Here is a copy of the Stoa Parli rules. Please remember that this is a pilot program and thus these rules are a starting point. At the end of the 2010-2011 season, the Stoa Parli committee will review the rules and adapt based on feedback collected during the year.1. Eligibility:
Each debater must either have reached age sixteen (16) by January 1st of the competition year, have competed for two or more years in another debate format, or receive consent from her/his coach.2. Resolutions
3. Objective of the debate:
- Nature of Resolutions: The topic for each round may be about current affairs or philosophy. The resolutions will be general enough that a well-educated high school student can debate them. They may be phrased in literal or metaphorical language and deal with questions of fact, value or policy.
- Preparation Time: A different resolution for each round will be presented to the debaters at a specified time prior to the beginning of each debate. The specified time will be determined by adding fifteen minutes to the amount of time needed to walk to the most distant building in which debates will occur. The official start of preparation time shall be announced with the topic. Debaters and judges are responsible for starting their time at the time of announcement and should arrive promptly in their event room at the specified time.
The Government team must affirm the resolution by presenting and defending a sufficient case for that resolution. The Opposition team must oppose the resolution and/or the Government team’s case. If, at the end of the debate, the judge believes that the Government team has supported and successfully defended the resolution, they will be declared the winner, otherwise the Opposition will be declared the winner.4. Before the debate:
All parliamentary teams will gather in the Parliamentary Resolution Announcement Room at a specified time before each round. Once the topic has been announced, each team will have fifteen (15) minutes to prepare for the debate. Competitors may prepare using whatever resources they would like during the fifteen minutes of preparation time, including electronic devices (unless otherwise banned by the Tournament Director). However, only information handwritten during preparation time can be taken into the round.5. During the debate
Minor formatting changes have been made to adapt these rules to work with the forum formatting
- Use of Materials: Debaters may refer to any information that is within the realm of knowledge of educated and informed citizens. The intent of parliamentary debate is to encourage an extemporaneous or impromptu argumentation. Reference to outside materials should be limited; instead, students should rely on general knowledge, common sense, and application of logic and analysis. The use of outside materials is allowed within the following parameters:
(1) No prepared materials may be brought into the debate round for the debater’s use;
(2) Debaters are not permitted to read published material in the speeches of the debate to support their argument claims;
(3) During the debate, students may only consult notes they handwrote themselves during the preparation period;
(4) Debaters may take and use notes during the debate; and
(5) Electronic devices may not be powered on in the debate room.
- Order of the debate: At the start of the debate, the Speaker of the House shall call the House to order. The Prime Minister shall repeat the resolution during her/his first speech. Speeches shall proceed in the following order with the following maximum speech times:
Prime Minister Constructive: 7 minutes
Leader of Opposition Constructive: 7 minutes
Member of Government Constructive: 7 minutes
Member of Opposition Constructive: 7 minutes
Leader of Opposition Rebuttal: 5 minutes
Prime Minister Rebuttal: 5 minutes
- Constructive and Rebuttal Speeches: Introduction of new arguments is appropriate during all constructive speeches. However, debaters may not introduce new arguments in rebuttal speeches except to refute arguments that were first raised in the constructive speeches of the other team. New examples, analysis, analogies, etc. that support previously introduced arguments are permitted in rebuttal speeches.
- Points of Information: Each speaker may be interrupted with questions or statements from the opposing team after the first minute of the speech (which the Timekeeper signals by rapping loudly on the table) and before the last minute of the speech. Therefore the first & last minute of each speech is ‘protected time’ and may not be interrupted by the opponent. The debater holding the floor has the discretion to accept or refuse points of information. If accepted, the debater requesting the point of information has a maximum of fifteen seconds to make a statement or ask a question. The speaking time of the debater with the floor continues during the point of information.
- Judge feedback during the Round: Judges as well as observers may respond to a speaker’s point (i.e.- with gestures or audible acknowledgment), but agreement/disagreement indicators must not interrupt the speaker.