Debating Rules

Debating Rules

1st Affirmative must:

– defines the topic.

– presents the affirmative’s team line.

– outlines briefly what each speaker in their team will talk about.

– presents the first half of the affirmative case.

 

1st negative must:

– accept or reject the definition. If you don’t do this it is assumed that you accept the definition.

– present the negative team line.

– outline briefly what each of the negative speakers will say.

– rebut a few of the main points of the first affirmative speaker.

– the 1st negative should spend about one quarter of their time rebutting.

– present the first half of the negative team’s case.

 

2nd affirmative must:

– reaffirms the affirmative’s team line.

– rebut the main points presented by the 1st negative.

– the 2nd affirmative should spend about one third of their time rebutting.

– present the second half of the affirmative’s case.

 

2nd negative must:

– reaffirms the negative’s team line.

– rebuts some of the main points of the affirmative’s case.

– the 2nd negative should spend about one third of their time rebutting.

– presents the second half of the negative’s case.

 

3rd affirmative must:

– reaffirms the affirmative’s team line.

– rebuts all the remaining points of the negative’s case.

– the 3rd affirmative should spend about two thirds to three quarters of their time rebutting.

– presents a summary of the affirmative’s case.

– rounds off the debate for the affirmative.

 

3rd negative must:

– reaffirms the negative’s team line.

– rebuts all the remaining points of the affirmative’s case.

– the 3rd negative should spend about two thirds to three quarters of their time rebutting.

– presents a summary of the negative’s case.

– rounds off the debate for the negative.

Neither third speaker may introduce any new parts of their team’s cases.

 

Marks will come from;

Matter 40%

Manner 40%

Teamwork 20%