9th Annual Robert Garcia Invitational

2019 — Mountain View, CA, CA/US

PF Speech Times


Below are the NSDA's rule changes for PF. We will be adopting the time changes at the Garcia. Emphasis mine. 



PUBLIC FORUM AD HOC COMMITTEE FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS Moved by Motter, seconded by Lindsey: “Accept the Public Forum Debate Ad Hoc Committee recommendations for rules revisions as presented by the RRE Committee for piloting during the 2019-2020 NSDA District and National Tournament Series.” Passed: 6-2 Aye: Wycoff, Lindsey, Huston, Jacobi, Jerome, Motter No: Arthur, Sheaff The Board has agreed to pilot the following changes to the Public Forum rules for the 2019-2020 competition season: 


One additional minute will be added to each summary speech for a total of three minutes per speech. 

One additional minute of preparation time will be given to each team for a total of three minutes of preparation time per team throughout the debate. In addition, the following recommendations have been accepted. 

• The NSDA will continue to offer two-month topics for September/October and November/December and then one-month topics in January, February, March, April, and for the National Tournament. 

• Grand Crossfire will remain. However, proposed language will be added by August 1, 201,9 to the NSDA rules manual to encourage alteration of questions by both teams to minimize dominance by one team. The language will read as follows: “At the conclusion of the summary speeches, all four debaters will remain seated and participate in a three-minute ‘Grand Crossfire’ in which all four debaters are allowed to cross-examine one another. The speaker who gave the first summary speech must ask the first question. The speakers from each team will continue to ask and answer questions. Teams should alternate asking and answering questions rather than allowing one team to dominate so that a balance between teams is achieved. All speakers are encouraged to participate in the Grand Crossfire. Speakers should listen respectfully to opponents’ questions and answers.” 

• Paraphrasing will continue to be allowed. However, proposed language will be added to the evidence rules by August 1, 2019, to further delineate the use of paraphrasing versus summary of evidence in accordance with academic research standards. The evidence language will read as follows: “Paraphrasing, authoritative source versus general understanding. If paraphrasing is used in a debate, the debater will be held to the same standard of citation and accuracy as if the entire text of the evidence were read. Paraphrasing may be used to shorten or clarify one specific portion of an original source. It should not be confused with general summary of an entire book, chapter, study, etc., which may only be used for information that is widely considered to be common knowledge. Paraphrasing focuses on a single idea, while summary focuses on a general concept. For example, if a debater references a specific theory by a specific author, the debater must also be able to provide an original source as well as the specific text from the original source which is being paraphrased. If a debater were to reference social contract theory in general, that would not be an authoritative source that would require citation. However, if the debater references ‘John Locke’s Social Contract,’ evidence would need to be available.” 

• The Coin Flip will remain. 

• The order of speeches will remain intact.