As we get nearer to the 2017 NPTE, I wanted to let you know of some rule changes that have been passed by the NPTE Board, as well as to remind you of a couple of dates & deadlines.
- The Board has unanimously passed a new harassment/violence policy, substantially the same as the NPDA policy passed at its fall business meeting. The new policy provides a mechanism for individuals to file complaints about discriminatory, harassing, or violent behaviors not only at the NPTE but also at regular season tournaments. Investigatory responsibility for complaints that occur outside of the NPTE will reside with individual members’ home institution.
The full policy is available at: http://npte.debateaddict.com/static/npte-anti-harassment-policy.htm
The complaint form is available at: http://www.nptedebate.org/static/npte-complaint-form.pdf
- The Board has also passed two changes to our qualification rules. Over the course of the season, it has become clear that many tournaments across the nation have become smaller. A crude look at results from the year show that about half of tournaments submitted to the NPTE have fewer elimination rounds than in past years, and some tournaments have ceased to exist altogether. This creates an issue where fewer total points are available and the 18 point threshold is significantly more difficult to reach than in years past. We have passed these rule changes to allow more teams to attend the NPTE in 2017. We may revisit the 18 point threshold during the summer to determine if there is a more effective brightline for qualification.
One rule change allows ANY team with 12 or more points to apply for an at-large bid. If fewer than 64 teams have qualified, we will take teams with 12 or more points up to a maximum field size of 64.
The second rule change changes the mechanism for counting half points. It allows teams to have greater access to half points from previous partnerships.
Both rule changes are available at: http://npte.debateaddict.com/static/npte-qualifying.htm#_Toc421049301
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President & Tournament Director, NPTE