EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING: (a) Science and Technology; (b) Congress; (c) Latin America; (d) Middle East
JANUARY-FEBRUARY LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATE: Resolved: The United States ought not provide military aid to authoritarian regimes.
FEBRUARY PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE: Resolved: The United States should end its arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
POLICY DEBATE: Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States.
"MODIFIED" WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATE (WSD):
World Schools Debate is a three-on-three format. While a given team may consist of five members, only three students from a team participate in a given debate. Teams are assigned one of two sides in each round - either the “government team” proposing the motion, or the opposition team advocating the rejection of the motion. Resolutions come in two types: prepared motions and impromptu motions. All topics needed to be debated from a global perspective, meaning teams needed to stay away from United States-specific argumentation.
The PBCFL will be running a modified WSD format. The first two rounds will be a prepared motion, where each team will debate both the proposition and opposition sides. The third and fourth rounds will be impromptu motions, with 45 minutes of "prep" time before each round. No internet access is allowed during World Schools Debate rounds or during prep on impromptu motions; the only tools that can be used during impromtru prep are a hard-copy dictionary and a hard-copy almanac.
The PBCFL will allow three-person non-hybrid teams. Normally, between 3-5 students from multiple schools can comprise a team, but for purposes of the PBCFL, this will not be the case.
THE FEBRUARY WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATE PREPARED MOTION: This House would sanction countries not supporting international treaties on climate action.. (Prepared motion to be used the first two rounds; impromptu motions will be announced before Round 3.)
Times for each speech are as follows:
- Proposition Team Speaker #1 – 8 minutes
- Opposition Team Speaker #1 – 8 minutes
- Proposition Team Speaker #2 – 8 minutes
- Opposition Team Speaker #2 – 8 minutes
- Proposition Team Speaker #3 – 8 minutes
- Opposition Team Speaker #3 – 8 minutes
- Opposition Rebuttal – 4 minutes
- Proposition Rebuttal – 4 minutes
The first full minute of a substantive speech and the last full minute of a substantive speech are considered "protected time;" no Points of Information may be given during this time. In addition, no POIs may be given during the rebuttal speeches.
DEMO VIDEO - THE USA DEBATE TEAM SHOWCASE (Motion: This House Believes That the School Choice Movement Jeopardizes Civil Rights): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUF5BI1-1Ek