Debate Announcements

FAQ (8-14-2020)

*All 2020-21 in-person debate rules meetings have been canceled. Online meeting dates are August 17 - October 4.

2020-21 “Virtual” Policy Debate Manual Supplemental Addition
During the June 2020 KSHSAA Executive Board meeting the board unanimously passed a virtual debate policy for the 2020-21 school year.
Click here to view the KSHSAA/KSCA supplemental manual document.

Debate (2020-21 School Year)
IMPORTANT - If your school plans on participating in Debate in Fall 2020, the head coach must ask their Athletic Directors to enter your school. Remember, the old Debate participation card is now a part of the ADM-1 (administrator form) and is due August 20, 2020.

2020-21 Debate Rule Changes

Sec. 15 Grievances
C. Evidence protests must be made according to the procedures in Section 16.

Sec. 16. Evidence Rules – see pages 11-14 of the 2020-21 Debate, Speech & Drama Manual
16.1 Responsibilities of Contestants Reading Evidence – see pages 11-12
16.2 Definitions of Evidence Violations – see page 12
16.3 Procedures for Resolving Evidence Violations – see page 13
16.4 Penalties for Evidence Violations – see page 14
16.5 Tournament Adjustments – see page 14

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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). *Transportation: School districts may permit school owned transportation to be used to transport students to debate summer camps, clinics, workouts or scrimmages with other schools. KSHSAA catastrophic insurance does not cover these summer activities. Individual school districts will decide whether to permit school owned transportation to be used for these activities.

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 17, 2020. 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
Topeka-Washburn Rural
Overland Park-Blue Valley Southwest
Shawnee Mission-Bishop Miege
Current 2-Speaker Champions
Overland Park-Blue Valley Northwest
Salina-Sacred Heart

[Previous State Champions]