A SHORT GUIDE TO COMPETITIVE DEBATE FORMATS Alfred C. Snider Edwin Lawrence Professor of Forensics, University of Vermont June 2011 There are a lot of different competitive debating formats in the world. Rebuttal Speeches ! FORMAL DEBATE : HOW-TO FOR POTENTIAL PARTICIPANTS This post is provided to inform potential participants in any debate of the tiresome but necessary bureaucracy that needs to be processed, in order to launch a formal debate on the forum. Cross-Examined by 2NC: 3 Minutes ! Thus, you'll have to base your debate outline on the particular structure of the debate you'll be engaging in. Constructive Speeches ! Cross-Examined by 2AC: 3 Minutes ! Opening Statements Closing Argument Select a spokesperson Select a final spokesperson At least 3 specific reasons to support your position Reinforce and defend the points you made in the beginning (using evidence) At least 3 facts or statistics to back up those reasons Refute 1AC: 8 Minutes ! The Oxford-style debate format involves a debate on a predetermined statement – also called a “motion” – from two opposing perspectives. Cross-Examined by 1NC: 3 Minutes ! I hope that this very short introduction can assist you in locating the format that is relevant to you. 2NC: 8 Minutes ! 1NR: 5 Minutes ! The two sides either argue “for” or “against” the motion within a formalized structure. 2AR: 5 Minutes . It thus leaves the stupid with the impression that the Creationist will nailed that arrogant science … 2 The Stock Issues ! Cross-Examined by 1AC: 3 Minutes ! Team debates are one of the most common debate forms. According to the other side/ our opponents… •As far as I'm concerned... •Our position is the following… Sequencing : 2NR: 5 Minutes ! Formal debating phrases Opening the debate: • [some nice opening, e.g. However, in a formal debate, the Professor will be forced to move onto to his cross and may or may not have time to readdress the points during a summation. In a debate you argue a point of view as a part of a 'motion' or topic. The Intelligence Squared U.S. debate series favors the Oxford-style format because both sides have an equal opportunity to share their arguments and opinions. A debate is a formal type of argument that has a structure. 1AR: 5 Minutes ! In the second half of the debate, each team has two segments to rebut arguments presented in the first half. 2AC: 8 Minutes ! 1NC: 8 Minutes ! This can be confusing as one encounters an alphabet soup of names. In the first half of the debate, each team has two segments to present arguments for their side. quote] • Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to this debate. The Structure of a Debate ! I'll start by defining the two participants as 'proposer' and 'opposer'.