2018-2019 Elementary Program Manual

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Speech Outlines

Speaking and Flowing


  • Atlanta Urban Debate League Youtube -Our goal with this channel is to post updated teaching resources, such as model/demo debates, topic relevant videos, and lectures on debate strategies.

Argumentation and Technique

ES Resource Packet-Teacher Edition-2018-2019

Teaching guide to the year-long topic.

Self-Training Resources

Learn about traditional policy debate.

Conducting Your Team

Short and sweet advice from the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues for keeping your students engaged, running your squad smoothly, and solutions to potential obstacles.

Role of Coaches in Debate-VIDEO

Judging is a vital element in debate competitions. Not only will you be assessing the technicalities of debate performances, you are in a position to offer positive encouragement and constructive critiques. To us, the goal of debating is not only to increase a student’s knowledge, but to promote positive personal growth as well.

To learn about the topic and judging guidelines, please review the following items:

Elementary Judge Manual 2017-2018

Topic Resolution


Schedule and Location

Location TBD

September 28, 2018
November 9, 2018
February 8, 2019
March 8, 2019
May 10, 2019


Entries must be entered on SpeechWire by 5:OO p.m. the Tuesday before a tournament. Instructions on how to use SpeechWire are available online.

Tournament Day Schedule

10:00 a.m.  -Schools Arrive and Register/Judge Training begins
10:15 a.m.  – Opening Ceremonies
10:30 a.m. – Round 1 (Snack distributed after)
11:15 a.m.   –  Round 2
12:00 p.m. – Round 3
12:45 p.m.  – Lunch and Awards
1:30 p.m.    -Departure

*All times are approximate. Please allow for flexibility of the schedule to account for unforeseen circumstances.

Day-of Contact

Running late the morning of a tournament? Call Christy or Lauren at (678) 902-2835.*


AC ( 2 minutes)
cx   (1 minute)
NC ( 2 minutes)
cx   (1 minute)
AR & E ( 2 minutes)
NR & E ( 2 minutes)
AR ( 2 minutes)
NR ( 2 minutes)

*5 minutes prep

Judges’ Training

Judges’ training will be offered before Round 1 of every tournament. All judges must be trained at least once. The training focuses on the basics of judging debate: listening to arguments, using a ballot, making a decision. There are also judge training resources on the Atlanta Urban Debate League website (www.atlantadebate.org) for individuals who are unable to attend the morning judge training session or would like to review the materials on their own.

Evidence Usage

One critical part of debating is the effective use of evidence to prove your point(s). The AUDL provides a comprehensive evidence packet for all students to use. This helps ensure all students have a high quality set of materials for debates and an effective model to help guide their own research and argument construction.

Judging Requirements

The required number of judges per school will be calculated by rounds based on the number of registered teams. The judging obligation is 1 judge for every 2 teams (if possible, we will extend this to 3 teams).