Charlotte Catholic Queen City Invitational

2018 — Charlotte, NC/US

Varsity Public Forum

Abbreviation VPF
Format Debate
Entry Fee $20.00
Overall Entry Limit 40
Entry 2 competitors per entry

Event Description:

NOTE: This competition will be using the September/October topic as published by the NSDA for Public Forum Debate.

Resolved: The United States should accede to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea without reservations.

NSDA rules on sources and preparation will be followed. Internet connectivity and outside communication are prohibited while in competition.



Students will alternate in a partnership to present and debate arguments in affirmation or negation of the assigned resolution.

The round will begin with a coin flip. The winning team may select to debate the PRO or CON side of the resolution, OR, may elect to debate as the first or second speaking team. The losing team will select the element not chosen by their opponents. The structure of a debate is as follows

First Team Constructive - 4 minutes

Second Team Constructive - 4 minutes

"Crossfire" (Speakers 1 & 2) - 3 minutes

First Team Rebuttal - 4 minutes

Second Team Rebuttal - 4 minutes

"Crossfire" (Speakers 3 & 4) - 3 minutes

First Team Summary - 2 minutes

Second Team Summary - 2 minutes

"Grand Crossfire" (All speakers) - 3 minutes

First Team "Final Focus" - 2 minutes

Second Team "Final Focus" - 2 minutes

Each partnership collectively will have 2 minutes of preparation time to use at their discretion during the debate.


The use of notes or aides while speaking is permitted. Students may use electronic devices but may not connect to the internet at any time.