ERIC Number: ED326916
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Warm Bodies: A Student Perspective.
Schario, Tracy A.
A participant in forensic tournament competition presents her perspective as well as overall student reaction to the function of "warm bodies," competitors who are entered in a tournament by the coach or tournament director only to meet qualifying requirements. Overall, participants in an informal survey believed that the warm body practice benefits many individuals, giving them an opportunity for competition and achievement they may not have had otherwise. Furthermore, even though most warm body entries are not identified as such and in turn are evaluated as legitimate competition, competitors generally do not see widespread damage to overall competition. Also, while the warm body practice may be leaning toward "overuse" in certain events or at certain tournaments, and in rare incidents may cause more harm than the intended good, student participants seem to have no major qualms or objections to warm bodies when used to meet qualifying requirements. (KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Debate Strategies; Debate Tournaments
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (76th, Chicago, IL, November 1-4, 1990).