Rocks Speech & Debate Team

WHS Debate Team Events
Lincoln Douglas (LD)
Public Forum (PF)
Congressional Debate (Congress)
Lincoln Douglas Debate:
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)
Public Forum 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)
Congressional 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.

VARSITY  - Sept/Oct. 2019: Resolved: In the United States, colleges and universities ought not consider standardized 
                                                              tests in undergraduate admissions decisions.
NOVICE: Sept/Oct. 2019:  Resolved: Civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified.

All Levels: Nov/Dec. 2019:  Resolved: The United States ought to eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels.

All levels: Jan/Feb 2020: Resolved: States ought to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.
LD Debate Topics:
Powerpoints to help:
     Value and Value Criterion (for LD Debate)
Zack Chambers - Cong
2019-2020 Congress Bills: here
PF Topics:
Sept/Oct. 2019: Resolved: The European Union should join the Belt and Road Initiative.

Nov/Dec. 2019: Resolved: The benefits of the United States federal government’s use of offensive cyber operations outweigh the harms.

January 2020: Resolved: The United States should end its economic sanctions against Venezuela.
What is Lincoln-Douglas Debate?  here

Essentials of LD: here
Philosophy Basics for Values: here
Selecting Value Criterion: here
Building Affirm and Negate Case: here
LD Rebuttal Help:here
Questioning Help: here

LD Ballot: here
LD Judge guidelines: here

Public Forum - Building your case: here
PF Cross Examine Help: here
PF from IHSFA: here
If you want to be a PO- Common Parliamentary Questions: here
See "calendar" link for practice sessions
World Schools Debate:
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NSDA Description: here
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
Suggested Prepared Topics:
         October/November: here
Start of the 2019-2020 Season: 
Ben Davis Debate
Start of the 2019-2020 Year
Keeden Newcomer - LD