Do you want to learn a heck of a lot, be challenged intellectually, and recieve boo-koo recognition for how sharp you are (including applause from
staff)? Or do you just want to wipe the smile off of our current champion's face? GOOD!
As described in the thread above, the first debate tournament for 2008 will begin in mid to late february. We can take up to 24 debaters. That's 50%
more than usual, so there should be plenty of spots.
Still, preference will be given based on experience. New debaters are on a first come first serve basis for spots not claimed by experienced
The tournament is seeded based on ranking, which is based largely on experience, so new debaters who wish to participate can benefit from arranging
challenge matches now in order to gain ranking.
If you wish to participate, just say so in this thread, and make sure to check both this thread and the debate forum regularly for updates. I strongly
recommend that participants add the debate forum to their MyATS display so that they will know when the debate threads are created and when their
Please consider whether or not you have the time to participate before you claim a spot. Debating is stimulating, but also demanding.
Debaters must respond to their opponent's posts within 24 hours. In my experience, a really good debate post takes between 1 and 3 hours to plan,
research, and type up, depending on how tough your opponent is. Each round of the debate will require you to make 5 such posts within the space of
7-10 days. There will be 4 or 5 rounds, depending on how many fighters sign up.
That means that if you expect to win the tournament, you will need to devote at least 1 hour every other day for about 2 months. It is however a
single elimination tournament, so realistically, most participants will only have to make that commitment for a couple of weeks.
So, if you think you know a heck of a lot, and/or just like to hear yourself talk (or type as the case may be), speak up!