Debate Schedule for 2014-2015



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Battlefield HS Tentative Debate Schedule for 2014-2015

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Inexperienced members should consider purchasing the following text:

Competitive Debate: The Official Guide Paperback– June 3, 2008

by Richard E. Edwards Ph.D.(Author) ISBN-13: 978-1592576937 ISBN-10: 1592576931

I have a few copies to loan, although it is well worth the $15 it costs on Amazon to have your own.

Coach: Mr. Lazer lazerpj@pwcs.edu

Senior Co-Captains: Kajol Gupta and Steven Tian

Junior Co-Captains: Akashdeep Sandhu and Phillip Melody

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Policy Debate 2014-2015 Topic:


Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth's oceans.

Lincoln-Douglas Topics were posted by the National Foresensics League on 8/15/14. The WACFL league in which we compete will (probably?) Use the same topics:

September/October 2014 Topic (FOR JV AND VARSITY?)
Resolved: A just society ought to presume consent for organ procurement from the deceased.

Novice topic: Resolved: Civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified.

9/9 NEW MEMBERS/ALL MEMBERS MEETING. Novices will view a presentation from the team Captains and Mr. Lazer about Policy and Lincoln-Douglas debate so they can decide which event to pursue. After the presentation, we will offer a tutorial on Toulmin argumentation and other basic information that is relevant to both debate forms. Novices should also plan to attend either the 9/11 or 9/16 meeting for more specific training, depending on which form they prefer.

9/11 Policy debate tutorial for novices.

Completed Policy Case 1AC due from experienced Policy team members to Mr. Lazer for those who will debate in October. All experienced debaters should use any remaining time after the meeting to work on their cases/prepare for upcoming rounds.

9/16 Lincoln-Douglas tutorial for novices.

9/18 BHS Policy in-house competition, 2-3 PM. All LD debaters competing in October: Completed LD Case for September/October topic due to Mr. Lazer at 2:00. LD Leaders review LD cases and help them prepare for upcoming rounds. Watch WACFL website to see when topics are released.

9/25 BHS LD in-house competition, 2-3 PM. Policy debaters prepare.

10/2 BHS Policy in-house competition, 2-3 PM. LD Debaters prepare.

10/9 BHS LD in-house competition, 2-3 PM. Policy debaters prepare.

10/11/14 WACFL LD/Policy MEET (all day)

11/6/14 ALL MEMBERS: Yankee Candle FUNDRAISER MEETING

11/13/14 Revised Policy cases and completed LD cases for Nov/Dec topic due to Mr. Lazer at 2:00. LD Leaders review LD cases and help them prepare for upcoming rounds. All debaters research and prepare.

11/20/14 BHS LD in-house competition, 2-3 PM. Policy debaters prepare.

11/27/14 BHS Policy in-house competition, 2-3 PM. LD Debaters prepare.

12/4/14 BHS LD in-house competition, 2-3 PM. Policy debaters prepare.

12/11/14 BHS Policy in-house competition, 2-3 PM. LD Debaters prepare.



12/13/14 WACFL Mega Meet (all day)

12/18/14 Revised Policy cases and completed LD cases for Jan/Feb topic due to Mr. Lazer at 2:00. BHS Policy in-house competition, 2-3 PM. LD Debaters prepare.

1/8/15 BHS LD in-house competition, 2-3 PM. Policy debaters prepare.

1/15/15 BHS Policy in-house competition, 2-3 PM. LD Debaters prepare.

1/22/15 BHS LD in-house competition, 2-3 PM. Policy debaters prepare.

1/24/15 WACFL LD/Policy MEET (all day)

T.B.A. : District VHSL MEET

T.B.A. : Regional VHSL MEET

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Basic Commitments:

In order to remain on the roster as a bona fide member of the BHS Debate Team, all members must strive to fulfill the following expectations:

-Debate is a traditional pathway to leadership in our democratic society. Therefore, it is incumbent on our membership to conduct ourselves with ethical, courteous, and civil behavior. Additionally, when we attend tournaments, we represent our school. Professional dress, manners, eye contact, superior vocal elocution, and polite confidence are hallmarks of our organization that complement our studious preparation and cogent argumentation. Ethical behavior includes, but is not limited to, proper documentation of credible source material and good sportsmanship at tournaments. Improper behavior by individuals in league debate can cause monetary and disciplinary sanctions that affect the whole team.

-Debaters are expected to research and prepare cases in time for deadlines as well as they are able (see schedule above). Please do not submit half-baked detritus to the coach for his perusal when what he wants is a good speech. Mr. Lazer, the captains, and your team members will gladly help you. Take the help-ahead of time.

-ALL team members should attend ALL tournaments, practices, and practice rounds that are available for their debate event. Team members with conflicts (“I can’t get a ride,” “I have a track meet, etc.,”) need to speak to Mr. Lazer well in advance of the date, so that accommodations can be made. Last minute surprises can unfairly deprive other team members of opportunities and can cause our team to suffer monetary fines from VHSL or WACFL.

-Mr. Lazer will award Varsity letters to top performing debaters each year, solely at his discretion. Though success in competition is always the primary criterion, poor attendance, sportsmanship, or other behavior may be automatic grounds for non-consideration.



-All members must meet the basic G.P.A. and other requirements for VHSL participation as they would for other VHSL activities such as football or drama.

-Captains, in addition to all of the normal expectations and responsibilities, are expected to be available to less experienced members who need help and leadership. This can take many forms, such as helping with the writing of cases, facilitating practice rounds, or otherwise helping to look out for members who are struggling.


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