A two-on-two debate that focuses on a policy question for the duration of the academic year, this format tests a student’s research, analytical, and delivery skills. Policy debate involves the proposal of a plan by the affirmative team to enact a policy, while the negative team offers reasons to reject that proposal. Throughout the debate, students have the opportunity to cross-examine one another. A judge or panel of judges determines the winner based on the arguments presented.
1st Affirmative Constructive, 8 Min
Cross-Exam of 1A by 2N, 3 Min
1st Negative Constructive, 8 Min
Cross-Exam of 1N by 1A, 3 Min
2nd Affirmative Constructive, 8 Min
Cross-Exam of 2A by 1N, 3 Min
2nd Negative Constructive, 8 Min
Cross-Exam of 2N by 2A, 3 Min
1st Negative Rebuttal, 5 Min
1st Affirmative Rebuttal, 5 Min
2nd Negative Rebuttal, 5 Min
2nd Affirmative Rebuttal, 5 Min
Each team gets 5 minutes of prep time for the entire round.