How often do non-seniors clear at the Tournament of Champions? How many students have cleared multiple times at the TOC? How rare is it for a sophomore to clear? How many intact partnerships have cleared at multiple TOCs? The answers (since 1995, when the available historical record begins) are below the fold.
Recorded at the end of April (Apologies for the delay. – ed.), the latest episode of the podcast features the return of Malcolm Gordon (his previous appearances include s01e03, s01e12, and s01e13). Several topics are covered during this hour-long discussion:
- Topicality: after judging two T debates together at the National Debate Tournament (round eight between Wake Forest HM and Kansas KP and the semifinals between Northwestern FS and Michigan LZ), Malcolm and Scott discuss trends in topicality debating, suggest strategies for improving topicality preparation and execution, and wonder about the way that topicality debates are commonly judged.
- Conditionality: Malcolm and Scott discuss the way that conditionality is debated and judged.
- Impact Turns: is the era of the impact turn over? Scott thinks so, and he and Malcolm explain why that’s a shame—and how to improve impact comparisons.
- Framework: Malcolm’s opus answering Scott’s defense of framework arguments is not yet complete, but he gives listeners a sneak preview of what they have to look forward to.
The Putting The K In Debate website has posted several videos and podcasts in recent weeks that should be of interest to our readers. In particular, I wanted to highlight the “Critical Issues in Debate: A Conversation with Dr. Ryan Galloway” episode of the podcast. In it, Scott Odekirk—the Assistant Debate Coach at Idaho State University and the host of the podcast—engages in a lengthy conversation with Ryan Galloway—the Director of Debate at Samford University—about a wide range of subjects. While the entire discussion is worthwhile listening, Galloway’s tips for debaters seeking to improve during the off-season are particularly valuable. If you’d just like to hear that part of the podcast, skip to the 49 minute mark.
In 2009, the National Forensic League established an award to honor one of America’s greatest debate coaches, James Unger. James M. Copeland introduced the Unger Cup in the May 2009 issue of Rostrum:
The 2009 Stars Fell on Alabama Nationals will mark the initial presentation of the Unger Cup to the nation’s most successful high school debate squad. This annual award, named in honor of one of America’s very finest debaters and coaches, James Unger, will be awarded to the school debate team which places highest in the six great national debate tournaments: The NFL National Debate Tournament; the NCFL Grand Debate Tournament; the NAUDL Chase Urban Debate National Championship; the University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions (TOC); The Bickel & Brewer/New York University National Public Policy Forum tournament (NPPF); and the National Debate Coaches Association (NDCA) Debate Tournament.
The 40th Tournament of Champions was held this past weekend at the University of Kentucky. Capping off a historic run, the Westminster Schools claimed its third consecutive championship by defeating Lexington High School’s Tyler Engler and Arjun Vellayappan in the final round. Interested in digging a little deeper into the results from this year’s TOC? Some historical perspective and trivia is below the fold.