Our Debate Format

 

Super Debate hosts structured two-person debates that run around 30m per round.

We utilize a simplified and efficient debate format, which is influenced by the traditional policy, parliamentary, and Lincoln-Douglas debate formats. Judging is carried out by the audience of community members, who use point-based criteria to score the winner.

Each side has two speakers, each speaker gets 3 speeches and 3 minutes of “prep time”, to use before their speeches.

This structure isn’t rigid. In fact, it’s easy to add more time to the speeches in order to have a deeper debate. You can also add more speeches, or even add additional debaters to both sides of a team, to make the debates more interesting.

 

Affirmative Case (AC)5 Minutes
Cross-examination by the Negative (CX 1)2 Minutes
Negative Case (NC)5 Minutes
Cross-examination by the Affirmative (CX 2)2 Minutes
Affirmative Rebuttal (AR)4 Minutes
Negative Rebuttal (NR)4 Minutes
Affirmative Closing Statement (ACS)3 Minutes
Negative Closing Statement (NCS)3 Minutes
Total Prep Time6 minutes
Total Time of One Debate34 minutes
This structure isn’t rigid. In fact, it’s easy to add more time to the speeches in order to have a deeper debate. You can also add more speeches, or even add additional debaters to both sides of a team, to make the debates more interesting.
 
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