What Are the Rules for High School Debates?

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Several different styles of debate competitions are held in high schools in the United States, including Lincoln-Douglas, a one-on-one competition and public forum debates, which are team events. Each event has its own unique rules. Further, although many states adopt debate rules promulgated by the National Speech & Debate Association, other states implement their own variations. It is necessary therefore to consult with a tournament's governing organization to determine the rules that apply to a given event in that competition.

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