Two letters follow, one from Tara Tate and one from Andrea Reed:
The NDCA Board wanted to make an official statement that we will be utilizing the January-February topic at the 2012 NDCA Championships. The vote was 8-1 in favor of utilizing the January-February topic (8 in favor were Achten, Batterman, Berthiaume, Ferguson, Green, Heidt, Serrano, Tate and 1 dissenting was Sanchez).
We appreciate everyone’s feedback through this process. In the end, we felt that it was important for health of the community to have the last two tournaments (aside from the NFL Nationals who has its own topic) to be the same.
This was a process that was taken with great consideration by the NDCA Board and we dilligently listened to the feedback that was sent to us in regards to the particular January-February topic area as well as the need for alignment with the TOC.
Tara L. Tate
Director of Debate, Glenbrook South HS (IL)
Chair of the Board, National Debate Coaches Association
A letter from Andrea Reed, TOC Tournament Director:
Dear LD Coaches and Debaters,
After considering input from many Lincoln Douglas coaches and debaters, the Tournament of Champions has decided to continue using the January/February National Forensic League topic at the 2012 TOC, as has been the expectation for many years. This decision was not made lightly; I, along with the LD Advisory Committee of coaches, deliberated for a little under a week before coming to our decision. The Advisory Committee coaches voted 9-1 with 2 abstentions in favor of keeping the January/February resolution as the topic that the TOC will use.
While we understand that the sensitive nature of the topic has drawn out emotional responses both for and against the continued use of topic, we felt that changing the topic that the TOC uses this late in the season would have severely disrupted the season-long planning that teams undertake in attempting to qualify and practice before attending the TOC. At the LD Advisory Committee meeting this April, the Committee will take up the discussion about whether or not the TOC should consider altering the topic selection process for future TOCs. We welcome any input or comments that the community has on this issue.
We thank you for your patience as we made this difficult decision. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tournament Director, Tournament of Champions
Director of Debate, University of Kentucky