. Any eligible student may enter Open division. The Inexperienced division is reserved only for those within their 1st year of debate on the college level. NPDA sweepstakes points will be given to the top three teams from a school regardless of division. Eight preliminary rounds of NPDA will be followed by an appropriate number of elimination rounds as indicated by the NPDA by-laws. Students may conditionally enter the second half of the IE swing and participate if eliminated from the parli tournament before the 2nd break round.
We will administer the NPDA debate competition in accordance with procedures at the NPDA national tournament, with exception of breaking brackets in the event that it is necessary for tournament function. The topic for each NPDA round will be announced at the time of the scheduled start for each NPDA round. Teams should be in their scheduled room and ready to compete exactly fifteen minutes after the topic has been announced. We will determine the appropriate amount of "walking time" to add onto the preparation time before round one so we can adjust it for weather conditions and tournament
size. Teams who are not ready to debate at the end of the allotted prep time will be subject to forfeiture. TIME LIMITS ARE: PM - 7 min, all other constructive speeches - 8 min,
Opposition Rebuttal - 4 min, and
Government rebuttal - 5 min.
Decision disclosure at the end of the round is at the discretion of the judge, but we request oral critiques are abbreviated until such time as the ballot is returned to the judge's table. We will be offering a "warm room" where we will post results of
each debate round as they become available from the tab room. We typically offer judge strikes, and will adjust the number of strikes to be appropriate for the judging pool and entry size. If you require more information about strikes, please contact Julian.
At the end of the eight preliminary rounds, the top teams in each
division of NPDA debate will proceed to elimination rounds.
Teams advance first on their win loss record, next on adjusted speaker points, and finally on judge variance. Pairings in the elimination rounds will be on the basis of strength versus weakness. BRACKETS WILL BE BROKEN in elimination rounds, and two teams from the same school will not be scheduled to meet if the bracket dictates.
Individual Events - General:
The individual events offered are subject to the rules of the AFA
National Individual Events Tournament.
Complete event descriptions are available on request. Two conflict patterns A & B will be offered in open division. Semi-finals where entries warrant, and finals will follow two preliminary rounds with the top twelve being advanced semifinals and the top six to finals. If fewer than 25 students enter a division of an event, that event will go directly to finals. In the occurrence of a very small number of participants in an event, that event may go to three rounds and no finals.
Please watch for announcements concerning when finals for various events will take place as these will be adapted by the IE tab room for judge and room availability during the time allotted in the schedule for semifinals and finals. No speaker will be ranked lower than 4th in the preliminary rounds, but speakers will be ranked 1st through last in elimination
rounds. BRACKETS WILL NOT BE BROKEN IN THE SEMI-FINAL ROUNDS.
Awards will be given for finalists and higher in individual events,
octofinalists and higher in NPDA debate. Additional debate
awards NPDA may be awarded if entries are sufficient. Ten
speakers will be awarded in each division of NPDA debate.
General, Individual Events, and NPDA sweepstakes awards will be given, as well as the same awards for community colleges, although community colleges are eligible for all sweepstakes awards. We will also continue to award the "Bob Becker Super Cool Judge Award" to an outstanding member of the critic
Points are determined in individual events by 1st Place - 20 points, 2nd Place - 10 points, 3rd Place - 5 points, all other finalists - 2 points, and semifinalists failing to advance - 1 point. Five points for each preliminary round won in NPDA.
Ties will be broken by the most number of first places in individual events, secondly by the school qualifying the most number of persons to elimination rounds of IEs and Debate, and finally by the flip of the coin. The top three teams in each division of debate per school and the top three persons in
each individual event per school will count toward team sweepstakes.
Fees are: $60 for each NPDA debate team; $10 for each individual event per tournament. Schools
cannot be guaranteed that they will be able to enter students in excess of the judges they provide, but to the extent that judges can be hired, a fee of $100 will be will be charged for each uncovered NPDA debate team; $10 will be charged
for each uncovered event in individual events per tournament. One judge covers 2 NPDA Debate Teams and 6 IE
Entries per tournament. Please note that IE judging commitments are determined as a whole and not per conflict
Lunch will be provided everyday by local vendors with the cost of $9 per student/judge/coach, which will be added to the total cost of each school’s attendance. Coffee and lite breakfast fare will be available each morning along with snacks and refreshments during the day for all participants at no cost.
Fees will be assessed as of Noon, Wednesday, October 24, and schools will be expected to pay fees as indicated by their entry at that time regardless of subsequent deletions.
Drops after Wednesday will result in a $50 fee.
Judges should expect to judge at least up to their commitment in
NPDA and may be asked to judge one round beyond their commitment in order to ensure the best possible critics. All judges are expected to be available for the first elimination round of debate and one round beyond that in which their team is eliminated. Judges in individual events should expect to judge in both conflict patterns even if they have students entered in only one conflict pattern.
If your team can provide judges in excess of your commitment, we WOULD REALLY LIKE to either hire them for additional rounds or give a discount to the registration fees of the team. Consult Julian if you are interested in this option.
The tournament director reserves the right to make any decisions necessary to facilitate the timely and accurate completion of the tournament.
<span style="\" font-size:13.0pt;font-family:verdana;"="">As in years past, we are fortunate enough to offer a discounted rate of $79.00 for single-quad occupancy rooms at the Crowne Plaza of Colorado Springs. The rate includes complimentary high-speed internet within the rooms. The Crowne Plaza has requested that schools make reservations before Friday October 12<sup>th</sup> in order to receive this rate. To receive tax-exempt status, please contact Erin via email at <a href="%5C%22mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org%5C%22" _cke_saved_href="%5C%22mailto:email@example.com%5C%22">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>. To ensure your school receives the discounted rate be sure to mention that the reservation is for the James Al Johnson Invitational tournament. <br> </span></p> <p></p>
- Central Wyoming College (Riverton, WY)
- Colorado Christian University (Lakewood, CO)
- Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO)
- Colorado State University - Pueblo (Pueblo, CO)
- Eastern Wyoming College (Torrington, WY)
- Hutchinson Community College (Hutchinson, KS)
- Laramie County Community College (Cheyenne, WY)
- Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff , AZ)
- Northwest College (Powell, WY)
- Ranger College (Ranger, TX)
- Sterling College (Sterling, KS)
- Texas Tech (Lubbock, TX)
- The Colorado College (Colorado Springs, CO)
- The University of Texas at Tyler (Tyler, TX)
- United States Air Force Academy (CO)
- University of Colorado-Boulder (Boulder, CO)
- University of Houston Main Campus (Houston, TX)
- University of Utah
Total Debate Entries: 47
Pattern - Event - (entries)
- A - Inexperienced Comm-Analysis (0)
- A - Open Comm-Analysis (3)
- A - Inexperienced Extemp (2)
- A - Open Extemp (9)
- A - Inexperienced Informative (4)
- A - Open Informative (3)
- A - Inexperienced Prog-Oral-Interp (1)
- A - Open Prog-Oral-Interp (3)
- A - Inexperienced Prose (3)
- A - Open Prose (4)
- B - Inexperienced After-Dinner-Spk (1)
- B - Open After-Dinner-Spk (2)
- B - Inexperienced Dramatic-Interp (4)
- B - Open Dramatic-Interp (8)
- B - Inexperienced DUO (0)
- B - Open DUO (1)
- B - Inexperienced Impromptu (3)
- B - Open Impromptu (9)
- B - Inexperienced Persuasive (2)
- B - Open Persuasive (5)
- B - Inexperienced Poetry (3)
- B - Open Poetry (3)
Total IE Entries: 73
Pattern - Event - (entries)