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Basic Debating Rules: Starting with an Explanation of What is a Debate? A debate is basically an argument with strict rules of conduct. It is not a shouting match between two sides with different points of view.. Topic Sides


A lot of people's ears perk up and their attention is drawn when a professor utters the word "debate" in class. For many like myself who enjoy discussing serious topics and arguing the hot button topics in society, debates are like a gold mine of back and forth with tons of different points of view and emerging thoughts and ideas, or at least they should be.


Observance of the basic rules of debate in any committee will enhance its effectiveness through ensuring that discussion is orderly, that every member has the opportunity to speak and that the wishes of the majority prevail. In general, the larger and more senior the committee the greater the need for formality in its procedures.


Debate, in an academic sense, is a disciplined form of arguing toward a person or team of people. A debater must provide a logically structured and reasoned argument concerning a topic with a clear conclusion. The purpose is to persuade the audience that your insight on the topic is the correct way to analyze the ...


Rules of Debate (condensed from Competitive Debate: Rules and Techniques,by George McCoy Musgrave. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1957) 1. There are two teams, each consisting of two or three speakers. 2. Each team has two or three constructive speeches, and two to three rebuttal speeches.


Basic Structure. While the rules and structure of a debate vary according to the chosen format, most debates adhere to these standards: ~ Two teams, usually of two to three members, argue for opposing sides of an argument. The main exception to this is parliamentary debate, in which there may be more teams.


Middle School Public Debate Program www.middleschooldebate.com About the MSPDP Debate Format The Middle School Public Debate Program Rules for Competition cover seven key areas of a debate. These are: 1. Debate Topics 2. Number of Teams and Debaters 3. Speaking Order and Speaking Time Limits 4. Preparation Period 5. Debate Materials 6.


Revised: 7/10/2015 4 4. Use of obscene, profane, or abusive language or gestures, signs, posters, or banners which show disrespect for opponent’s team, officials, cheerleaders,


Conducting a Debate TN 13 A debate is a discussion or structured contest about an issue or a resolution. A formal debate involves two sides: one supporting a resolution and one opposing it. Such a debate is bound by rules previously agreed upon. Debates may be judged in order to declare a winning side. Debates,


A significant amount of my recent work has been written in response to arguments made by other libertarian thinkers. As such, the time is ripe for a guide to how this is best done. This article will take the reader through the process of an exchange of ideas from start to finish, and explain my … Continue reading "Ten Simple Rules For Debating"