Mustang Madness

2024 — Herriman, UT/US

Lincoln Douglas--Varsity

Abbreviation VLD
Format Debate
Entry Fee $5.00
Overall Entry Limit 40
Entry Limit Per School 4
Entry 1 competitors per entry

Event Description:

Speaker points between 20-30 please. You can leave and save comments for each individual separately and then comments to team as a whole. Please make sure to leave something. You should enter your decision first and then you can update or put in comments later if needed or type as you go.

In this one-on-one format, students debate a topic provided by the National Speech & Debate Association. Topics range from individual freedom versus the collective good to economic development versus environmental protection. Students may consult evidence gathered prior to the debate but may not use the internet in round. An entire debate is roughly 45 minutes and consists of constructive speeches, rebuttals, and cross-examination.

Lincoln-Douglas Debate typically appeals to individuals who like to debate, but prefer a one-on-one format as opposed to a team or group setting. Additionally, individuals who enjoy LD like exploring questions of how society ought to be. Many people refer to LD Debate as a “values” debate, as questions of morality and justice are commonly examined. Students prepare cases and then engage in an exchange of cross-examinations and rebuttals in an attempt to convince a judge that s/he is the better debater in the round.

Time Limits Speech Time Limit Purpose Affirmative Constructive 6 minutes Present the affirmative case Negative Cross-Examination 3 minutes Negative asks questions of the affirmative Negative Constructive 7 minutes Present the negative case and refute the affirmative case Affirmative Cross-Examination 3 minutes Affirmative asks questions of the negative First Affirmative Rebuttal 4 minutes Refute the negative case and rebuild the affirmative case Negative Rebuttal 6 minutes Refute the affirmative case, rebuild the negative case, and offer reasons that negative should win the round, commonly referred to as voting issues. 2nd Affirmative Rebuttal 3 minutes Address negative voting issues and offer reasons for why the affirmative should win.

*Each debater is also entitled to four minutes of prep time during the round.