Lincoln Douglas



1.   The resolution to be debated will be a proposition of policy. Debaters are to develop argumentation on the resolution based on conflicting underlying values and principles to support their position. To that end, they are not responsible for practical application; therefore, no plan is required to support their position.


2.   The time of the debate is as follows:

                  Affirmative Constructive – 6 minutes

                  Cross-Examination by Neg – 3 minutes

                  Negative Constructive – 7 minutes

                  Cross-Examination by Aff – 3 minutes

                  1st Affirmative Rebuttal – 4 minutes

                  Negative Rebuttal – 6 minutes

                  2nd Affirmative Rebuttal – 3 minutes


3.   The resolution for Lincoln-Douglas will be included with the tournament entry form.


4.   Preparation time will be a total of four minutes for each speaker.


5.   If the number of entries permits, debaters from the same school may not debate each other in the

      preliminary rounds.


6.   Contestants are to be able to debate both sides of the resolution.


7.   No contestants in Lincoln-Douglas may observe one another during the tournament unless he or she has been eliminated from competition. Any other event contestants may observe a Lincoln-Douglas round if the judge and competitors permit doing so.


8.   Constructive speeches should be original speeches written by the contestant himself or herself.


9.   All forms of plagiarism must be avoided. Any student found guilty of plagiarism will be disqualified in that tournament. A student found guilty of a second infraction in plagiarism will be prohibited from participating in future WVIFL tournaments.


To avoid plagiarism, students must bring to the tournament a typed copy of his/her speeches showing documentation in either MLA or APA style, which includes in-text citations and a Works Cited (MLA) or References (APA) page at the end.  The contestant should be ready and able to turn in a copy of speeches to the judge or tournament director if asked.


10. No visual aids.