MSPDP Rules Ms. Chacon What is MSPDP? Middle School Public Debate Program is a modified version of parliamentary debate. What is a debate? Debate: an organized public argument on a specific topic. What is the difference between a debate and an argument? Difference s Argument • Conflict • Passionate • Loud angry voice • Misunderstanding and disagreement • No order or specific time Debate • Reasoning • Evidence • Specific time allotted for each person Parliamentary Debate • Parliamentary Debate loosely follows the same format of argumentation (process of how a case is presented) as the U.S. courtroom. • Proposition Team: Is the first to speak and prove their case. • Opposition Team: Must prove that the opposition The finder Propositio Tries to of facts team isProves wrong. n prove the Opposition Team Prosecutor their case. Argues someone’s guilty of a crime. Team Defense Proposition wrong. Must prove prosecutor wrong/someone Judge Jury and decisionmaker. Makes the decision of who of guilt or innocence based on facts. MSPDP Rules to Debate Topic Rules: Topic is announced (2) two to (4) four weeks before debate. Both Impromptu and extemporaneous topics are both allowed. * Impromptu: a topic not known before speech. * Extemporaneous: a topic you prepare for before a speech. MSPDP Rules to Debate Number of Teams and Debaters: 1. MSDPS involves two teams the proposition team and the opposition team. 2.Each team has (3) three speakers. MSPDP Rules to Debate Speakers Time for Speaker First Speaker-Proposition Team 5 Minutes First Speaker-Oppositional Team 5 Minutes Second Speaker-Proposition Team 5 Minutes Second Speaker-Oppositional Team 5 Minutes Rebuttal Speaker-Proposition Team 3 Minutes Rebuttal Speaker-Oppositional Team 3 Minutes *Rebuttals: These are summary speeches in which the debater makes the best case for their side. NO NEW ARGUMENTS ALLOWED. Preparation Period Extemporaneous Debate: 20 minutes preparation and review. Impromptu Debate: 30 minutes preparation and Review. Both can consult coaches, speak to team, and review. Debate Materials Students may use books, internet, articles, magazines, etc… ONLY DURING PREPERATION PERIOD. Once debate begins debaters can not review any materials taken after the preparation period. Any pre-prepared materials are considered a violation of the rules. Points of Information Point of Information (P.O.I): Speaker requests to surrender some time to take a question or comment from opponent. (Opponent can accept/reject) Speaker can only accept one point at a time. Person requesting P.O.I. must not interrupt. Speaker can make a two part question, ask a follow-up question, or offer another comment Heckling Heckling: is slapping your hand lightly on a desk as to applaud a point. It is a sign of respect. It can be done for your team or opponent. Judge Training Judges must be at least a high school sophomore. Judges must be unbiased (neutral). Judge determines which team successfully argued their topic. Individual and Team points are awarded. Argumentation, public speaking, and teamwork skills. Debaters will receive a ballot with score and comments.