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Rules and Eligibility

  • Competitors are allowed to compete in one Online Regional Competition and/or the online competition.
  • Each student at the qualifying competition must be under the immediate supervision of an adult who may be their coach, parent, or other adult approved by the high school administration.
  • Each regional host may establish entry fees for their competitions, in accordance with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute.
  • A contestant who does not appear at the scheduled time to speak will forfeit.
  • After competing in the final round of debate at the regional level, the two finalists from each region qualify for the National Championship. Each winner will receive a flight and hotel room for themselves and one chaperone.

For a complete set of rules, click below.

Download Rules Packet

Debate Structure

Debate Structure

Debate Guide

Student Video Guides

Debate Overview

How To Communicate

Preparing Your Argument

Resources For Judges

Great Communicator Judging Video

Great Communicator Ballot