Policy debate is a 2 vs. 2 academic sport with two sides, Affirmative and Negative. Debates are prepared based on a topic called The Resolution, which remains the same for the entire competition year.
This video, from the Boston Urban Debate League introduces policy debate, Check it out!
At policy debate tournaments, students, coaches and judges come together at a school site or facility and debaters compete in multiple rounds of competition. Policy debate is a switch-side competiton, so throughout the day, teams will compete on both the Affirmative and Negative sides, requiring them to know the topics and evidence on both sides of the Resolution.
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its security cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in one or more of the following areas: artificial intelligence, biotechnology, cybersecurity.
MDUDL provides starter packets, and guidelines for when arguments can be introduced. both can be found here:
Varsity debaters are allowed to introduce arguments outside of the packet and other debaters are encouraged to do background and complementary research. Open Evidence, Google News and several other platforms are a great place to start!
The Miami-Dade Urban Debate League has a youth council, comprised of students who wish to volunteer their time and expertise towards helping shape the league into a better one. To apply, click below.
Debate Skills & PRACTICE
As debaters, it's important that we FLOW each round carefully, so that we can track our arguments as well as our opponents so that we can respond appropriately. Here are some flowing tools and trainings to learn debate concepts:
Coaching policy debate can be extremely rewarding, but also takes time! This page has tons of resources to assist in teaching and coaching debate concepts, including curricular resources and games! But first, make sure you and your team have Speechwire & Yaatly accounts, because afterall debate is VIRTUAL this season.
Need a comprehensive curriculum of debate lesson plans and exercises for debaters at different stages? Great for those educators and coaches who are teaching an elective or wanting to structure practice
As we move into the digital age, it is more important now more than ever to teach paperless debating, and how to debate with only electronic resources