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Standards:Sanctioning Tournaments & Trainings

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Members who wish to have a tournament or training officially sanctioned by IDEA should adhere to the following guidelines:

Competitive Events

General Guidelines

  • The host of an IDEA-sanctioned event must be a member (voting or non-voting) of IDEA.
  • Events (with the exception of limited-entry tournaments) should be open to all members of IDEA.
  • All events under consideration for sanctioning must be included in the IDEA calendar. This can be done by contacting IDEA, or through submission to DebateTracker, IDEA's on-line database.
  • Event organizers should provide every participant with all relevant event information (invitation, schedule, topics, modifications in category rules, etc.).
  • If applicable, grievance procedures operate reasonably and fairly.

Additional Notes:

  • If a tournament coordinator wishes to deviate from the IDEA Rules for Events, those event descriptions should be sent to IDEA for review and approval.
  • Results from IDEA-sanctioned events should be entered into DebateTracker.

Levels of Participation

To be sanctioned, a competitive event must meet the following participation levels:

  • An international event that is directly sanctioned by IDEA must have a minimum of two participating countries.
  • A regional or local event, sanctioned by IDEA or a locally-accredited IDEA voting member, must have a minimum of three participating clubs.
  • An event that seeks sanctioning as a debate tournament must offer a minimum of six teams (from three clubs) and three rounds; the third round of the event (at minimum) must be power-paired.
  • An event that seeks sanctioning as an individual events tournament must offer a minimum of twelve participants (from three clubs) and three rounds.

Tournament Organizers

Tournament organizers who wish have their event sanctioned should agree to:

  • Publicize the event.
  • Make the event open to the public.
  • Provide training for judges, coaches, and students. Judges in competitive events should agree to the guidelines for judging.
  • Recognize and accommodate the various cultural, religious, or dietary needs of participants.
  • Make tabulation procedures fair, transparent, and available to participating programs.
  • Enter and upload into DebateTracker the name of the host school, the number of schools attending, the events offered, the number of rounds, the number of participants, and the result.
  • provide an open, inviting, unpressured atmosphere

Non-Competitive Events

Non-competitive events can be sanctioned via submission of the following information to the IDEA office (this information can also be uploaded into DebateTracker):

  • Event date (for inclusion in the IDEA calendar).
  • Event curriculum for review and approval.
  • Names of trainers.
  • Event location.
  • Target audience.
  • Registration fee (if any).
  • Financial sponsor (if any).

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