Big Questions will run concurrently with Congress-it will be an individual competition and we will do double elimination-one student will qualify for Wind River-we must have 15 competitors-teams will need to provide one judge per 2 entries and the same judge cannot cover Congress.
Each round features 2-4 students: one side representing the affirmative and one representing the negative. Each side gives four speeches, and there are two periods of questions. If students are competing in pairs they will alternate speeches. Students will attempt to prove or disprove the statement: “Resolved: Humans are fundamentally different from other animals.”
Affirmative Constructive – 5 minutes
Negative Constructive – 5 minutes
Question Segment – 3 minutes
Affirmative Rebuttal – 4 minutes
Negative Rebuttal – 4 minutes
Question Segment – 3 minutesAffirmative Consolidation – 3 minutes
Negative Consolidation – 3 minutes
Affirmative Rationale – 3 minutes
Negative Rationale – 3 minutes
Each student has 3 minutes of preparation time during the debate, to be used in increments of their choice. For example, a student may elect to prepare for 1 minute for their rebuttal speech, 1 minute for their consolidation speech, and 1 minute for their final speech. Students may also prepare “for free” during each other’s preparation time.
The event will follow the double elimination format of other district debate events
Big Questions entries will not count toward a school’s district entry limits. We will start with allowing each school two entries. If we have enough space, time & judges we may be able to able to accept an additional entry from each school but we will not know that until closer to the tournament.
If a student qualifies in a main event, they must go in that event. Students may choose to compete in Big Questions if they earn a spot in World Schools Debate.