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Snow Invitational (CANCELED)

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This is a College tournament in Minnesota.

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2021 Snow Invitational Invite

On behalf of Concordia University (Nebraska) and Bethel University (Minnesota), we want to invite you to the second half of the Sleet and Snow Swing, the Snow Invitational. The Snow Invitational will be a 4-round, parliamentary debate only tournament to be held on Saturday, January 9. The tournament will be held online using Speechwire and Zoom. We encourage comprehensive programs to also attend the Sleet Invitational, held by our cohosts at Concordia University as an asynchronous individual events tournament with 4 (!) preliminary round ballots.
NPDA rules will be utilized as follows:

1. Flex time will be used (for reasons, see the end)

2. No warm room

3. The 2020-2021 NPDA Executive Council guidelines will be used:

Written preparation: Work written during prep, other than where an ADA accommodation has been made, somewhat defines our format. With the need for online/virtual debates, this presents an obvious problem. For the coming semester, the EC considers material typed during preparation time to be written. This does not include cutting and pasting from a file. This obviously excludes simply reading from a prepped file that already resides on a drive. Obviously, handwritten preparation is still fine, but the EC is concerned about partners who may be debating from different locations being able to prep. ADA accommodations take precedence over anything in conflict here.

In-round messaging: For partners who are debating from different locations, communicating is also a challenge. The EC considers messaging between partners appropriate in this case. As in any other round, debaters should not communicate with anyone else who is not involved in the round.

Shared commitment to prep: The limited preparation aspect of our format is what makes it unique and continues to do so even as contemporary argument forms and performances have found their place in Parli. Virtual debating will challenge the format as it has not been challenged before. Only a shared commitment to honestly conducting prep will make the format workable in this situation. The EC asks everyone to commit to that.

Flowing: Electronic/laptop flowing by debaters in a round is also acceptable for the coming season. This excludes cutting and pasting previously prepared material as well as flowing done by anyone not in the round on a shared spreadsheet.

Times of Speeches:
First Proposition Constructive Speaker: 7 minutes

Opposition Flex Time: 2 minutes
First Opposition Constructive Speaker: 8 minutes

Proposition Flex Time: 2 minutes
Second Proposition Constructive Speaker: 8 minutes

Opposition Flex Time: 1 minute
Second Opposition Constructive Speaker: 8 minutes
Opposition Rebuttal by First Speaker: 4 minutes

Proposition Flex Time: 1 minute
Proposition Rebuttal by First Speaker: 5 minutes

In the Upper Midwest, we typically do not utilize Flex Time. However, due to the inherent difficulties in trying to manage multiple online forms of communication, we believe that it is worth instituting during the pandemic. Per NPDA rules, the flex time may be used for preparation and/or to ask questions of the other team's speaker.


Registration/Checkin: 9:30 Central
Round 1: 10:00 Central
Round 2: 11:30 Central
Lunch: 12:30 Central
Round 3: 1:15 Central
Round 4: 2:45 Central
Elim 1: 4:15 Central
Elim 2: 5:45 Central
Awards ASAP

Entry Fees:
We want to keep the entry fees small, and charge only what is needed. Entry fees for covered teams (1 judge per 2 teams) will be free. Uncovered teams will be $90 per team. All uncovered entry fees will be used to pay our guest judges.

We hope to see you virtually on Saturday the 9th.

Michael Dreher, Director of Forensics, Bethel University

Manager contact information

Michael Dreher
Email address: mdreher@bethel.edu
Phone number: 612-850-3755

Mailing address

Bethel University
3900 Bethel Dr.
St. Paul, MN 55112

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