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 www.nflonline.org for more information. One division will be offered. We will offer three preliminary assemblies – each will be approximately 3 hours in duration. Any student may run for the position of Presiding Officer (P.O.). Each chamber elects one P.O. per session.

Each school may submit up to two *2* pieces of legislation by emailing them to hdshcforensics@gmail.com no later than Monday, December 4th 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 11th. 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.
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 2018. 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 2017-2018 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.
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 2018 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.

SPEECH/DEBATE CROSS-ENTRY IS ALLOWED AT YOUR OWN RISK.