Standards:Sanctioning Tournaments & Trainings
Members who wish to have a tournament or training officially sanctioned by IDEA should adhere to the following 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.
- 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 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 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).