AMERICAN PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE ASSOCIATION

A Guide to Parliamentary Debate: Debating

Introduction
  This section covers what goes on inside a debate round. First, you should skim through the outline of the rules of APDA debate. Second, you should skim the explanations of each speech and its responsibilities. Third, you should watch a practice round between members of your team or on tape. Novice tournaments will also have demonstration rounds, and all tournaments will have public rounds for you to watch. During these rounds, focus on how each member fulfills his/her responsibilities and how the arguments evolve through the round. After viewing two or three debates, you should have a solid working knowledge of APDA debate. You can then read over the rules and responsibilities in more detail and read through the remaining section, which deals with how the rounds are judged.

Chapter Contents
  Rules of Parliamentary Debate
The Speeches and Their Responsibilities
Judging

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