Region 5 Region

2024 — UT/US

Public Forum Debate

Abbreviation PF
Format Debate
Resolved: In the United States, collegiate student-athletes should be classified as employees of their educational institution.
Entry Fee $0.00
Entry Limit Per School 4
Entry 2 competitors per entry

Event Description:

2 on 2 debate.

B. Judging guidelines:
d. Judges should decide the round as it is debated, not on personal beliefs.
e. Debaters should advocate or reject the resolution in a manner clear to a non-specialist judge (ie:
jury). Clash of ideas is essential to debate.
f. Debaters should display solid logic and reasoning, advocate a position, utilize evidence, and
communicate clear ideas.
g. . Neither pro or con is permitted to offer a plan or counterplan, defined as a formalized
comprehensive proposal for implementation. Rather they should offer reasoning to support a
position of advocacy. Debaters may offer generalized practical solutions as a part of examples/
possibilities in supporting their position.
h. Cross-examination should clarify, challenge, and/or advance arguments.
i. No new arguments may be introduced in the Final Focus: however, debaters may include new
evidence to support prior arguments.
j. Comments: provide detailed comments (both positive feedback and constructive criticism)
designed to help both the debater and the coach; for example, suggestions on improving case
construction, refutation, logic, delivery, etc