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Georgia Debate Novice Rules After a great deal of discourse during the 2003-04 school year among members of the GFCA, the Executive Committee developed rules for novice debate in order to increase participation in debate in the state. Due to the decline in the number of programs and the loss of coaches, it was determined that by providing not only a limited number of arguments that novices could run but also a basic set of evidence on those arguments, schools would find it easier to build new programs. Novice debaters, or debaters in their first year/resolution of competition, are now limited to three affirmative cases, three disadvantages, and topicality. The GFCA will provide a basic packet of evidence on each of these arguments; schools may update this evidence but should be careful in making major changes (see below). Schools may access this evidence by going to www.carrolltoncityschools.net and clicking on “Fine Arts” in the sidebar; on the “Fine Arts” page, then clicking on “Debate” to access the Carrollton High School debate page. The evidence link is on the “Schedule” page. While the evidence is available free of charge to all, coaches are encouraged to pay their $25.00 annual dues not only in the interest of becoming part of the organization but in the effort to help finance this undertaking. Coaches and debaters should observe the following guidelines when using the evidence and preparing for tournaments: a. Schools should not modify the actual 1AC plan texts, especially initially; however, they may update and reformat other parts of the evidence of their own. b. Schools will need to update on their own; no updates will be sent out. c. The topicality information is there only as a guide; schools may add topicality arguments. d. Schools may develop as many negative on-case attacks as they choose. e. Enforcement of these rules is up to each tournament director. The GFCA recommends that each director clarify this during the opening assembly of his/her tournament. For example, if a director chooses to make the penalty for a novice running another case or disadvantage or an argument such as a counterplan or a kritik a forfeit of that round, (s)he should make this clear during the opening assembly. f. The rules exist to insure that new debaters in both new and old programs are comfortable in the novice division. However, the GFCA has backed off the earlier mandate that any debater who has won two awards in a novice division be required to move to JV; although coaches are encouraged to remember that the novice division is to be geared toward new and less experienced debaters, the division in which they enter those debaters is up to the coach’s discretion.
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