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NFA National Championship Tournament

NFA sponsors a national championship tournament for both individual event speaking and Lincoln-Douglas debate. The tournament normally covers 4-5 days, and championships are awarded in nine individual events and Lincoln-Douglas debate. Team awards are given in several divisions, based on the entry size of each school. Normally, between 75-125 colleges and universities attend the national tournament.

Congratulations to Bradley University, the 2013 national champions, and to Kaybee Brown, Bradley University, 


Information about the 2014 National Tournament: Eastern Michigan University, April 18-21 (four days)

Hotels

The tournament hotel is the Ann Arbor Regent Hotel and is only 3.3 miles from campus (2455 Carpenter Rd.  Ann Arbor, MI 48108). This complex is one of the area’s newest hotels . All rooms with a King or two Queen beds have been blocked off for NFA reservations. The hotel offers numerous concierge services, a gorgeous courtyard, and a deluxe hot breakfast. ($102 per night + tax).  More information on the Ann Arbor Regent Hotel can be found here.


Other hotels with courtesy agreements include:

  • Hampton Inn- South  ($94 + tax; breakfast included)  8.3 miles from campus. (925 Victors Way, Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Courtyard by Marriott ($109 + tax)  9.1 miles from campus. (3205 Boardwalk Dr, Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Marriott at Eagle Crest ($99 + tax)  2.7 miles from campus. (1275 S Huron St, Ypsilanti Township, MI)
  • Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel ($89 + tax) 9 miles from campus (3200
    Boardwalk Dr, Ann Arbor, MI)

Air Travel

Detroit-Wayne County Airport (DTW) is approximately a 20 minute drive from EMU’s campus and serves numerous domestic airlines.

-Toledo Express Airport is 55 miles from campus. 

Allegiant and American Airlines

-Flint (Bishop International)  is 58.6 miles from campus

Delta, American, Southwest and United Airlines

-Lansing (Capitol City Airport)  is 76 miles from campus.

Delta, United, & Allegiant Air.

Directions

-From I-94 East

Take I-94 to Exit 183, turn left onto Whittaker/Huron St. Huron St. becomes North Huron River Drive. Turn left onto Oakwood St. at the stoplight just past the McDonald’s. The Student Center is on the left.

-From I-94 West

Take I-94 to Exit 183, turn right onto Huron St., Huron St becomes North Huron River Drive. Turn left onto Oakwood St. at the stoplight just past the McDonald’s. The Student Center is on the left.

-From US 23 North

Take US 23N to exit 37A towards M-17 Ypsilanti (Washtenaw Ave). Follow Washtenaw Ave. for about 3 miles. Turn left onto Oakwood St. The Student Center is on the right.

 -From US 23 South

Take US 23S to exit 37A towards M-17 Ypsilanti (Washtenaw Ave). Follow Washtenaw Ave. for about 3 miles. Turn left onto Oakwood St. The Student Center is on the right.

Updates

Get tournament updates quickly via Twitter and our Facebook group (take your pick!)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/NFAChampionship/

https://twitter.com/NFAballottable

Schematic

We are excited to see you all in Ypsilanti!  Please look over the schematic using the code lists that were emailed to you on Monday night and email dan@fsmail.bradley.edu with questions.  

Hard copies of the schematic, as well as student and judge itineraries, will be provided at registration.

Buildings

The Student Center will be the campus headquarters for the tournament.  We will update more information in the coming months regarding the facilities that will be used.

Click here for a campus map of EMU

More Information on Ypsilanti

The Ypsilanti Convention and Visitors Bureau has helpful resources on their website for visitors in the area.  Please feel free to contact their office by phone or e-mail to gain more information on accommodations, dining options, religious services, etc.  Contact information is available on their webpage.

http://visitypsinow.com/plan/contact-us/

Also, the Ypsilanti Convention and Visitors Bureau is also developing a microsite for the NFA National Tournament with helpful information.  Please check back in the coming weeks for a link to this page.

Religious Observances

Competition rounds at this year's NFA National Championship Tournament will take place during Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  To respect and accommodate the needs of individuals who will attend this year's NFA, there are some convenient options to help our community members of many faiths.  Although the NFA does not sponsor any religious services, we provide information on observances over the tournament weekend. 

Rev. George LaMaster will lead a non-denominational Easter service at 9:30 am on Sunday morning in Ballroom B of the EMU Student Center.

There are three campus community churches also located within two blocks of EMU.

St. John the Baptist and Holy Trinity Student Center will hold Catholic Mass observances on all competition days. Please visit   http://parishcalendar.com:8080/4/1800 for a a schedule of Catholic Mass observances. 

Information on St. John the Baptist & Holy Trinity parish is available on their homepage.

http://www.catholicsoncampus.org/

Cross and Resurrection provides Lutheran observances to the EMU community.  Contact information is available on their homepage.

http://crossandres.org/

If you have any questions regarding religious observances please contact Nick Romerhausen (nromerha@emich.edu). 

Tournament Schedule

The 2014 National Tournament will run on the four-day schedule.  You can find the detailed schedule in the October 2013 NFA Newsletter.

Invitational Tournament Results Reporting

Tournament results reporting form (Excel 2003 version) – a form to use to submit qualifying results to the tournament director.

Impromptu - Prompt Examples and Round Breakdown

Click here to see the latest information from the Impromptu Committee