What is congressional debate?

Student Congress is like a big interactive game of a mock session of Congress, where you go back and forth debating legislation. It is a mix of interp (acting), extemp (current affairs), oratory (preparation) and debate (thinking on your feet).

East High School has an extremely successful congress team. In the 2009-2010 season, we had 3 breaks out of state, 2 TOC bids, 11 local championships, a national semifinalist, and 7 finalists in the national qualifying tournament. In in the 2010-2011 season, we have had two finalists at Princeton (NJ), three finalists at Logan (CA), and two semifinalists at the Harvard National Congress (MA). 

What is the competition schedule?

During the year, most tournaments have Congressional Debate. In addition, there are after-school congresses and national-level congresses (like UC-Berkeley, Harvard, Emory, and Princeton).

These selected files are provided free of charge to benefit the congressional debate community. 

The ultimate guide for aspiring presiding officers.
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A hany chart to keep track of precedence and recency in congressional debate.
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This is the ultimate Flo Paper for keeping track of ideas in a round.
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The Table of Motions used during a round. Important for all successful congresspeople to have.
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More links for Congress

http://www.nflonline.org/community/node/78 is a video of final round Congress from NFL Nationals, in 2007.

http://www.forensicsonline.net/forum/showthread.php?t=6999 shows the basics of student congress.

congressionaldebate.org is the authority on all things Congress, published the National Forensics League.

http://www.uvm.edu/~debate/NFL/rostrumlib/congresspeters0297.pdf has an excellent chart on parliamentary procedure.

East debaters: for vast amounts of information that could not be posted online, email Elliot.