Only the first eight (8) institutions to register teams in advance with registration fees for the conference will be included in this year’s competition. Debate teams will consist of three (3) students per college/university, whereas a minimum of two (2) participants must orally contribute to the competition.  The goal of competitors is for each team to accumulate the most points during their match. Teams will be divided into two (2) groups of four (4) – Group A and Group B for the competition.  Teams within the Group will debate three (3) times, giving each team the opportunity to compete with all competitors in the room. The top two (2) teams from each group will earn a place in the semi-finals.

During the semi-finals, advanced teams will compete two (2) times facing both teams in the opposite assigned group. The two (2) teams with the highest scores will compete in the final competition.

By the final competition, each team should be comfortable. Therefore, the final competition is one round between the top two teams. The pro/con position will be decided in a coin toss - Heads (team to the left) and Tails (team to the right).  Each team will debate both sides of the proposition. Please prepare for both the affirmative and negative.

Example of Game Play

Group A: Round 1:  Team 1 vs Team 2 and Team 3 vs Team 4

              Round 2:  Team 1 vs Team 3 and Team 2 vs Team 4

              Round 3:  Team 1 vs Team 4 and Team 2 vs Team 3

 

Group B: Round 1:  Team 1 vs Team 2 and Team 3 vs Team 4

               Round 2:  Team 1 vs Team 3 and Team 2 vs Team 4

               Round 3:  Team 1 vs Team 4 and Team 2 vs Team 3


 Semi-Finals:     Group A – Team 2  and Team 4            

                        Group B - Team 1 and Team 3

                                        Team 2 vs Team 1     and    Team 4 vs Team 3

                                        Team 2 vs Team 3     and    Team 4 vs Team 1


 Finals:                 Team vs Team