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2020 Big RemoteTournament of Love 
I want to start off by saying I hope you all are somewhere safe and surrounded by love! The world has seemingly changed overnight, and we are still waiting to see just how different things will be when we return back to "normal." Since many teams face uncertainty with budget cuts and restricted travel in the fall, our community is facing some unprecedented challenges this upcoming. It looks like our "traditional" way of operating in this activity will look a little different, and now is the time for us to anticipate changes and adjust accordingly. In case our community has to go online for competition in the fall, I thought it would be a great idea to get a head start on figuring out the "how" to run an online tournament. That being said, Cornell will be hosting the Big Remote Tournament of Love, an exhibition-style synchronistic FREE tournament for schools in our district. Yes, I know that was a lot, but in a nutshell, we are giving the LIVE competition format a try instead of people uploading videos. I hope to accomplish two things with this tournament, give students, specifically seniors, the opportunity to say goodbye to the season. Next, give myself and SNAFU board members an opportunity to figure out the logistics and coordination for running a tournament online. This is a PILOT online tournament if this goes well our regional leaders will be able to help us transition more smoothly in the fall.
What we need from you...your students and TIME! I know this is during Maycation and after finals. But I am hoping this can be a learning opportunity for our district as a whole. If you have any students interested please encourage them to sign up and if you are willing to judge that would be greatly appreciated. Students will only be able to sign up for a maximum of two events, we want to keep the scale of the tournament small, so its easier to manage and learn from. We will be Yaalty to actually host the tournament. Once people start to register I will send out links for people to start accessing the site. If you have any questions or ideas please let me know! If you have questions about tournament logistics shoot me a text or email at 6308656108 or bj272@cornell.edu. Please see below for tournament specifics.
Brandon Joel
Assistant Director of Speech and Debate Programs
Speech Team Director
1.  Each school may enter a maximum of two students per event. (Please prioritize seniors for your slots)
2.  Each student may enter up to 2 events per pattern. 
3. There will be no DUO offered at the tournament
4.  Students can NOT be cross-entered in both IEs and IPDA. 
5. Patterns will be as follows:
 PATTERN A: Extemp, Drama, ADS, (CA+info), 
PATTERN B: Impromptu, Persuasive, (Poetry, PRO, POI)
*4 Rounds of IPDA 
6.  Registration will be via Speechwire. All schools must submit their entry by May 18th @ Noon EST.
7. Please collect your judge's and student's email addresses and place them in a spreadsheet. We will need it to get everyone sorted for the tournament hosting platform. Email to bj272@cornell.edu by registration deadline.
There will be no tournament fees UNLESS you do not cover your slots. 
1.  Fees for uncovered slots/debaters will be assessed as follows:
            Uncovered IE slot = $10 per slot
            Uncovered Debate = $ 30 per debater or team
2.  Each judge can cover 8 slots and 2 debaters/teams. Please make every attempt to cover your entry. As the saying goes, we’d MUCH rather keep the tournament free.  Schools are responsible for entering their judges as the right judge type when it comes to calculating fees.
3.  Judges who fail to pick up ballots will render their students ineligible for elimination rounds.
4.  Judges will be used in both debate and individual events unless otherwise noted.  Judges are obligated to judge one round past their student’s elimination.
Competition Rules
1.  AFA-NIET rules and descriptions will govern all AFA-NIET events. Phi Rho Pi rules will govern IPDA. Please make note of these rules, as they may differ from tournaments in your region.  There will be no C/X in the final round of Extemp.
2.  As per new AFA-NIET language, the use of the Internet and/or electronic files are permitted in Extemp. Cornell will attempt to provide Internet access, but cannot guarantee it.
3.  We will offer one division of Individual IPDA debate. Please make note of the following rules:
            a. Debaters will be presented with five resolutions. Both debaters will alternatively strike two resolutions each, starting with the negative. The 30-minute preparation period begins at the first negative strike.  We will follow the time constraints set forth by the IPDA: 5-2-6-2-3-5-3.
            b. During prep time, students are allowed to access any prepared material and/or electronic materials.  This includes access to the Internet. In addition, students are allowed to prep with other students, but NOT COACHES.
            c. All preliminary rounds will be randomly preset.  Brackets will NOT be broken in elimination rounds.
            d.  Topic draw will take place in IPDA prep. Further info can be found at www.ipdadebate.info or just call me!
5.  NO disclosure in debate rounds.  Please turn in ballots before offering any oral critiques.
1.  Awards will be virtual certificates
2.  In individual events, sweepstakes points are awarded as follows:
            12 points – 1st place in finals
            10 points – 2nd place in finals
            8 points – 3rd place in finals
            6 points – 4th place in finals
            4 points – 5th place in finals
            2 points – 6th/7th place in finals
3.  In debate, sweepstakes points are awarded as follows:
            5 points for each prelim win
            2 points for reaching Semi's
            2 points for reaching Final
5.  In addition, the top speakers and schools will be recognized.  Students must be entered in four events to be eligible for individual sweeps. There will be sweepstakes for IE, Debate 
Tournament Schedule 
8:30am    Extemp/IPDA Draw
9:00am    Round 1A
10:15am  Round 1B
Noon    Extemp/IPDA Draw
12:30pm  Round 2A
1:45pm    Round 2B
3:00pm   Extemp/IPDA Draw
3:30pm    IPDA Finals 
4:30pm     Virtual Award Show
 Further tournament logistics will be sent along with confirmation of your entry.

Manager contact information

Brandon Joel
Email address: bj272@cornell.edu
Phone number: 6308656108

Mailing address

620 Tower rd
Suite 615B
Ithaca, NY 14853

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