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Should more than one Youth Forum be held in a given year, the IDEA-NL and IDEA-USA Board of Directors will designate one as the IDEA Karl Popper Debate World Championship Tournament.

Preliminary Rounds

1. The IDEA Karl Popper Debate Championship Tournament will have six preliminary rounds.

2. The constraints for pairing are as follows:

  • Sides are assigned randomly in odd numbered rounds and side constraints operate in even numbered rounds. For the even numbered rounds teams will be assigned to the side of the resolution opposite from the side the teams were assigned in the previous round.
  • Teams will be constrained from meeting other teams from their own NGO.
  • To the extent possible teams will be constrained from meeting other

teams from their lab during the first two preliminary rounds.

  • The following method should be employed when pairing teams:
    • Rounds 1 and 2 will be paired randomly, meaning that with the exception of the previously mentioned constraints so that any team has an equal chance of meeting any other team in the tournament.
    • Rounds 3-6 will be paired using a high-low method of power pairing within brackets. Brackets should be formed based on the number of wins, ballots and total adjusted speaker points. When balancing brackets, teams who have met the weakest opponents will be pulled up in the bracket and the bracket will be recalculated.
    • In the event of an uneven number of teams, the team to receive a BYE should be randomly assigned in round 1 and 2. In rounds 3-6 the BYE should be assigned to the bottom ranked team.

Elimination Rounds

1.The first elimination round for the IDEA Karl Popper Debate Championship Tournament is quarterfinals. The first eight teams in the ranking of teams advance to quarterfinals.

2. No team constraints apply in elimination rounds.

3. The following method should be employed when pairing teams:

  • The first elimination round is paired so that the highest ranked team meets the lowest ranked team (team one will meet team eight, team two will meet team seven, etc.).
  • After the first elimination round the bracket is not reset. The team that wins in the first round simply assumes the place of the team they have defeated in the bracket ( i.e. should team eight defeat team one, team eight assumes team one’s place in the bracket)
  • If the teams scheduled to debate have met before they will reverse sides. If the teams have not met before they flip a coin to determine sides. The Tournament Director will do the flip fifteen minutes before the round in the general posting area.

Judges

1. After the Opening Ceremony, trainers will hold a demonstration debate on a topic similar to the IDEA Karl Popper Debate Championship Tournament topic.

  • Prior to the Opening Ceremony debate, all judges (excluding trainers) will attend a judging session during which judging standards for the IDEA Youth Forum will be presented.
  • All judges will attend a mandatory debriefing of the debate.
  • The Chief Adjudicator, assisted by the Tournament Director will assign an A, B, C, to all judges based on their knowledge of debate. Experience will be determined by their understanding of the debate and debate principles reflected in their ballots. An individual judge can find out how they were ranked by requesting that information from the Tournament Director.
  • Judges who do not meet the minimum judging standards may be assigned as a shadow judge. C judges should be the first to remain unassigned if there is a surplus of judges.
  • Categories may be adjusted after the IDEA Karl Popper Championship Tournament, if needed.
  • In the middle three rounds of each tournament, the least experienced (C) judges will be in the minimum on all panels and the strongest panels will be in the middle third of the debates. No panels should contain more than one least experienced (C) judge. No panels should contain only A judges.

2. Three judges will judge each preliminary round. The number of judges in elimination rounds will be of three or higher, depending on the round. Judges that are not assigned to judge a round should remain on stand-by in case they are needed to judge a round until the Tournament Director releases them.

  • No coach or trainer will be assigned to judge debates involving debaters from his or her NGO or debate club.
  • In elimination rounds, judges can be assigned to judge teams they previously judged in the tournament on either side of the topic.
  • Judges and teams should also specify conflicts of interest (i.e., teams or individuals they have coached) that will be added as constraints.

3. Judges are to reach their decisions independently and not consult with each other prior to completing their ballot. Judges are obliged to indicate reasons for their decision in writing on the ballot. All ballots shall be signed and completed in legible handwriting. In case of awarding a low-point win, the judge needs to indicate this decision on the ballot.

4. Judges will announce their decision after each preliminary round. Speaker points will not be disclosed. The decisions cannot be appealed. Oral comments are encouraged but voluntary. At least one judge from the panel must give oral feedback to the debaters, but that judge's comments do not necessarily reflect the opinion of all the judges on the panel.

Rankings

1. The following criteria should be used to determine the ranking of teams in preliminary rounds and teams that advance to elimination rounds:

  • Number of wins;
  • Number of ballots;
  • Adjusted speaker points with the highest and the lowest single-ballot points dropped from each speaker’s record;
  • Total speaker points;
  • Opposition win-loss record;
  • Double-adjusted speaker points with the second highest and the second

lowest single-ballot points dropped from each speaker’s record;

  • Continued adjustments with dropping additional high and low scores;
  • In the event of an unbreakable tie after all the above mentioned criteria,

the ranking will be determined randomly by the computer.

2. Speakers will receive awards based on the following criteria

  • Adjusted speaker points with the highest and the lowest single-ballot points dropped;
  • Total speaker points;
  • Double-adjusted points with the second highest and the lowest second single-ballot points dropped;
  • Continued adjustments with dropping additional high and low scores;
  • In the event of an unbreakable tie after all the above mentioned criteria, the debaters will be declared tied for that particular speaker place .

Announcements and Postings

1. The pairings for each round will be posted in the general postings area.

2. Each team is expected to be on time for rounds. For Karl Popper debates a fifteen minute delay after the time the last ballot has been picked up gives the judge the authority to declare the team present a winner (with 3-0 ballots and average speaker points). If the absent team has previously informed the Tournament Director of a justified reason for not being able to debate they will lose the round (0-3) but all speakers shall receive the average speaker points for the other debated rounds. If no such notice is given the absent team loses the round and all speakers shall receive 0 speaker points.

3. After the preliminary rounds the first eight teams to advance to elimination rounds will be announced alphabetically.

4. Each team will receive their ballots after the tournament but will not receive the packet containing the results for the entire tournament (teams and speaker records) until just before their departure from the Forum. The full packet that each team received should contain:

  • Tabulation policies for the tournament (including Limited prep rules and complementing rules);
  • Pairings for the tournament round by round;
  • Results for the tournament (speakers rank, teams rank, cumulative sheets, Judge Variance Report, Win-Loss Report);
  • Participants;
  • Any additional reports of interest (i.e. judges reports, side reports, etc.).

5. The top 75 ranked speakers and the top 25 teams in each tournament will be posted on the official site of the Forum after the event .

Awards

1. Medals

  • First place teams, and their coach(es), as well as the top speaker should receive gold IDEA medals.
  • Second place teams, and their coach(es), as well as the second speaker should receive silver IDEA medals.
  • All non-advancing quarter-finalists and semi-finalists, and their coach(es) should receive bronze IDEA medals.

2. Certificates

  • Certificates will be given to all teams and coaches that advance to elimination rounds in the IDEA Karl Popper Debate Championship Tournament.
  • Certificates will also be given to the top ten speakers in the IDEA Karl Popper Debate Championship Tournament.

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