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STYLES OF DEBATE COMPETITION

Debate tournaments consist of a set of preliminary debates, a ‘round’, in which all teams participate. In this preliminary stage, teams debate each side of the topic in alternating rounds: a team that is affirmative in the first round will be negative in the second. The first round of a debate tournament normally pairs teams randomly. After the first round, teams are paired based on how well they have performed. With this system of pairing, tournaments ensure that teams encounter others at the same level.

Tournaments vary in size from small local competitions, which might take place after school, to large international tournaments, which can attract hundreds of debaters and coaches. Many member associations hold annual national tournaments for schools from the whole country, regional tournaments for schools from a given region and small local tournaments within communities.

Time Rules

Public Forum

First Speaker Team A

4 Minutes

First Speaker Team B

4 Minutes

Crossfire (first question by speaker A1)

3 Minutes

Second Speaker Team A

4 Minutes

Second Speaker Team B

4 Minutes

Crossfire (first question By A2)

3 Minutes

Summary- First Speaker Team A

2 Minutes

Summary- First Speaker Team B

2 Minutes

Grand Crossfire

3 Minutes

Final Focus- Second Speaker Team A

2 Minutes

Final Focus- Second Speaker Team B

2 Minutes

Prep Time

2 Minutes Per team


Lincoln Douglas

Negative Cross Examination

3 Minutes

Negative Constructive

7 Minutes

Affirmative Cross Examination

3 Minutes

Affirmative Rebuttal

4 Minutes

Negative Rebuttal

6 Minutes

Affirmative Rebuttal

3 Minutes

Prep Time

4 Minutes per debater









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