Monthly Archives: November 2009

Official Dodge Ball Rules

First Annual Glenbrooks Dodgeball Tournament- Rules and Regulations

–          Five on five format

–          Single-elimination bracket style tournament.

–          To start, each team will be lined up at either end of the court. The dodgeballs will be lined up on the midline.

o    At the whistle, each team will have to race to the center to grab the dodgeballs.

o    Before any player is allowed to throw a ball, he or she must touch the endline of the court.

–          If a player is hit ANYWHERE on his or her body, he or she is now eliminated.


–          If a player throws a ball and it is caught by the other team, the player who threw the ball is now out.

o    Once the player catches the ball, one of that person’s teammates who was out, can now come back in to the game.

o    If the ball is deflected off of one player, or a ball that one player is holding, the same rule applies.

§  However, Once a ball is deflected, it is not possible for someone to be eliminated from that ball.

–          A player is eliminated if he or she steps across the midline at any time.

–          Players who are eliminated are allowed to retrieve balls that are OUTSIDE the boundaries for their teammates.

Distinguishing Distinctions

One of the things judges say frequently is that one side or the other had a chance to draw a distinction, often a round winning one, and that they missed it. When I debated, frequently I had no idea what these judges were talking about. Having judged for a while now I can see to a larger extent the importance of drawing distinctions and the major effects they can have on decisions.

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Recession and Social Policy

An interesting article discussing a new book from Brookings:

Creating an Opportunity Society begins by showing that, especially for the poorest children, this is something of a myth. By international standards, intergenerational mobility in the US is quite low. This will surprise few who have ventured into a US public housing project or troubled inner-city school, but many middle-class Americans never have. The figures show that US children born in the lowest and highest quintiles of the income distribution are more likely to stay there than in Britain, for example, and much more likely than in countries such as Sweden and Denmark.

But what to do about it? The book confirms a finding well established in the literature, that transition to the middle class is all but guaranteed for poor children if they do three things: finish high school, work full time and marry before having children. The US underperforms as an opportunity society because so many of its young people fail at one or more. The book focuses on these areas.

Education, as the Obama administration recognises, is pivotal. The book calls for gradual increases in spending on early education programmes for the poor, an exceptionally productive investment according to all the research.

Podcast Episode 7

The latest episode of The 3NR Podcast is now for download and (soon) on iTunes. This episode focuses on negative strategy and includes discussions of 1NC strategy, block division, prep time tactics, 2NR decision-making, 2NR strategy/execution, and several other topics. It’s a long one — we hope you enjoy it.

How To Download An Offline Copy of the NDCA Wiki

Ryan Ricard has provided simple instructions for downloading an offline copy of the NDCA wiki so that you can open it even when you don’t have access to an internet connection. To make things even easier, I have added Category code to each of the 2009-2010 policy pages; this allows you to access the category page and a listing of only the pages categorized as “Cross-Examination/Policy 2009-2010”. In order to be listed, a page must include [[Category:Cross-Examination/Policy 2009-2010]]—this can be added anywhere on the page. The best way to do this is to begin the page with __TOC__ [[Category:Cross-Examination/Policy 2009-2010]]. This adds a table of contents and makes sure that the page gets listed on the category page. The ability to download an offline copy of the wiki has been a frequent request; hopefully this solution will be helpful.

New Podcast Will Be Released Tomorrow

The next episode of The 3NR Podcast will be released tomorrow. This week’s discussion is even longer than usual—if you’re one of the listeners that has complained about the length of our podcasts, we apologize in advance. This episode focuses much more on skills than previous episodes: we cover negative strategy from the 1NC to the block to the 2NR and offer suggestions for improving your strategy and execution. In particular, we extensively discuss prep time tactics and ways to improve your negative debating. Several of the suggestions from last week’s thread are also covered.

Next week’s Pre-Glenbrooks episode will feature a discussion of politics research techniques and strategies for organizing your politics research (electronically and on paper). As usual, we are looking for additional topics: if there’s something you’d like us to cover, please post a comment or drop us an email.

The 3NR Logo Contest Revisited

One of the first things we did when we began publishing The 3NR was issue a call to our readers to develop an official logo for the site. Submissions from the original contest in June were scarce and while some were very solid, none of them was exactly what we’re looking for. Basically, we need a 3NR logo that we can use on the site and on promotional items (like T-shirts and bumper stickers). We also would love some clever T-shirt and bumper sticker designs that incorporate the logo… if you are a Photoshop or MS Paint expert and a fan of the site, we’d love for you to put something together. Once you’ve finished your design, send it to us and we’ll select the best logo and the best T-shirt/bumper sticker designs. Thanks for your continued support!

It's greater than the world cup, world series, and world war 2 combined


Many of you may have heard, but I’m thrilled to formally announce that this year will mark the 1st annual Glenbrooks Dodgeball Tournament. My hope is for this tournament in a tournament to become a tradition at the Glenbrooks. Even more importantly, 100% of the profit from your team’s tournament (the dodgeball one) entry fees will go to the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues and an LD charity that will be chosen soon.

Here’s the deal.
Location: Glenbrook South High School Fieldhouse. Finding it will be easy once you get to GBS. Maps will be available.
For Varsity CX, Public Forum and Student Congress participants, this will mean you stay at your location.
For Novice/JV CX, LD and Speech participants, this will mean you need to manage to make your way over to GBS. This is a three-five minute drive from Glenbrook North and 15 minute drive from New Trier.

Time: ASAP following the conclusion of events on Day one (Saturday, November 21st). At the latest, this means around 8pm. Thankfully, the events that traditionally end sooner are the ones where participants will have time to make there way over to GBS. Varsity CX, SC and PF teams obvioulsly don’t have a long trip.

What: Dodgeball! (no wrenches allowed). The format is five players against another five, single elimination round tournament. Just like the one’s that will take place on Sunday and Monday. Each school can enter as many teams as they wish as long as each Dodgeball team has five players.

How to sign up: Two options. You can email me at with your school name, the number of teams that will be entered, and the roster for each of those teams. Note, if you are entering more than one team, please specify which players are on what team. This will mean we have your team on record so at registration all you have to do is check in and pay your entry fees (will be explained later). This option is easiet for you as well as the dodgeball tournament staff.
Second option. Simply sign up your teams and pay your tournament entry fees at the debate tournament registration on Friday night. Note: This means those teams will not receive premium placement in terms of first round byes.

What is required: A fifteen dollar entry fee for each dodgeball team. Not each school, each dodgeball team that is entered. Again, the Glenbrooks are making no money from these proceeds. 100% of the profit will go to the charities mentioned above.

I hope you all will consider this excellent opportunity to have some fun in the midst of heated competition while supporting the activity we all enjoy. If you have any questions/comments/suggestions or want to sign up, please don’t hesitate to email me at

See you in a few weeks,