Charlotte Catholic Queen City Invitational
2018 — Charlotte, NC/US
Novice Public Forum
This event is only open to teams where both students are in their first year of competition (including middle school).
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.