SPEECH & DEBATE INTERNET USAGE RULE CHANGES
Electronic Device Use in Debate Events
Contestants may use electronic devices
(including computers, tablets, and/or cell phones) to access the internet
during debate rounds with the following conditions:
or other electronic devices may not be used to receive information for
competitive advantage from non-competitors (coaches, assistant coaches, other
students) inside or outside of the room in which the competition occurs, information
that would be restricted would include, but not limited to,
coach/nonparticipating competitor generated arguments, advice on arguments to
run, questions to ask during cross examination, and other information not
generated by the participating competitors.
access may be used to retrieve files, exchange evidence and/or arguments,
research arguments, and partner to partner communication. These electronic device guidelines do
not limit communication between debate partners during the debate round.
Penalty: Contestants found to have violated
these provisions will be disqualified from the tournament and will forfeit all
rounds and merit points in that event.
of Evidence: Contestants
electing to use computers have the responsibility to promptly provide a copy of
any evidence read in a speech for inspection by the judge or opponent. Printers may be used. Evidence may be printed in the round or produced
electronically but must be provided in a format readable by the opposing team and
Contestants electing to use computers are
responsible for providing their own computers, batteries, extension cords, and
all other necessary accessories.
Tournament hosts will not be responsible for providing computers,
printers, software, paper, or extension cords for contestants. Host schools may provide wireless
internet access, but will not guarantee that contestants will be able to gain
access when needed.
Contestants choosing to use laptop computers
and/or related devices accept the risk of equipment failure. Judges and/or contest directors will
give no special consideration or accommodation, including no additional speech
time or prep time, should equipment failure occur.
By choosing to use electronic devices in the
round, debaters and other relevant parties are consenting to give tournament
officials the right to search their devices in the event of a protest. The device may only be searched by
tournament officials and must be restricted to files and/or electronic
exchanges relevant to the protest.
Failure to comply would result in upholding of the protest. Debaters and coaches should be present
as their device is searched.
Debaters who do not wish to consent should not use electronic devices in
Electronic Device Use in Congressional Debate
The use of internet enabled electronic devices is
permitted. Students may not use the
internet to gain help from coaches, other students, or any person, such that it
would prevent the speech from being the original work of the competitor. Electronic device use must comply with
the Guidelines for Electronic Device Use
in Debate Events.
GUIDELINES for Electronic Device Use in Extemporaneous
Preparation: As soon as a question is chosen, the
contestant will prepare a speech without consultation and without references to
prepared notes. Students may
consult published books, magazines, newspapers and journals or articles,
including internet enabled devices either used in the draw or those materials
published from internet sources, provided:
are originals or copies of whole pages.
those originals or copies are uncut.
is no written material on that original or copy other than citation
index without annotation may be present.
stored either on a computer or electronic device hard drive or cloud storage
system. All files in this format
must meet the same guidelines as printed sources.
research from the internet during the round that meets the established criteria
found in the Guidelines for Use of
Internet Enabled Devices.
No other material will be allowed in the Extemp prep room other than stated above. Extemp
speeches, handbooks, briefs and outlines, including those stored on cloud
storage systems or published on websites created for that purpose, are
prohibited from the Extemp prep room. Students may not use the internet to
gain help from coaches, other students, or any person, such that it would
prevent the speech from being the original work of the competitor. Students are prohibited from accessing
outlines and speeches that have been written prior to their draw time. Underlining or highlighting in Extemp will be allowed if done in only one color on each
article or copy. Electronic device use must comply with the
ÒGuidelines for Electronic Device Use in Debate Events.Ó Printed copies of information from
online computer services may be used.
Electronically retrieved evidence in any Association Extemp
competition must conform to the same citation standards as evidence used in
debate events as described on pg. 27 of the National Speech and Debate
AssociationÕs Unified Manual.