2019 Century Debate Team at State Tournament - South St. Paul
Parent Judge Coordinator and Advisor
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 2020 Season Topics are:
First Season Topic: Resolved: The United States’ use of the atomic bombs against Japan was justified.
Second Topic: TBD - Determined in October
Debate tournaments are held each Saturday from October to December, with a break on MEA weekend and Thanksgiving weekend. Buses typically depart at 6 AM and return to Century at 6 PM [during the 2020 season all tournaments will be online - there will be no bus transportation]. The State Debate Tournament, held in Minneapolis, is the first weekend of December.
Students debate with a partner in 4 rounds per tournament, each round lasting approximately 1 hour. They defend the resolution (argue the affirmative) in two rounds, and negate the resolution (argue 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.
In order to prepare for the season being online there will be a practice tournament on:
Sept 26 - 2 round practice Tournament and Judge Training (online)
Oct. 3—Topic 1, Tournament 1 [Online]
Oct. 10—Topic 1, Tournament 2 [Online]
Oct. 24—Topic 1, Tournament 3 [Online]
Nov. 7—Topic 2, Tournament 4 [Online]
Nov. 14—Topic 2, Tournament 5 [Online]
Nov. 21—Topic 2, Tournament 6 [Online]
Dec. 4-5—Classic State—South St. Paul HS - TBD as to whether online
-Regular tournaments will follow a slightly revised schedule:
Rd 1: 9am
Rd 2: 10:30
Rd. 3 12:30
Rd. 4 2:00
Please note: Parent volunteers are appreciated, and may serve as judges. Training is provided. Contact Coach Krista Boston or Parent Advisor Shulan Tian, if you're interested!
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