GGSA State Quals

2023 — Union City, CA/US

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Rules & Reminders

*We will be using our GGSA debate rules, which are mostly in alignment with CHSSA's. Where there is discrepancy, we will defer to CHSSA's.

*Parliamentary Debate In-person & Online Judging Instructions with Ballot & Debate Examples

*Written Instructions for Accessing E-Ballots & Video Instructions for Completing a Tabroom Debate E-Ballot

*How to Add a Judge's Paradigm

*Rules to Note:

1. No Oral Disclosures: Judges, just submit your decision and a written RFD, which you can edit until the tournament ends on Sunday. Because the day is so much longer, it is critical that we stay on time. To do this, we need your decision submitted RIGHT AWAY. We cannot pair and start the next round until we receive EVERY ballot from the previous round. Also, the biggest difference between this tournament and other GGSA ones is that there will be 2 judges in every preliminary round and 3 in elimination ones. Be sure not to start the round without all judges present. Every judge should make an independent decision without consulting the other judges. Lastly, you may be pulled into judging either Parli or Congress, depending on the judging needs.

2. Citations Rule: We cannot enforce the usual GGSA no-citations rule at State Qualifications since that is not yet a CHSSA rule. Debaters should still primarily rely on logic and general knowledge as the intent of Parli is to encourage extemporaneous argumentation. Reference to published sources is allowed but should be limited. A debater may refer to information from a published source during their speech. The debater must transcribe the full quotation this information is based on. The transcription must be done during preparation time, by hand, and without ellipses. The debater must then write down the citation and must say the citation during their speech. To the extent that these are provided by the original source, the citation should include the name(s) of the author(s), the source title, and the publication date. The team which refers to information from a published source must show the opposing team the sheet of paper containing the quotation and citation if requested. The request can be made during a POI.

3. Internet Policy: Computer, electronic device, and internet use is permitted only during the preparation period and cannot be used to receive real-time assistance with their arguments from persons other than their partner. Debaters must take notes by hand and use those notes during the debate UNLESS there are disabilities requiring computer accommodation and advance tournament notification by the coach.

4. Disabilities Accommodations: The tournament director may make exceptions to any of the rules in order to accommodate persons with disabilities or other similar needs. Any such accommodation--for instance, the debater is physically unable to write down notes due to a physical injury or a learning disability--should be vetted by the coach and communicated with the director in advance. The approved student will be able to take their notes digitally on a document saved onto their desktop. During the debate, they will need to turn off Wi-Fi to prevent internet access; they can only access your offline notes document. The room judge will ensure these rules are followed.

5. Protests: A protest must be lodged within 15 minutes of the close of a round. The coach of one of the debaters involved must lodge the protest. If it is a question of prompting, all three judges must agree that it occurred. A grievance committee must make the decisions.