Saturday, January 21st
Online postings will occur a minimum of 15 minutes prior to each round
8:30 am Skype Lounge Opens
9:00 am Mandatory Competitor & Judge Check-In With Tournament Staff (via Skype)
10:00 am Draw - Round 1
11:45 am Draw - Round 2
1:30 pm Draw - Round 3
3:30 pm Draw - Round 4
6:15 pm Draw - Semi-Finals
8:15 pm Draw – Finals
Note: All times are Central Standard Time.
Official Tournament Time
1145am CST: There have been some system wide problems with video (we're running 2 rounds from Texas and 2 from Louisiana on separate servers & video went down across the board in round 1 = this appears to be a skype issue). Audio has been maintained whenever video has went down. We will continue rounds while attempting video, but with audio only if necessary. Thanks for your understanding.
1145am CST: Also, we realize that there may have been issues in round 1 where we allowed the completed ballots to be viewed by the competitors. That was an error on our part and we apologize (of course this is experimental and we appreciate your understanding). For all future ballots, please email them to TOURNAMENT@IPDADEBATE.INFO Thank You. At the conclusion of the tournament we will distribute ballots.
We will initiate a call at 6:00 pm where we will flip a coin, have one of the debaters call heads or tails and that the winner of the coin flip will choose their side in the debate. Topics will then be posted & strike will begin at 6:15. Finals will occur in a similar method ASAP after the conclusion of semifinals. Ballots will be distributed ASAP after the conclusion of the tournament via email. All awards will be distributed at the IPDA National Tournament (or mailed after the conclusion of the IPDA National Tournament for those programs unable to attend). Thanks again to all of you for helping to test this concept, we greatly appreciate your participation.
Note: We will initiate a call for "flip" ASAP and will then post the topics. The draw process will begin shortly after topic posting (we're attempting to speed up the schedule a bit). Thank you and congratulations to our finalists!!!!
Final Round Pairing: Union vs. Arkansas
Judges: Lee College-Ganakos, LSUS-Gibson, Volunteer.