Asian 3v3 Debate Rulebook

This page outlines the criteria for participation, scoring procedures, and other policies governing all EduDrift competitions held in the Asian 3v3 debate format providing a clear and concise framework for all participants to follow.

Tournament Guidelines

Tournament Format

Asian 3v3 Format

Speech Length

Each team must deliver three 7-minute substantive speeches and a 4-minute reply speech.

Team Size

Each team must consist of 3 members. Each team will be given a unique team code which will be used as their identifier throughout the tournament.

Team Composition

The government bench will consist of a "Prime Minister" or "First Proposition Speaker", "Deputy Prime Minister" or "Second Proposition Speaker", and "Government Whip" or "Third Opposition Speaker". The opposition bench will consist of "Leader of Opposition" or "First Opposition Speaker", "Deputy Leader of Opposition" or "Second Opposition Speaker", and "Opposition Whip" or "Third Opposition Speaker".

Reply Speakers

The reply speech may only be delivered by the first or second speaker of each team.

Points of Information

Points of Information (questions directed to the person speaking) may be asked between the first-minute mark and the sixth-minute mark of the members' speeches. The current speaker may choose to accept or decline points of information.

Preparation Time

For impromptu rounds, teams have a total of 30 minutes to prepare their speeches after the motion is released. During the preparation time, communication is only allowed between team members. The use of online resources is prohibited. For prepared rounds, teams will be given a total of 15 minutes of preparation. Teams may bring all and any prepared notes of the debate. There will be no preparation time between the delivery of substantive and reply speeches.

Motions

The motion will be unambiguously worded and the speakers should debate in the spirit of the motion and the tournament.

Preliminary Rounds

The tournament will have five (5) preliminary rounds.

Prepared Rounds

Prepared rounds are subject to the event; these rounds would be indicated in the event brochure and schedule.

Out-rounds

Teams will be categorized into their respective break categories and would debate against teams in the same category. Each out-round follows an elimination basis, wherein the winning team advances to the next round and the losing team will get eliminated from next rounds. Results for each out-round will be announced in the convening hall.

Speaker Scores

A speaker score range of 65-85 will be used during the tournament.

Iron Person Policy

Should a member of a team be absent during a round, the present member of that team can attend the debate as an "iron-person" team, subject to the following:

  • In judging an iron-person team, the Adjudication Panel shall treat the team as if they were an ordinary team, and fill out the ballot accordingly (indicating that the team was an iron-person team on the ballot).
  • The results of a debate in the Preliminary Rounds that includes an iron-person team shall be entered into the tab as follows:
  • The team in question shall receive the team points earned during that round
  • Both speaker scores shall be awarded to that team
  • The speaker who served as the iron person should get the higher of the two speaker points, and the speaker who did not speak for the round should get the lower speaker point allowed by the constitution.
    Teams can only attend as an iron-person team once during the preliminary rounds to be eligible to break.
    Teams cannot attend the out-rounds as an iron-person team.
  • Disconnection Policy for Online Debaters

    Debaters who have (1) lost connection during the round and/or (2) fail to proceed to their debate rooms after preparation time ends are given only 5 minutes to reconnect. Should they fail to reconnect after 5 minutes, the round proceeds as usual, the disconnected speaker's speech would be skipped and their teammate would then be required to be an iron-person during the round.

    Disconnection Policy for Online Adjudicators

    Adjudicators who have (1) lost connection during the round and/or (2) fail to proceed to their debate rooms after preparation time ends are given only 5 minutes to reconnect. Should they fail to reconnect after 5 minutes, the round proceeds as usual. If the disconnected adjudicator is part of the judging panel, they won't be able to judge the current round. If the disconnected adjudicator is the chairperson, someone else from the panel will take their place.

    Decorum

    Etiquette

    It is expected that all participants maintain a high level of decorum and professionalism throughout the entirety of the tournament. Any participant who engages in disruptive behavior will be subject to removal from the event.

    Zero Tolerance Policy

    This event maintains a zero-tolerance policy for any harmful, hateful, discriminatory, or offensive behavior. Any participant who engages in such behavior will be immediately removed from the venue.