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    The Debate Team welcomes any 6th, 7th or 8th grader who is interested in developing research and public speaking skills that will serve them well in high school, college, and beyond.  We meet on Wednesdays after school, beginning in September and ending in early February.  Our schedule of debates can be found below, along with the debate topic for this school year.  The coaches for this year are Mrs. Fredette and Mrs. McGinley.  We look forward to another great year!
    Novice Debate Schedule for 2019-2020 School Year
    Start time for all debates: 4 PM
        Wednesday, October 23 @ Tenafly Middle School
         Monday, November 18 @ Tenafly Middle School
         Thursday, December 12 @ Bergen Academies
         Wednesday, January 22 @ Tenafly Middle School
         Wednesday, February 5 @ Northern Valley Demarest High School
         Wednesday, March 4 @ Northern Valley Old Tappan





    Arms Sales

    Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially
    reduce Direct Commercial Sales and/or Foreign Military
    Sales of arms from the United States.


    The arms sales topic will be very broad, given that the United States is the world's leading arms exporting countries and that we sell weapons to more than one hundred countries through the two programs, Direct Sommercial Sales and Foreign Military Sales.

    The arms sales topic is a bit unique in that the resolution focuses on two particular federal programs.  The debater should notice that the names of the two programs are capitalized in the resolution, meaning that we are dealing only with weapons sold through these programs rather than with all forms of military assistance.  


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    All debaters must bring in a signed Debate Permission Slip  before the first debate.

    Bergen County Debate League

    Novice Division

    Shortened Round

    2019-2020 Debate Season

    Teams should write their names and codes only on the board.  You do not need to write the resolved.

    1AC 5 Minutes

    CX 2 Minutes

    1NC 3 Minutes

    CX 2 Minutes

    2AC 5 Minutes

    CX 2 Minutes

    2NC 3 Minutes

    CX 2 Minutes

    Prep 2 Minutes

    Rebuttals 2 Minutes each

    Each round should be about 30 minutes.