The Mighty Mighty Debate Team

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     https://www.procon.org/headline.php?headlineID=005399

     

     

    "Let it be resolved that the United States federal government should substantially reduce the authority of the President of the United States in the following areas: immigration, foreign relations and national defense.".”

     

    The actual debate will take approximately 90 minutes.

    10:30 am – 12:00 am

     

     

    Introductory Statements   30 minutes

    Preparation Period              5 minutes

    Cross-Questioning              30 minutes

    Preparation Period              5 minutes

    Closing Remarks                 10 minutes

    Total                                       90 minutes

     

     

     

    Please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing with the moderator.

     

     

     

     

    Debate Rules:

    1.       There will be four regular season debates during this year, each debate will be held at a neutral site. 

    2.      The moderator should not identify either team until the debate ends.

    3.      The moderator can not involve himself or herself in matters of interpretation of the topic.

    4.      The timekeepers are to sit in the front row and inform speakers of the time by using large numbered cards.

    5.      The audience is to be made up of no fewer than 15 and no more than 50 students. Students must be familiarized with the purpose and rules of debate before being allowed to serve as members of the audience. Debates will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will last approximately 90 minutes. No student may leave or be admitted late.

    6.      Each debate team will consist of three speakers and one alternate.

    7.      Debaters, coaches and moderator are to guard against mentioning the name of the school of either team in order to maintain neutrality.

    8.     Each team should prepare and display numbers “1”. “2”, and “3” signs to designate speakers and an “Affirmative/Negative” sign to flip appropriately at each other.

    9.      In case of a tie, the team with the best overall speaker wins.

     

     

    Debate Sequence

    Introductory Statements                      30 minutes

    Each member of the debate team will make a formal introductory statement. 

    Beginning with the affirmative, speakers will alternate between affirmative and negative teams. Debaters are to stand for presentation of introductory statements. Visuals are allowed during any phase of the debate.

     

    Preparation Period                                5 minutes

    The cross-questioning period, governed by the chair, will consist of questions and answers presented in the alternating fashion, beginning with the negative.

     

    Cross-Questioning                                  30 minutes

    Each debater may use a maximum of five minutes to ask questions of the opposing team.

    1. Each debater may direct his or her questions to any individual or to the entire team.
    2. Debaters are not allowed to speak, formally or informally, to team members. However, written assistance may be passed to the debater from his or her team members.
    3. If the questioner agrees, the debater being questioned may refer his or her question to a teammate.
    4. The questioner may use a quotation or make a statement as part of the question as long as he or she makes these remarks clearly as part of the question.
    5. It is deemed permissible for the questioner to limit the response of the debater being questioned when the answer is deemed sufficient. However, cutting off with “Never Mind” or a sarcastic “Thank you” is not allowed.

     

    Preparation Period                                5 minutes

     

    Closing Remarks                                     10 minutes

    Each team will have five minutes for a closing statement and/or rebuttal. The statement may be made by any member of the team, beginning with the negative.    No new topic can be introduced during the summation.   Five points will de deducted from the score of a team which violates this rule and added to the score of the opposing team.

     

    Debate Scoring Sheet

    Affirmative Team

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Speaker #

    Argument

    4 Multiple, interesting arguments

    3 More than one clear, relevant argument

    2 One clear, relevant argument together with muddled thinking

    1 Few arguments, marginal relevancy, unclear

     

    Persuasiveness

    4 All arguments were logical and convincing

    3 Most arguments were logical and convincing

    2 Some arguments were logical and convincing

    1 Few arguments, were logical and convincing

     

    Rebuttal

    4 Addressed all opponents arguments with counter evidence

    3 Addressed most of opponents arguments with counter evidence

    2 One clear, relevant argument together with muddled thinking

    1 Few arguments, marginal relevancy, unclear

     

    Questioning

    4 All questions were logical and convincing

    3 Most questions were logical and convincing

    2 Some questions were logical and convincing

    1 Few questions, were logical and convincing

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Speaker Total

    1

     

     

     

     

     

    2

     

     

     

     

     

    3

     

     

     

     

     

    Summation: 2 - Richly supports team argument with no new information

                          1 - Minimally supports team argument or includes new information                                                  

                                                                                                   Team Total

     

     

    Negative Team                                                                                 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Speaker #

    Argument

    4 Multiple, interesting arguments

    3 More than one clear, relevant argument

    2 One clear, relevant argument together with muddled thinking

    1 Few arguments, marginal relevancy, unclear

    Persuasiveness

    4 All arguments were logical and convincing

    3 Most arguments were logical and convincing

     

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