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The good people at Champion Briefs offer monthly Debate Resources for PF and LD -- you can purchase by the topic or subscribe yearly -- at their website. Mention "KHSSL" in your order for a 20% discount on subscriptions.

We thank them kindly for providing our schools with copies of their Novice Brief for the LD Novice Topic. #pals

Lincoln-Douglas information


Novice Topic

Resolved: In the United States, national service ought to be mandatory.

The same topic is used each year and is created to be accessible to new debaters so that coaches can have a consistent, beginner-friendly topic to guide their novice LD curriculum using educational materials provided by the NSDA. Coaches are encouraged to check with tournament hosts in their area before exclusively prepping for one topic over another.

Note: At its 6/30/18 Board meeting, the KHSSL Board of Directors decided to extend the LD/Modest Novice debate topic time period through December of each year.


The structure of an LD round is set out here.

Here’s a solid text for How to Do LD Debate.

Here’s a good guide to writing cases, written by a former debater.  His guide to strategy is also good.

A model for case structure is here.  A negative case will be the same, only with two contentions rather than three.

Sample affirmative case here.

A sample Neg case is here.

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