2016-17 Novice Packet

To assist novice policy debaters in learning debate, the Wisconsin Debate Coaches’ Association has developed a list of novice topics and has compiled resources related to these topics.

 2016-17 Novice Packet Files

Paper Packet

Paperless Packet

Additionally, the WDCA has adopted the following rule for all novice policy debates:

(1) Plan texts in the novice division are restricted to those in this official list. Until a date determined by the Executive Committee (November 1), teams are limited to the arguments presented in the packet, and the counterplan may not be run.

(2) The use of kritiks is not permitted. In the event that a negative counterplan text is presented from outside the novice packet, the judge should not consider that argument in their decision, regardless of whether the issue is raised in the debate. If the affirmative team presents a plan that is not found in the novice evidence packet, or if the negative team presents a kritik, they should receive a loss. It is not required for the opposing team to make this claim to the judge. Judges must know what the approved texts are and should give a loss and notify the tabroom of any infraction.

(3) Tournament directors should enforce these novice evidence packet restrictions.

The list for 2016-17 is:

1. The United States federal government should formally invite the People’s Republic of China to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

2. The United States federal government should substantially expand its engagement over civil space cooperation, including over joint space debris removal, with the People’s Republic of China.

3. The United States federal government should substantially increase its diplomatic communicative engagement with the People’s Republic of China.

Further, the following Counterplan is added on November 1:

The United States federal government should [insert affirmative plan text] if and only if the People’s Republic of China harmonizes counterterrorism and foreign non-governmental organization management laws with international law, reduces restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression and religion, and releases individuals detained under those restrictions.

For example, for the first plan text the counterplan would be:

The United States federal government should formally invite the People’s Republic of China to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership if and only if the People’s Republic of China harmonizes counterterrorism and foreign non-governmental organization management laws with international law, reduces restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression and religion, and releases individuals detained under those restrictions.