Team Policy 14-18yrs.
Team Policy debate is a form of debate competition in which teams of two students advocate for and against a resolution that typically calls for policy change by the United States Federal Government. It involves a 3-minute questioning period following each constructive speech. Affirmative teams generally present a plan as a proposal for implementation of the resolution. The negative team attempts to negate that plan. Participants learn government, legislation, research skills, critical thinking, note-taking, composition, vocabulary, public oratory, and diplomacy.
Team Policy debate requires serious commitment from the students as well as from the parents. Students are expected to attend class on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, carry their fair share of the load in research and the planning of speeches, and participate in the tournaments which are often out of town or of out of state.
Homework expectancy: 8-10hrs. weekly.