Competitions


Senior Debating

Closing Date: 06/Dec/2017

Final: 10/03/18

Purpose

Debating develops the key skills of:

  • Presentation of an argument.
  • Critically appraising an opposing view.
  • Being able to think clearly and speak persuasively.

Rules

Teams

A team will consist of four members representing their branch or county.

Entries

Counties/regions can enter two teams to the national rounds.

Counties/regions with three or less clubs as of August 31, 2014, will be allowed to enter a rainbow team consisting of members who are not necessarily all from the same club.

Counties/regions that have not entered debating in the last three years will be allowed to enter a rainbow team consisting of members from a number of different clubs within the county/region.

Eligibility

Team members must be 17 years of age or over and under 35 years of age on November 1, 2014.

All members of a county winning/representative team can enter the following year’s national competition, unless they win the national final.

National winners are ineligible to compete for two years. A maximum of one previous national winner can be on a team at any one time.

Format

Both teams will be seated on stage together.

The proposition should sit on the chairman’s right.

The leader of the proposition will open the debate and propose the motion.

Members of the proposition and opposition will speak alternatively.

The leader of the opposition will then summarise the team’s argument, followed by the leader of the proposition.

Motions

Motions for debates will be swift-posted to the teams 10 working

days before each debate.

Time

Time allowed for the opening address will be six minutes.

Each speaker will be allowed six minutes. Time allowed for the

summaries will be six minutes. A warning bell will ring one minute

before the end of allocated time. Should it be necessary to ring the

bell at the end of the time, teams will automatically lose marks at

the rate of five marks per minute or part thereof.

Heck­ling

• A heckle is defined as a quick spontaneous comment, question

or interruption. Acceptable heckling will be allowed from only

one member at any one time.

• Only the person with the floor has the right to reply to a heckle.

• There are no additional marks for heckling.

• Heckling is not allowed during summaries.

• A penalty of five marks will be deducted from the teams’ marks

for infringement of any of the above rules.

• The Presiding Officer, at his/her discretion, can stop excessive

heckling. Any team member that continues to heckle

boisterously or double heckles will be penalised by the Presiding

Officer at the rate of two marks per offence. A double heckle

is defined as follows – two people from the opposing team

heckling the speaker at the same time.

Judges

There will be three judges who must not communicate with each

other. Each judge must independently give a clear decision in

favour of one team.

Marking System

Speaker 1

Ability to communicate .................................. 30

Layout of arguments ...................................... 50

Summary ........................................................ 40

Refutation ...................................................... 30

Total ................................................................ 150

Speaker 2

Ability to communicate .................................. 30

Content ........................................................... 45

Refutation ...................................................... 25

Total ............................................................... 100

Speaker 3

Ability to communicate .................................. 30

Content ........................................................... 30

Refutation ...................................................... 40

Total ............................................................... 100

Speaker 4

Ability to communicate .................................. 30

Content ........................................................... 30

Refutation ...................................................... 40

Total ............................................................... 100

Result­s

The aggregate placing system will determine the winner. If there

is a tie, then the team with the most ‘firsts’ will be the winner. If

there is still a tie, then total marks will determine the winner. A Best

Debater prize is awarded at each national round. The host county is

responsible for the individual prizes in this competition.

1st round: 6/01/18

2nd round: 27/01/18

Quarter finals: 10/02/18

Semi finals: 24/02/18