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DEBATE TIPS

Debate Format

The following provides the basic structure of debate and allotted times.

  • Author's Opening Statement  |  2 minutes

  • Period of technical, non-debatable questions  |  3 minutes

  • Con/Pro Debate

    • Con Speech  |  2 minutes​

    • New Business  |  1 minute

    • Pro Speech  |  2 minutes

    • Con Speech  |  2 minutes

    • New Business  |  1 minute

    • Pro Speech  |  2 minutes

    • Con Speech  |  2 minutes

    • New Business | 1 minute

    • Final Pro Speech  |  2 minutes

    • Final Con Speech  |  2 minutes

    • New Business  |  1 minute - need motion to Call the Previous Question

  • Author's Closing Summation  |  2 minutes​

Parliamentary Procedure
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