Texas Middle School State Tournament
2023 — Houston, TX/US
World Schools Debate
Rounds 1 and 2—Prepared Motion—This House would remove veto power from permanent members on the UN Security Council. (Teams debate both sides of the motion.)
Round 3—Impromptu Motion
Round 4—Impromptu Motion
Octofinals—Impromptu Motion (if necessary)
Quarterfinals—Prepared Motion (if necessary)—This House would ban lethal autonomous weapons.
Finals—Prepared Motion—This House would ban the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement officials.
Times: Speaking and preparation times will be shortened for middle school students:
First Proposition: 5 minutes
First Opposition: 5 minutes
Second Proposition: 5 minutes
Second Opposition: 5 minutes
Third Proposition: 5 minutes
Third Opposition: 5 minutes
Opposition Reply: 3 minutes
Proposition Reply: 3 minutes
Teams will receive 30 minutes to prepare for impromptu rounds. However, teams do not receive prep time during a world schools debate round.
Rules: NSDA rules will be used.
In world schools debate, students may not use electronic storage or retrieval devices. If a team uses electronic devices during a debate round or during an impromptu preparation period, they will automatically receive a loss for that round. (Please note: A mobile phone in airplane mode can be used for timing only.)
During the preparation time for the impromptu rounds, students can have a dictionary and a one-volume encyclopedia or almanac. They cannot access the internet, text messages, or any previously-prepared materials, including speeches and flows from previous rounds. Additionally, they cannot consult anyone (coaches included) outside their 3-5 person team.