DEBATE FORMATS AND RULES

For the Australasia, European, and Intercontinental leagues, debates will be in a world schools debating format as a 3 vs 3, with leaders replies and Points of information. 

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In the Junior leagues, speaking times are 3-5 minutes with 3 minute replies.

 In the Senior leagues, speaking times are 4-6 minutes with 4 minute replies.

The Public Forum leagues, both Junior and Senior, follow the "Standard" Public Forum debate format of a 2 vs 2, with the speaking times and structure as follows-

First Speaker - Team A

First Speaker - Team B

Crossfire

Second Speaker - Team A

Second Speaker - Team B

Crossfire

Summary - First Speaker - Team A

Summary - First Speaker - Team B

Grand Crossfire

Final Focus - Second Speaker - Team A

Final Focus - Second Speaker - Team B

4 minutes

4 minutes

3 minutes

4 minutes

4 minutes 

3 minutes

2 minutes

2 minutes

3 minutes

2 minutes

2 minutes

For the Parliamentary league, debates will follow the NPDA Parliamentary debate format of a 2 vs 2, with Points of information.

Speaking times follow the format 5-6-6-6-3-4 in the Junior and Senior leagues.

All debates are limited prep with access to devices. However, Preparation times vary depending on which league the team falls into. 

  • In the Junior league (ages 12-15), teams are given 45 minutes before debating commences.

  • In the Senior league (ages 16-19), teams are given 35 minutes before debating commences.

This provides a fantastic opportunity for teams who have little to no experience in limited prep debates, as it allows them to gain more experience in this style of debating in a low-pressure environment. For more seasoned veterans, it provides even more chances to further hone their skills in this style.

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