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Found 54 results

  1. I am at a national tournament and many judges voted for the other team because of their preferences and biases, however, I'm not complaining. One judge said that she voted Affirmative even though they dropped and conceded and didn't explain many arguments, and my coach said that coming out of the last rebuttal we need to articulate why the judge should vote for us. Can you please help me formulate an overview of why I, as the Affirmative, would win using my advantages? I will give credit where it is due, thank you! I'm running the Dream Act
  2. I started debating summer of 2018 and I only participated in one rookie and novice debate. However, due to the lack of varsity debaters on our school team and my current (and far more experienced) varsity partner's wishes of going to NAUDL, I was moved up to varsity off of 2 official debate league tournaments and one JV summer camp tournament. In December, I went to our debate league's fall championship, and I felt utterly useless because I didn't know how to properly flow, spread, understand spreading, do analytics, or answer cross x questions. I just kind of felt like dead weight for my partner -- I was only there to read cards so that she could prep during my speeches. My rebuttals were also utter garbage and at one point I needed my partner to type what I had to say on a google doc. How can I improve? I really want to do better but I don't even know how to spread or terms related to different AFFs. I'd really appreciate as much help as I can get, thank you!
  3. I'm a sophomore, this will be my second year, however, my previous partner dropped, and I found a partner, who will be a junior next year. with that being said, I'd really like them to have a pretty decent head start next season, so I'd like to start prepping them over the summer. where do I start?? my biggest concern is spreading it too thick and too quickly, overwhelming them.
  4. What arguments go best against Topicality with Gender Asylum???
  5. I just can't seem to think of any CX questions to ask and I think Tournament 1 is soon :(
  6. Ok, so I have a ridiculous amount of word docs as I assume many debaters do. The problem is that I have no idea how to organize them to find and use cards effectively in round. Do any varsity debaters have any tips?
  7. I've spent a lot of time trying to show why my plan would pass- but is that something i can fiat? Can the aff just fiat that 1.) Domestic gov would approve the plan or 2.)China would allow the policy actions?
  8. http://www.cross-x.com/topic/58690-novice-online-policy-tournament/ May start a novice policy tournament, check thread for a more detailed description.
  9. Hey guys, first post. I'm a novice that did well this season, and I normally debate up. Now I'm going back to just a novice tournament. I have written 2 da's that I doubt any of the novices I will be debating have seen. Is this a good idea? Or should I just stick with regular DAs(Terror, Pres power)?
  10. Hi Everyone! If you've seen much of my content you might know that I am the owner and Director of Debate at the Digital Debate Camp. We are an online camp that aims to replace the pedagogical function of the traditional camp structure by utilizing online education strategies. We function the same as a regular normal camp in theory - there are lectures, practice speeches, and tons of 1-on-1 instruction (but more on that later). While we can't quite recreate the special feeling of a summer immersed in debate surrounded by peers, we also know that access to a traditional camp is often far outside the means of most debaters. Because we can sidestep the fixed costs of housing etc. the Digital Debate Camp is priced at a modest $400. When I was in high school my family couldn't come close to affording a top camp without significant financial aid, and because we heavily privilege accessibility, we maintain an aggressive aid program with an enormous success rate. We don't think we can eclipse the formal camp structure, but we have a lot to offer. Our camp is quite long - we run from June 1st to August 1st. Second, we offer more 1-on-1 instruction than any other camp I know. Our instructors offer dozens of office hours a piece each week, ensuring someone will always be available when you are for practice speeches, argument development, file critique, or whatever else you may want out of an instructor. We instruct LD, PF, and Policy debate. We are also specially attuned to novice debate, from middle school on up. You can find out more at our new, updated website: www.digitaldebatecamp.com If you have any questions, I'd love to take them here, or you can contact me directly through our website. Note to mods: I've paid to advertise on the site every time I've been prompted. The website owner can feel free to take advertising fees for this summer from my residual evazon balance.
  11. What should you run when you're neg and someone runs erpa. Also if anyone has any negative evidence for erpa that they would like to share that would be much appreciated.
  12. Long story short, I am trying to construct a basic NGO pic for the LD resolution: countries ought to prohibit the production of nuclear power. I have most of it constructed, but I am struggling with the concrete argument of the competition: how is an NGO law/action SEPARATE from the country. Like, what I have in my head is that the NGO is the one actually prohibiting it, and the countries would just adhere/sign the treaty- and that the NGO is the one truly doing the action. Any thoughts?
  13. Hey, all! So I'm a novice...a policy novice...whoop. Saturday we had a debate tournament. It was my team's first time breaking, and we made it past semi-finals, to finals! My partner didn't think we would break, so they were already set to leave before semi's. My partner got permission from their parents to stay one more round, but REALLY needed to leave after that. They convinced me it was fine, though, because we wouldn't make it to finals anyway. You know where this is going...we made it to finals. So not only was it my first time mavericking, but it was also my first time in finals...yay. It ended up going really well, though. I went against a team known for making their opponents cry during cross-ex, so I actually feel like it went well! My 2AR was probably the best I've ever given (I usually give that speech, anyway) and all of the viewers said I won. I was able to prove that there was no link to their disadvantage or counterplan, and won on topicality for both. Which, brings me to the point of this insanely long post...can I still win a finals round if I maverick? Because my team (ME) ended up taking second, but most people thought I should have won. One of my judges shook my hand after awards and said "I'm sorry. You would have won, but..." in reference to my lack of a partner. Is this debate-legal, to make someone lose strictly because they mavericked?
  14. Hello, I just started policy debate and the problem is my spreading is really bad. I came here from another country and started learning english at around 7 so I still carry an accent and when I spread it sounds really unclear. But a second problem is also that I keep getting stumped on words, I get what they mean and I can read it perfectly in my head but when its time to spread the cards I keep pausing and stuttering :[ This is preventing me from reading more cards and bringing in more arguments in my speeches, any tips to help me fix this? Thank you.
  15. My understanding of spikes is that they're put in a case as mines that get triggered if the opponent runs a certain argument. But... that's as much as I understand. Could someone help me better understand what spikes are? Specifically: 1. How do you write a spike? What are the elements of a spike? 2. What happens if a spike gets triggered? 3. What is the theory behind spikes? Why should the consequences of triggering a spike be so serious -- why should the debater writing the spike get to decide what happens to his/her opponent just because they triggered the spike? 4. Where do spikes go in the case? 5. How do you deal with spikes? Thanks so much!
  16. Specifically, a card that shows will it WILL pass. And, maybe a card that shows why it will NOT pass, or why it would be undesirable for the BIT (in its current form) to pass. Thanks!
  17. So who's planning on going to the novice round up this year? Also, any predictions for who's going to be winning this year?
  18. Hello Cross-X forum friends, my partner and I have been debate nomads at our school for a bit, and this week we've been drafted to cover for our school's only policy debate team. We're not competing too seriously, of course, but we're looking not to make a fool out of ourselves or our school. The team we're filling in for and googling/lurking has taught us the basics of the order and a lot of the vocabulary - and we think we have a good grasp of that stuff, as we've observed a couple rounds of Policy before. We have no specific policy debate coach and our school wide coach tends to focus on LD debaters - basically we're coachless and mentor-less. Left out to dry. So, I've decided to come to what seems to be a pretty active cross-x forum to ask the noble denizens what case(s) I should run and a counterplan I can run in order to not make a mess of the debate round we're going to stand in for next weekend. Our school provided us with "squirrel killers" which appear to amount to scattered evidence and a lot of "on-case" negative cards. We've become familiar with Openevidence which seems to provide a multitude of cases we could run and a wide array of negative cards against given cases that we can use when it comes to debate day - but we have no idea which ones would be best for complete newbies like ourselves to run. In addition, I've run into a bunch of "K" cases and counterplans and such on Openevidence that I can't make heads or tails of. They reference a lot of specific philosophers I've never studied before and I can't exactly see how they win debates? I'd love explanations of "K" arguments I'd probably run into because I don't really understand how to debate against that. Having mostly debated parli in the past - it's usually data vs data but "K"'s seem out of my league. Any resources or guides for newbies would be appreciated. Basically - huge noob, what case/counterplan should I run? Thanks for helping me out, I'll tell you guys how it goes after the tournament if you're interested!
  19. My alt is essentially an argument that the opponent is engaging in a bad act, and we need to do "X," I know its pretty straightforward, but I know people who add more nuance to this form of a K. Ive heard of justifications for why it needs to start in round, or maybe some ROB argument. Anyone have any ideas or braod cards that go with this type of alt?
  20. I am new to LD for this upcoming season and was wondering if anyone had any files for the September- October novice topic that they would be willing to trade. The Resolution is... Resolved: Civil Disobedience in a democracy is morally justified. This topic has been used in the past and I am willing to trade files for anything people have on this topic. I debate policy also so I have an abundance of policy files (including K) to trade. Thanks Everyone
  21. I was thinking of an Avenue Q performance neg against Race aff. Could I sing everyones a little bit racist and prove that everyone is a little bit racist and therefore the aff doesn't matter. Would it also function as a performance solvency deficit?
  22. I would like to run a DA and a CP combination in the future when I am off-packet. Do you have any recommendations on what DAs and CPs are good to run with each other? Thanks!
  23. If there are any true novices out there that want to do a virtual debate, I'm game. I'm a novice and I'd like to debate someone around my level, so if anyone wants to debate, just let me know (I'll go either aff or neg, your pick). This is probably the wrong thread but if theres any novice that would like to do a practice debate (or for that matter, anyone who wants to judge this) please let me know! Thanks.
  24. Does anyone have a card or source that justifies the importance of international law? Like, how undermining the law or international treaties would lead to a collapse of it & global instability,- or something of that nature? Im trying to use this for the new cx topic- anyone have anything?
  25. Last weekend I went to my 2nd tournament. (First novice tournament, I went to my first tournament open). My partner and I got 3rd place. We won our first four rounds easily, but the 5th round was a little more difficult. To add on to our arguments, I decided to run a conditional counterplan. I explained to the judge and opposing team how a counterplan worked as did my partner at the beginning of every one of our speeches. (Long explanation first speech, couple sentences every speech after). I thought we had it in the bag. Then I shook the affirmative team's hand and went to go shake the hand of the judge. He said to me "This was my first time judging and I really didn't know what was going on." At that point my heart sank. We ended up losing the round. He put two reason on the ballot. a) Because in their last rebuttal, the aff team said that our counterplan wasn't a legitimate counterplan because it was nontopical and because of an argument about China (which was a new argument that they brought up in their last rebuttal). I really enjoy kritiks and counterplans. I have been told numerous times by my debate coach to never run a kritik in a novice tournament. She also told me if I ran a counterplan I would have to explain it in a way that would make sense to the judge. Basically, my question is this: Is there anyway I can run a kritik or counterplan at a novice tournament that would make sense to a lay judge? (College judges are a little different). Also, would a judge find it offensive if I asked them their paradigm or if they liked kritiks/counterplans? I ask this question because one of our teams at that tournament because a judge felt insulted by them.
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