Tabulation at Heart of Europe 2016

The Organising Committee has appointed Stepan Klos (Czech Republic) and Daniel Azaza (Slovenia) as Tabulation Officers of HOEDT 2016. We will be using TRPC (Tab Room on the PC) for making draws of the rounds. TRPC schedules and tabulates debate tournaments. It is is used in hundreds of debate tournaments including the intercollegiate National Debate Tournament and numerous high school tournaments (The Barkley Forum of Emory University, Wake Forest, Greenhill, Heart of Texas, The Glenbrooks, Montgomery Bell Academy, Florida Blue Key, the Tournament of Champions, many in-state invitational tournaments and a majority of state tournaments).

Draw of the first round is going to be published after the end of registration proces at place in Olomouc on 13th July 2016!

Power Pairing

Heart of Europe debate tournament consist of a set of preliminary debates, or “rounds,” in which all teams participate.

The sides in the first round of a debate tournament should normally be assigned, or “paired”. After the first round, teams should be paired based on their performance up to that point. Teams are said to be “power-paired” when they each have the same or similar records. In a power-pairing situation, a team that has won the first debate should encounter, in their second debate, another team that won its first debate. By pairing teams in this way, tournament administrators are able to ensure that teams have a chance to debate teams appropriate to their skill level.

Following the preliminary rounds, teams with the best records proceed to elimination rounds. The records are number of wins, number of votes of judges and total sum of points received. Successive elimination round pairings culminate in a final round in which the top two teams debate one another. To reach this point, pre-final round “high-low” elimination pairings are established higher-seeded teams (i.e., teams with relatively better records) debate lower-seeded teams (i.e., teams with comparatively more losses or fewer awarded speaker points). For more details read point 3. Draw of The Heart of Europe Debating Tournament Rules

Past Draws