Debate Events

CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE:

One division offered, Finalists all earn a TOC bid. Four preliminary sessions with Semifinal and Final sessions.

We will be using standard NSDA procedures. See the NSDA website for more information. One division will be offered. Any student may run for the position of Presiding Officer (P.O.). Each chamber elects one P.O. per session.

Each school may (but is not required to) submit up to two *2* pieces of legislation by emailing them to hdshcforensics@gmail.com no later than Monday, December 3rd in order to provide schools with time to prepare before the holiday break. Our student congress legislation packet will then be compiled and posted on our website by Monday December 10th. Legislation should conform to standard NSDA formatting. Legislation will be selected for preliminary or final assemblies before the start of the tournament. Each school is permitted up to 15 entries in Student Congress. Chambers will be limited to 20 students, whenever possible.

CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE STUDENTS: NO DOUBLE ENTRY IS ALLOWED.

LINCOLN-DOUGLAS:

Two divisions offered: Novice (first academic year of competition) and Varsity. Finalists in Varsity earn a bid to the TOC. Six prelims in both divisions, ALL 4-2s will clear up to a full Triple-Octafinals (64 teams).
Varsity will have judge preferences in the form of a 6 category system–teams will only have access to those preferences if ALL policy judges from their school have paradigms on tabroom.com

Lincoln-Douglas debate features individual debaters who will debate on the NSDA topic for January and February of 2019. Varsity and novice divisions will be offered. Novice division is limited to debaters in their first academic year of competition. L/D will use the 6-3-7-3-4-6-3 time format with 4 minutes preparation time for each debater.

POLICY:

Two divisions offered: Novice (first academic year of competition) and Varsity. Varsity Semifinalists earn a bid to the TOC. Six prelims in both divisions, ALL 4-2s will clear.
Varsity will have judge preferences in the form of a 6 category system–teams will only have access to those preferences if ALL policy judges from their school have paradigms on tabroom.com

Policy debate features two-member teams who will debate on the 2018-2019 National Speech and Debate Association’s policy debate topic. Novice and Varsity divisions will be offered. Novice division is limited to debaters in their first year of competition. If either member of a team is ineligible for the novice division, the team must be entered in the varsity division. The traditional 8-3-5 format will be used with 8 minutes maximum preparation time per team.

PUBLIC FORUM:

Two divisions offered: Novice (first academic year of competition) and Varsity. Six prelims in both divisions, ALL 4-2s will clear up to a full Triple-Octafinals (64 teams).
Varsity Double-Octofinalists earn a Silver Public Forum TOC bid and Octofinalists earn a Gold Public Forum bid.
Varsity will have judge preferencing in the form of 15% strikes.

This event involves two teams debating over the January 2019 NFL topic.  The format is 4-4-3-4-4-3-2-2-3-2-2 with 2 minutes of prep per team. Novice division is limited to debaters in their first academic year of competition.

WORLDS DEBATE:

World Schools Debate is a three-on-three format. While a given team may consist of five members, only three students from a team participate in a given debate. Resolutions come in two types: prepared motions and impromptu motions. Teams will be assigned one of two sides in each round- either the government team proposing the motion or the opposition team advocating the rejection of the motion. Debaters present their position on a topic, refute their opponents, and respond to questions throughout the course of the debate. We’ll follow NSDA 8-8-8-8-8-8-4-4 format. We’ll have 2 impromptu topics rounds; those will happen in Round 1 and Round 4.

SPEECH/DEBATE CROSS-ENTRY IS ALLOWED AT YOUR OWN RISK, AND ONLY ACROSS PATTERNS. CX/WORLDS CAN ENTER PATTERN B EVENTS. LD/PF CAN ENTER PATTERN A EVENTS.