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Recent Debate Grievances or Rulings:

December 2013 (Regional Debate) – 2 neg asked 1 affirm for copy of case and refused to return to affirm before 1 NC. 2 neg kept case and used it in 2 NC. When asked again 2 neg returned it to affirm during C-X of 2 NC. We claim this violates Sec 14 Sharing of Evidence. Grievance Committee said rule says “will” thus no room for negotiation. Neg 2 was given the loss.

December 2013 (Regional Debate) - In the final round Team A stated that Team B did not give evidence back before the next speech. Here is the caveat, Team A eventually agreed to let Team B keep it, but after Team B sort of brow-beat them into allowing them to keep it. Grievance Committee went to the manual under sharing of evidence, where it states “will be returned.” Committee felt the use of the word “will” did not allow for wiggle room whether or not the teams agreed or not. Team B given the loss. You can’t mutually agree to disregard a rule.

October 2013 – My students, code 6C, were debating code 3B when my students left the room, they informed me that 3B was using their cell phone as a timing device. The phone rang during the round (it was setting on the desk throughout the debate). 3B did not answer the phone (they turned it off but if 3B had not been using it to time, the phone would not have rang. The use of a cell phone is prohibited per KSHSAA rules. – Debaters of the team 3B were questioned and admitted using cell phone as timing device. Grievance committee determined 3B should receive a loss with 7 speaker pts.

January 2013 – Neg team asked for evidence from Aff. Neg did not return prior to next speech. Instead Neg used Aff’s evidence as script to make point-by-point arguments. When asked by Aff to give back, Neg gave portion back but kept a key advantage to use later. Neg team said they asked if they could keep a part of evidence and Aff didn’t say no. Ruling by grievance committee – This incident is a clear violation of Section 14 “Sharing of Evidence”. Even with permission from opposing team, evidence should be returned prior to next speech by rule. Teams cannot mutually agree to disregard a rule. Grievance was upheld, loss of round on all 3 ballots with low speaker points given.

January 2013 – The Neg team deliberately and repeatedly lied concerning Aff’s evidence as part of their Neg strategy. Coaching kids to lie to win is unethical, immoral, and harmful to the activity. Ruling by grievance committee – There is no clear rule violation. There was no way to verify any misuse of evidence. Grievance was not upheld.

January 2013 – While debating, a team was using their cell phone first as a timer and then between the rebuttal speeches, contestants were scrolling through information on the phone. This violates possible wired connections, page 9, c & d. Ruling by grievance committee – students admitted to using cell phone as timer in round. Loss of round and low speaker points awarded.

January 2013 – During the round, after the 3 minutes of cross-examination is over, timer goes off. Neg team said prep time and continued to ask questions. Both 2 NC and 1 NC speakers did this after each of their cross-examinations. Ruling by Grievance committee – After examining rules in the KSHSAA handbook we have found no violation of the stated rules about cross examination and prep time use. The committee finds that no action is necessary and judge’s decision stands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Current 4-Speaker Champions Current 2-Speaker Champions

6A

5A

4A

3-2-1A

Topeka-Washburn Rural

OP-Blue Valley Southwest

Shawnee Mission Bishop Miege

Hutchinson-Trinity Catholic

6A

5A

4A

3-2-1A

Shawnee Mission Northwest

OP-Blue Valley Southwest

Shawnee Mission-Bishop Miege

Lawrence-Bishop Seabury Acad.


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