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2013-14 Debate Rule Changes

Changes adopted by the KSHSAA Executive Board and published in the 2012-13 Debate, Speech & Drama manual:

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Updated wording added to the "Electronic Devices" section: No electronic communication or internet access is allowed during debate rounds. This is not a change in past policy.

New Regional 4-speaker Debate Format
Schools will be assigned to single regional host sites. We will not place two or more regional pools at the same site as in the past. It is hoped this new format will allow most schools the opportunity to serve as host sites and save mileage for the majority of schools attending regionals. This format reduces the number of classrooms and number of community judges needed by 40 to 50%. It also has the potential for shortening the tournament if late cancelations occur and eliminating the need for school judges to judge extra rounds that their schools do not participate in.

Sharing of Evidence – When called for by an opposing team, debaters will make available to the opposing team, in a form usable by the opposition, evidence that was read in the round. Evidence will be returned to the team that read it prior to the opponent’s next speech. Evidence need not be shared prior to its reading in the round.

Electronic Retrieval Device Option
No electronic communications or internet access is allowed during debate rounds. The use of cell phones will not be permitted in competition rounds at regional or state debate tournaments. The use of laptop computers by competitors in debate events is permissible for flowing or evidence retrieval so long as wired or wireless connection devices are disabled and remain disabled while the debate is in progress. Refer to Debate Manual page 9 Sec. 8 for specific details. << continue >>

Summer Debate Camp/Clinic Rules:
Debate coaches may work with students all summer on a voluntary basis. Coaches may NOT make summer camp a requirement of students.

Coaches may host a 1 week camp in the summer for their own students. However, the school can’t pay a fee for any camp, or finance any camp (1 week host camp may be held in the school library or similar area). * Coaches may attend and even transport students to any camp but may not use school transportation or be reimbursed by the school for such mileage. Schools may NOT provide school transportation for summer camps.

By interpretation, concerning debate summer camp rule, debate season doesn’t start until the first competition date. Thus invitational debate clinics/camps may be held up to September 19, 2013. If a school authorizes a field trip to a clinic, they may fund and provide school bus transportation. (Field trip means all students attending must be enrolled in an academic debate class). This type of trip could only be during the school calendar year.

 

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Current 4-Speaker Champions Current 2-Speaker Champions

6A

5A

4A

3-2-1A

Shawnee Mission-East

Emporia

Tonganoxie

Silver Lake

6A

5A

4A

3-2-1A

OP-Blue Valley West

Newton

Coffeyville - Field Kindley

Caney-Caney Valley


[Previous State Champions]


[Previous State Champions]

 
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