Public Forum Debate is a team event that advocates or rejects aposition posed by the resolution. The focus of the debate is a clash of ideas in a persuasive manner that can be understood by a “lay” judge. Good debaters should display logic and analysis. They should use evidence when needed. They should win their case and refute that of their opponents. They should communicate effectively, using the fundamentals of good speaking. There are no burdens on either side.
All ballots, critiques, and procedures are those used at the Grand National Tournament; local leagues may establish variations.