Definition of Novice
For Debate -
We will utilize the wording of the ACTAA qualifying document-
"A “novice” debater is one who is in their first year of competition. Novices who compete in a varsity division at any point in the competitive season are still considered novices. Novices who compete in open division at any point in the competitive season are still considered novices. Students who compete in one debate event for more than one year and then compete in a different debate event in the same or subsequent years should enter the APPROPRIATE level of competition for their experience level, competitiveness, and skill. It is the affirmative responsibility of coaches to make ethically sound decisions about competitor placement. Coaches may seek guidance about how to place students from TAC, ASC Committee, or Qualifying Tournament Directors. Coaches who wish to challenge a competitor’s placement should do so respectfully and discretely before competition begins to the tournament director and the chair of the TAC committee. Coaches’ challenges require that Qualifying Tournament Directors make available a full list of competitors in a timely fashion after tournament registration closes"