Speaking Times by Style and Debater Category

 

Grade 5-6 - Beginner

Grade 7-8 - Intermediate

Grade 9-12 - Novice (No previous debate experience)

Grade 9-12 - Open (Has attended tournaments in a previous debate season)

*Grade 9 Open designation - must compete in Open with another Gr. 9 debater to be eligible for Junior Nationals.

 

Styles & Speaking times

 

National Style (Beginner and Intermediate)

1st Proposition Constructive.......................................................................................... 6 min.

1st Opposition Constructive........................................................................................... 6 min.

2nd Proposition Constructive......................................................................................... 6 min.

2nd Opposition Constructive.......................................................................................... 6 min.

 

Summary/Rebuttal speeches

1st Opposition Speaker................................................................................................. 3 min.

1st Proposition Speaker................................................................................................. 3 min.

 

National Style (Novice and Open)

All four constructive speeches....................................................................................... 8 min.

Summary/Rebuttal speeches........................................................................................ 4 min.

 

Discussion Style (Beginners and Intermediate)

1st Affirmative Constructive............................................... 4 min

1st Negative Constructive.................................................. 4 min

2nd Affirmative Constructive.............................................. 4 min

2nd Negative Constructive................................................. 4 min

 

Discussion Period............................................................ 6 min

 

Break.......................................................................... 5 min

 

1st Negative Rebuttal...................................................... 3 min

1st Affirmative Rebuttal................................................... 3 min

 

Cross-Examination Style (Intermediate, Novice, and Open)

1st Affirmative Constructive.......................................................................................... 5 min.

1st Affirmative Cross-Examined by 1st Negative............................................................ 3 min.

 

1st Negative Constructive............................................................................................. 5 min.

1st Negative Cross-Examined by 2nd Affirmative........................................................... 3 min.

 

2nd Affirmative Constructive......................................................................................... 5 min.

2nd Affirmative Cross-Examined by 2nd Negative.......................................................... 3 min.

 

2nd Negative Constructive............................................................................................ 5 min.

2nd Negative Cross-Examined by 1st Affirmative........................................................... 3 min.

 

Break.......................................................................................................................... 5 min.

 

Negative Rebuttal......................................................................................................... 4 min.

Affirmative Rebuttal..................................................................................................... 4 min.

 

Worlds Style (Intermediate, Novice and Open)

1st Proposition Constructive......................................................................................... 8 min.

1st Opposition Constructive.......................................................................................... 8 min.

2nd Proposition Constructive......................................................................................... 8 min.

2nd Opposition Constructive.......................................................................................... 8 min.

3rd Proposition Constructive.......................................................................................... 8 min.

3rd Opposition Constructive........................................................................................... 8 min.

 

Reply speeches

1st or 2nd Opposition Speaker....................................................................................... 4 min.

1st or 2nd Proposition Speaker....................................................................................... 4 min.

 

Parliamentary Style (Novice and Open)

Prime Minister's Introduction........................................................................................ 5 min.

First Opposition Speech................................................................................................. 8 min.

Second Government Speech.......................................................................................... 8 min.

Leader of the Opposition's Speech  (The last 3 minutes. of this speech are a rebuttal)............ 8 min.

The Prime Minister's Rebuttal....................................................................................... 3 min.

 

British Parliamentary Style with POIs (Novice and Open)

All eight speakers                                                 5 min. preliminary rounds or 7 min. final rounds

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