Team debate is commonly known in the competitive realm as Team Policy, Cross Examination, Oxford, or Standard debate. It is available at the secondary and collegiate levels. The debates focus on a policy. Single resolutions are published at the beginning of the season and students spend their entire competitive year preparing a well-constructed case(s) and briefs supporting a change from the status quo. Students have a teammate and are paired during competition rounds against another set of teammates. In each round, they are called upon to either support why a change is necessary or defend the status quo.
Ovation’s Online Team Policy / Cross Examination / Oxford / Standard Debate Classis designed to walk students through the fundamentals of team debate appropriate for their level of experience. There are three separate camps opportunities: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.
Beginning students will cover: why debate, what it is, and how to (including case and brief writing).
Intermediate students will cover: case writing, skills, improving their negative briefs, developing their advantage/disadvantage argumentation.
Advanced students will cover: case writing, advanced skills and using their logic.
Students from each level, by the time they finish cassl, will have had the opportunity to finish with a case written to begin the new competition season.
Which Debate Class should I sign up for?
Beginner – Your student is brand new to debate.
Intermediate – Last season, your student wrote a case, created negative briefs, and competed in debate tournaments.
Advanced – Your student typically wins more than half of their rounds.