Speeches should be pleasant, comprehensible and persuasive in tone, especially since not all judges will have traditional debate experience. Speech delivery and quantity of evidence should not be excessive. Since L-D debate adheres to the communication principles of individual events, judges are encouraged to give verbal warnings to debaters who are speaking too rapidly in a round. If a speaker does not heed the warning in that particular round, the judge is strongly encouraged to give that speaker a loss for that round even if the competitor has otherwise “won” the debate on the basis of the stock issues. If both debaters have received warnings about their rate of speaking, and if both debaters do not heed that warning, the judge is entitled to award a loss to both competitors. If the judge awards a loss or double loss on these grounds, then that must be clearly stated on the ballot. On the other hand, judges who encourage students to speak rapidly should be reported to the tournament director.
|Affirmative Constructive||6 minutes|
|Negative Constructive||7 minutes|
|Affirmative Rebuttal||6 minutes|
|Negative Rebuttal||6 minutes|
|Affirmative Rejoinder||3 minutes|
|Each debater’s prep time||4 minutes|