Whitman Intramural Debate
What happens? Page
Here is what happens during the IM Debates . . .
PREPARING AHEAD OF TIME
List out arguments and reasons for the resolution.
List out arguments and reasons against the resolution and against arguments you expect other debaters to present on the affirmative side.
You can do some research but it isn't critical.
Reminder: You argue the topic, not plans or specific examples of the topic. No debate theory (e.g. ASPEC) nor generic disadvantages or kritiks.
If you want help, arrive at 4:00pm and team debaters will be there to help you.
MONDAY BY 4:25PM
You then go to your room and debate.
THE DEBATE THEN BEGINS.
The First Affirmative Speaker begins with a 3 minute and 30 second speech supporting the resolution.
Then, the First Negative Speaker presents a 6 min. speech attacking the arguments in the affirmative speech and lays out the negative's case against the resolution.
Then, the Second Affirmative Speech occurs for 4 min. In this speech, you defend your original arguments and attack the negative speaker's arguments.
Then, the Second Negative Speech occurs for 4 min. This should rebuild the negative's arguments and provide a clear set of reasons for the judge to vote against the affirmative.
Then, the Third Affirmative Speech occurs for 3 min. This should rebuild the affirmative arguments and reattack the negative's main points.
After the debate, you may shake your opponent's hand and the judge might offer some comments.
At the end of this break, Jim will announce the Round 2 debates.
FOR ROUND 2
--who you are debating
--what room to go to for your debate
--who will be judging you
You go to your room. Wait to make sure that the judge and your opponent are there.
OF AWARD WINNERS
NOTE: If you went 2-0 in the inexperienced or intermediate division or you went 2-0 or 1-1 in the experienced division, you have qualified for the IM Championship tournament held in late spring. Be looking for an email from Jim Hanson about that (or contact Jim about it).
Questions should be directed to Jim Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org