Preliminary standings for the National Debate Coaches Association David P. Baker Award for Season Long Excellence are available below the fold. Three caveats, however:
I have calculated the results for only the subset of teams that I thought would be in contention for a spot in the top ten at this point in the season. It is inevitable that I will have missed a few teams; as the season progresses, I will continue to add teams to my spreadsheet and they will appear on the rankings. If you notice any egregious omissions, please let me know.
I do not have access to all of the tournament results that are needed for accurate and complete rankings. Please see the note below for a specific list of tournaments that were included as well as a list of tournaments for which results are still needed.
The formula for the Baker Award has changed slightly from last season. Instead of capping the entry number at 100 for the purposes of calculating a tournament’s value, entries are now capped at 80 teams. Tournaments with 80 or more teams from 16 or more states are now maximum-point qualifiers; winning one of these tournaments nets a team 368 Baker points. The maximum number of possible points, therefore, is 1,840 points—teams are allowed to count only their top five point totals.
Without further ado, here are the current (unofficial) standings:
- Westminster — Ellis Allen & Daniel Taylor, 1463.2
- St. Mark’s — Rishee Batra & Alex Miles, 1255.0
- Georgetown Day — Joe Krakoff & Ben Levy, 1249.7
- Georgetown Day — David Herman & Isaac Stanley-Becker, 1032.7
- Gulliver Prep — Greg Adler & Jorge Toledo, 1030.3
- Beacon — Damiyr Davis & Miguel Feliciano, 934.0
- College Prep — Vinay Pai & Tatsuro Yamamura, 883.4
- Glenbrook North — Alex Pappas & Zack Parker, 878.3
- Damien — Nadeem Farooqi & Pablo Gannon, 870.1
- Carrollton Sacred Heart — Anna Dimitrijevic & Fabiola Urdaneta, 845.6
Tournaments that were included in these rankings: Blake (MN), Glenbrooks (IL), Greenhill School (TX), Montgomery Bell Academy (TN), St. Mark’s School (TX), University of Michigan (MI), Grapevine (TX), New Trier (IL), Ohio Valley (KY), University of Southern California (CA), University of Texas at Austin (TX), Wake Forest University (NC), Alta (UT), Bronx Science (NY), Dowling (IA), Meadows (NV), Valley (IA).
Quarterfinals and Semifinals bid tournaments that were not included due to a lack of available results: Georgetown Day (DC), Houston-Memorial (TX), Iowa Caucus (IA). The final round of Blake has not yet been held, so both Lexington CS and Beacon DF received a 1.8 elimination round success multiplier; the winner will have that number boosted to 2.3 after the round is decided.