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ERIC Number: ED071108
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Nov
Pages: 11
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Preliminary Round Power-Matching: A Curious Double-Standard.
Larson, Arthur W.
Despite the educational value of the intercollegiate debating experience in itself, tournaments do not inspire an impressive degree of participation unless there is a catalyst of competition with the prospects of rewards to the better teams. Procedures conducive to the realization of this goal are featured at most debate tournaments, in the form of elimination rounds with trophies awarded at the conclusion to the winning teams and most talented speakers. Before the elimination rounds begin, however, there is a procedural double-standard in the "preliminary" rounds. Tournament directors are not consistent in procedures for conducting preliminary rounds, but use random matching, presetting, high-low matching, high-high matching, or alternate high-high and high-low power-matching. Coaches indicate, however, that the method of matching has significant bearing on which teams advance to the elimination rounds and the quality of those teams. In judging the principle types of power-matching on the criterion that teams who do well should be rewarded, the conclusion is that high-low matching procedure best meets that criterion. The rules of this procedure are outlined. (Author/RN)
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