2023 — Ridgeland, MS/US
Public Forum Debate
PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE (VARSITY AND NOVICE DIVISIONS)
The debate will follow the 4-4-3-4-4-3-3-3-3-2-2 format.
Each team will have 3 minutes of prep time to use as they wish.
Five preliminary rounds will determine breaks to elimination rounds. Rounds 4 and 5 will be power-matched based on earlier preliminary record.
The Saints Classic does allow for disclosure of decisions and oral critique, but please respect the timeline of the tournament and keep it brief.
A novice debater is a competitor in their first year of high-school competition in ANY event. If a student competed in middle school, but never competed against high-school competitors, they may be considered novice during their first high school season. For a team to enter the novice division, both speakers must be in their novice year.
Internet-connected laptop computers and tablet devices may be used by debaters, but may not be used to receive information for competitive advantage from non-competitors (coaches, assistant coaches, teammates, other students, etc.) inside or outside of the room in which the competition occurs. Host sites have no obligation to guarantee internet access to competitors.