English Debate

ENGLISH DEBATE RULES (HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL)


Registration Rules

  1. Eligible participants are active high school students within Java provinces.
  2. Maximum cap for PORSIMAPTAR (High School) is 20 teams.
  3. Each school is only allowed to send 2 teams at maximum.
  4. Each team consists of three students from the same high school.
  5. Each team should fill the registration form before the deadline.
  6. No registration fee is required.

Competition System

    1. The debate will be held in Asian Parliamentary Debate Format (3 vs 3).
    2. There will be two opposing teams comprising government and opposition. Each team consists of three speakers :
      a. First speaker : Prime Minister (PM) in government side and Leader of Opposition (LO) in opposition side.
      b. Second speaker : Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) in government side and Deputy Leader of Opposition (DLO) in opposition side.
      c. Third speaker : Government Whip (GW) in government side, and Opposition Whip (OW) in opposition side.
      d. Reply speaker : This speaker can be presented by either the first speaker or the second speaker (not the third speaker).
    3. Every team will be given 3 motions before starting a debate round. The motion is going to chosen based on preference system. In preference system, each team will put the motions in order from the most favorable to the least favorable one, and one motion will be ultimately selected based on both team’s preferences.
    4. Every team will be given 30 minutes for case-building.
    5. Role of Speakers :
    6. Each speaker (1st until 3rd speaker) is given 7.20 minutes to present the speech.
    7. Reply speaker is given 4.00 minutes to present the speech.
    8. Speaking order :
    9. Each speaker is given the chance to offer and accept POI (Points of Information) that can consist of questions, rebuttals or clarifications during the 1st – 6th minutes of opponent’s speech for less than 15 seconds. It is not allowed to give POI during the opponent’s reply speech.

    Competition Phase

    1. The Preliminary Rounds
      • All teams who are eligible to participate at PORSIMAPTAR must attend the preliminary rounds for 3 rounds.
      • Withdrawal from preliminary round is highly discouraged because it will create technical disturbance to the whole competition. However, if a team withdraws from the competition during the phase, they shall be removed from the draw and either :
        - Replaced with a composite team; or
        - The number of composite teams is reduced to ensure that the number of teams in the competition is still equal to a number divisible by two.
      • Composite or “swing” teams must be added by the Tournament Director to under the following circumstances :
        - If the number of teams eligible to debate in the preliminary rounds is equal to a number divisible by two, no composite teams are allowed; or
        - If this is not the case, then composite teams may be added until the number of teams in the preliminary round is equal to a number divisible by two.
      • All teams will start with an equal pairing done randomly by lottery for the first round. For the subsequent rounds, the teams will be graded on the basis of the results of all the preceding rounds of the phase.
      • Following each round, teams shall be ranked by the adjudication panel and awarded points (Victory Points) as follows :
        • Winning team : 1 victory point;
        • Losing team : 0 victory point.
    2. Selection of Teams for the Elimination Rounds
      • At the conclusion of the three preliminary rounds, teams are to rank in consecutive order (from highest to lowest) by the total of Victory Points, total of speaker scores, and total of margins accumulated by the teams.
      • The 8 highest ranking teams will participate in the next phase of elimination rounds, and shall be ranked from 1st to 8th.
    3. The Eliminary Rounds
      • At the conclusion of each of the Quarter Finals and Semi Finals, the adjudication panel shall select one winning team from each debate. The winning team shall progress to the next elimination round.
      • In the Grand Final, the adjudication panel shall select the one champion and one runner-up.

ENGLISH DEBATE RULES (VARSITY LEVEL)


Registration Rules

  1. Maximum cap for PORSIMAPTAR (varsity level) is 32 teams.
  2. Each institution can only send 2 teams at maximum.
  3. Each team consists of 2 individuals. The names of those individuals can not be changed in the middle of the rounds.
  4. Eligible participants are undergraduate students who come from Java with Novice Status (under the criteria below).
  5. Criteria for Novice Status is as follows:
    • Has never advanced into the elimination round of any varsity level, national or international debating competition (e.g. Main Break of JOVED, IVED or NUDC); or
    • Has never been awarded as Speaker Awards in any national or international debating competition (e.g. Top 10 Best Speakers of JOVED, IVED or NUDC); or
    • Has not been debating for more than 2 years since their first debate competition.
  6. No registration fee is required.

Competition Rules

  1. Overview of the Format
    • There shall be 4 preliminary rounds of debate, involving all teams eligible to debate in PORSIMAPTAR.
    • Following the 4 preliminary rounds, there shall be 3 elimination rounds consisting of the top 16 teams from the preliminary rounds.
  2. The Preliminary Rounds
    • All teams who are eligible to participate in PORSIMAPTAR must compete in the preliminary rounds.
    • Composite or “swing” teams must be added under the following circumstances:
      • If the number of teams eligible to debate in the preliminary rounds is equal to a number divisible by four, no composite teams are allowed; or
      • If this is not the case, then composite teams may be added until the number of teams in the preliminary round is equal to a number divisible by four.
    • If a team withdraws from competition before or during the preliminary rounds then they shall be removed from the draw and either:
      • Replaced with a composite team; or
      • The number of composite teams is reduced to ensure that the number of teams in the competition is still equal to a number divisible by four.
    • Following each round, teams shall be ranked by the adjudication panel and awarded points (Team Points) as follows:
      • 1st ranked team: 3 points;
      • 2nd ranked team: 2 points;
      • 3rd ranked team: 1 point;
      • 4th ranked team: 0 points.
  3. Selection of Teams for the Elimination Rounds
    • At the conclusion of the 4 preliminary rounds, teams are to rank in consecutive order (from highest to lowest) as follows:
    • Total aggregate Team Points accumulated by the team; and
    • Where teams have an equal number of aggregate team points, on the basis of aggregate Team Scores accumulated by the team; and
    • Where this is also equal, on a count-back of the number of times that each team has ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd, with a team ranking higher if it has been ranked 1st more often, and so on; and
    • Where the teams still cannot be distinguished, by drawing lots.
    • The highest 16 ranking teams will participate in the Main Competition elimination rounds, and shall be ranked from 1st to 16th.
  4. The Elimination Rounds
    • At the conclusion of each of the Quarter Finals and Semi Finals, the adjudication panel shall select two winning teams from each debate. These two teams shall progress to the next elimination round.
    • In the Grand Final, the adjudication panel shall select the one winning team and the three runners-up.
  5. British Parliamentary Debate Format
    • Time for case-building is 15 minutes. During case-building, debaters can not use any electronic devices or invite other stakeholders (e.g. coach, friends) to participate in the discussion.
    • Debaters are allowed to offer Points of Information (POI) during 1st until 6th minute(s). Debaters can choose to accept or reject the POI. Any rejections to take or accept POI will not reduce speaker scores; there is no automatic loss.
    • In a chamber, there are 8 speakers representing Opening Government, Opening Opposition, Closing Government, and Closing Opposition. The list of speakers is shown in the table below:

    • Every speaker has their own responsibilities as shown in the table below: