RHET 354 Online Debate Tournament - The Evans Cup
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Eligibility: Only students enrolled in RHET 354 (Argumentative Theory) at Binghamton University are eligible to compete in this debate tournament.

Cost of Entry: There is no cost to enter the tournament.

Resolution: RESOLVED: Video games glorifying gun violence should be banned.

Registration Dates: Registration will be accepted until February 13th, 2013 at 11:59 EST. Register for the tournament through the website here. The tournament will then be run according to the following schedule...

Round 1: February 13th through February 17th
2/13 - Post Your Proposition Constructive in Your Affirmative Debate
2/14 - Post Your Opposition Constructive in Your Negative Debate
2/15 - Post Your Proposition Rebuttal in Your Affirmative Debate
2/16 - Post Your Opposition Rebuttal & Closing Remarks in your Negative Debate
2/17 - Post Your Proposition Closing Remarks in Your Affirmative Debate
2/18 - Judging for Round 1 debates

Round 2: February 28th through March 4th
2/28 - Post Your Proposition Constructive in Your Affirmative Debate
3/1 - Post Your Opposition Constructive in Your Negative Debate
3/2 - Post Your Proposition Rebuttal in Your Affirmative Debate
3/3 - Post Your Opposition Rebuttal & Closing Remarks in your Negative Debate
3/4 - Post Your Proposition Closing Remarks in Your Affirmative Debate
3/5 - Judging for Round 2 Debates

Format of Debates: Speeches are to be posted by 11:59pm EST the date they are scheduled for to avoid having their rounds forfeited. Each competitor will engage in one proposition and one opposition round per week they are competing.

Proposition speaker's opening speech: 4 minutes
Opposition speaker's opening speech: 5 minutes
Proposition speaker's rebuttal: 3 minutes
Opposition speaker's rebuttal and closing remarks: 4 minutes
Proposition speaker's rebuttal and closing remarks: 2 minutes

Please note: Debaters whose videos are more than 30 seconds longer than the maximum length for any given speech will forfeit their debates.

Awards: The better you do, the higher your grade will be in the class.

Debate Evaluation: Debaters attempt to persuade their judges of their position. They should strive to inform lay audiences, even as they recognize that their judges will have professional or academic training in argumentation. Debaters are encouraged to consult and quote research on the topic by supporting their arguments with relevant and credible evidence. The goal of a successful debater should be to construct a well-reasoned and well supported argument that is responsive to their opponents. In addition to competitive win/loss records, participants will also be evaluated on the effectiveness of their skills. Participants will be ranked on a 1-6 scale in each of these categories (6 is the maximum ranking for excellent performance and 1 is the lowest ranking). Rankings will be considered along with competitive records to determine the eight debaters who will advance to qualifying and final rounds.

Required Equipment to Compete: Participants will need to be able to access the World Wide Web, record and watch streaming Internet video footage and communicate via e-mail. All judges and debaters will need (1) A personal computer with a broadband Internet connection, capable of running a web browser and accessing YouTube. (2) A means of recording videos of at least 5 minutes in length. This can be achieved with a webcam and microphone on a laptop computer, an external camera and laptop, or iPhones, Android Phones, or Blackberry devices with the YouTube app installed. (3) An account on YouTube.com.

Please note: We strongly recommend that you ensure the functionality of your computer and Internet connection prior to the tournament. We also recommend that you access YouTube.com and ensure that you can successfully upload and view videos before the start of the tournament.

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