Overview of a speech & debate tournament:

You will be given a good overview of the debate events and the judging process at the tournament during Judge Orientation. But here is a summary of the events that will take place:

Debate: Debates are structured arguments or discussions with timed speeches. Students must prove their side of the issue within a given time frame and set of rules to guide the debate. Engaging discussion takes place as students cross-examine one another and a winner is determined based on the arguments presented.

Team Policy Debate: A two-on-two debate that focuses on a policy question for the academic year. This year’s resolution is:

Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reform its energy policy.

Lincoln Douglas Debate: A one-on-one debate that centers on the weighing of values held by individuals, societies, and governments. Debaters develop arguments based on a value's perspective. 3rd Resolution - Resolved: The letter of the law ought to have priority over the spirit of the law.

Parliamentary Debate: A two-on-two debate designed to engage the audience with advanced debate and speaking skills. Lasting only 45 minutes, students receive a current issue topic 20 minutes before the round. They prepare arguments that reflect general and specific knowledge they have acquired throughout their education. A sample resolution could be: This house believes that change is not progress.

Debate Resolutions for the 2023-20224 competitive season:

Team Policy Resolution

Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reform its energy policy.

Lincoln Douglas Resolutions

Triple the Value:

Values of Milton Rokeach

Resolution for 10/1/2023 - 1/31/2024
Resolved: A free press should prioritize objectivity over advocacy.

Spring Resolution will be announced on 12/1/2023
Debated 2/1/2024-3/31/2024
Resolved: National security concerns ought to be valued above individual rights.

Last Resolution announced on 3/13/2024 Resolved: The letter of the law ought to have priority over the spirit of the law.
Debated 4/1/2024 - NITOC 2024

Parlimentary Debate Resolution

Resolutions change for each tournament.