We offer two modes of competing: local and national. Local circuit debaters will attend regional tournaments and enjoy reduced commitment expectations. Those debating on the national circuit will be required to practice twice a week every week, with the exception of the 4th week of each Block. Students traveling and competing on the national circuit are expected to practice and debate in order to become nationally competitive.
We offer two distinct styles of debate: National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) Parliamentary Debate and National Forensics Association (NFA) Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
NPDA Parliamentary Debate:
Called Parli Debate for short, this forum of competition pits two pairs of debaters against each other in a limited-preparation policy debate. Teams are given a different policy resolution each round that can range from "This House should drop it like it's hot" to "The United States Federal Government should significantly increase it's cyber-defense of critical infrastructure." After the resolution is read twice students have 15-25 minutes to develop a case for or against the resolution and are only allowed to use what they hand-wrote during prep time.
Depending on the specificity of the prompt, creativity and interpretation are welcome. The debate round itself lasts approximately 45-50 min. This style of debate was generated from CEDA Policy Debate, and uses the same strategic positions and argument types as Policy Debate (Affirmative Shells, Disadvantages, Kritiks, Procedurals, and Theory). If you have had no exposure to Policy Debate, this is a great style of debate to learn the positions and pieces that make a good Policy case. This style of debate is great for those who want to learn a breadth of information about global and domestic affairs.
NFA Lincoln-Douglas Debate:
Called NFA-LD for short, this forum of competition pits individual competitors against each other in evidenced-based policy debate. Unlike Parli Debate, NFA-LD uses the same resolution all year long. However, since everyone is always looking to best you, research is an always present part of NFA-LD. Also, unlike Parli Debate, NFA-LD uses pre-pared materials and allows the use of computers with inter-net during the debate round. In NFA-LD, students are afforded the opportunity to cross-examine their opponent. NFA-LD is great if you'd like to learn research skills or gain a very in-depth knowledge of the year's topic. The rigor of the research skills required to be a competitive NFA-LD debater are unparalleled.
Mock Trial is one of the country's most popular high school and collegiate activities. Here at Colorado College, our Mock Trial team enjoyed early success when it ranked among the top 20 (of more than 600) teams in the nation during the 2013-14 academic year. You can find out more about the team here.