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The Weekly Spar Format

All debaters will compete in three rounds, approximately 20 minutes each.

Rounds will follow a variation of the Extemporaneous Debate format:

Coin is flipped. Topic is revealed. The winner of the coin flip chooses either to argue for the proposition or the opposition.

Mandatory Prep Time: 3 minutes | Both debaters have three minute to prepare their constructive speeches and general strategies for the round. Evidence found online may be used, but it is certainly not essential given the time constraints. Having a fully developed argument ought to be prioritized over searching for supporting empirics.

Proposition Constructive: 2 minutes | The debater in favor of the resolution presents their case/position in support of the topic.

Cross Examination of Proposition: 1 minute | The opposition debater asks the proposition questions.

Opposition Constructive: 2 minutes | The debater against the resolution or the proposition’s case presents their case/position.

Cross Examination of Opposition: 1 minute | The proposition debater asks the opposition questions.

Mandatory Prep Time: 1 minute | Both debaters have one minute to prepare their rebuttals.

Proposition Rebuttal: 2 minutes | The proposition debater refutes the main idea of the opposition and supports their main ideas.

Opposition Rebuttal: 2 minutes | The opposition debater refutes the main idea of the proposition and supports their main ideas.

Mandatory Prep Time: 1 minute | Both debaters have one minute to prepare their final focus speeches.

Proposition Final Focus: 1 minute | In this final speech, the proposition crystallizes the round for the judge and aims to establish sufficient reason for a vote in favor of the resolution.

Opposition Final Focus: 1 minute | In this final speech, the opposition crystallizes the round for the judge and aims to establish sufficient reason for a vote against the proposition’s case and/or the resolution.

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