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Team Policy Debate

Team policy debate has a very specific structure, complete with speech order and time limits. See details below.

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A team consists of two students.

 

Tournaments consist of multiple debates (usually each student debates 4 times). At any given tournament numerous teams will be competing against each other, having an equal number of opportunities to debate Affirmative and Negative.

 

In each debate there are three types of speeches. Constructive speeches are 8 minutes, cross-examination 3 minutes, and rebuttals 5 minutes each.  After each constructive cross examination and rebuttal, the opposing team will have preparation time to formulate their responsive constructive or rebuttal.  Preparation time is cumulative and will be a total of 5 minutes per team for the entire round.

 

  • 1AC - First Affirmative Constructive - 8 minutes

  • Cross-examination by the 2N - 3 minutes

  • 1NC - First Negative Constructive - 8 minutes

  • Cross-examination by the 1A - 3 minutes

  • 2AC - Second Affirmative Constructive - 8 minutes

  • Cross-examination by the 1N - 3 minutes

  • 2NC - Second Negative Constructive - 8 minutes

  • Cross-examination by the 2N- 3 minutes

  • 1NR - First Negative Rebuttal - 5 minutes

  • 1AR - First Affirmative Rebuttal - 5 minutes

  • 2NR - Second Negative Rebuttal - 5 minutes

  • 2AR - Second Affirmative Rebuttal - 5 minutes