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    • Parliamentary Debate
      What is parliamentary debate?
    • What is Parliamentary Debate?
      • Parli is a spontaneous partner debate
      • Format: 1AC, 1NC, 2AC, 2NC, NR, AR
      • Constructives are 7 mins, rebuttals are 5
      • Resolutions are released before rounds!
      • Requirements:
      • General knowledge of current/historical events
      • Following magazines, periodicals is a good idea
      • The ability to think on your feet
      • Practice
      • Creativity!
    • Resolutions
      Fact: Is the resolution true?
      Ex: This house believes that President Obama has done a better job at fighting terrorism than George Bush
      Value: Yes/No, and how should you decide if it is?
      Ex: This house believes the United States should have a drinking age
      Policy: Should we adopt a plan?
      Ex: This house would abolish the electoral college
      It’s not that simple!
      Resolutions often are a mix of the three general categories
      Ex: This house would lower the drinking age
      Is it wise to adopt a plan to do so?
      How do you decide whether or not is wise to do so?
    • A mix of the other debates
      “Lay Debate,” At league tournament
      Less debate jargon, more explanation of issues
      “Technical Debating” At invitationals and larger tournaments
      Jargon is used, along with strategies from Policy and LD
      Parli is for those that want to…..
      lay debate sometimes, and debate technically other times
      approach debate for the first time
      show advanced debate knowledge
      run craaaazy arguments (time capsules, plankton, babies, etc.)
      have fun
      If you said yes to any of the above, Parli is for you!
    • Lincoln Douglas Debate
      What is LD Debate?
    • LD is one-on-one debate
      Resolutions are bi-monthly!
      It is called “value” debate
      Places emphasis on logic, ethics, and philosophy
      named for the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas because their debates were centered around slavery and the morals, values, and logic behind it
    • Example Resolutions:
      Resolved: States ought not possess nuclear weapons.
      Resolved: A just society ought not use the death penalty as form of punishment.
      LD is always “in theory” debate
      If topics discusses government policies etc., LD debaters discuss its ethical impacts
      Crux of every LD case is something called “value” and “value criteria”
      Value Premise: Your arguments all solve for this value; the case attempts to demonstrate the resolutional action is in accordance with this value (i.e. justice, equality , etc.)
      Value Criteria: How you measure, quantify this value
    • Most Unique NFL Debate
      No other NFL debate includes ethics and values!
      Arguments are not limited to “quantifiable impacts” only as in many other debates
      LD is for those who…..
      are looking to debate the “human aspect” rather than economic, political feasibility of issues
      Prefer to stay away from creating policy measures or solving political issues, etc
      Need a stepping stone to Policy debate
      Want to improve personal refutation skills, cross-examination, AND argumentation skills!
      Do not want to depend on partners
      Want to read about basic philosophy!
      If you said yes to any of the above, LD is for you!
    • PF is 30 minute, partner debate
      Resolutions are released every month!
      Topics are current events, “stripped off of headlines”
      Following magazines, periodicals is a good idea
      The newest and shortest NFL debate event
      A simple, organized debate form intended to be audience friendly and laymen-comprehensible
      • Example Resolutions:
      Resolved: That the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 will successfully mitigate economic slowdowns over the next year.
      Resolved: NATO presence improves the lives of Afghan citizens
      • No technicality!
      • Public Forum cases feature basic cost-benefit analysis
      • No jargon, or theory
      • Argumentation revolves around economic, social, political feasibility and impacts
      • Evidence and statistic heavy debate
    • Most Audience Friendly NFL Debate
      Orthodox argumentation: PF debaters weigh quantified Pro’s against quantified Con’s
      Realistic, informative argumentation!
      PF is for those who…..
      Want an introduction to basic debate and argumentation
      are looking to debate the economic, political, social feasibility of issues
      Want to improve their research skills
      Enjoy current events
      Want to widen their general knowledge
      Want to hone basic economics knowledge
      Prefer to depend on partners
      If you said yes to the above, PF is for you!
    • The oldest and most famous NFL debate event!
      Considered the most prestigious debate event and also, most complex
      Partner debate event
      One topic per year
      2010 Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its military and/or police presence in one or more of the following: South Korea, Japan, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, Turkey.
      Many high school policy debaters continue policy debate in college
      Also known as “Cross-X” debate
      Resolutions directly relate to government policy
      • Cases:
      • Affirmative side always presents a plan that solves for the resolution
      • Example Resolution- Resolved: The federal government should adopt a comprehensive, long-term agricultural policy in the United States
      • Very evidence and statistic heavy!
      • Policy debaters carry around tubs full of multiple plans and hundreds of pages of printed evidence
      • Style:
      • Policy is all about technique and jargon
      • Lots of room for creativity!
      • Focused on evidence gathering and organizational ability
      • Less emphasis on persuasiveness
      • The “Granddaddy” of NFL Debate
      • Very large community of debaters across the country!
      • A long legacy of famous politicians, media personnel
      • Policy is for those who…..
      • Want to build advanced research skills
      • Want the same topic for the entire year
      • Want lots of time to develop arguments
      • Enjoy all out, total global thermonuclear war and extinction in every single round!
      • Want to debate what their debate coach did! 