Thursday, April 1, 2010

Adam's debate tips

Since I've been graduated from debate for a year now, I though I'd share with all of you a few tips that I picked up. I'm sure that they'll considerably help anyone who cares to use them in Team Policy debate in the NCFCA league.

Warning: the following tips probably won't make a whole lot of sense to any non-debaters, as they use a few pointless buzzwords. Don't worry, you're not missing much. And my next post will be cooler anyway.


--if you notice that you’ve dropped an argument, but the other team hasn’t pointed it out yet, and you don’t want to use time to bring it up again, restate your side to the judge and tell him that it was dropped. Don’t mention who dropped it.

--remember, counter plans have unlimited fiat. Use this to your advantage.

--if it’s to your advantage, point out that there are no ‘rules’ in debate, just theory. Want to bring up a dropped argument or a statement made in the CX? It’s all good.

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