Head Debate Coach
Phone: 612-598-3916 (texts preferred)
Each fall season, the Classic Debate League has two topics. The first is chosen in August by the Coaches. The second is voted upon by the students/teams and will be debated the second part of the season through the State Championship Tournament.
The first topic for the 2022 season will be announced on August 16th (debaters should immediately start researching evidence and drafting case plans upon announcement):
Topic 2: will be decided in Mid October and is voted upon by the students
Topics for the 2021 Fall Season were:
Topic 1: Resolved: The United States Constitution should be amended to limit the term for future US Supreme Court justices to 18 years.
TOPIC GUIDANCE from the LEAGUE: The focus of the debate should not be on the exact length of the term limits nor the exact process of implementation. The focus of the debate should be on the merits of term limits for the Supreme Court.
Topic 2: Resolved: On balance, the AUKUS security pact will advance United States’ interests.
The 2020 Season Topics were -
Topic 1: Resolved: The United States’ use of the atomic bombs against Japan was justified.
Topic 2: Resolved: A single-payer system is preferable to reform within the existing private-public health insurance system in the United States.
If you'd like to join debate email one of the coaches or captains and we'll connect you to the right people to get in the loop - this activity is joined and paid for like any other - contact the activities office for more information. Meetings are tenatively scheduled for Mondays (mandatory with Coach) and Wednesdays (Captains practice) from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. The first all group meeting for new and returning debaters will be September 5, 2022.
Are you returning and wish you could start preparing now? The coach recommends you start gathering evidence about Topic 1 which is announced on August 16th to the classroom. Or feel free to write up an aff. or neg. case for review by the captains - Debate is 9/10ths preparation!
More information for new debaters: Debate tournaments are held each Saturday from October to December, with a break on MEA weekend and Thanksgiving weekend.
Most of the 7 tournaments are held out of town except two which are online but the students will be at century for these debates ...in a classroom. For traveling tournaments - Buses typically depart around 6 AM on the scheduled Saturday and return to Century usually before 6 PM. Debaters MUST ride the bus. Volunteer parent judges must pass a background check and can ride the bus or meet the team at the school. The State Classic League Debate Tournament - which is held at Two Rivers Highschool in Mendota Heights - is the first weekend of December and students will stay overnight at a hotel and those costs are bourne by the student/family. The season ends and banquet is held, wrapping everything up.
The Classic League Debate Format: Students debate with a partner in 4 rounds per tournament, each round lasting approximately 1 hour. The team defends the resolution (arguing the affirmative) in two rounds, and negates the resolution (arguing the negative) in two rounds. Judges score each round, assigning points for effective argumentation, adherence to procedure, and speaker performance. Team and individual rankings are established, and winners are recognized at an awards ceremony at the conclusion of each tournament. All students start in Novice and progress each year to Junior Varsity and eventually Varsity depending on performance and skill. The coach decides how and when a student advances - a student does not decide this. The coach considers the recommendations of the Captains in that regard. Parents are expected to commit time to judge and are trained to do so. This is a requirement to keep fees low for this activity.
The fall schedule is on process and this is it so far. First resolution will be issued August 16th.
2022 Classic Debate League Schedule
October 1 Topic 1—Eastview HS
October 8 Topic 1—Online - Coach will get rooms for this at century - at least one laptop with a camera will be needed per team.
October 15 Topic 1—Mankato (tentative)
November 5 Topic 2—South St. Paul HS
November 12 Topic 2—Stillwater (tentative)
November 19 Topic 2—Online - Coach will get rooms for this at century - at least one laptop with a camera will be needed per team.
Dec. 2-3 State Topic 2—Two Rivers HS
Parent volunteers are required and will serve as judges for at least one tournament a season (or more please!). Training is provided. Contact Coach Krista Boston, if you're interested! You must complete a background check with the school and you can ride the bus to the tournaments.
Contact the Head Coach to sign up to judge and be trained. Judges Training will be held at the school on September 14th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Head Debate Coach
2022 Classic Debate Team Awards (TBD)