Tournament Rules

General Competitive Rules

  1. Students shall not bring content that is graphic or patently offensive into debates. If a judge believes a student has brought forward questionable material, they will bring a complaint to the tab room for resolution.

  2. All competitors are required to maintain courteous behavior at all times whether performing or observing. Discourtesy to other competitors is grounds for disqualification. 

 

SPAR (Spontaneous Argument)

  1. Spar is a novice event. Only students 14 and younger who are in their first year of competition may compete in spar. 

  2. To begin each debate the judge randomly chooses one competitor to choose the resolution and the other competitor to choose affirmative or negative.

  3. First one competitor chooses the resolution to be debated from among three options presented. Then the second competitor chooses affirmative or negative.

  4. Time Structure:

    1. Preparation: 1 Minute

    2. Affirmative: 2 Minutes

    3. Negative: 2 Minutes

    4. Clash: 3 Minutes

    5. Negative: 1 Minute

    6. Affirmative: 1 Minute

  5. No electronic devices allowed while competing.

  6. No visual aids are allowed while competing.

  7. Use of electronic devices or visual aids while competing is grounds for disqualification.

 

Impromptu

  1. Impromptu is a novice event. Only students 14 and younger who are in their first year of competition may compete in impromptu. 

  2. Speakers will be given a short list of possible topics of which they will speak on one.

  3. After the speaker chooses a topic, they will have seven minutes to create and deliver a speech.

  4. No electronic devices allowed while competing.

  5. No visual aids are allowed while competing.

  6. Use of electronic devices or visual aids while competing is grounds for disqualification.

 

Student Congress

  1. Competitors may choose to compete in Federal or State Student Congress. The Federal Student Congress operates under the constitution of the United States of America. The State Student Congress operates under the constitution of the state of Utah and the Constitution of the United States of America. 

  2. Students must submit legislation on time in order to participate in the congress 

  3. Legislation will be reviewed for technical errors. Student rankings will be deducted for technical errors in legislation​.

  4. The agenda for each congress will be set by student vote. 

  5. Orders of the day constitute specific rules for each congress. 

  6. Election of Presiding Officer shall proceed as follows

  7. Candidates must be nominated and seconded by other members of the congress.

  8. Each member of congress shall have a single vote. Candidates may vote, and may vote for themselves. 

  9. A Presiding Officer must be elected by a majority. 

  10. If a majority is not achieved in any round of voting the candidate with the least votes is dropped off the ballot and a new round of voting begins. If the combined votes of any number of candidates are less than the total votes for the next highest receiver of votes, then that group of candidates may be dropped from the ballot. 

  11. The only motions accepted in Congress are found on the "List of Frequently Used Parliamentary Motions". The only exceptions are "Point of Information" and "Motion to Close Nominations". 

  12. Competitors are not allowed to formally censure of discipline other competitors. 

  13. Legislation is considered in the order presented in the agenda. 

  14. Authorship Speeches are the only speeches granted automatically. All other speeches will be granted according to precedence. 

  15. No electronic devices are allowed while competing.

  16. No visual aids are allowed while competing.

  17. Use of electronic devices or visual aids while competing is grounds for disqualification.​

Presidential Debate

  1. Each round of Presidential Debate shall be divided into sections, each section consisting of:

    1. An initial question delivered to a single candidate.

    2. An answer given by the candidate: 90 seconds.

    3. Either a clash or rebuttal section: 7 minutes.

      1. If a rebuttal section, then rebuttals: 60 seconds​.

    4. A concluding statement by the same candidate who answered the initial question- 30 seconds.

  2. Once the moderator has delivered a section to each of the candidates, the debate ends. 

  3. The moderator may change times for clash and rebuttal in order to improve debate or to end a round on time. 

  4. The moderator shall have power to silence an unruly candidate.

  5. Candidates may use notes, however, no visual aids are allowed.

  6. Use of electronic devices (not timers) shall be considered grounds for disqualification.

Oratory

  1. Oratories must be 7-10 minutes in length. Oratories outside of time limits will be judged less favorably.

  2. Oratories must be persuasive, and written on a societal ill.

  3. Oratories must be the original work of the competitor. No more than 15% of a speech may consist of quoted material.

  4. Oratories delivered with notes are automatically ranked last in any round. 

  5. Visual aids are not allowed while competing.

  6. Use of visual aids while competing is grounds for disqualification.

  7. Speakers may not use visual aid or solicit audience responses during an oratory. 

  8. Speakers may only compete with the same oratory twice in a competitive year. 

  9. Speakers may not compete with any oratory used in any previous competitive year. 

Extemporaneous

  1. General topics for study are chosen from major current events occuring at the international, national, or local level. These topics are released approximately one month before the start of any tournament.

  2. Competitors choose one from among three specific topics to begin each round. 

  3. Competitors  have 30 minutes of preparation time.

  4. Speeches shall be no longer than seven minutes. 

  5. Electronic devices shall not be used during preparation time. 

  6. Visual aids are not allowed while competing.

  7. Use of electronic devices during preparation time or visual aids during presentation are grounds for disqualification.

  8. Speeches shall be delivered without notes. Students who use notes will automatically be ranked last in any round.

Lincoln Douglas

  1. Competitors debate the same resolution for the entirety of any tournament.

  2. Competitors will debate affirmative and negative sides in as equal a distribution as circumstances will allow. 

  3. Time Structure:

    1. 6 Minutes: Affirmative Constructive

    2. 3 Minutes: Cross Examination

    3. 7 Minutes: Negative Constructive

    4. 3 Minutes: Cross Examination

    5. 4 Minutes: First Affirmative Rebuttal

    6. 6 Minutes: Negative Rebuttal

    7. 3 Minutes: Second Affirmative Rebuttal

  4. The affirmative has the burden to prove the resolution generally true. The negative has the burden to prove the resolution generally false. 

  5. No new lines of argument may be introduced on the affirmative brief after the negative constructive. No new lines of argument may be introduced on the negative brief after the first affirmative rebuttal.

  6. Competitors may time themselves, but judges should also keep time on each competitor.

  7. Use of electronic devices during competition is not allowed.

  8. Use of visual aids during competition is not allowed. 

  9. Use of electronic devices or visual aids during competition is grounds for disqualification.