Debate Announcements

“Virtual” Policy Debate Manual Supplemental Addition
During the June 2020 KSHSAA Executive Board meeting, the board unanimously passed a virtual debate policy beginning with the 2020-21 school year.
Click here to view the KSHSAA/KSCA supplemental manual document.

Debate (2020-21 School Year)
IMPORTANT - If your school plans on participating in Debate in Fall 2021, the head coach must ask their Athletic Directors to enter your school. Remember, the old Debate participation card is now a part of the ADM-1 (administrator form) and is due August 19, 2021.

2021-22 Debate Rule Changes

Invitational Debate Tournaments

Sec. 1. Debate Competitions – see page 9 of the 2021-22 Debate, Speech & Drama Manual
Sec. 10. Virtual Tournaments – see page 9

Debate Regulations

Sec. 8 Electronic Retrieval Devices – see page 10
Sec. 17. Debate Judge Constraint Language – see page 15

4-Speaker Debate Regulations

Sec. 12. School Judging Qualifications – see page 16

2-Speaker Debate Regulations

Sec. 10. School Judging Qualifications – see page 18
Computer Tabulation Option – see pages 21-22

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Summer Debate Camp/Clinic Rules
Debate coaches may work with students all summer on a voluntary basis. Coaches may NOT make summer camp a requirement of students.

Coaches may host a 1 week camp in the summer for their own students. However, the school can’t pay a fee for any camp, or finance any camp (1 week host camp may be held in the school library or similar area). *Transportation: School districts may permit school owned transportation to be used to transport students to debate summer camps, clinics, workouts or scrimmages with other schools. KSHSAA catastrophic insurance does not cover these summer activities. Individual school districts will decide whether to permit school owned transportation to be used for these activities.

By interpretation, concerning debate summer camp rule, debate season doesn’t start until the first competition date. Thus invitational debate clinics/camps may be held up to September 17, 2020. If a school authorizes a field trip to a clinic, they may fund and provide school bus transportation. (Field trip means all students attending must be enrolled in an academic debate class). This type of trip could only be during the school calendar year.

Points of Emphasis

Sharing of Evidence – When called for by an opposing team, debaters will make available to the opposing team, in a form usable by the opposition, evidence that was read in the round upon request. Evidence will be returned to the team that read it prior to the opponent’s next speech. Evidence need not be shared prior to its reading in the round.

Rule 30 Seasons of Activities Sec. 1 Art. 5 states Interschool scrimmages (practices) in all activities shall be prohibited. a) Schools may not hold interschool scrimmages (practices) in athletics, scholars’ bowl or debate/speech. Interschool is defined as senior high school with another senior high school.

Students from two different schools may not be pared up to debate. This is a violation of Rule 14 Bona Fide student rule – “in order to be eligible for participation, the student must be a bona fide undergraduate member of that school and in good standing.” The only way students from two different schools may compete together is if both schools have formed a Cooperative Agreement through provisions of Rule 29.

Electronic Retrieval Device Option
No electronic communication or internet access is allowed during debate rounds. The use of cell phones will not be permitted in competition rounds at regional or state debate tournaments. The use of electronic devices by competitors in debate events is permissible for flowing or evidence retrieval so long as wired or wireless connection devices are disabled and remain disabled while the debate is in progress. Refer to Debate Manual page 10 Sec. 8 for specific details.

“Approval of Events” --Attention Debate Coaches and Activity Directors
KSHSAA member schools may NOT attend Debate tournaments which involve two or more states unless the event is listed on our KSHSAA “approved list”. Upon receiving an invitation, schools need to check the “approved list” link on KSHSAA’s front web page before signing up. If the event isn’t on the list and you want to attend, contact the host school and ask them to contact their state’s athletic or activity association and complete the proper sanctioning forms to get it approved in Kansas. If this doesn’t work call Craig Manteuffel for assistance. This does not guarantee that it will be approved, thus you must wait to make sure it appears on the approved list otherwise you may NOT attend.

Clarification on 2-Speaker State Debate qualifying computation for win-loss record:
The manual reads: Sec. 2 State Qualifications — Each school’s individual debater shall have qualified during the current school year in the following ways:

  • Qualified in tournaments in which at least five (5) schools are in attendance.
  • Qualified in a minimum of four (4) tournaments above the novice division.
  • Each individual debater must have participated in at least four (4) rounds of competition at each qualifying tournament.
  • Each individual debater must have a cumulative win/loss record of 50 percent or better over four (4) in-state tournaments above the novice division. (You may choose any 4 tournaments, with 4 rounds or more, and total up the number of wins-losses your team participated in to determine the 50% or above qualification. You may NOT take out certain rounds within a qualifying tournament to make your win-loss higher. You must count all rounds the team actually participated in or no rounds from each tournament. You may NOT count only prelim rounds unless these were the only rounds the team participated in.)

Coaches have asked how to count a Bye and how to count a “walkover” (when two teams from same school meet but decide not to debate to settle placing). You are to count these scenarios as follows: A Bye counts as a win. A walkover counts as a win for both teams. IMPT-- Any round debated as a maverick cannot be counted for state qualification.


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Current 4-Speaker Champions
Topeka-Washburn Rural
Overland Park-Blue Valley Southwest
Current 2-Speaker Champions
Topeka-Washburn Rural

[Previous State Champions]