Rocks Speech & Debate Team
Lincoln Douglas (LD)
Public Forum (PF)
Congressional Debate (Congress)
32 Minutes One person on each side debate value resolutions. Must debate both sides of the issue
6 Min Affirmative Constructive
3 Min Cross Negative Cross Examines Affirmative
7 Min Negative Constructive
3 Min Cross Affirmative Cross Examines Negative
4 Min Affirmative Rebuttal
6 Min Negative Rebuttal
3 Min Affirmative Rebuttal
(3 Minute Prep per side used any time during debate)
33 Minutes With a partner, debate a proposition. Must debate both sides of the issue.
4 Min Team 'A' Speaker #1 Constructive Argument
4 Min Team 'B' Speaker #1 Constructive Argument
2 Min Cross Crossfire (A1 versus B1)
4 Min Team 'A' Speaker #2 Constructive/Rebuttal Argument
4 Min Team 'B' Speaker #2 Constructive/Rebuttal Argument
2 Min Cross Crossfire (A2 versus B2)
2 Min Team 'A' Speaker #1 Summary
2 Min Team 'B' Speaker #1 Summary
3 Min Cross Grand Crossfire (all speakers)
1 Min Team 'A' Speaker #2 Last Shot
1 Min Team 'B' Speaker #2 Last Shot
(2 Minute Prep per side used any time during debate)
3 Minutes per Speech Debate bills/resolutions using Parliamentary Procedure; Cross Examine
Presiding Officer (PO) is either chosen by the host school or elected by the Chambers. The PO will run the session according to Robert's Rules of Parliamentary Procedure.
Each 'round' typically debates a single bill or resolution. These proposals are provided by the IHSFA and the host school. The PO will ask for a speaker in affirmation of the bill/resolution. Those wishing to speak will standup and wait to be recognized. Once a speaker is chosen, a 3 minute speech is given. After the speech those wishing to cross examine will stand to be recognized. There will be a 2 minute questioning period (questioning the speaker). After this, those wishing to speak in negation of the bill/resolution will rise and the same procedure will be followed.
At some point, usually after everyone who wishes to speak have spoken, the bill/resolution will be voted upon (or tabled if circumstances warrant). This usually ends the round. A break is taken then the next round will begin.
Sept/Oct. 2018 Resolved: In the United States, reporters ought to have the right to protect the identity of confidential
Novice Topic: Resolved: Civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified.
Nov/Dec. 2018 Resolved: In a democracy, the public’s right to know ought to be valued above the right to privacy of
candidates for public office.
Jan/Feb 2018: Resolved: The United States ought not provide military aid to authoritarian regimes.
2018-2019 Congress Bills: here
Sept/Oct. 2018: Resolved: The United States should accede to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea without reservations.
Nov/Dec 2018: Resolved: The United States federal government should impose price controls on the pharmaceutical industry.
January 2018: Resolved: The United States federal government should prioritize reducing the federal debt over promoting economic growth.
What is Lincoln-Douglas Debate? here Philosophy Basics for Values: here Selecting Value Criterion: here Building Affirm and Negate Case: here LD Judge guidelines: here Public Forum - Building your case: here PF Cross Examine Help: here If you want to be a PO- Common Parliamentary Questions: here
See "calendar" link for practice sessions
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World Schools Debate is a unique and dynamic form of debate, unlike any other practiced in the United States. World Schools Debate is a dynamic format combining “prepared” topics with “impromptu” topics, encouraging debaters to focus on specific issues rather than debate theory or procedural arguments. This highly interactive style of debate allows debaters to engage each other, even during speeches. This challenging format requires good teamwork and in-depth quality argumentation.
Debate State - the year of the 3