Frederick Douglass Classic

2024 — Washington, DC/US

You are cordially invited to the Frederick Douglass Classic, the "state" tournament for DC and southern MD. The tournament will utilize a modified version of the public forum debate format (see below). Public forum debate is intended to be "an accessible and conversational format." Public forum debate does not feature plans or counterplans but instead focuses on "generalized, practical solutions." The resolution for the 2024 Frederick Douglass Classic is:

Resolved: The United Nations should abolish permanent membership on its Security Council.

The tournament features six preliminary rounds followed by four elimination rounds (beginning with octo-finals). Speaker points will be awarded on a 80-99 point scale. There will be a separate semi-final breakout for First Year Debater teams that do not qualify for quarter-finals of the main tournament. Schools are tentatively limited to four teams, but we may increase this limit depending on room availability. We will not break brackets except to ensure a finals round between two different schools.

Schedule - Saturday

8:30am Check-in and Judge Meeting

9:00am Round 1

10:15am Round 2

11:30am Round 3

~Lunch~

1:30pm Check-in and Judge Meeting

2:00pm Round 4

3:30pm Round 5

5:00pm Round 6

~Awards~

Schedule - Sunday

10:30am Check-in and Judge Meeting

11:00am Octofinals

12:45pm Quarterfinals & First Year Debater Semifinals

2:30pm Semifinals & First Year Debater Finals

~Dinner~

6:00pm Final Round

Modified Format

The tournament will use the following format:

1st Affirmative Constructive: 5 minutes

--> Cross Examination by 2nd Negative: 3 minutes

1st Negative Constructive: 5 minutes

--> Cross Examination by 1st Affirmative: 3 minutes

2nd Affirmative Constructive: 5 minutes

--> Cross Examination by 1st Negative: 3 minutes

2nd Negative Constructive: 5 minutes

--> Cross Examination by 2nd Affirmative

1st Negative Rebuttal - 3 minutes

1st Affirmative Rebuttal - 3 minutes

2nd Negative Rebuttal - 3 minutes

2nd Affirmative Rebuttal - 3 minutes

For experienced policy debaters and judges, the differences are (a) shorter speech times; (b) 80-99 speaker point range; and (c) no plans or counterplans.

For experienced public forum debaters and judges, the differences are (a) no coin flip in prelim rounds; (b) slightly longer speech times; (c) crossfire is replaced with cross examination; (d) there is a "neg block" where the negative speakers speak back to back and, correspondingly, the affirmative speaks both first and last; (e) 80-99 speaker point range; and (f) speech naming conventions similar to policy debate.

For experienced LD debaters and judges, the differences are substantial, but we welcome your participation.