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Debate and Individual Event Times

Public Forum Debate Times

4 minutes – 1AC – First Affirmative Constructive

4 minutes – 1NC – First Negative Constructive

3 minutes – CX – First Cross Examination or Cross Fire

4 minutes – 2AC – Second Affirmative Constructive

4 minutes – 2NC – Second Negative Constructive

3 minutes – CX – Second Cross Examination or Cross Fire

2 minutes – 1AR – First Affirmative Rebuttal

2 minutes – 1NR – First Negative Rebuttal

3 minutes – CX – Grand Cross Examination or Cross Fire

2 minutes – 2AR – Second Affirmative Rebuttal or Final Focus

2 minutes – 2NR – Second Negative Rebuttal or Final Focus

Flex Prep Time: 2 minutes

Lincoln Douglas Debate Times

6 minutes – 1AC or AC – First affirmative constructive

3 minutes –  CX – Affirmative cross examination

7 minutes – 1NC or NC – The negative constructive

3 minutes –  CX – Negative cross examination

4 minutes – 1AR – First affirmative rebuttal

6 minutes – NR – The negative rebuttal or negative summary

3 minutes – 2AR – Second affirmative rebuttal

Flex Prep Time: 4 minutes

Policy Debate Times

8 minutes – 1AC – First Affirmative Constructive

3 minutes – CX – First Cross Examination

8 minutes – 1NC – First Negative Constructive

3 minutes – CX – First Cross Examination

8 minutes – 2AC – Second Affirmative Constructive

3 minutes – CX – First Cross Examination

8 minutes – 2NC – Second Negative Constructive

3 minutes – CX – First Cross Examination

5 minutes – 1AR – First Affirmative Rebuttal

5 minutes – 1NR – First Negative Rebuttal

5 minutes – 2NR – Second Negative Rebuttal

5 minutes – 2AR – Second Affirmative Rebuttal

Flex Prep Time: 5 minutes

Individual Event Times – Oratory, Dramatic Interpretation (DI), Humorous Interpretation (HI), Duo Interpretation (DUO)

8-10 minutes is the standard length for these events. Depending on the tournament there is generally a 10-20 second grace period you can go into without being docked points.

Impromptu Times

Impromptu gives the competitors 7 total minutes. The ideal speaker would be taking 1:30-2:00 minutes of prep time and speaking for the remainder of that 7 minutes.

Extemporaneous Speaking Times

After the student receives their topic they have 30 minutes to prepare after which they will proceed to give their presentation in front of the judge for up to 7 minutes.

 

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