The number one rule in debate is adapting to your judge. You could be the quickest, most organized, and technical debater in the round, but if the judge doesn’t like your style you will lose. Lay judge is simply another way of saying that someone is inexperienced. Most of the
The Technical Debate Dictionary Abuse (Abusive Arguments): Arguments that make the debate round unfair. For example if the affirmative team made the argument that they should be able to run 3 plans the negative could argue that that is abusive because it inherently gives an unfair advantage to the affirmative. Advantage (AD): A
Prior to research There are a couple of things you should do before starting your debate research. The single most important principle is to completely understand the topic. Contrary to popular belief one of the best places to start is Wikipedia. They provide a fantastic semi-comprehensive overview of nearly every topic. As
Flowing is simply an organized way of taking notes. The process has a fairly steep learning curve and may feel strange at first, but with nearly every top debater flowing in a similar fashion, it is definitelby a skill worth fostering. Once you get the hang of it, you will notice it is
Here are some excellent instructions from Cindy Sidwell on how to judge a debate round. This video covers what to expect when walking into that first debate round, how to fill out your ballot, and so much more. As coach Sidwell puts it, “Our debaters can’t compete without wonderful people
In this video coach Cindy Sidwell goes over exactly what you will be seeing when you get to your Public Forum Debate round. Sidwell address the coin flip, how flighted rounds work, how to fill out your PF ballot, what to expect from the students, and much more.
Public Forum, PF, or PoFo as some call it is the newest form of debate. This contemporary event features two teams of two battling it out over a resolution inspired by current issues and hot topics. With the Public Forum debate topic changing so often students are required to research,