the american Lyceum

Debate Rules

1. Three minutes to make three points.

The right time length for statements elevates debate above sound bites, rewards reason.

2. Strict rules & time-limits.

Debates will never reward bullying by allowing open microphones, and never award uneven speaking time.

3. Cross-examination.

Structured give-and-take helps focus thinking and listening, rewards logic and evidence.

4. Yes-and, Positive, Common Ground.

Resolutions are open questions, rather than binary. Also, scoring by moderators, viewers, and even participants will engage positive recognition of the best arguments made by all.